A safe haven for those in desperate need
Since 1923, Lighthouse Mission Ministries has provided shelter, meals, and compassionate services to men, women, and children of Whatcom County in need – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Ron Buchinski since 2004, Lighthouse Mission Ministries (LMM) has grown to a four-building campus including nine different overnight shelters, a drop-in center, an eye clinic, and a childcare center. As a Christian gospel ministry, LMM receives no government or United Way funds, and is generously supported by our local community. The LMM Foundation also supports the Mission with expansion projects and large non-general fund purchases.
Statement of Faith
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection and His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return to power and glory.
- We believe in the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.
Lighthouse Mission Ministries Staff
Ron Buchinski – Executive Director
Planning, implementing, and supervising inner-city programming full time since 1987, Ron Buchinski has been Executive Director of Lighthouse Mission Ministries in Bellingham since August 2004. Ron is a seven-year Army active-duty Vietnam-era veteran, drafted in 1972. From 1973 to 1987, Ron served on church staffs as an administrator, youth pastor and pastor, including managing the Staff Chapel at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1977-78. He is a 1984 graduate of Appalachian Bible College (BA), served as Executive Director in Lincoln, Nebraska for 10 years at the People’s City Mission and as Administrative Vice-President of the People’s City Mission Foundation. Ron also served as Community Services Director at the Rescue Mission of Utica, NY for eight years. He started a Drop-In Center there, as well as in Rome, NY, and also set up a Representative Payee program for disability recipients. Ron is grateful to his wonderful wife of 39 years, Pat, for her support and assistance during their ministry together. They have three grown, married daughters and eight grandchildren.
Hans Erchinger-Davis – Assoc. Executive Director
Davis was born in Bellingham, WA, studied business at Western Washington University, and theology at Regent College, Vancouver. He has worked internationally in the tech industry and is an award winning filmmaker. He presently works as Associate Executive Director for Lighthouse Mission Ministries. He is married with a daughter and son.
Rachel Tinnell – Development Director
Originally from Arizona, Rachel moved to Bellingham to attend Western. She graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Human Services. During her last year in the Human Services program, she interned with the Development Department. The staff couldn’t bear the thought of her leaving, so a new position was created and she was hired on after graduating. In 2014, she became Development Director after Susan Sutton’s retirement. Rachel loves the outdoors and is a loyal Seattle Sounders fan!
Bridget Reeves – Women’s Ministries Manager
Bridget Reeves was born in Seattle and spent most of her growing up years in Issaquah, WA. She then spent two years studying public speaking and ministry at Point Loma Nazarene University before transferring to Western Washington University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She’s currently continuing her education at Western Seminary. Bridget loves to run and is married to Justin Reeves, who also serves at LMM as Drop-In Center Supervisor.
Steve Clark – Men’s Client Care Coordinator
Bernie Tiersma – Operations Manager
Request a Speaker
Several of our Mission staff are ready to share with your group, business, or church. Let us know if you’d like us to speak about the Mission or more homelessness in general. We can adjust to the time frame you need (from five minutes to an hour+). Staff have previously spoken at:
- Clubs and Associations
- Sunday School Classes
- Church Services (Brief Announcement or Full Message)
- School Classrooms
Or if you’d like to come to us, we have a conference room that can be reserved for up to 14 people. Or bring your group on a Mission tour (see below).
Arrange a Tour
Fill this out or call (360) 733-5120 to let us know you’d like to come on a tour. Groups and individuals of all ages are welcome. Our four buildings are accessible and equipped with ramps and elevators. We welcome hearing from you and would love to show you around!
We’re always able to lead tours Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm. Special arrangements can be made for weekend or evening tours depending on staff availability.
Information to come soon!
The Light House Mission was founded in 1923 by Thomas Boston and his wife Elizabeth. It was a continuation of a work the Bostons began in Seattle on October 24, 1921, called the Gospel Missionary League, established as a safe haven for those in desperate human need.
In 1924 the Boston’s moved to Bellingham and opened the Light House Mission on October 5, 1924. On February 16, 1925 the name change to Light House Rescue Mission was recorded. On August 19, 1930 the name was changed again to Light House Rescue Mission and Seaman’s League. The Bostons served until December of 1937, when they turned the work over to Rev. and Mrs. John Nilsen, and moved back to Seattle.