Chinook Baptist Church was established in the farming community north of Pasco, WA, in the mid-1950’s, by several families who wanted to attend church, but lived too far from town to make the drive into Pasco every week. Even today, there are still a few folks attending who helped start Chinook so many years ago.
Over the last fifty years, Chinook Baptist Church has seen many people join and has been blessed by several great pastors during that time as well. The church was especially blessed to have Pastor Rick Ager serve as pastor for many years (from Sept. 1991 till Feb. 2007). Under his leadership, the church experienced tremendous spiritual growth, many ministries were established in the community, and a number of people were prepared for full-time ministry. Many are still serving in full-time ministry today, both here in the United States and also on a number of foreign mission fields. In February 2007, after fifteen years of faithful ministry, the Lord took Pastor Ager home to Heaven.
One of those greatly influenced by Pastor Ager’s ministry was a young man named Bill Miller. He attended Chinook during his junior and senior high school years, left in 1997 to attend Bible College, and subsequently served at Faith Baptist Church in Spokane, WA, under the leadership of Pastor Greg Boyle. After seeking God’s will for who would become their next pastor, in December, 2007, Chinook voted for Pastor Miller to fill the position. The Millers are thrilled the Lord blessed them with the opportunity to return to Chinook to minister with such a great church family here in the Columbia Basin.
Over the years, the north Pasco area (as well as the Tri-Cities as a whole) has experienced tremendous growth. Though many of the names and faces have changed throughout the years, we here at Chinook Baptist Church are still going strong and endeavoring to shine as lights for Christ in the north Pasco area. We are a Bible-believing church that cares for people, seeks to glorify Christ in every area of our lives, and strives to preach and teach God’s Word in a relevant way that will be helpful to you and your family. Our desire is that people everywhere would be won to Christ and that every believer might “…grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)
God has been very good to the people of Chinook Baptist Church through the years. Going forward, we are more excited than ever for what the Lord has in store for us in the future, and we would love for you to visit us soon!