Education, Experience, and Family

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Jon’s family


Jon and Diane’s family and their 30th anniversary at the Bellwether.

Jon and Diane met in high school (West Bremerton, North Kitsap [Poulsbo]) and married in 1985. They are both graduates of Western Washington University (Diane has her masters in education).  They moved to Ferndale in 1987 to plant the Ferndale Alliance Church where they continue to serve.  They built, from the ground up, two homes in Ferndale (Jon has since helped 60 families build their first homes), have raised seven beautiful children, and recently became happy grandparents. They have planted some deep roots here.


Capturing the spirit of the Mutchler home

They successfully home schooled their children, most have graduated from Whatcom Community College, and one has attended WWU. They are all successful, and two daughters started and direct which teaches some 150 kids monthly.

Jon’s parents were both educators, with masters in education from Northwestern University in Illinois.  Jon’s dad, the late Dr. Ralph Mutchler, taught at Olympic Community College and earned his D.Ed from University of Colorado, Greeley.

Jon’s political experience

Three-term Ferndale City Council member. Reelected in 2013 with 78% of the vote and returned to council in 2021.

Served or chaired Finance/Administration, Planning/Land Use, Public Safety/Neighborhood Services Committees.  Liaison to Planning Commission, Ferndale Downtown Association, Community Service Co-op, and Ferndale School Board.

Whatcom Charter Review Commissioner, third district (2015)

Ferndale Mayor (2016-2019):  Jon was successful as Ferndale’s 4th elected mayor, brining many improvements to the city, including the funding of the Thornton Road Overpass.

Jon’s vocational experience

imageFounding pastor, Ferndale Alliance Church (1988); ordained in 1994.


Jon performing at Semiahmoo Resort during his 17 years there as their house pianist

Professional pianist/teacher.  House piano, Semiahmoo Resort, 17 years. Recording artist.

Driver-trainer (Holland American Westours, Alaska)

Member, Ferndale Chamber of Commerce.

During COVID-19, Jon earned his real estate broker’s license and partners with his managing broker son, Tommy Mutchler (

Jon’s education

• Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.; 3.62 GPA (M.Div, 1987)

• Western Washington University; 3.94 GPA (B.Mus, 1983);

• Olympic College, Bremerton; 3.93 GPA (A.Sci, 1979)

• West Bremerton High, graduated third in senior class; 3.93 GPA (1977)

AWC CML Mutchler

During 6 years of public service, Jon has earned the Advanced Certificate in Municipal Leadership through the Association of WA Cities (AWC) and is an AWC Conference speaker.

• AWC (Association of Washington Cities) Advanced Certificate in Municipal Leadership

• Global Leadership Summit (Willowcreek Association), attended multiple years.

Community service and involvement

40 year Ferndale/county resident.

Blaine Jazz Festival recent concert

Blaine Jazz Festival recent concert

Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic board member


Jon selling “Mel’s Hot Dogs” at the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Street Festival to raise money for the city Christmas lights

Blaine Music Festival (Drayton Harbor Music Festival) faculty (direct music groups, teach music classes, perform jazz piano, since 2003)

Ferndale Schools Communication Advisory Committee

Ferndale Schools levy committee (1989)

Former Bellingham (Whatcom County) fire chaplain (“support officer”)


Ski to Sea 2015

Trustee, Whatcom County Old Settlers Association

Member of the GBRC (Greater Bellingham Running Club) and Bellingham Triathlon Club:  completed seven Bellingham Bay marathons, 10 Padden Triathlons,  the Lake Stevens Half Ironman race, six Ski to Sea races (in 4 events).

Whatcom Skagit Housing (Self-help), Board Member


Jon on Bike Clear Lake Tri

Recent triathlon (Clear Lake, Skagit County)