In Scripture, we find three distinct groups of people who exercise some form of leadership in the church: the congregation, consisting of all church members; elders, those men appointed to spiritual oversight in the church; and deacons, who serve the congregation in hands-on, practical ways.
At Northbrook, all of our Elders serves as Pastors who work together as under-shepherds of Jesus Christ. In their role as overseers, the Elders guide the church, particularly focusing on matters concerning teaching, preaching, and prayer. The Elders direct the spiritual life of the church at the pleasure of the congregation, handling matters relevant to the Word and prayer. The deacons, pictured not as a second legislative body but as a group of able servants, assist the elders by facilitating ministry.
Pastor for Preaching & Vision
John was called to be the Pastor of Preaching and Vision in November of 2014. He is married to Terri, and they have five children (Rachel, Alicia, Jon, Lea, and Tiana). John is a graduate of Northland International University (BS; MABS). He worked and taught at the school for 16 years until taking a pastoral position in Tama, Iowa in 2002 where he served until 2014.
Dave became an elder in the fall of 2013. He and his wife Cheryl have attended NBC since the fall of 2007. Dave has been involved in various ministries of the church including leading and planning the music for the corporate worship service, teaching various classes (teens, adults, etc.) serving as the Deacon of Ushers, and recently starting and co-leading the “Legacy Builders” small group. He currently works in Palo and is the father of Ben, Sarah, and Daniel.
Ben began serving as an elder in the fall of 2010. He pastored Shiloh Bible church near Panora, Iowa for five years before moving back to Cedar Rapids to begin a small business. Ben is married to Sharon, and is the father of Rebecca, Abigail and Calleigh. Ben is a graduate of Northland International University (BA) and Faith Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv).
Jonathan began serving as an elder in the fall of 2010. He is married to Sarah and is the proud father of Aaron Daniel. Jon is a graduate of Faith Bible College (BA) and employed in Cedar Rapids.
Scott became an elder in the fall of 2013. He and his wife Laura have a daughter named Katelyn. Scott graduated from Bob Jones University (BS), UNI (MS), and UI (PhD), and is currently working at UI engaged in post-doctorate research.
Church Leadership & Polity
If you are interested in reading more about what we believe regarding the local polity and governing of the local church, please read our “Church Governance Theological Statement.”
SUNDAY GATHERING TIMES
9:00 am - Corporate Worship
10:30 am - Coffee and Fellowship
11:00 am - Sermon-based Study Groups