Welcome to the Church of the Nazarene

The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, tracing its roots to an anniversary date of 1908. It was founded to spread the message of scriptural holiness (Christlike living) across the lands. Today the Church of the Nazarene is located in 162 world areas.

The Church of the Nazarene is a Great Commission church. Our mission is to make Christlike disciples in the nations. We believe that God offers to everyone forgiveness, peace, joy, purpose, love, meaning in life, and the promise of heaven when life is over by entering and experiencing a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are called to take this message to people everywhere.

The Church of the Nazarene is also a holiness church. We believe that Christians can experience a deeper level of life in which there is victory over sin, power to witness and serve, and a richer fellowship with God, all through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

With over 28,000 congregations, our vision and mission embraces the entire world. Each local congregation of the Church of the Nazarene is a faith community ready to greet you in Jesus' name. There you will discover opportunities not only to encounter Jesus as your Savior and Lord but also to grow as a follower of Christ. Local churches offer worship, opportunities for serving others, fellowship, and training. We invite you to experience the unique fellowship of your nearby Church of the Nazarene.

You can learn more about the mission, history, purpose, basic beliefs, Articles of Faith, and core values of the Church of the Nazarene by clicking here.

Our Mission
What We Believe
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Establishing and resourcing the development of healthy churches.

Our Vision

Cultivating Christ-like Leaders

We envision the district partnering with local churches to provide training in spiritual formation through a variety of creative, collaborative and strategic teams to both clergy and laity.

We envision the district encouraging local churches in the honoring of their pastor(s) through the encouragement of spiritual, emotional and physical health and engaging pastors in a process of personal renewal, and, when needed, rehabilitation and restoration.

We envision the district partnering with local churches to affirm, equip and mentor those called to ministry through the Board of Ministerial Development.

Cultivating Missional Vision

We envision the district creating purposeful strategies that will encourage a “Great Commission” and “Great Commandment” focus in all local churches.

We envision the district celebrating with local churches as we work together to realize new congregations.

We envision the district communicating a clear vision to reach western Washington for Christ at district gatherings and events.

Cultivating Strategic Networks

We envision the district resourcing local churches through various effective means.

We envision the district mobilizing church planting teams and transitioning church teams as well as other teams determined to be necessary by the needs of local churches.

We envision the district organizing itself into smaller regional groupings to increase effectiveness. Pastors must be equipped and encouraged to minister and mentor one another.

Cultivating Continual Renewal

We envision the district calling local churches to prayer.

We envision the district supporting ongoing assessment of local churches and their ministries.

We envision the district encouraging churches to utilize relevant models in evangelism and discipleship.

What We Believe

We believe in one God-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.

We believe that people are born with a fallen nature, and are, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.

We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.

We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.

We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.

We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.

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Superintendent and Staff


Rev. Jerry

District Superintendent

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Rev. Jerry Kester is the superintendent of the Washington Pacific District Church of the Nazarene and lives with his wife Sharon in Olympia. Prior to his election to district superintendent in 2011, he served as the lead pastor in Twin Falls, Idaho for 17 years.

Jerry grew up in Boise, Idaho and attended Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, where he earned a BA and MA in religion. The early years of his ministry were involved with youth. He served four local congregations as pastor to students, including 10 years in Kent, Washington, and 3 at Nampa 1st Church in Nampa, Idaho, where he was an adjunct professor of youth ministry at Northwest Nazarene University.

He has served the Church of the Nazarene on a variety of boards and committees, including The General NYI Council, Intermountain District Advisory Board and is currently a member of the NNU Board of Trustees.

Jerry and Sharon have 2 Sons. Greg, and his wife Denice, live in Nampa, Idaho, with a grandson Declan. Brad, and his wife Merrily, live in San Diego, California. Sharon loves all things domestic, and is a retired Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. She also serves on staff with the district as the Washington Pacific Board of Ministry Registrar. Jerry enjoys woodworking and tries to play golf.

The mission of the Washington Pacific District is: Establishing and Resourcing the Development of Healthy Churches. Jerry and Sharon are passionate about fulfilling that work.



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Administrative Assistant

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Office Assistant/Board of Ministry Registrar


Justin Barksdale

District SDMI President



Samoan Ministries Coordinator

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