Leadership Slate

Sunday, February 25 (after both morning services), we will be selecting seven biblically qualified men to serve in our Board of Directors and as Deacons.

Board of Directors


What college did you attend? The Ohio State University – Mechanical Engineering

When did you join Northwest? Began attending full time in May 1996

What is your ministry here? My ministry is on the Guest Services Team. I also serve as a coach/mentor for the Refuge one evening per week (a Christian ministry for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics).

What is your favorite scripture? Titus 2:11–12, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.”

What do you like about Northwest? I love that the Word of God is preached every Sunday and it is not softened to suit the culture. The mission that Christ gave us in Matthew 28:16–20 is taken seriously and people are getting saved and lives are being changed. The focus is outward instead of inward.

When did you accept Christ? I accepted Christ in 1986 at the age of 26. The sanctification process is still ongoing.

Family Andrew 28 (Katrina), Ali 25, Brooke 23, Daniel 18

What college did you attend? Cedarville University, 1979; The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, 1983

When did you join Northwest? 2000

What is your ministry here? Deacon

What is your favorite scripture? Proverbs 3:5–6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

What do you like about Northwest? The thing I like most about Northwest is that every Sunday the Gospel is presented and people are given the chance to respond and accept Christ. I really enjoy the strong preaching from the pulpit, the worship of praise and music and everything that is done is all for the God’s glory.

When did you accept Christ? When I was 10 during evangelistic meetings with Dr. Woodbridge at my church.

Family Jacqueline 27, Josh 24, Jonathan 21





What college did you attend? I graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1996.

When did you join Northwest? April 2009

What is your ministry here? At Northwest I serve as a Life Group leader, small group leader in Kid City, VBS administration and discipleship.

What is your favorite scripture? My favorite scripture is whatever I read that morning. I also really appreciate Romans 15:1–7, “We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, ‘The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.’ For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.”

What do you like about Northwest? The water. Haha. Seriously, I like that the teaching of and faithfulness to the Bible is central to everything at Northwest. The preaching, shepherding, and community at Northwest has helped lay a firm foundation for my continued spiritual walk and growth with Christ.

When did you accept Christ? I accepted Christ as an early teen at a student-focused church event.

Family Kennedy 9, Kerrigan 9


Jon Herman headshot

What college did you attend? University of Findlay

When did you join Northwest? Started attending full-time on December 3, 2006

What is your ministry here? Coach and mentor at the Refuge Ministries

What is your favorite scripture? Philippians 3:13–14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

What do you like about Northwest? The authority of God’s Word, the character exhibited by leadership and staff, and the family of God gathered here!

When did you accept Christ? November 25, 2006


What college did you attend? Some college at Columbus State University. Business training through many courses included Advanced Leadership Institute at Babson College in Wellesey, Massachusetts and the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio’s Leadership Experience (BXLX)

When did you join Northwest? Lisa, Amanda and I began attending Northwest in 2000 and became members in 2002

What is your ministry here? Usher

What is your favorite scripture? I’m not one to say I have a favorite verse, but a few of the versus that blow me away are:

  • Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”
  • Ephesians 2:8–9, “For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
  • Phillipians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

What do you like about Northwest? Without question it is the preaching of the Word of God. Truth is spoken from the pulpit and souls are saved!

When did you accept Christ? I accepted Christ when I was at Church camp in Carrolton, OH when I was 15. Having grown up in a legalistic church, I struggled with walking the walk until I was in my mid 20’s when God finally revealed to me it was about a relationship and not rules.

Family Amanda 22


Ryan Phillips headshot

What college did you attend? I graduated from Miami University in 2006.

When did you join Northwest? My wife Tiffany and I started attending Northwest in 2007.

What is your ministry here? I serve as a Life Group leader and Awana Sparks leader with the kindergarten boys.

What is your favorite scripture? Proverbs 3:5–6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight”

What do you like about Northwest? The solid preaching from God’s Word without compromise. In addition, our leadership and church members have a genuine love for the Lord. It truly is a blessing to be able to fellowship with many like-minded brothers and sisters.

When did you accept Christ? October 2nd, 2004 during my senior year of college. The week prior I realized that I was on a slippery slope if I kept the lifestyle I was leading. I sincerely prayed for God to intervene and He answered the very next day when a teammate of mine on the track team invited me to attend Athletes in Action—a Christian ministry for athletes. I went that night, attended Campus Crusade that week, and then joined 500 other college students on a retreat that weekend. It was there that I recognized the authenticity of the Bible. I also realized I was a sinner in need of a savior and that Jesus paid the penalty for all of my sins. I placed my faith in Jesus that weekend and my life instantly changed to where I began to desire to honor and follow Him.


What college did you attend? Miami University

When did you join Northwest? 2008

What is your ministry here? Counting the offering, helping in Awana with Cubbies, Preschool ministry in the four year old class

What is your favorite scripture? Proverbs 3:5–6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

What do you like about Northwest? Many things, but the first things that come to mind are the people and friends here, and the solid, biblical teaching.

When did you accept Christ? I accepted Christ my freshman year of college.

Family Nicholas 6, Bennett 3