Reverend Bobbi Virta received her Master of Divinity with a Post-Master Certificate in Transforming Spirituality and Spiritual Direction from the Ecumenical School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. She was ordained a Minister of the United Church of Christ in 2004 and called to be the Pastor of the United Church of Ferndale in 2007. Previously, she served as Christian Education Coordinator at First Congregational Church of Bellingham for eleven years, Pastor of Custer United Methodist Church for two years and is a Certified Spiritual Director and Labyrinth Facilitator.
Her theology is: God is love. It’s that simple and that profound. Every act we take should be grounded in love and honor the Mystery of the Divine. She likes to quote Paul Tillich when talking about the nature of God – that God is bigger than humans can fathom. Pastor Bobbi believes that God is The More, the Ultimate Artist. Her faith is grounded joy and the deep connection between heaven and earth.
Pastor Bobbi is all about inclusion! We are ALL created in God’s image. Her inclusivity resounds with compassion and delight.
Her favorite Bible verse is Micah 6:8
When not busy serving the spiritual needs of United Church of Ferndale and the wider community, Pastor Bobbi loves to spend time hiking, biking and sailing with her husband Pasi.
When forced to be indoors, she can be found attending the theater and creating delicious meals for family and friends from their garden. Her passion is their grown
children, Mikael and spouse Michelle, Melissa and spouse Sam, and Markus. She and Pasi have three adorable grandsons, Benjamin, Henry and Anders. They also enjoy spoiling their grand-dogs, Lola and Aino.
She is passionate about community service, hospitality and enjoys dialoguing with a variety of faith communities such as Bridge Builders and Let Love Be Our Legacy. Her favorite podcasts are This American Life, Fresh Air, and Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations.
On April 1, 2018 Bobbi received the Kathleen Marshall award from the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Survivors of Whatcom County for her work addressing domestic violence and sexual assault and is a member of the steering committee of Northwest Life Passages.