Lynden Community Church is just one of many churches in Lynden, WA. We have been here for over 100 years, and we believe God is still doing great things for us and in us! Our building is small, but our heart is huge in love for Jesus, love for one another, and love for our community. We are truly "Family" together in Christ. 
Sunday Schedule

10:00 AM  -  Children's Sunday School
11:00 AM  -  Worship
12:00 PM  -  Fellowship Time

Pastor Ken Van Kooten and Family

I was born and raised in a farming community Lynden. I had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home and attended a Christian school, which was a significant help in grounding my knowledge of Scripture. During my high school years I can vividly remember reading my Bible each night before I went to bed for no other reason than I thought it would be a good thing to do. It was during these times of reading that I sensed a deep conviction of my sin (Romans 3:10, 23, 5:12) and knew I needed to accept Christ as my personal Savior if I were to have any hope of being saved (Romans 6:23). I prayed to receive Christ as my Savior (Romans 4:8); in fact, I invited Him into my life on several occasions, not because I did not believe the initial request was efficacious, but to show sincerity and perseverance in the decision (Romans 10:9-10). It is solely upon the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross that I now can say that I have been saved from etemal condemnation and have entered into newness of life (Romans 10:9-13).

In the fall of 1972 1 graduated from Lynden Christian School and promptly began my undergraduate studies in Police Science and Administration at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. I graduated three years later with a Bachelor of Science Degree and in February of 1977 joined the Washington State Patrol. I retired from the Washington State Patrol in 2002 after more than twenty-five years of service.

In the summer of 1973, while on summer break, I met my wife Sally. In the fall she left Lynden and enrolled at the University of Washington where she graduated as a RN. Our courtship extended over three years, mostly by long distance. We were married on September 1 1, 1976 and will soon celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary! Sally is the most wonderful godly woman I have ever met and my life has been immeasurably blessed by being married to her.

Sally became a Christian in her second year of high school. She is very intelligent and diligent and set out to learn all she could about the Christian life and faith. It is very ironic, but when we were dating I had all the knowledge about Christianity and she had all the fire. Over time this disparity was greatly reduced and it was only through consistent study and teaching that I was able to keep up with her voracious appetite regarding doctrine and theology.

We have been blessed with three children: Katie — 40 (Matt), Molly — 38, and Bryce — 36 (Heidi). By the grace of God each of our children, and their spouses, have accepted Jesus knowledge, confidence and faith in Jesus Christ.
Prior to entering full time ministry I had the privilege of teaching adult Sunday school for eighteen years. Early on I claimed as my own the verse in I Peter 3:15 which states, "But sanctify the Lord God in you hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to anyone who asks you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and respect." I sincerely wanted each class taught to consistently dig deep into the Word and God.

When I had been a Washington State Trooper for about twenty years I was determined, with the enthusiastic encouragement of my wife, to build on my gift of teaching, which has been repeatedly affirmed. In the fall of 1997 1 began to attend Trinity Western University in Langley, BC and five years later graduated with a Master's of Divinity and was subsequently ordained through Nooksack Valley Baptist Church (now Christ Fellowship Church). When I retired from the Washington State Patrol I seamlessly transitioned into a full time staff position at Nooksack Valley Baptist Church as Associate Pastor of Christian Education. Life was good! The dust had barely settled in my new office before people began to come in and ask if they could speak to me about "an issue."

Within weeks it became abundantly clear that others viewed me as competent to counsel simply because I was a pastor. I was ill prepared and had little idea how to help. In response I began a serious study of Biblical Counseling and eventually became certified as a NANC counselor. In 2013 1 earned a Doctorate in Biblical Counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

My passion is to proclaim the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through teaching and preaching, minister to those who are hurting through Biblical Counseling, mentor men to become mature followers of Christ and build solid relationships with as many people as possible, all for the glory of God.