Brian and Leeann Bunn were living in Littleton, Colorado when their pastor challenged them to pray a “dangerous” prayer of “Use me, Lord!”. In 1993, they came to Lynden to visit old friends, and Brian was given the vision for a Youth Center in an old barn. Providentially, Brian met the president of The Look-Out, a group that provided alcohol and drug free events for teens, and a partnership was formed. Shortly thereafter, the Bunns answered His call and moved to Lynden.

A board of directors was formed for The Barn Ministries in 1994, and a non-profit status was obtained. The Barn’s property was purchased after many months of searching, and renovations were carried out with the help of numerous volunteers from the community during the next few years. An open house was held on June 13, 2009, to thank all the volunteers who helped make this vision a reality and to welcome the community to this wonderful new home for area youth and families.