A  Team  Candidates

Steph Debo

Occupation: Estimator

How long have you attended Northgate?
22 years

What present ministry or future prospect of ministry at Northgate excites you the most?
I have been and always will be excited and supportive of our ministries at Northgate that reach out to women and families in our community.

Assuming the ministry at Northgate has touched your life; share with us what is most meaningful to you about Northgate?
We have called Northgate our home for so many years because it is committed to biblical truth and to the mission of bringing people to Jesus, building them up and sending them out.

Marlin Salmon

Occupation:  Orthodontist

How long have you attended Northgate?
My wife Donna and I have been attending Northgate for about 17 years.

What present ministry or future prospect of ministry at Northgate excites you the most?
I am excited by what we are doing in our children’s and youth ministries. Bringing the next generation into relationship with Jesus is such an important ministry. I am thrilled to see the success and what to see it continue to grow.

Assuming the ministry at Northgate has touched your life; share with us what is most meaningful to you about Northgate?
What is most meaningful to me about Northgate is the people throughout our church, all working toward bringing people to Jesus and building each other up in that relationship. From the minute one walks into Northgate, they are welcomed and made to feel at home. The love in Northgate shows through in all we do. It is truly a special place where people can come to worship and serve our Lord.

Diane Deleo

Occupation:   Large Animal Veterinary Technician, Mom

How long have you attended Northgate?
 37 years

What present ministry or future prospect of ministry at Northgate excites you the most?
This is a tough question, because I feel like Northgate has so many ministries to offer. Each one important and unique in it’s own way.  Our teens ministry excites me a lot right now.  Mostly because I have a 7th grader attending and it has made me ecstatic to see him excited about going to youth group and wanting to invite all his friends.  He would love it if we bought a 15 passenger van so we could pick up all of his friends to come to Base!  I feel that having a strong biblical foundation is key for our kids and youth’s success.  Teaching our kids how to have a relationship with in Christ and helping them grow in that is the building block for not only their future, but the future of our world and The Kingdom.  

Assuming the ministry at Northgate has touched your life; share with us what is most meaningful to you about Northgate?
Most meaningful about Northgate to me is the lasting relationships I have made here and lifelong lessons that have shaped my life and walk with God.  I have been attending this church since before I was born.  It has been intriguing to watch it grow and change over the years.    The teen ministry was very valuable to me growing up.  As a mother MOPS is a ministry that changed my life.  Not only did it grow and support me as mother, wife and daughter of Christ, but also as a leader.  I served as coordinator of the night MOPS for many years and in other leadership roles in MOPS as well.  This challenged me to grow in my faith and helped me grow in servanthood.   Many of the relationships and challenges I encountered through MOPS molded my life and my walk with Christ.  I love that Northgate is intergenerational and strives to meet people where they are.    Northgate’s ability and initiative to meet peoples’ physical as well as spiritual needs is something that is so very special to this church.  

Rick Kent

Occupation:   Social Work Supervisor at the Rochester Psychiatric Center

How long have you attended Northgate?
 8 years

What present ministry or future prospect of ministry at Northgate excites you the most?
My wife, Sara, and I have hosted small groups at our house a few times and met some wonderful people this way.  We love to be able to “do life” together with other people.  I’ve had on my heart to participate in the Financial Peace University ministry at Northgate and this year Sara and I are leading our first online version of the course.  We read Dave Ramsey’s book many, many years ago and we are now finally debt free.  We want to share that same freedom with other people so they can “live and give like no one else.”  It has been exciting to be a part of people’s financial transformations!

Assuming the ministry at Northgate has touched your life; share with us what is most meaningful to you about Northgate?
The small groups we have hosted have made a big impact in my life.  We hosted them because we had 3 small children (including a set of twins) at the time and having people over was the only way we could make connections during that season of our life.  I was really blessed to “get real” with people about our lives and spiritual walks, and to then get updates each week as we continued to meet together.  Small groups are so crucial, and I’m really happy to be connecting with people in our virtual FPU small group now.

Justine McMillan

Occupation:   Homemaker

How long have you attended Northgate?
I lived out of town from 2001 until 2007 but came to services at Northgate whenever I was “home”. We moved back to the area in 2007 and have been regular attenders since – about 14 years now!

What present ministry or future prospect of ministry at Northgate excites you the most?
I am really proud of our children’s ministry at Northgate. Being involved in this area for the past few years, I love seeing how much our church values our kids. It is so exciting to see these children learning and growing in their faith! We are giving them a strong foundation in Jesus and His truth – more important now than ever! I want our next generation to be on fire for The Lord and to trust in Him above all else. I fervently want our Northgate kids to love God and their community and I hope that we can help them leave the world a better place than they found it!

Assuming the ministry at Northgate has touched your life; share with us what is most meaningful to you about Northgate?
What makes Northgate meaningful is its love for Jesus and His people! From the moment you walk in, it is welcoming and inviting. Our pastors and staff are spirit-filled and fully committed to Biblical truth. Our mission to bring people to Jesus, build them up in that relationship, and send them out when called to, is lived out every day.
 
I have been personally touched by many ministries at Northgate, (such as MOPS, Financial Peace, pre-marital counseling, and kids church, to name a few!), and they have deepened my spiritual walk, and that of my family’s.


One of the most impactful parts of our time at Northgate has been our Sunday morning small group. The friendships we made with the other people in the group, and the ways we all challenged, supported, encouraged, and prayed for each other are invaluable and I am so grateful!

 John Schrenker

Occupation:   Technology Manager

How long have you attended Northgate?
My family and I have been attending Northgate for about 12 years.

What present ministry or future prospect of ministry at Northgate excites you the most?
My wife and I have always been drawn to supporting youth ministry. At our previous church I spent many years serving as a Sunday School teacher and on the Christian Education Committee. I have been chair of the Genesee County Young Life Committee, where my wife and I have served for the past 14 years. Just prior to the pandemic we began serving with Northgate’s children’s ministry.

Assuming the ministry at Northgate has touched your life; share with us what is most meaningful to you about Northgate?
Since attending Northgate we have made many great friendships with and grown spiritually through our small group. It’s through our small group that we felt connected and chose to stay and eventually become members of Northgate.