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 Christian home on a dairy farm in Lynden, Washington. I graduated
from Lynden  Christian School in 1972. Throughout my ministry it was evident that Christian
education was a significant help in grounding my knowledge of Scripture. During my High
School years I prayed to receive Christ as my Savior and realized it is solely upon the saving
work of Jesus Christ on the cross that I now can say that I have been saved from eternal
condemnation  and  have entered into  newness of life (Romans 10:9-10).

After High School I began my  undergraduate studies in Police Science and Administration at
Washington State University.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree and joined the
Washington State  Patrol. After twenty years in the Patrol I began to attend Trinity Western
University in Langley, BC graduating with a Master's of Divinity and ordained in 2001. I retired
from the Patrol in 2002 and transitioned to a full time Associate Pastor position at Nooksack
Valley Baptist Church in Everson, Washington. Shortly thereafter it became abundantly clear
that others viewed me as competent to counsel simply because I was  a pastor. In response I
began  a serious study of Biblical Counseling and eventually became certified as a Biblical
Counselor and also  earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Biblical Counseling from Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky in 2013.

In the summer of  1973, while on summer break, I met my wife Sally. She was attending the
University of Washington where she  graduated as an RN in 1977. We  were married  on
September  11, 1976. 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 who are all married: Katie (Matt), Molly (Simba), and
Bryce (Heidi). By the grace of God each of our children, and their spouses, have accepted Jesus
as their Savior and we have seven grandchildren.

Throughout  my ministry I have claimed as my own the verse in I Peter 3:15 which states, "But in
your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who
asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and