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.”

Eric Abisror
Pastor of Student Ministries

Pastor Eric has been serving at Emmanuel since 2010. Eric and his wife, Danica, have four children, Josiah, Jackson, Isaac, Benjamin and one more on the way. Before serving at Emmanuel, Eric attended Southern Seminary and The Masters College while working with youth in several capacities over several years.  Eric enjoys sports, Italian food, hanging out with his family, and reading.

As Pastor of Student Ministries, Eric’s desire is to see Jesus Christ made the center of every student’s life. His goals are to offer strong, relevant and challenging biblical truth to students so they might apply it to their lives, love God more, and share Christ with the rest of the world.

Eric loves the local church and seeing students engage their lives in service to the local church, as well. Furthermore, Eric desires to come alongside parents to see them disciple their children.

Ministry Directors

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.

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.

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.

Heidi Burroughs
Worship Ministry Administrator

Heidi has been serving as church secretary since April 2012 to December 2016, when she transitioned over to Worship Admin and is currently serving in that position. Heidi graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry in Leadership and Outdoor Education. Heidi is married, and has two children.

Support Staff

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.

Alpha Sheahan
Bookkeeper

Alpha Sheahan has been the bookkeeper for EBC since 2013

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.

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!