Licensed Staff

All of our licensed directors adhere to the highest standard of ethical practices and are committed to ensuring that all of your needs are attended to. Their commitment to the community and genuine compassion toward families are but a few of the characteristics that make them outstanding in their field. We are proud to have them on our staff.


Bradley Bytnar, Owner/Lic. Funeral Director and Embalmer
Email: brad.bytnar@jernsfuneralchapel.net
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-489-0070
Office Phone: 1-360-734-0070
Fax: 1-360-733-4221

A Native from Illinois, Brad moved to Washington State in 1998, after earning his Funeral Director and Embalming licenses from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1996.  However, Brad learned from an early age what was needed to serve each family with dignity and professionalism, as he is a third-generation Funeral Director/Embalmer to his grandfather, who owned a funeral home in Grant Park, IL., since 1936. Brad attended Whitworth University in Spokane, WA where he earned his B.S. in Biology/Pre-Med in 2001.  During his time in Washington, Brad has had many opportunities to be employed by privately owned funeral homes and corporate-run funeral firms.  Two years prior to coming to Jerns Funeral Chapel, Brad managed Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery in Lynnwood, WA, along with Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Everett, WA.  In October 2007, Brad took on an opportunity to take ownership of Jerns Funeral Chapels in Bellingham and Blaine, WA.  

Brad is a past vice president of the IEFDA (Inland Funeral Director Association). His commitment to the community has led to become currently involved as Vice President of Synergos Networking group, Connections Networking Group, Board Member of the Drayton Harbor Maritime Committee, Instructor with the Blaine Youth Sailing Program, member of the Blaine Chamber of Commerce, Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce, ESP "Elder Service Providers" Bellingham and the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce.

Brad currently resides in Ferndale, WA with his wife, Julia: son, Zachary and  daughter, Georgia. Brad enjoys sailing, biking, motorcycles, and spending time with his family and friends. 



Reuben Sapien, On-staff Celebrant
Email: reuben.sapien@jernsfuneralchapel.net
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-483-0070
Office Phone: 1-360-734-0070
Fax: 1-360-733-4221
Mobile Phone: 1-425-770-0747

Pastor Reuben V. Sapien is our on-call Celebrant; for those who do not have a pastor or attend church regularly.  He is a native of Washington's Skagit County, being raised in Burlington. Reuben has been in the ministry for 34 years and comes to us with a very diverse background. He is a United States Army Veteran and is very active and accommodating to veteran's families as well as all. Reuben's approach includes services arranged according to the families needs and convenience (no mandatory structure); to recognize the loved one, bring comfort to the surviving family members, and dignity to the process. Reuben initially contacts the family by phone for appointment, spends a minimum one-hour with the family getting to know their loved one, and again meets the family one-half hour before services to cover last minute changes, and finally a follow-up call one week after the service. Using poetry, biblical verses, life stories and lessons, Reuben is able to compose a spectacular customized life celebration service for your loved one.



Jake Waggoner, Funeral Director Intern
Email: Jake.Waggoner@jernsfuneralchapel.net
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-483-0070
Office Phone: 1-360-734-0070
Fax: 1-360-733-4221

Jake is currently a licensed Funeral Director intern at Jerns working towards becoming a funeral director. Jake will graduate from the Funeral Home Director program at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology in the Spring of 2018. He is a motivated student and a dedicated employee that is experience in the funeral home business. Jake started out at Jerns as a Funeral Home Removal Technician and is working very hard to become a fully licensed director.