About Us


Spring Creek Bible Church is a non-denominational church, committed to the clear teaching and application of the Bible. The heartbeat of our ministry is to make disciples of Jesus Christ, as directed by our Lord in Matthew 28:19, 20. Obedient discipleship is manifested by a personal and corporate commitment to three priorities in Scripture: Worship, Edification and Evangelism.

We seek to exalt our glorious Lord in word and deed, strengthen fellow believers through authentic fellowship, and share the message of salvation with those who are lost. If you desire to actively participate and serve in a congregation that will both challenge you and care for you, SCBC may be the church for you.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of Spring Creek Bible Church (SCBC) is to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Our Leadership

The Chief Shepherd is most certainly the Lord of the church, Jesus Christ. His Word, the Bible, stands above all men as the authority that must be obeyed in all things. Biblically then, individual church families are to be led by a plurality of qualified men as described in Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3.  In terms of our polity, we prefer the term “Elder Served” to refer to the heart motive of church leadership at Spring Creek. As God leads the biblically qualified men who aspire to shepherd the local “flock” of believers assembled here, it is for the glory of God and the blessing of one and all that the course is set by the elders for our vision and distinctives.

For nearly thirty years Pastor Steve Balvanz has led our Elder Board and church family in the pursuit of God at Spring Creek Bible Church. He and our Assistant Pastors, Mark Lind and Curtis Tyler, serve alongside Rob Freeman, Gary Jordan, Craig Moir, and Neil V. as our current elders. We also aim to continue offering avenues of equipping to raise up new elders, deacons, and leaders for tomorrow.

Spring Creek also appoints deacons (servants) to serve in specific areas of service and ministry in keeping with their role–a role that began in church history in the Jerusalem church as seen in Acts 6 and demonstrated in numerous passages in the New Testament.

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Our Beliefs

As a non-denominational church committed to the clear teaching and application of the Bible, we aim to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ. To accomplish that goal, doctrine matters! We believe it is important to be very clear in what we believe and so we provide an extensive booklet called Our Doctrines and Distinctives. Other informative materials are available in our information rack located in the church foyer. As you learn more about SCBC, we hope to have the privilege of learning more about you and how we can assist you in knowing, worshipping, and serving the Lord. We would be delighted to meet with you personally to answer any questions you have.

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Our History

For over 58 years, through many challenges and joys, God has faithfully built His church at Spring Creek Bible Church, formerly Silver Beach Community Church. Upholding the Word of God and making disciples of Jesus Christ has been our commitment for over half a century and, by God’s grace, it will continue to be for generations to come.

The original church building was located in Bellingham on the northwest corner of the property overlooking Lake Whatcom at the corner of Silver Beach Avenue and Northshore Drive. The church was built sometime before 1910. The basement was used for public school until the Silver Beach School was built in 1911. From 1910-1930 several pastors helped shepherd the Silver Beach Methodist Episcopal Church: Rev. Squires, George Lander, A. McCollough, Rev. J.M Cause, and C.B. Sears.

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Our Policies

Every church needs to land on various policies that guide day-to-day decisions. A number of our policies are available here through our website and others are available from the church office. While a number of the guidelines are clearly subjective and not “thus saith the Lord”, you will find our policies helpful to understand the feel, priorities, and vision of our church family.

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