Come join us for SummerFest 2017

at Orcas Island Community Church with this year’s theme being, “MAKING ROOM AT THE TABLE: The Sacred Space of Hospitality.” OICC pastor, Brian Moss, and musician, Jeff Johnson have organized this event which will feature speakers, Rev. Ben Patterson, Rabbi Carl Kinbar, Rev. Matt Canlis & Dr. Julie Canlis along with musician in residence, John Van Deusen.

As we did last year, we will not be offering camping (it is available at Moran State Park if you reserve it soon), lunches, BagEnd Cafe or Sundance films. But there will still be great speakers, music, art, and lots of free time to enjoy the restorative Orcas Island ambiance along with the friends you’ve gotten accustomed to seeing once a year!

Register Now (This event may fill up) at

$100 per Adult

$50 for College Students and Teens

Free for 12 and under

Summerfest schedule


6:00 pm Dinner & Opening Reception (open to all registrants!)
  Pizza, Salad, Dessert dinner catered by Deer Harbor Inn


8:30 am Coffee/Pastries/Retail/Registration
9:30 am Contemplative Worship with Jeff Johnson
10:00 am Ben Patterson, The Gigantic Secret
10:45 am Coffee Break
11:00 am Carl Kinbar, The Sacred Table: Lessons from Jesus’ Bible
Noon Lunch, Afternoon Activities, & Dinner (on your own)
7:00 pm Screening of Godspeed by Matt Canlis
     followed by panel discussion


8:30 am Coffee/Pastries/Retail/Registration
9:30 am Contemplative Worship with Jeff Johnson and Roy Salmond
10:00 am Ben Patterson, Indiscriminate Thanks
10:45 am Coffee Break
11:00 am Julie Canlis, No Man is an Island: from Individualism to Community
Noon Lunch, Afternoon Activities, & Dinner (on your own)
7:00 pm Concert by John Van Deusen (free to the public!)


9:30 am Morning Worship
     Ben Patterson preaching, Inner Health Made Audible (Psalm 95)
5:00 pm Vespers, Meditation by Carl Kinbar


  • Rev. Ben Patterson

    The Reverend Ben Patterson began his duties as Campus Pastor at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California spring semester 2001. As Campus Pastor, he is responsible for organizing the college’s chapel program, which meets three mornings a week, mentoring students, counseling, and encouraging every person in the Westmont community to grow toward their full maturity in Christ.

    He is a contributing editor to Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, and was previously a contributing editor and editorial writer with The Wittenberg Door. Ben has written several books including: Serving God: The Grand Essentials of Work & Worship, Waiting: Finding Hope When God Seems Silent, Deepening Your Conversation with God, The Prayer Devotional Bible, He Has Made Me Glad, and God’s Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms, and Muscular Faith. 

    Ben served the New Providence Presbyterian Church of New Jersey from 1989 until his appointment as Dean of the Chapel at Hope College in 1993. From 1975 to 1989 he was with the Irvine Presbyterian Church of California, of which he was the founding pastor. Ben was also minister of youth and adult education at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church of California. Previous to that he was assistant minister to college students at the First Baptist Church of Pomona, California working with the Claremont Colleges.

    Ben Patterson earned his bachelor’s degree from La Verne University in 1966 and his master’s of divinity from The American Baptist Seminary of the West in 1972. He and his wife, Lauretta, have four grown children – Dan, Joel, Andy and Mary and several grandchildren.

  • rabbi carl kinbar

    Carl came to faith in the Messiah during the Jesus movement of the 1970s, along with many other young Jewish men and women. He was fortunate to be discipled in a congregation that emphasized worship, serving others, and teaching.  These emphases were imprinted on his personal and family life, and motivated his involvement in serving the poor, small group leadership, and eventually lay teaching. 

    One of Carl’s early teachers awakened his curiosity about the contributions of the Old Testament and Judaism to biblical understanding and a Judeo-Christian world view. This set much of his agenda for personal study, teaching, and spiritual practice from that point forward. After two decades in various congregational leadership roles, Carl returned to formal studies to earn a doctoral degree in Early Judaism. He emerged from this period in his life with an ever-deepening appreciation for the role of the Old Testament in the thought and practice of Jesus and the apostles and its importance for believers in our day. 

    For the past twenty years, Carl has continued to teach in congregational, conference, and school settings. As an ordained Messianic Jewish rabbi, he serves primarily among Jewish believers in online settings. His main affiliation is with the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI), where he has served in teaching, curricular design, consulting, and administrative capacities. He is currently on the MJTI Jewish Studies and Rabbinic Studies faculties. 

    Carl also directs and teaches with the New School for Jewish Studies, an online adult education school.

  • rev. matt canlis & dr. julie canlis

    Matt is an ordained minister in the Church of Scotland, and currently serves at Trinity Church in Wenatchee. Previously he was the minister at Methlick Church, Aberdeenshire, for six years. Matt has his M.Lit. in Theology from the University of St. Andrew’s, his M.Div. from Regent College, and his B.A. in History from the University of Washington. Matt grew up in Seattle, washing dishes at his family restaurant and listening to his father teach John’s Gospel to business people in an upstairs room. He married his childhood sweetheart Julie and is now the father of four children.  Matt and Julie co-founded The Abbey Summer School in Edinburgh, where Julie teaches and Matt serves as Summer School Chaplain. 

    Julie currently teaches at Whitworth University in their theology MA program. She received a Ph.D. in Theology (University of St Andrews), a Masters of Christian Studies (emphasis in Spiritual Theology, Regent College), and has a B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas (University of Washington). Julie wrote her doctoral dissertation in Scotland, a work published as Calvin’s Ladder: A Spiritual Theology of Ascent and Ascension (Eerdmans, 2010), which grapples with Calvin’s vision for the way humanity ‘becomes itself’ by participating in Christ. It won the Templeton Prize for Theological Promise in 2007 and the Christianity Today Award of Merit for Theology in 2011. She is married to Matt, stays at home with their four children, and teaches Sunday School for 10-12 year olds. She is committed to slow food and slow church.

  • artist in residence

    John van deusen

    John is a prolific singer/songwriter from Washington State whose songs blend insightful lyrics with simple, memorable melodies. Starting at the age of 17, Van Deusen was the primary singer/songwriter for the indie-rock band The Lonely Forest (2004-2014). TLF released four full length albums and toured North America regularly. Their third album, 'Arrows' (2011) received NPR's "Best New Artist" award and in 2011 The Seattle Weekly named Van Deusen the best male vocalist in Seattle. Following heavy touring, Van Deusen decided in 2014 to take a break from performing and The Lonely Forest went on indefinite hiatus. 

    After two years of traveling, writing and recording, Van Deusen is gearing up to release four full length solo albums in 2017- 2018 as a part of an album series entitled '(I Am) Origami'. The series will be released through newly created Monopath Records, an independent record label headquartered in Van Deusen's small island hometown of Anacortes, WA. All four releases explore different sonic and lyrical stylings, with many songs vigorously kicking typical pop trappings to the sidelines. As a whole the series openly discusses Van Deusen's struggles with doubt, depression and more recently his strong love and devotion to Jesus.