GRACE STAFF

DAX SWANSON

Senior Pastor

I have been blessed to grow up in Hawaii, attend Princeton University, serve the sick and deliver babies as a physician, experience missions in China and Africa, and above all to be on the receiving end of the blessings of a wonderful wife and two beautiful kids. My formal training has been an M.D. from U.C.S.F. and an M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary. I really do count it all loss for the wonder of the good news of Jesus Christ. I pinch myself that I get to spend my life proclaiming the gospel in expositing the Word of God chapter by chapter, verse by verse.

I've served the church in my current role since it was planted in August, 2009.

My favorite book of the Bible is any book I'm currently preaching on. Really! I love to talk about the gospel in daily living, about the hope and grace we have in Christ. Maybe that's why my two kids are named Hope and Grace!

NATHAN BARBO

Associate Pastor of Finances and Children's Ministry

I joined the staff here at Grace Church Bellingham as a part time Children’s Director before transitioning into a full time role over children, finance and facilities in 2016. To me there is no greater joy than being able to share the good news of Jesus with kids. My passion is to show kids from a young age the height of our sin and the greater depth of the gospel.


I grew up in Whatcom County and attended Western Washington University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 2015. In 2014 God blessed me with my beautiful wife Hana, whom I thank God for every day. I can’t wait to see how God continues to use us as I continue my ministry here at Grace.

SAM HEBERT

Worship & Young Adult Director

The grace of God is truly incredible, and I have been undeservingly blessed by it. I grew up in San Diego, California in a God loving family that emphasized a walk with Christ as the most important way of life. Both my parents are some of the hardest workers I've known, yet I've never seen them neglect their relationship with Jesus. They have taught me, by their words and example, how to be a disciple of the Lord. Though I fall short of His glory, they instilled in me the knowledge of His great grace and love for His children. 


I joined Grace Church Bellingham in May 2016 as a worship intern, and quickly grew to love the church family. A year and a half later I was given the opportunity to join the staff as the Worship Director and Young Adult Leader. Though my two roles are different, the mindset is the same, to honor and glorify God in all things (1 Cor 10:31), in response to God's great grace and love (1 Peter 1:3-9). I am both blessed and humbled to serve the Lord with a loving church family centered on Christ.

JONATHON MORRIS

Youth Director

My life has been full of spending time with friends and family, playing sports (any and all) but especially baseball and basketball, exploring the outdoors in any fashion, and through it all learning more about the deep crazy love God has for me! I first came to Grace Church when I started my first year at Western Washington University. I will graduate with a B.S. in Geology in March of 2018. I began as a volunteer in the youth group in 2014 and then as the intern for the middle school group the following year. I began working as the Youth Director for high school and middle school ministries at the end of 2016 and am so incredibly excited to be able to hangout and be a part of students lives on a daily basis and provide a safe place to come, be real, have a ton of fun and be shocked by the Gospel. Personally, I have been deeply encouraged and challenged by youth leaders and my youth pastor as I grew up and I desire to be a true intentional friend, a positive influence and challenger, and a humble leader for those God places in my life. 

I married an incredible and beautiful woman named Brooke in July of 2016 and I am so blessed to have her as my wife. She has a God-given gift of connecting with people in a real way because of her golden heart that is fully God’s. She has taught me, and continues to teach me, more about myself and the grace of God! We enjoy good food, hikes, hammocking, board games, a good movie, sports, and much more. We are so blessed to be able to be a part of the youth ministry at Grace as we both have been struck with the incredible truth of the life altering Gospel of Jesus Christ and are living out of the love God has for me!    

MICHELLE MOENA

Administrative Secretary

I married my husband Eric in the summer of 1995. Both of us were new believers in Jesus and were excited to grow in Him and serve his people. We have both served in church since we were married. We've been blessed to help in children's, youth, college, women's minstry, church events, and discipleship. I get to do a little of all of that as well as talk to lots of people as Grace's admin secretary. Helping or serving others is always a joy to me and never work!


Eric & I have two children, Cody (14), and Natalie (11). We live in Bellingham, with our dog, Zeke. Our family spends our summers on the saltwater fishing and camping on the islands. We love the outdoors and our beautiful state! 



LESLIE PARKS

Social Media Coordinator

There are many things I've been able to experience in this messed up, crazy, up and down life.  I married my husband, John in 1995. We were both not believers at the time and about 9 months into our marriage we found Jesus at a conference together. I would say that Jesus is the reason we are still married today. We have three fun loving teenagers who I've been able to both homeschool and send to public school. Two of my passions are photography and design which opened the door to join the staff at Grace Church in June of 2016.