Tim Westerberg

Senior Pastor

Tim grew up in Bellevue, WA and attended Northwest Nazarene University where he met, fell in love and married his wife Jan.  They have two daughters and six grandchildren.  While serving the Lord as a teacher and administrator God called Tim into pastoral ministry first as a staff pastor and eventually as a lead pastor.  After serving a Nazarene congregation in Mount Vernon, WA for 7 years Tim was invited to come and serve the Hillcrest congregation in 1998.  Tim’s passion is teaching God’s Word in a way that the gospel comes alive and becomes applicable to everyday life.  He also enjoys building bridges into people’s lives so that through those friendships God’s Spirit can help them see and fulfill His plan and purpose for their life.  On a personal level Tim enjoys anything that has to do with his grandkids, spending time at the family cabin on Mt. Hood, playing golf and riding bikes with Jan in their favorite vacation spot…Sunriver, Oregon.

Lynelle Aarhus

Director of Family Life

Lynelle has a passion for helping young people become the champions God created them to be. She attended Northwest Nazarene University and later graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Psychology. Lynelle has served in volunteer or staff ministry positions within the Nazarene Church for twelve years, focusing on the transforming power of God’s Word to change the lives of ordinary people. One of her favorite life verses is from The Message: It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11-12. 

Austin Elleby

Student Ministries Pastor

Austin grew up in Renton Washington and attended Enumclaw Church of the Nazarene as a student and a youth leader. After receiving a call to youth ministry Austin attended Northwest Nazarene University to major in Youth Ministry and minor in Christian Ministries. While receiving his degrees Austin had numerous opportunities in leadership on the campus of NNU and at Tree City Church of the Nazarene in Boise ID. Austin was invited to join the Hillcrest staff in May of 2019 serving as the Student and Family Integration Pastor. Austin seeks to engage in the youth of Clark County with the love of Christ. Instilling in them a lifelong faith and relationship with Jesus. On a personal level Austin loves sports, hiking, and working on automobiles. His favorite verse is Romans 1:16 “For I am unashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to all who believe. First to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”

Jacob Flaherty

Director of Worship Ministries

I grew up in a Christian home where godly values were modeled for me. I made a choice to follow Christ when I was very young, and can point to an incredible church and school that helped mold and shape who I am today. However, looking back at my life decisions, I now recognize my motivation and behavior was driven more from a desire to please others than to please God.

This root motivator changed significantly during and after pursuing a music degree at George Fox University. Through a challenging time of feeling lost and personal discovery, I took my faith seriously. Taking the time to write down who I was, what I believed, and why was integral in discovering that I have a love and anointing for Worship ministry.

I am still growing every day and recognize that without the wisdom and mentorship from past and current leaders in my life, I would not be the man I am today. To those mentors and leaders… thank you for taking the time to speak into my life and guide me to maturity. Catherine and I met after college, and I absolutely believe God brought her into my life when I needed her most. Together, we have a beautiful, shy baby girl named Christina. Walks, exploring new cities, board game nights, music, and Netflix are favorite pastimes in our family.

Lindsay Allen

Director of Children's Ministries

Lindsay was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She attended college at Trevecca Nazarene University and earned her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education in 2007. She met her Washington native husband, Bobby, at Trevecca and they were married in 2006. After starting a family in 2009, they moved to Davenport, Iowa, spent 4 years there, and had another child. Finally in 2013 the family of 4 relocated to the Vancouver area and has since added 2 more children to their family. Lindsay and her family have now been attending Hillcrest since 2013 and have been involved in many events, programs, and ministries. After volunteering as the preschool teacher for 2 years, Lindsay accepted the position of Director of Children’s Ministries in 2018. Lindsay has a deep affection for kids and a desire to help guide them to a greater understanding of God’s love and His design on their lives. Lindsay also enjoys knitting, horseback riding, sweet tea, and time spent with her family. “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Kristin Borders

Nursery and Preschool

Kristin is a northwest girl, spending most of her life living in the Vancouver area. She started attending Hilcrest at a young age with her family. As she grew up her passion for the children of this church developed into a calling to be involved the Children’s Ministry Department. She started as a volunteer working with preschool and elementary on Sundays assisting where the staff needed. Later her role moved to teaching the preschool Sundays as well as Tuesday mornings and assisting Wednesday Night Preschool activities and VBS in the summers. During this time, she began to fully see the plan God had for her in the ministry to teach and lead. To assist with her goals, she attended Clark College for a degree in Early Childhood Education and completed it in 2019. In 2018 as she was finishing schooling, she was offered the position working with our Preschool and Nursery age children, and she graciously accepted. On her off time she loves knitting, hanging out with good friends around a table playing games and eating, or traveling to places she has never been before.

Julie Luedtke

Office Manager

Julie grew up in Portland, OR, and attended Portland First Church of the Nazarene, where she eventually worked as a secretary for seven years. After attending Northwest Nazarene (College) University for one year, Julie earned her AA Degree in Accounting from Clark College here in Vancouver. She was invited to work at Hillcrest in 2000. Julie and her husband, Lance Luedtke were married in 2003 at Hillcrest. To Julie it is a humbling thing to be surrounded by the Hillcrest Family who exemplify the following scripture. Colossians 3:12-15: “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”

Verla Barker

Receptionist