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The Firs Retreat Center

RETREAT CENTER STAFF

Kirk Potter

Kirk Potter

Family Retreat Center & Community Ministries Director

Kirk Potter joined the staff in 2007 as the Director of Retreat Center and Community Ministries. He graduated from Biola University and Talbot Seminary, where he earned a BA and MA in Christian Education with an emphasis in camping. As a student, he spent 11 summers in camping, serving four different camps, including Firwood – where he was known as “Snap Biscuits” (it’s a long story).

Kirk has worked in church and camping ministries since then, including 16 years as the director of a Canadian camp. Kirk and Debbie are the parents of three children: Jeremy, Jonathan, and Halie. At home Kirk can often be found working on a house renovation project or with his head under the hood of an old car.

Phone: 360-733-6840 ext.230
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Barb Vander Meulen

Barb Vander Meulen

Accommodations Supervisor

Barb has been a staff member since 1985. She was born and raised at The Firs (Helen and Doug Anderson’s daughter). She and Bruce have two grown sons and six grandchildren; 3 granddaughters and 3 grandsons.

Phone: 360-733-6840 ext.213
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Jenny Greenleaf

Jenny Greenleaf

Office Manager & Receptionist

Jenny joined the staff in December 2000. She has a Fine Arts degree from SPU & attended Torchbearer’s Bible Schools in England (Capenwray) and Sweden (Holsbybrunn). In her free time, Jenny enjoys decorating with refurbished thriftstore finds, painting, & gardening.

Phone: 360-733-6840 ext.200
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Kim Hendrickson

Kim Hendrickson

The Firs Registrar

Kim has been involved with The Firs as a camper parent (her three boys have attended Fircreek Day Camp and Camp Firwood) and now as our Registrar.

Phone: 360-733-6840 ext.211
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Emilee Kamps

Emilee Kamps

Retreat Center Guest Services Director

Emilee Kamps was raised in Bellingham, attending Fircreek and Firwood, and working as a server in the Retreat Center Dining Room. She left for George Fox University in Oregon, where she studied Organizational Communication. In her summers at college, she worked in the kitchen at the Retreat Center and also at Washington Family Ranch. In those settings, she found retreat and camping ministry to be something God equipped and called her to do. After graduating, she went to Michigan to work at a Young Life camp for a year and found herself homesick for the mountains, trees, and her family. She is thrilled to be able to live in Whatcom County and also have her dream job! You will find Emilee outside or reading at Woods. She would love to get to know you!

Phone: 360-733-6840 ext.221

Email: Email Emilee

Brian Lingbloom

Brian Lingbloom

Facilities Manager - Retreat Center

Brian and his wife, Julie, have been volunteers at The Firs for several years before joining our staff. They have three grown children; one son and two daughters.

Phone: 360-733-6840
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Doug Scherer

Doug Scherer

Retreat Center Food Service Director

Doug Scherer and his wife, Julie, moved to Sudden Valley about three years ago to be closer to their children and grandchildren; they are still finding their way around Whatcom and Skagit County. Doug says that “one of the blessings of working at The Firs is the elimination of a 140-mile daily commute to Seattle, and believe me, I’m truly thankful for that.”

Doug comes to this position with a variety of experience in cooking, catering, and event creation. His desire is to continue the high level of quality and service that is synonymous with The Firs.

Phone: 360-733-6840 ext.222

Email: Email Doug

Glenn Grandy

Glenn Grandy

Facilities Assistant

Retreat Center Contact Info:   Emilee Kamps at 360‑733‑6840 Ext. 221  •   Email Emilee

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