Pastoral Staff

Patrick Slyman
Teaching Pastor

Patrick Slyman joined the EBC pastoral team as Teaching Pastor in September of 2014. He and his wife Sarah grew up together in New England and are now thankful to call the Pacific Northwest their home. They have two daughters, Alexandra and Maddox.

Patrick graduated from The Master's Seminary, completing a Master's of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree.

Outside of church ministry, spending time with his family is the very top of Patrick's favorites list. He and his family love to play games, travel, ride bikes and explore nature.

Patrick's goal is to build up the body of Christ by faithfully expositing God's inspired, inerrant, and sufficient Word (2 Timothy 3:16-4:2).

Herb Geeslin
Pastor of Adult Ministries

Pastor Herb has served in ministry for nearly three decades, including stints as an interim and associate/college pastor at Valley Bible Church in Corvallis, Oregon, a church planter in Kent, Washington, and senior pastor of McCall Baptist Church, McCall, Idaho.

Pastor Herb arrived with his family at Emmanuel in November, 2001.  He and his wife, Laurie, have two grown children, Allison and Ben.  At Emmanuel, Herb works with a variety of adult ministries, including home groups, biblical counseling, men's and women's ministries, the equipping hour on Sunday mornings and Wednesday Nights.

As Pastor of Adult Ministries, it is his desire to see EBC fulfill the charge given to the church in Ephesians 4:11-16.  In a sentence, the vision of adult ministries can be stated as follows:  “Training Christian disciples who can handle life effectively by handling God’s Word accurately.”

Nathan Fogde
Pastor of Worship Ministry

Pastor Nathan has been serving at Emmanuel since September 2017. Nathan and his wife, Leanna, have four children: Makaela, Norelle, Landen and Silas. They enjoy having people over, playing games, sports, family movie nights, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Prior to coming to EBC, Nathan attended The Master’s Seminary and The Masters College (where he majored in music education), and he has served in pastoral ministry in music and college ministries for the past 10+ years.

It is Nathan’s desire to see the triune God on full display in our Worship Gatherings. A few verses that have greatly impacted Nathan in music ministry are Colossians 3:16-17: “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”

Ministry Directors

Alexis Kahns
Connections Ministry Director

Alexis has been serving as church secretary since April 2014 and recently transitioned into a newly created position of Connections Ministry Director. Recently married she enjoys serving her husband and decorating their home.

She loves being able to serve in the church where she grew up and having the opportunity to connect with people who served alongside her parents and grandparents at Emmanuel.

Alexis spent two great years attending George Fox University and competing on their Track and Field team. Although she had planned to graduate from GFU she felt called to Mount Vernon to learn from and connect with family as much as possible. She has felt blessed by her time back in the Skagit Valley and the opportunities God has brought to her these past few years.

She looks forward to the growth and direction God has designed for EBC.

Regina Pimentel
Women's Ministry Co-Director

Regina and her husband Luis have been a part of the Emmanuel Baptist Church Family for 22 years. They have 3 grown children, Brianna, Luis and oldest daughter Bianca with their son-in-law Riley. They also have three grandchildren, Kennedy, Sawyer and Briar. Natives of California, they moved to the Skagit Valley in 1993 after visiting and loving the beauty of the Northwest.  Soon after, they found this church to be a home to their family.

Some things you might find Regina doing when not serving in ministry are sitting with her children talking, playing games with her family and friends, cooking and crafting! She loves traveling with her family to sunny places!

She has served in many areas of ministry including Children’s Sunday School, VBS, and Awana, but in recent years has felt passionate about Women’s Ministries. She and Buffi are long-time friends who have always kept Christ at the center of their friendship and now at the center of their roles as they co-direct Women's Ministry. Her heart's desire is to minister to women of all ages and encourage their spiritual growth as they walk alongside one another. Her prayer for women is that they would surrender themselves fully to the Lord so that Christ could do the work in them and that they would be able to live out the lives that God intended to bring Him most Glory!

Buffi Taylor
Women's Ministry Co-Director

Buffi and her husband, Scott, have been members of Emmanuel for 20 plus years. They have a grown and married daughter and son-in-law, Jacki  & Austin Moore, a 2-year-old granddaughter, Lucianna, and 3 other children still at home: Nicki, Gabe, and Mallory. She has joyfully served in many different areas over the years from Children’s Sunday School, VBS and Awana to Adult Sunday School and Women’s Ministry. 

She loves the sunshine, reading, hiking, playing games and spending time with her family and friends.

Buffi is passionate about God’s pure Word and keeping sound doctrine, and one of her greatest desires for herself and for the women here at Emmanuel is to grow in discernment and glorify the Lord. She and Regina are long-time friends who have always kept Christ at the center of their friendship and now at the center of their role as Co-Directors of Women’s Ministries.

Terry Ogdon
Children's Director

Terry was born and raised in Mount Vernon. She was brought to Emmanuel's Sunday School as a young child by family friends who attended here. She met her husband, Gary in elementary school and they dated while in Emmanuel's youth group. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. 

Terry attended Seattle Pacific University and graduated with a B.A. in History and secondary level teaching credentials. In 2005 she earned a Master's Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Terry has been Director of Children's Ministries for just over 30 years. Be sure to ask to see pictures of her grandchildren.

Support Staff

Pam Dougliss
Assistant Children's Director

Pam has been the Assistant Children’s Director for 15 years. She is married to her husband Todd and they have three girls; Natalie, Samantha, and Madelyn. She feels the Lord lead her to this position after quitting county employment “in faith.” Shortly after, Terry Ogdon asked her to come and work with her! She enjoys knitting, reading and spending time at home with her family.

Pam asked Jesus into her heart at a young age and therefore has a passion for sharing the Gospel with children. She loves her job and finds it a privilege to be serving the children and families of EBC and the Skagit Valley.

Dennis Weems
Church Administrator

Dennis retired from active military service in 1992 after having attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Military Police Corps.  He and his wife, Christine, joined as members in March 1993.

Dennis has served as Emmanuel’s Treasurer since April of 2003 and as Church Administrator since January 2009, a position which enables him to make good use of the extensive experience in management and administration he gained in the Army and while working for small businesses more recently.  His spiritual gifts are teaching and administration.  His current passion is to help Christians gain true financial freedom by teaching them biblical concepts of handling money.

Dennis believes God was leading him to leave his employment in small business, but he did not know where God wanted him to go until he was presented with the opportunity to serve as Church Administrator.  He is thrilled to be serving the people of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Barbee Andrew
Church Secretary

Barbee and her husband Jay have been attending Emmanuel since 2007 and became members in 2008. They have two sons, Normand and Philip, who have moved out and left them with an “empty nest”. They enjoy camping and fellowshipping with friends.

Barbee worked as an administrative assistant for a Christian daycare in Sedro Woolley for 9 years, before that she worked in restaurants for 10 years. She has spent 10 years working with kids in the AWANA program and enjoys studying God’s word in Bible Study Fellowship, Friendship Bible Coffees, Home Groups, Sunday school, and other women’s Bible Studies.

Barbee works as EBC’s receptionist three days a week and thoroughly enjoys greeting and meeting the people who come by the church and call on the phone. Every day is a great day with the Lord!

Julie Stawski
Receptionist

Julie and her family have called EBC home for the past 7 years after moving back to Washington from California. They love the beach, music and roadtrips.

Julie feels beyond blessed to have had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom and homeschool her two children, Sarah and Shane, from preschool through graduation. Her greatest joy is that her “children walk in truth” and have trusted Christ as Savior. Julie herself had the privilege of being raised surrounded by a legacy of strong Christian faith and credits the beautiful, godly example of her momma, Merrilee, as a guiding force in her decision to follow Christ at a young age.

Julie loves working with kids of all ages whether it is AWANA, VBS or the local homeschool co-op. She is passionate about the need to be clear when presenting the gospel, not altering or watering down God’s truth. As Romans 1:16 states, “. . . it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.”

Julie works as EBC’s receptionist two days a week and loves serving and getting to know the people of Emmanuel.

Erin Johns
Bookkeeper

Erin and her husband Ryan have been at Emmanuel for over 20 years. They have 4 children, Kirsten, Owen, Aselin and Colson, who have been blessed to have been raised participating in our fabulous Children’s Ministry at Emmanuel. She has served over the years primarily in Children’s Ministry as a Sunday School teacher, helping in VBS, nursery, and as an Awana secretary for the kindergarten age group.

Erin grew up in a Christian home and dedicated her life to the Lord as a young teenager. She is thankful for a church that possesses sound doctrine and doesn’t stray from the truth of God’s word. Erin loves to be able to serve Her church family in her role as the bookkeeper.