Reverend Jim and Janet Visbeek have a passion for ministry, a love for people, and heart to see others connect with Jesus Christ and his church. Prior to full time ministry, Jim was a business person in the electrical and automation industry. Jim and Janet have been married 42 years, raised 3 children: Dawne, Aaron, and Renee, all married, and have given the gift of 7 grandchildren.
Jim attended Lynden Christian, Whatcom Community College, University of Washington, and received Masters Degrees in Christian Leadership from Trinity Western University and ACTS Seminary. In 2002, Both Jim and Janet sensed the call of God to ministry and attended Seminary, graduating in 2006 together.Jim was ordained in March of 2010.
Jim has served in a number of ministries in intentional transitional leadership and as a pastor. He has received training in Biblical Counseling with the Association of Biblical Counseling and transitional organizational leadership with Church Resource Ministries, New Church Specialities, and the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He serves a member of the Church Health Leadership Team of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and has been a team member in numerous churches in restoring them to health and refocus on Jesus Christ. He has also been involved in leadership in numerous community groups and nonprofit organizations.
Janet attended Bellingham High School, Whatcom Community College, Trinity Western University and ACTS Seminary. She received her Masters in Chaplaincy. She has served on the board of Support Officers of Whatcom County and serves as a chaplain. She is a Certified Biblical Counselor through the Association of Biblical Counselors. She is also a trained Healing Hearts leader, working with women who have suffered challenging circumstances. She loves women, family, and is passionate about marriage.
Jim loves fishing, mechanics, woodworking and sailing. Janet loves activity, crafting, sewing, and cycling. Together, Jim and Janet look forward to strengthening the families of VCF through stronger marriages, children, and leadership development of men and women who are willing to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Will Hicks and his wife Lindsay joined Victory in the fall of 2014. Will has a passion for youth and loves building relationships with students and families. Will came to know the Lord through his high school youth group and knows firsthand how important a youth ministry is to a church and community. Will and Lindsay reside in Lynden with their 2 cats, Jack and Lucy.
Will is originally from Ogden, Utah and Lindsay from Ferndale, Washington. Will graduated from Squalicum High, Whatcom Community College and is currently enrolled in Trinity Western University completing a Bachelors in Leadership. Will is passionate about helping volunteer leaders, students, and families grow in their relationships with God and equipping them to impact others for Christ. Will loves music and enjoys giving guitar and bass lessons to students interested in the youth worship band. Will enjoys working on cars, fishing and crabbing and going to the park for a nice game of frisbee golf. Will is excited for the future at VCF and all the opportunities to serve Jesus alongside this amazing community of believers.