Brian Kelly – Lead Pastor
Hello, my name is Brian Kelly. I moved up to Washington from San Diego with my wife Lynne and our three kids Judah (16) Julia (14) and Liana (11). We love the northwest. My wife Lynne grew up here, and we really appreciate the unique and wonderful nature of Bellingham. I have been in ministry for eighteen years, and a pastor for fifteen. I attended Calvary Chapel Bible College where I met my wife Lynne. After Lynne and I were married we moved to Uganda Africa to plant a Church. We were young, but God blessed the ministry, and we stayed for ten years. After moving back to the USA we served at Maranatha Chapel, and now we are excited to be part of the team serving Bellingham through The Bridge!
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Andrew Valle – Associate Pastor – Teaching Assistant
My name is Andrew Valle. I have lived half of my life in Southern California and half of it up here in the Pacific Northwest. I met my wife Janet in California where I was a pastor at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara for 5 years. Almost 7 years ago now we moved back up to Bellingham. We have two kids, Ruby (7) and Jonah (5). We are stoked to be a part of The Bridge and we can’t wait to see what God will do through the church!
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JJ Johnson – Associate Pastor – Bridge Kids
Hi, I’m JJ Johnson. I have lived in Bellingham for seven years with my beautiful wife Stephanie and my two rad boys, Jonah and Oliver. I grew up in the mountains of Colorado. I was introduced to Jesus, and gave my life to Him, when I was 17 years old. After High School I pursued a career in snowboarding for 10 years. We love the PNW and we love our community! I have been involved in ministry for around 10 years and have been a pastor for 3. I am very privileged to be one of the pastors here at the the Bridge. I am excited to be overseeing the Children’s ministry at the Bridge. Our purpose is to point our children to Jesus. We desire to establish their hearts in the greatness of God’s love for them and in the truth of His Word. I tell them what God tells me; “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer 29:11
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Ruben Valle – Associate Pastor – Marriage & Family, Counseling, Men’s Ministry
My name is Ruben Valle. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Los Angeles in 1984 where I met the love of my life my wife, Linda. Together we have 4 children, Ruben, Andrew, Justin, and Ariana. We also have 3 grandchildren, Esme, Ruby, and Jonah.
In 1985 Linda and I gave our hearts to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at Calvary Chapel West Covina. It was there that we grew in the grace and knowledge of Christ and served in Children’s ministry, Marriage ministry and home groups. It was also where I received my Pastoral training.
In 1993 we felt the Lord calling us to the Pacific North West. The Lord has been very gracious to us here, blessing both our family and ministry. He’s also given me the privileged of serving at various Calvary Chapels in the area.
At the Bridge I continue to serve the Lord and His people doing men’s ministry, marriage and Pre-martial counseling and disciplining young men who have a heart and desire to serve the Lord in full time ministry.
Linda and I are both happy and excited to be serving the Lord at the Bridge Bellingham.
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Brianna & Steven Kinsley – Worship & Music
Brianna and Steven Kinsley started leading worship at The Bridge spring of 2017. They stepped in to the role after founding worship leader Michael Kelly moved back to Austin. Brianna and Steven have a great love for people and a special gift for music and songwriting. Their music is melodic, and engaging, and they love to lead others in worshipping God. They have a heart to see other worshippers and worship leaders rise up from The Bridge.Brianna and Steven have two children, Ezekiel and Adira.