A  Team  Candidates

Nate Blowers

Occupation:  Operations manager For Turnbull Heating and Air Conditioning

How long have you attended Northgate?
My Family and I have attended Northgate for over 12 years now

What present ministry or future prospect of ministry at Northgate excites you the most?
I really can't focus on one ministry, What is exciting to me is knowing and seeing what is going on with additions of Marsha Rivers and Dan Calkins in the Adult and Youth ministries, along with what we are doing in Gahanda. There is a lot to be in anticipated excitement for, and joy in what God is doing Here at Northgate. I guess if you had to boil it down to one thing it would have to be the outreach ministries here that Northgate involved in doing.

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?  I would say they are the relationships that we have developed, the desire of Northgate to be an effective influence to the community in all areas of peoples’ lives along with a strong commitment to world missions that shows the saving grace and love of Jesus and our Heavenly Father.

Bob Wood

Occupation:   Self employed Farmer

How long have you attended Northgate?
I have attended Northgate 44 years.

What present ministry or future prospect of ministry at Northgate excites you the most?
What excites me about Northgate is welcoming newcomers and Northgaters on a weekly basis through being part of the ushering team. I see God at work in families' lives as they come to praise and worship. It's a joy to see kids excited to be a part of children's or teen ministries. Northgate brings families, builds relationships and sends individuals to SHARE God's word.

Assuming the ministry at Northgate has touched your life; share with us what is most meaningful to you about Northgate?
Northgate continues to expand our ministries over multiple areas. Northgate has been able to reach out virtually to homes through the pandemic situation. God has made it possible for our church to bless others with gifts of money, food, school supplies, linens, and other items reaching across the world! It has been a wonderful church to raise our family and to see other family members and friends share in the Northgate experience.

Diane Deleo

Occupation:   Licensed veterinary technician at Attica Veterinary Associates, P.C. , Wife and Mom of 2 boys.

How long have you attended Northgate?
 38 years, basically since I was born.

What present ministry or future prospect of ministry at Northgate excites you the most?
Children’s and Youth ministry really excites me. With a 7 year old and a 13 year old, I love seeing them excited to learn about God and attend church. I love seeing kids connect with their friends and invite them to youth group. The things Northgate is doing to continually be relevant and include our younger generations is what makes us special. To think…if the Kingdom grew because one kid asked their friend to come to youth group.

Assuming the ministry at Northgate has touched your life; share with us what is most meaningful to you about Northgate?
Growing up at Northgate, I was blessed to be influenced by their children’s and youth ministries. I then later reconnected in life with a very important ministry – MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). I served as the coordinator for the night MOPS group for several years, as well as held other positions on their steering team. Serving in this capacity you always start out wanting to influence and reach out to other moms, but you realize quickly that God is using them to shape you and grow your faith. There is nothing more amazing than seeing a family attend church because the mom came to MOPS. I loved that it met physical and spiritual needs.

Northgate’s way of doing life together is really what I love best about this church family. The connections and caring of others really strengthens my walk with Christ. Serving on the A-Team this past year has opened my eyes to how much the staff and board members really care about the Church and reaching others where they need it most.

Susan Wakefield

Occupation:   Art teacher at St. Paul Lutheran;  Director of After School Program for Batavia Players

How long have you attended Northgate?
 20 years 

What present ministry or future prospect of ministry at Northgate excites you the most?
The Caregiver Connection ministry is a vital ministry within the Northgate Church family. This ministry touches so many lives with it’s depth of caring and support for a diverse group of caregivers. We absolutely love to me together and continue to grow in our relationships with each other and with our Lord. 

Assuming the ministry at Northgate has touched your life; share with us what is most meaningful to you about Northgate?
I felt at home the first time I walked in the door of Northgate when we were still at the South Campus. My love for this church family has only grown over the years. The depth of the teaching at Northgate, both from the pulpit and in Bible classes, has been so important to my growth in Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for each of the staff and the volunteers that make Northgate what it is today.

Bill Hayes

Occupation:  HVAC contractor, Owner with his wife JoAnn VP

How long have you attended Northgate?
Since 2000. My daughter, Christina, invited us after she was invited by Lindsey Pierce (daughter to then-pastor Mitch Pierce) 


What present ministry or future prospect of ministry at Northgate excites you the most?
Anything that has to do with the children’s wing and their growth in Jesus. JoAnn & I were senior teen leaders for five or six years while our own children were in their teens. Truly the best experience in our church years, so far, is bringing our kids (and now Grandsons) to Jesus, both in church and at home. This has helped our kids, but even more importantly brought us, JoAnn & me, much closer to Jesus through devotionals, reading the Bible, and teaching our family about Jesus.


Assuming the ministry at Northgate has touched your life; share with us what is most meaningful to you about Northgate?
“See above” and also now working with the church families of all ages to make Northgate a better place to learn, follow and be more like Jesus everyday.  We fall short many times in our lives, but Jesus and my faith in him has brought me through hardships and gives me joy that I know only he could give me.  To gain what I experienced at Northgate over the last 20 years, I now know all I needed to do was accept an invite to Northgate FMC.  In my personal case, it was my daughter.  My future is in the hands of my Savior. “Praise Him for Whom all Blessings Flow”

Mark Snyder

Occupation:   Business Owner

How long have you attended Northgate?
20 years 

What present ministry or future prospect of ministry at Northgate excites you the most?
Being a part of a small group ministry is what excited me most about Northgate. Small groups are where people can share their lives and experience closer authentic relationships. My family has always been a part of small groups whether in young to middle age adult groups or working with teens. We have always been blessed by those gatherings. 

Assuming the ministry at Northgate has touched your life; share with us what is most meaningful to you about Northgate?
The most recent ministry that touched my life was a group study on parenting your adult children. The book by Ken Burns was terrific but the conversations and the new friends I made in that class was what made it even better. We were all able to learn and encourage each other through different situation and circumstances.