Staff & Leadership

We only allow imperfect people to serve on staff and leadership at WNLA… this is mostly due to the fact that we have yet to find someone who is perfect (so please throw away your pedestals, we hate falling off high places). We humbly love our God and as a result are filled with a passion for people, our city, and our world. We want to walk along side you and together press forward from glory to glory to see the whole world filled with the joy that comes from the Good News of Jesus (are you sick of hearing the phrase “Good News”? Good, we aren’t either!).

  • Andy Fox

    Lead Pastor

    Andy began attending WNLA when he was only 5 years old. Here is a bit of his story in his own words: “I recall the Sunday morning years ago when my parents announced to us that we were trying out a church in Ferndale… I immediately hid behind the couch and refused to go. Fear always tries to rob us of the good things God wants to do in us doesn’t it? I LOVE my church! It was within these walls that I heard the gospel and gave my life to Jesus; it was within these walls as a teenager that I was baptized in water, and through the ministries of this church I was filled with the Holy Spirit and discovered what I was created to do… I am so grateful that my parents forced me out from behind the couch."


    Andy attended Western Washington University, has a Masters in Education, and is ordained with the Assemblies of God. Andy and his wife Stephanie have served in ministry together together for almost 20 years.


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  • John & Angela Steele

    Executive Pastor

    John and Angela have been working and serving in ministry for over 25 years. They have served in several areas including youth and traveling evangelism. In 2006, God brought them and their family back to where they started ministry in Lynden. They started attending WNLA in 2013 and were asked to join as part time staff shortly after. John has been helping the staff grow spiritually as well as equipping the staff to better fulfill God's calling for this church.


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  • Tsegaye & Bizu Mekonnen

    Associate Pastor - Ethiopian Fellowship

    Tsegaye and Bizu were both born and raised in Ethiopa and came to the United States as refugees in '82 and '96 respectively. They came to Whatcom County in the early 2000's to start an elderly home care facility and they soon found, and fell in love with, WNLA. They quickly realized there was  nothing for the Ethiopian community in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. They then started the Ethiopian Fellowship to reach the Ethiopian community in the area through counseling and Biblical teaching. Tsegaye also serves as Vice President on the church board.


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  • Daniel & Johana Cruz

    Associate Pastor- Spanish Language Service

    Daniel and his family came to know Jesus in Whatcom County through a local Spanish ministry. They were given the opportunity to work with the youth in a local church in Bellingham. As God was moving the Cruz family to a different church, they were invited to Whatcom New Life Assembly and felt right at home. Shortly after making WNLA their home church, they stepped in to start a Spanish language ministry.


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  • Zeb & Brittany Swanson

    Youth Pastor

    Zeb joined the team at WNLA at the start of 2014 after three years at Bethel's School of Supernatural Ministry. Since his start Zeb's heart for the Youth of Whatcom County is for them to know their identity in Christ. To know they are loved by God, to be the love of Jesus Christ, and to spend every day alive with the Holy Spirit.

    Zeb and Brittany were married in the summer of 2016. Since then Brittany has become an integral part of the ministry leading the youth worship band.


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  • Erica Scevers

    Children's Pastor

    Erica has been a part of Whatcom New Life Assembly for her entire life. She gave her heart to Jesus here as well as stepped into her calling to be a Pastor. She graduated in 2018 from Northwest University with a bachelor's degree in Ministry Leadership. Erica oversees New Life Kids as well as several family outreach events throughout the year. Erica loves serving the local church and inspiring the next generation to walk in relationship with Jesus.


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  • Vicki Buck

    Office Administrator / Book keeper

    Vicki and her family have been attending WNLA since the summer of 2015 and they have been helping serve our church family ever since.

    In 2016 Vicki stepped in as bookkeeper and has been able use her background in finance to serve the church. She has also helped keep the office running smoothly as Office Administrator since the start of 2018.

    Vicki and her husband, David, have four children: Hannah, Dalton, Cole, and Fayth.


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  • Bo Steele

    Media Director / Custodian

    Bo started working for WNLA after finishing his schooling at Azusa Pacific University. He is passionate about helping with the needs of the local church and took on the roll of Custodian. In the start of 2018, he also had the opportunity to step in as Media Director and has been enjoying serving the church in a creative capacity.

    In addition to these positions, Bo also serves with the Youth Group, Young Adults, and the Worship Team.


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