Staff

Chris Eltrich, Pastor

I have the privilege of pastoring LSCC. Starting back in September of 2008, a small group commissioned and sent from Bellingham Covenant Church began praying and dreaming about planting a church in the Lettered Streets neighborhood.  We launched weekly worship gatherings on Easter of 2009 and I’ve been pastoring LSCC ever since.

What do you enjoy most about your role?      
Three things instantly come to mind:

1) I love to see people grow in Christ through using their gifts and talents within the church and, maybe even more exciting, seeing how God is using them in their areas of vocation.
2) I love studying, and proclaiming the good news of Jesus through preaching the Scriptures.

3) I love pastoring.  That is, walking with people through the ups, downs, and sacred transitions in life.  I count it as a humbling and sacred privilege to pastor.

When did you start in your position @ LSCC?
I began my adventure as the LSCC Children’s Director the summer of 2015.
What do you do at LSCC?
Officially I am the Children’s Director, but unofficially I get to be a big Sister in Christ and walk beside my younger siblings as they encounter God in new and amazing ways!
What’s something you love about (serving at) LSCC?
We are the body of Christ in motion.  No part is greater than another, but all parts are vital for us to function.  I love the various perspectives of life and the Lord.  My faith and understanding of God is fuller because of the beautiful differences united in our faith.
What’s your favorite Ice Cream flavor?
Homemade guacamole, garden fresh pico de gallo, and Juanita’s Tortilla chips beat out any ice cream flavor.
Are you a dog-person or a cat-person?
Dog for sure.
What’s your favorite book?
Depends on the day.
Tell us about your family.
My husband Jeff is a fire fighter on Bainbridge Island, but currently attending Harborview’s Paramedic School.  I have 3 radically different kids- Finley, Deklan, and Cora.  We love to play outside together- riding bikes, camping in Poppy, and finding adventure.  Legos are also a constant uniting factor in our home.

When did you start in your position @ LSCC?
I started leading cohort in the fall of 2015.
What do you do at LSCC?
I facilitate the cohort ministry (our youth).  That means I write lessons for cohort class, teach, open the youth’s eyes to the Church and their role in it, open the church’s eyes to the youth, talk to young people, make them search for whistles in bowls of ice cream, and let them dress me up in duct tape as Wonder Woman’s older sister.
What aspect of the gospel is most compelling to you?
I’m constantly struck by how the whole Bible points to God’s love for, and pursuit of us.
What’s your favorite Ice Cream flavor?
Chocolate, the darker the better.
Are you a dog-person or a cat-person?
I like other people’s dogs.  No cats.
What do you appreciate most about Bellingham/the Lettered Streets?
At LSCC, I have found a group of people who imperfectly, but sincerely pursue God… and since that’s what I’m trying to do in my life, it feels like home.
Tell us about your family.
I have four absolutely lovely children.  They keep me grounded.  I have an amazing husband who shows me grace and love everyday. We are a messy, but never boring, ‘Party in a Box’
When did you start in your position at LSCC?
August 2017
What do you do at LSCC?
Volunteer Coordinator
What’s something you love about (serving at) LSCC?
I love being connected to the body of Christ and working together to make things go smoothly in all the volunteer roles. I love knowing (almost) everyone’s name! And I love that we all take care of each other.
What’s your favorite Ice Cream flavor?
My favorite ice cream flavor is Mallard’s Coconut Chocolate Chunk with Almonds. The Best.
When did you start in your position @ LSCC?
April 2018
What do you do at LSCC?
Administrative Assistant
What’s something you love about (serving at) LSCC?
I love being a behind the scenes enabler of those serving others in our community. The Lettered Streets community is one that truly comes together, and I get to make sure everybody knows of all the things going on.
What aspect of the gospel is most compelling to you?
Christ’s uncompromising love is the most compelling piece of the gospel for me. My five year old daughter keeps reminding me that I have told her that “no matter what she does, I won’t love her any less”. That is completely true, and I love how the gospel is that same reminder for me that my heavenly father will never love me any less… no matter how much I screw up.
What’s your favorite Ice Cream flavor?
Texas roots coming out here. Blue Bell’s Moo-lennium Crunch. It could just be because that is the only type of ice cream name I can remember though…
Are you a dog-person or a cat-person?
I am a pet of any variety person.
What do you appreciate most about Bellingham/the Lettered Streets?
If you are bored it’s because you chose to be. There is always something you could be doing in Bellingham.
What’s on your bucket list?
Visit the UK, Buenos Aires, and Australia.