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: Cliff 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 13 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

Business Operations 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 Mingus is a husband, father, 3rd generation pastor and a college basketball enthusiast. He and his wife, Wendy have enjoyed 22 years of marriage, working side-by-side raising three daughters, and serving the Church. Doug and Wendy's three daughters Zoe (21), Taylor (20) and Jenna (17) are continuing their education and preparation for the calling the Lord has placed on their lives. Doug 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. 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

DAVID DESHAZO

Lifecare Ministries Pastor​

Brendon Krueger is a native to Topeka and graduate of Washburn University. He enjoys serving in the Church and has worked in church production and IT for the past five years. He is passionate about sharing the gospel through technology. His first vehicle was a 2002 Jeep, and enjoys hiking. His favorite snack is a bowl of cereal.

BRENDON KRUEGER

Producer & IT 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​

I joined the NCC family in 1987. I started working as a counselor and over the years have been involved in senior adult and visitation ministries. My wife Patricia and I have a combined family of four children and ten grandchildren.
Favorite snack – Snickers.
First car – 1951 Plymouth.
One hobby – reading.

LARRY PRESTON

Visitation Ministries Pastor

Heather Simnitt is a wife, home educating mother, and a travel enthusiast. She and her husband, Brett, met at Northland in 1993 and got married here 19 years ago. They have two daughters, Hannah (16) and Haven (14) who you can find on any given Sunday leading children's worship or serving with the student leadership team.
First car: '83 Ford Mustang
Snack: Coffee (it is its own food group)
Hobby: Traveling or reading (or reading about places to travel)

HEATHER SIMNITT

Outreach Coordinator

Matt Cooper is a newlywed husband, avid golfer, and Harry Potter fanatic. 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 will be celebrating 30 hunting seasons together in January 2019. They have lived in Virginia, New York & New Mexico before God brought them to Kansas eighteen years ago. They have also been blessed with two sons, Nathaniel (18) at Southwest Baptist University and Kenny Paul (15) at Heritage Christian School. Yes, that's ALOT of testosterone at home, so she loves the creativity that producing the bulletin gives her each week. She volunteers at school, Concerned Women for America and is a Precinct Committeewoman for Shawnee County. First Car: 1980 Plymouth Horizon TC3 Coupe Snack: Anything with Hershey's chocolate and caramel. A caramel cafe breve from NIBS is my favorite drink. 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

Bulletin & Announcements Coordinator

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

I was born in Flagstaff, AZ. Grew up in Silver Lake, KS and at Northland Christian Church. I played football and studied at Washburn University for my first years of secondary education. My parents are David and Tracey DeShazo and I am the youngest of 3. Sister- Rachelle, Brother- Cohner.
First car: 1991 Ford Fox Body Mustang Convertible
Snack: Any kind of jerky.
Hobby: Fishing

DAWSON DeSHAZO

Student Ministries Intern

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: Cliff Bar
One Hobby: Backpacking

Dave Rizer

Lead Follower

Todd Beemer

Elder

Mike Damman

Elder

Steve Johnson

Elder

Dennis Morgart

Elder

Al Riddle

Elder

Danny Woodard

Elder