Our Team

at Oak Harbor

Dedicated Followers of Christ

Our staff at Oak Harbor is made up of dedicated servants to God’s work in today’s world who want to bring the best to you and your family. Our pastors are passionate and caring

Dr. Benjamin Norris, Senior Pastor

Pastor Ben grew up in a military family, and lived in many parts of the USA. “PB” graduated from the University of Washington with a BA—Business Administration/Accounting; then completed Masters & Doctoral degrees from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City.  He started an inner-city ministry in K.C., served as Senior Pastor in California and has been here in Oak Harbor since 1992. Married to Lisa for 35 years, they enjoy Northwest life together, including hiking, backpacking, salmon fishing, crabbing, and wandering through national parks and historical sites.

“PB” has an extensive theological library and currently serves as Senior Pastor, WaPac District Secretary, Chair of the Ministerial Board, and is a Trustee to Northwest Nazarene University (NNU). He digs epic movies, blackberry pies, the Orioles, Packers, Mariners and Seahawks. But most of all, “Go Huskies!”

“My one wish is to introduce every person I ever meet to the greatest Person they can ever know.” Matthew 9:36-37

Lisa Norris, Children's Pastor

Lisa was born in California, but grew up in a ministry family in Kansas City.  She attended & served as Early Childhood Director at KC First Church of the Nazarene until becoming a pastor’s wife. Lisa earned a BA—Early Childhood Development from Mid-America Nazarene University, & taught 2nd grade in Kansas City.  She has always had a passion for leading children into a deeper life of God’s amazing grace and love, working as Children’s Director on staff with Ben in California and currently serving in that role at Oak Harbor.

She enjoys hiking, gardening, quilting and spending time with Ben and Archie, their black lab. The first thought in her mind every morning is “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

Her life scripture is Psalm 121.

Dr. Ivan Lathrop, Care & Connections Pastor

An ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and a registered counselor, Pastor Ivan got his start at Seattle Pacific University and graduated from Northwest Nazarene University. They were only colleges back then, but who’s counting?!  He went on to Nazarene Theological Seminary, earning both Masters and Doctor of Ministry degrees.

In 60+ years of marriage, Ivan and Virginia have had a very interesting ministry as a Senior Pastor in the States, as well as 10 years in Lebanon, 5 in Jordan, and 6 in Japan teaching in the College. They are proud parents of 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Pastor Ivan loves the Bible, the Mariners, Seahawks, Huskies, and marriage and family counseling.

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