Bear Creek staff and Leadership

The staff and leadership here at Bear Creek is comprised of people of all ages and walks of life who are committed to loving you, caring for all, and praying for every single person in our community. We are here to serve you! If you have any questions for any of our staff or leadership, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at 425-788-2953 or at office@bcumc.org

  • Open position(s) - Pianist/accompanist, choir director

    We are looking for one or two people to support our music ministry as a pianist/accompanist and/or choir director. For more information and job description(s) please contact Pastor Brook


    Are you a musician with a passion for worship? We are looking to hire a pianist/accompanist and a choir director. Both are part time, and we are open to adjusting expectations based on the specific gifting of the individual(s).


    Accompanist will:

    • Support Sunday morning worship through musical accompaniment of choir, congregational singing, and some solo offerings as planned.
    • Support the choir during rehearsals on Wednesday evenings.

    Choir Director will:

    • Lead the congregation in song and direct choir on Sunday mornings (choir sings 2x/month).
    • Run weekly Wednesday night choir rehearsal.

    Praise Band:

    • Based on the interests and skills of the above persons, addition to the Praise Band may also be included.


    Bear Creek is an inclusive and welcoming community. All persons regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity are encouraged to apply.
  • Pastor Brook McBride

    Lead Pastor

    pastor@bcumc.org

    Hi, I'm Brook. I love being the lead pastor here at Bear Creek and I'm passionate about getting you involved in this warm, welcoming, and inclusive community. My passion is to help folks say "yes" to a God who has said "yes" to you at your first breath of life!  And to invite you to join me and our Bear Creek family and friends reach out to folks and places that are hurting in our world. Here at Bear Creek we strive to a part of God's "light in the darkness." Part of that "light" is trying to have some fun together!  No matter what we are doing, we try to do it in a way that we lift spirits! I can't wait to get to know you and get you connected to all the great people here! You are going to feel better about YOU when you get involved at Bear Creek! If you ever want to talk give me a call or text me at 605-610-7793. Thanks for dropping by!  Facebook F     Twitter    Envelope

  • Mona Chicks

    Office Manager

    office@bcumc.org

    Greetings! Welcome to Bear Creek! If you're looking for a way to plug in or just need some information, I'm a great place to start! I'm here to help things run smoothly and to keep Pastor Brook in line. I love coffee, chocolate, reading, and cats (not necessarily in that order), and like to be outside and active. I've been working in churches for years, and the flow of the seasons is very familiar. I'm married and have an adult son (and three cats). 

Volunteer Leadership

We can't do all that we do without our volunteer leadership teams! Find out more about our teams below.

  • The Coordinating Board is the top leadership team of the congregation. With the pastor and staff, the Coordinating Board sets the direction and makes decisions about the life of the church. The Coordinating Board is made up of leadership from each of the following Teams. 


    Lay Leader : Sonya Garrett

    Chairperson: Debbie Badge

  • We want to be a friendly place that welcomes all people, so our Welcome & Invite Team makes sure we offer lots of opportunities to invite people into the building/campus. This team plans fun events and works with the Sunday Serve Teams to make sure we are always ready to welcome people into the building. 

    Chairperson: Connie Gagnon

  • Sunday worship is our opportunity to draw closer to Jesus Christ and to each other. Our Sunday Serve teams create a welcoming and warm atmosphere for everyone to attends on Sunday. Teams do everything from welcoming at the door, brewing coffee and setting out treats, serving communion, taking the offering, and participating in worship leadership. Teams rotate monthly. 

    Team Leads: Connie Gagnon, Danielle Walsh, Marge Kuykendall

  • Our children and youth are supported throughout the year through the Learn Team's efforts to engage and support families. In addition to weekly Sunday School and Worship engagement, the Learn Team provides fun opportunities like our semi-annual Parents Nights Out, Vacation Bible School in the summer, a Christmas Children's musical, and other fun opportunities for kids to engage in learning about Jesus' love and how to love others. 

    Chairperson: Danielle Walsh

    Children's Music Ministry: Lea Louder

  • Our God's Hands team coordinates opportunities for the congregation to engage in ministry to our community and world. The team is focused on the following issues: Emergency Relief funds, loving on unhoused people and people in difficult housing circumstances, supporting local food banks through food drives, gleaning, planting, and engagement, and supporting refugees. 

    Chairperson: Karen Smith

  • Our Stephen Ministry offers safe and confidential support for people undergoing difficult circumstances.

    Chairperson: Susan Jackson

  • The Finance Team sets and monitors our budget, navigates major financial decisions, and coordinates audits. 

    Finance Chair: Tracy Daugherty

    Treasurer: Chuck Porter, Danielle Walsh

    Financial Secretary: Marty DeLong

  • The Generous Giving Team works on plans to encourage tithes and offerings toward our annual budget. 

    Chairperson: Andrew Walsh

  • The Trustees are responsible for the physical plant of the church building and the parsonage. 

    Co-Chairpersons: Randy Garrett, Mark Louder

  • SPRC provides oversight of our employees, policies regarding employees and volunteers, and navigates salaries and benefits.

    Chairperson: Sue Burkholder

We're so blessed to have a community of givers!

Volunteers

Many from our church family help throughout the week, show up to serve others, and lend a hand for special events.  These are just a few of the friendly faces of our congregation doing what they love...

  • Walking in the Seattle Pride Parade

    From supporting our neighbors to standing up for others' rights to making neck coolers on a hot day, this is an important part of our history and dedication to our community.

  • Trunk or Treat

    Each year we open our parking lot up to the community to provide a fun & free Halloween event.  Our church members love to dress up, pass out candy, decorate their cars, and provide fun games for the kids to explore.

  • Vacation Bible School

    We have dozens of volunteers jump in and help when VBS happens each summer!  Fun craft stations, feeding kids, playing games outside, singing along with kids...It all takes energy, a love for children, and a heart that wants to teach our young ones about the beauty of God.