Birchwood Presbyterian Church

Ministry Staff

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Greg Ellis
Pastor and Head of Staff

Greg Ellis is Birchwood’s Pastor and Head of Staff. Prior to entering the ministry, Greg worked as a business consultant for 4 years then went back to school to study law at the University of Texas. Upon graduation, he practiced education law for 10 years, but when God called Greg to the ministry, he moved to Vancouver, BC, completing a Master of Divinity degree at Regent College in 2007. Before coming to Birchwood, Greg served as Associate Pastor at First & Calvary Presbyterian Church in Springfield, MO, for 7 years. Greg’s wife Maggie holds a MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies. They love hiking and traveling.

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Mary Walsh
Chorale and Technical Director

Mary Walsh has recently undertaken responsibilities for the new position of Chorale and Technical Director.  She is currently directing the adult choir and looking into organizing both a children’s praise choir and a bell choir starting this fall.  She also oversees training, recruitment, and scheduling of sound/lighting and video techs.  Mary has been on staff for many years in a variety of positions.  She is married to Bob, and they have four grown daughters, including Juliet who is a member of Birchwood.  Mary and Bob also have three wonderful grandchildren.

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Bonnie Hollingsworth
Director of Christian Education for Children

Bonnie is honored to join Birchwood Christian School and Birchwood Presbyterian Church as the Director of Christian Education for Children. Her desire to help children become all they have been created to be has been her lifelong passion and calling. Bonnie’s unique set of professional experiences includes a number of positions in non-profit organizations with extensive experience in children’s ministry, community relations, and volunteer coordination. She accepted Jesus as her personal savior as a young adult while “searching for morality in our increasingly confusing morally relative world”. Originally from the San Diego area, she relocated to Bellingham in 1991 and has served in Children’s Ministries ever since. Bonnie and her husband Kelly (who also serves in Childrens Ministry) have a large “yours, mine, and ours” family of nine (yes 9!) kids and four grand kids with another grand daughter due in November 2016. Needless to say they enjoy a very active home life. As if that weren’t enough to keep her busy, She also performs in local theatre productions every chance she gets. 


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Nathan Shorb
Youth Director

Nathan is a 2013 graduate from Western Washington University, receiving a degree in Linguistics and French, and volunteered as a Youth Leader at Birchwood while attending school. Originally from Silverdale, WA, Nathan helped lead the Children’s Ministry at newlife Church and had a blast doing it, so naturally when the position at Birchwood came available, he jumped at the chance to lead the Youth Ministry. He enjoys going on hikes, road trips, and hanging out with the awesome Youth we have!