OUR TEAM

Dave Rizer is a passionate follower of Jesus, a husband and the father of three boys. Dave’s home life is his primary ministry, which allows him to lead others both publically and in the local church. His calling would eventually lead him to Ozark Christian College and serving the local church. The experiences he has had in different church roles have deepened his desire to fulfill Christ’s commission to equip the church to impact the world for the Kingdom.

First car: Chevy S10 aka "The Blurr"
Favorite Snack: Clif Bar
One Hobby: Backpacking

DAVE RIZER

Lead Follower

Jonathon Mitchell is a husband, father and a golf hack. He and his wife, Jessica, have enjoyed 15 years of marriage, working side-by-side raising two great kids, and serving the Church. Jonathon has served in two churches before arriving at Northland, spending nearly 10 years in NW Indiana, and 2 in Maryville, MO prior to joining us at Northland. Jonathon and Jessica’s two kids, Caleb and Haley, stay busy with sports and other activities outside.

First Car: ’82 Chevy Silverado Diesel (with a hole in the side the size of a 5th grader’s head)
Snack: Star Crunch
Hobby: Golf

JONATHON MITCHELL

Executive Pastor

My passion for Jesus is what drives me to make sure that our Children's Ministry offers as many opportunities as possible for kids to know, understand and love Jesus! Caring for my parents as they age in my home is such a gift to me. I don't really remember my first car except that it was big like a boat. Cheese, Cheese and anything Cheese is my favorite snack. The hobby I like best is cooking and collecting cookbooks. Especially antique ones.

ANGELA BEEMER

Children's Ministry Director

Doug has been in the ministry for more than 20 years and has a passion for helping followers of Jesus grow in their relationship with Jesus and engage in authentic relationships that will help them think, act, love and serve like Jesus. Being married to the most fantastic woman in the world and dad of 3 amazing adult daughters makes Doug the most blessed man around. He also is a college basketball fan, loves listening to music, and attending concerts.

First Car: 1987 Pontiac Fiero
Favorite Snack: Nuts and Peanut Butter M&M's
Favorite Hobbies: Listening to music, attending concerts and reading

DOUG MINGUS

Discipleship & Spiritual Formations Pastor

Brendon Krueger is a native to Topeka and graduate of Washburn University. He enjoys serving in the Church and is passionate about sharing the gospel through technology. His first vehicle was a 2002 Jeep, and enjoys nature, music, and spending time with friends. His favorite snack is a bowl of cereal.

BRENDON KRUEGER

Tech Director

Jack Hishmeh is a lover of music, coffee, and the Green Bay Packers. His passion is to cultivate and encourage a body of authentic worshippers through word and truth. He is getting married to his fiancé, Haley, in May of 2019. They both look forward to sharing life experiences and advancing the gospel together in the Church.

First Car: ’96 Buick Le Sabre
Favorite Snack: Popcorn
Hobby: Photography/Traveling

JACK HISHMEH

Worship Arts Director

Matt Cooper is a newlywed husband, avid golfer, and loves movies. He recently graduated from Mid-Atlantic Christian University and has been serving in youth ministry for over four years. He and his wife, Courtney, love adventuring, window shopping, and game nights with friends!

First Car: ‘99 Acura Cl named Hedwig
Snack: Popcorn
Hobby: Golf

MATT COOPER

Student Ministry Pastor

SUPPORT STAFF

I grew up in the Methodist Church in Marysville, KS, where I was baptized and confirmed at the age of 12. But it wasn’t until my husband and high school sweetheart passed away in 1997, that I truly gave my life to Jesus and returned to his loving arms at NCC. In October 2001, God blessed me with Jerry, my devoted friend and loving husband, joined in marriage by Pastor Rob and Pastor Larry. Jerry and I have 4 wonderful sons who along with their beautiful wives, have blessed us with 18 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. I have a BA in Accounting from Washburn University and many credit hours in music/piano at K-State and KU. In 2013, I retired from Stormont Vail Health Care after 26 years as Sr. Accountant and started working part-time at NCC as staff Financial/Accounting Specialist. I’m also a member of the NCC Finance Team, a former Deaconess, and involved in several bible studies where I am passionate to learn the Word of God. My favorite snack is trail mix with M&M’s. I love photography, gardening and caring for “God’s creatures great and small”, as our property is certified by the National Wildlife Association as a Backyard Habitat for wildlife. My greatest passion is serving the Lord through music as pianist for the Choirs, church services, various ensembles, and the Hand Bell Choir”. “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” -Ephesians 5:19-21 I know I was led by the Lord to NCC at this stage of my life. My job allows me to use my accounting skills, to work with and be mentored by great spiritual leaders, and meet many other children of God and disciples of Christ.

ANN NEUFELD

Accounting & Finance Specialist​

As one of Northland’s Administrative Assistants, I love serving God and his people at Northland and consider my job as a ministry providing so many opportunities to continue growing a servant’s heart. You can be in ministry anywhere you work – I’ve just been blessed to work at churches for over 27 years of my life! (I started when I was 4…) My husband, Mike, and I enjoy working side-by-side in the work that God does through us as we Love our God, and Love His People.
First Car: A 1966 burgundy two-door Chevy Impala (that I traded in for a 1966 baby-blue Plymouth Belvedere!
Snack: Gorp.
Hobby: Directing /playing handbells!

KATHY HALL

Lifecare Ministries Assistant​

My husband, Mack, and I have been a part of NCC for almost 30 years. I began working here 22 years ago. We have a son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. My first car was a 1972 green Ford Torino with NO power steering or power brakes. I love chocolate and I enjoy sewing, quilting and handwork projects.

LYNNETTE LARRISON

Leadership & Sports Ministries Assistant

After working for 25 years as a precision machinist, I became the Maintenance Supervisor here at NCC. I have a son, Aaron, a daughter-in-law, Emily, and a grandson, Jack. I enjoy working on handiman projects. My first car was a white ’63 Chevy 2-door hardtop. My favorite snack is beef jerky.

MACK LARRISON

Facilities & Maintenance

Marcia Kessler is a wife and mother who enjoys nature and photographing God's creation. She and husband Kenny have celebrated 30 hunting seasons together and have also been blessed with two sons, Nathaniel and Kenny Paul. She loves the creativity that producing the bulletin has given her each week for the past 10 years.
First Car: 1980 Plymouth Horizon TC3 Coupe
Snack: Anything with Hershey's chocolate and caramel or a caramel cafe breve from NIBS.
Hobby: As a self-confessing dumpster diver & auction junkie, she loves rescuing old or thrown away items and giving them new life - like Jesus did for us!

MARCIA KESSLER

Administrative Assistant

My husband, Gary, and I have been married for 39 years and have three daughters, Christa, Amy, and Kara and one grandson, Dyno. We have been attending NCC since we moved to Topeka from Overland Park in 2011 and I started assisting our Children's Director in 2016. My first car was a 1970 Chevy Vega. I love to read and listen to music. My favorite snack is anything salty.

TRUDY TENPENNY

Children's Ministry Assistant

ELDERS

Dave Rizer is a passionate follower of Jesus, a husband and the father of three boys. Dave’s home life is his primary ministry, which allows him to lead others both publically and in the local church. His calling would eventually lead him to Ozark Christian College and serving the local church. The experiences he has had in different church roles have deepened his desire to fulfill Christ’s commission to equip the church to impact the world for the Kingdom.

First car: Chevy S10 aka "The Blurr"
Favorite Snack: Clif Bar
One Hobby: Backpacking

DAVE RIZER

Lead Follower

Todd Beemer and his wife, Angela, have been married for over 30 years and love spending time together. They have three incredible kids, two in college and one in high school taking college courses. They have also been blessed by being able to have their nephew live with them recently, who is in high school, and their college aged niece lived with them through COVID as well.. As much as they look forward to an "empty nest", the time with the kids is priceless.

First car: 1973 Jeep, CJ5 with a V8 and 3 speed on the floor. Amazingly fun first car!
Favorite snack: Pizza (That can be a snack, right?)
Hobby: Since the day they were born I've said to Angela that she couldn't have given be any better toys than our kids! I just love playing with them, and especially their minds 🙂

TODD BEEMER

Elder

Michael Damman is a husband for 40 plus years to Gerra his best friend, three children, and eleven grandkids. Michael has been serving at Northland for twenty plus years enjoying seeing how God has moved the church over the years.

First car: 1965 Ford panel van with a three on the tree.
Snack: Peanut M&M's
Hobby: Riding a bike.

MIKE DAMMAN

Elder

Steve Johnson is a husband and father. He has a passion for teaching God’s word and doing life with other believers, which has led him to serve in children’s, youth, adult and the worship ministries in his time at Northland.

First Car: 1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 (Rocket 350 V8) aka “ghetto cruiser”
Favorite Snack: Coffee (ok - it’s technically not a snack, but that’s my answer)
Hobby: Disc Golf

STEVE JOHNSON

Elder

Gary and his wife Trudy have been married for over 40 years and they have three adult daughters and son-in-law‘s with soon to be fourth grandchild. Gary has been active in his local church since 1987, serving the body in the stewardship areas, discipling and mentoring men, and children. Gary spent nearly 40 years in the financial services industry before retiring in 2015 to focus on his passion to mentor, disciple and coach 2 Timothy 2:2 men through Christian Business Men’s Connection USA.

First car ‘67 Mustang.
Favorite Snack: Spicy Pretzels
Hobby: I enjoy sports basketball, learning and staying active through walking outdoors. Spending time with my family is most important.

GARY TENPENNY

Elder

Richard is a lifelong resident of Kansas and member of the Christian Church. He and his wife Karen have been married for 40 years and have two children and 11 grandchildren. Richard retired from work after nearly 40 years of service and still enjoys helping at work when needed. Karen retired from the Seaman School District. We enjoy travelling, fishing, spending time with family, and watching K-State sporting events.

First Car: 1969 Z-28 Camaro ( a lightning rod for attention from the police)
Snack: Protein Bar
Hobby: fishing and K-State sporting events

RICHARD GOOD

Elder

Andy Reddick is a born and raised Topekan who was lucky enough to marry his high school sweetheart Tabitha in 2004. Now, he's since grown into a family man with four awesome kids- Braden, Taylor, Carsyn, and Kolton - who he loves spending time with! He enjoys the community of Northland and has a heart for discipleship, building relationships, and meeting new people.

First Car: 1984 Chevy S-10
Favorite Snack: Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Hobby: Hunting, fishing, camping, and pretty much anything outdoors!

ANDY REDDICK

Elder