2609 Larch Way Lynnwood, WA 98036 | Sunday Services at 10am
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Refuge Church meets weekly Sundays at 10AM

2609 Larch Way, Lynnwood WA 98036 – Click here for directions, contact info & more.

  • We gather weekly to study Scripture, sing, encourage one another, and be generous to others.
  • Service is 70-90 minutes, with time for coffee and hanging out.
  • Children’s Classes for Nursery through 6th Grade are available, as well as Junior High.
  • Service style is a combination of contemporary and classical, laid back and liturgical.
  • Dress code is the same, ranging from jeans and T-shirts to suits.

And that’s just scratching the surface… to really know Refuge Church is to know Our Beliefs, Our Values, and Our Leaders

Refuge Church is a “reformed” church in the classic sense, where we teach the Bible in an clear (expository) way, hold to historical doctrines of grace and have a high view of God’s providential care. Here are a few belief points that may be helpful as you are looking for a biblical church:

The Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.

There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

All have sinned and are totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.

Salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.

God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.

The Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.

Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.

All aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

For deeper exploration, our church holds to the following creeds and confessions of faith:

Refuge Church is a member of the Reformed Church in America (RCA)

  1. Centrality of God’s Word
    We value God’s Word as our only perfect source for faith, belief, and conduct; the reading, teaching and application of the Bible is essential to following Jesus.
  2. Life Transforming Walk with Jesus
    We’re imperfect people continually changing as a result of Christ’s presence and direct influence in our lives; he provides our new identity, free from sin and guilt, growing together with Christ and one another.
  3. Sharing God’s Good News
    We share the greatest story that brings salvation, and we’re called to build one another up in understanding and with equipping to share this news more effectively with others.
  4. Transforming Communities
    We impact the community around us in meaningful ways requiring intentional relationships, sacrificial service, and cheerful hospitality that reflects Jesus’ mirth and mercy.
  5. Global Perspective
    We desire to bless lives outside our community through prayer, projects, mission work and ongoing relationships that foster inspiration and involvement of others.
  6. Compelling Community
    We know that loving God means sharing lives with fellow Christians beyond worship services,enjoying benefits and shouldering burdens through interaction and accountability.
  7. Heartfelt (gathered) Worship
    When we do gather together we recognize God’s glory through adoration and praise, preaching and song, contrition and lament, growing in affection that stimulates action.
  8. Sacrificial Living, Generous Giving
    We strive to steward our time, treasure, and talent to bless those beyond our own households, using spiritual gifts and financial means collaboratively as God’s family.
  9. Godly leadership
    We believe in training godly servants who lead with character, competence and conviction, establishing a mutual spirit of unity and trust between the leadership and the body.
  10. Fruitful Organization
    We articulate a Christ-honoring vision, building congregational ownership in decision-making, engaging conflict constructively, and embracing evaluation as normal and natural in our commitment to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and glorify Him together.

Our Ministry Leaders

Refuge Church is led by a Consistory. In other words, our leadership “consists” of elders and deacons for lead our church in spiritual and practical matters together. Scripture calls God our “chief Shepherd”, so elders and deacons are not above the “flock” but under-shepherds seeking to organize what God is doing in our local congregation. We also have additional ministry leaders who provide invaluable service and leadership to our church.

Elders “…must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders…”

Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.” – 1 Timothy 3

James Harleman
James HarlemanPASTOR
Preaching, Oversight
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Steve Aaby
Steve AabyELDER
Visitation, Care
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Ben Keller
Ben KellerELDER
Worship, Youth
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Mark Sanders
Mark SandersELDER
Systems, Oversight
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Mark Ossinger
Mark OssingerELDER
Care, Oversight
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Tim Olson
Tim OlsonDEACON
Lead Deacon
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Cindy Sanders
Cindy SandersDEACON
Office Administrator
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Christine Carter
Christine CarterDEACON
FORTRESSkids (Children’s Ministry)
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Tim Buchanan
Tim BuchananDEACON
Service Operations
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Steve Gonzales
Steve GonzalesDEACON
Facilities, Gung Fu
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Theresa Tedrow
Theresa TedrowDEACON
Facilities
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Bruce Ford
Bruce FordDEACON
Groundskeeping
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Pat Brockman
Pat BrockmanDEACON
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