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Copalis Community Church

Copalis Community Church

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Copalis Community Church
Copalis Community Church
Copalis Community Church
Copalis Community Church
Copalis Community Church
Copalis Community Church


Lord's Day Services
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00am
Sunday Evening Worship 7:00pm
From The Pulpit
Main Phone
Copalis Community Church
We gather every Lords Day to glorify God and to exalt His son, Jesus Christ — the One whose death and resurrection gives us peace with God and the hope of heaven.


3140 State Route 109
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United States
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Jim Richards
Jim Richards


Pastor Jim Richards grew up in Shelton, WA, self-proclaimed Christmas tree capital of the world. After graduating in 1965, Jim joined the US Air Force and served in the Philippines and Thailand. After leaving the Air Force in 1969, Jim attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, on a football scholarship. He graduated in 1973 with a degree in Economics. He worked in the food processing industry, eventually managing a department for Ocean Spray Cranberries near Aberdeen, WA.

He met and married Janella Teppo at PLU. They had 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughter, together. While working at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Jim and his family began attending Copalis Community Church in Copalis Beach, WA. In the fall of 1979 Jim received a call into the ministry and he returned to Multnomah Bible College in Portland, OR, to finish a graduate program in ministry he had started after college. After graduating from Multnomah Bible College in the spring of 1980, Jim and his young family moved to Rosebud, MT, to serve with Village MIssions. They served churches in Montana, Idaho and Washington.

In December 1991, Jim was asked by Copalis Community Church to return there as Pastor. He moved back to Copalis Beach in June of 1992 to follow Pastor Newt Rasor, who had started the church in 1933, serving as pastor for 59 years. Pastor Jim has pastored at Copalis Community Church for 30 years (2022), so he is the second pastor in the 89-year history of the church. His son Jeremy assists him with preaching and teaching at the church.

Copalis Beach has transitioned from a thriving beach town to a quiet wide spot in the road, but it continues have a vibrant ministry and testimony. The church averages 50-60 in attendance each week. There is a Sunday School for all ages and Sunday morning and Sunday evening worship services that focus on preaching and teaching the Word of God. Pastor Jim hosts a weekly TV program, Raise The Tide, on Christian Cable Ministries in Aberdeen, WA. Pastor Rasor began the program in 1980 and Jim followed him in 2004.

Pastor Jim’s first wife Janella died of cancer, after a 16-year battle, in 2004. They had been married 32 years. He and Sondra Sweet married in 2006 and together they have 4 children (Pastor Jim’s oldest son died of cancer 2014) and they have 18 grandchildren. They are excited about what God is doing in Copalis Beach and they invite you to be a part of the Lord’s work there.


Copalis Community Church Food Pantry

Food Pantry

Copalis Community Church Food Pantry began in the early 1980's when Sue Rotchford began stocking food in a church closet and giving it out to people as they had needs. The food ministry grew during the 80's and the church rented a building across the street to gather, store and distribute food to a growing clientele. In 1998, several people contributed to build a 2000 square foot food bank on the church property. Over time we added a walk-in cooler and freezer, allowing us to store food longer. This beautiful, functional building has been serving people on the North Beach for the last 24 years.

Over 20 volunteers serve faithfully to distribute approximately 200,000 pounds of food a year. The food comes from many sources == the government, Coastal Harvest, Food Lifeline, and private purchases. The Food Bank is open weekly from 1:30 pm to 5:30pom, providing quality food to 50-100 families a week. We serve everyone regardless of sex, race, or income levels. It is our goal to value everyone who comes to us for help. We Also have a clothing bank to help families in these tight times.

The Food Bank relies entirely on donations to purchase items to give away. There are several individuals who donate regularly, but we are always grateful for donations that come through local businesses and institutions. We are a Washington non-profit, organized under the auspices of Copalis Community Church. The Food Bank has a working board that is supervised by the church board. Our non-profit number is: 91-0823403. Thank you for considering support for us.
Copalis Community Church Food Pantry
  • Teri Fleischacker
  • 406-253-5476
Meeting Information
The Copalis Food Pantry is open Wednesday's from 1:30pm until 5:30pm.


Doctrinal Statement
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  • We Believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God, and that they are the supreme and final authority on faith and life (1 Timothy 3:16). 
  • We believe in one God, eternal, existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19,20). 
  • We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, his virgin birth, sinless life, death, resurrection, present exaltation at God's right hand, and personal and imminent return (John 1:1-4; 1 John 5:20; 1 John 2:22, 23). 
  • We Believe that salvation is provided through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ and that all who believe and receive Him are justified by faith on the grounds of His shed blood (Romans 6:23; Titus 3:5; Romans 5:1; John 1:12). 
  • We believe that man was created in the image of God, without sin; but the whole human race fell in the sin of the first Adam, and apart from Christ is spiritually dead and lost (Romans 5:12; 3:23).
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, the Comforter sent by the Lord Jesus Christ to indwell, to guide, and to teach the believer, and to reprove the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement (John 14:16,17; Romans 8:11).
  • We believe that Satan is a personal being and has control over unregenerated mankind (1 Peter 5:8,9; Ephesians 2:1-3).
  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved unto everlasting life and blessedness in Heaven, and the resurrection of the unsaved unto everlasting punishment in Hell (John 5:28,29; 11:25,26).
  • We believe that the Church is the Body and Bride of Christ, consisting only of those who are born again, for whom He now makes intercession in Heaven and for whom He shall come again (1 Corinthians 12:12,13; Ephesians 1:22,23).
  • We believe that all believers are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ at one's conversion (1 Corinthians 12:13), and they are equipped with one or more spiritual gifts for the edification of the Body of Christ and the glory of God (1 Corinthians 12:4; 14:1, Galatians 5:22,23).
  • We believe that the church is to be involved in local and world missions (Matthew 28:19,20).


 In October of 1933 20-year old Newt Rasor sat in a wooden chair waiting for the Copalis Beach school commissioner’s decision on his request to use the school for a weekly Sunday School class. The previous Sunday Newt’s pastor in nearby Aberdeen challenged everyone to do something for Christ and not just sit there in church, which is why Newt sat before the school commissioners waiting for their answer.

One of the commissioners spoke for the others when he told Newt, “There will be a Sunday School in this school over my dead body!” Dejected, but still hopeful, young Newt realized that if there was going to be an outreach in Copalis Beach, it would take a miracle.What Newt didn’t know was that God had gone before him and prepared the miracle, which was 14-year old Evelyn Burlingame. Evelyn’s family had moved from Aberdeen to Copalis Beach that summer and she was disappointed that there was no Sunday School to attend, so she started praying, asking God to provide a place for her to worship and learn about God. A week after Newt’s rejection he received word that the “over my dead body” commissioner had died unexpectedly that week! Sensing God’s hand in the situation, he attended the next school commissioner’s meeting to resubmit his request and, to his delight and God’s glory, the other commissioners were now more than happy to allow a Sunday School class in the school on Sunday mornings. 

Young Evelyn Burlingame witnessed first-hand the power of God, seeing that “nothing is impossible with God.” Her prayers not only helped start the Sunday School, but, the following year, a regular church service was added. Several years later she would meet her future husband, a new teacher at nearby Ocean City, when he attended church in Copalis Beach. Even though she and her husband moved to Union Gap, WA, in the1950’s, she continued to support Copalis Community Church financially and with her prayers her whole life. Newt faithfully pastored the small church at Copalis Beach through the depression and WW II years. In the early 1950’s he met young Margaret Sealy at a Bible camp in Grayland, WA. They fell in love and married after a year of courtship and the small church really took off when the new town of Ocean Shores was established nearby in the early 60’s. To accommodate the growing congregation, a beautiful new church was built in 1967. Newt and Margaret raised 5 children and enjoyed over 50 years of marriage in Copalis Beach. Together, they impacted 3 generations of North Beach families the 59 years Newt pastored there. 100’s of men, women and children were led to Jesus Christ during their ministry there and their legacy lives on among the many people who are faithfully serving Jesus with their lives. One of Newt’s favorite sayings was, “You can’t out give God,” and he was living proof of that. 

Jim Richards began attending Copalis Community Church in 1978 after moving there in the spring of that year. In the fall of 1979 I received a call from God to serve Him in the ministry and left Copalis Beach in January of 1980 to minister with Village Missions for 12 years. In January of 1992 Newt called and asked me to follow in his footsteps, which I did, becoming the second pastor at Copalis Community Church in June of 1992. Newt is with the Lord now, but in October of this year (2019) the church he started celebrated 86 years of ministry in Copalis Beach. Even though Copalis Beach has experienced hardships and is now just a wide place in the road, God continues to bless the church with His presence in people’s lives there.

In 1966 the church faced financial hardships and was tempted to take a loan to finish building the new sanctuary. Newt was driving to Lake Quinault one afternoon when the Lord spoke to him, promising, “Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10) Newt continued “opening his mouth”, preaching the Word, and God faithfully provided for the church’s needs up until the present time. We do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ who died, was buried, and rose again to redeem a people for Himself. We proclaim that nothing is impossible with God and we live to exalt Him. He is worthy!