Mark is our Senior Pastor at NorthBridge Church. With a team of 40 people, he planted the church in 2001 and has been encouraged by the relationships with God and others that have developed since. He grew a heart for ministry when he was a teenager working at a Christian summer camp and went on to work as a youth pastor in the Pittsburgh area. Pastor Mark went to school to receive his Masters of Christian Education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He serves on the board, and is the Regional Church Planting Director for Converge Mid America. Mark, his wife Michelle and their son Cody live in Antioch and he is a die-hard Cubs fan.
Alex is our Pastor of Teaching and Communication at NorthBridge Church. He went to high school in Antioch and had classes in the same rooms that we meet in as a church. Alex received his Bachelors in Marketing from University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana), has a Graduate Certificate in Bibical Studies from Moody Bible Institute, and earned a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He shares many of the pastoral duties, shares in teaching and writing opportunities, and heads up the young adults ministry. Alex and his wife Danielle live in Bristol but, while their address is in Wisconsin, their hearts and sports fandom still reside in Illinois.
Lance is the Pastor of Family Ministries at NorthBridge Church. In this role he mentors our directors of youth and children’s ministries and hopes to serve the parents of our church to train them to be the primary faith-nurturers for their children. Lance has trained youth pastors and church planters for the past 13 years. We are very blessed to have Lance on our team. Lance and his wife Jean have four children, Joy, Jesse, Lisa, and Lianna and they live in Antioch.
Dawn is our Pastor of Group Life and Community Care. She has a heart for connecting the people of NorthBridge through small groups and Bible studies and deepening NorthBridge’s relationship with the community and surrounding area. She and her husband, Chris, served as pastors in the Salvation Army for 13 years before coming to NorthBridge. They now live in Lake Villa, with their three kids – Nick, Jonathan, and Megan.
John is our Director of Student Ministries at NorthBridge Church. He was a High School student in 2001 when his family joined the team that planted NorthBridge and has greatly enjoyed growing with the church since then. He has a varied history in live music performance which eventually lead him to serve on the Music & Worship team at the church. John received his Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity International University while working at the church and he is now working to complete his Masters of Theological Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. John, his wife Kelly, and their daughter Lois live in Antioch, IL and he loves learning to play new musical instruments.
Prior to joining the NorthBridge staff, Jean taught Bible class at an international school in Moscow, Russia where she and her family lived. Jean is experienced in curriculum writing, implementation, and evaluation and takes the lead on equipping and encouraging teachers and volunteers in Stepping Stones. The focus of her role is mostly on the non-Sunday morning portion of our children’s ministry. She encourages and equips parents to invest in the spiritual development of their kids through regular communications and teach seminars. She also leads all of the special events for our kids including Backyard Bible Adventures, Spectacular Sundays, Holiday programs and family events.
Kelly serves as Co-Director of Stepping Stones Children’s Ministries and primarily focuses everything involved to make the Sunday morning classes happen. This includes everything from recruiting and scheduling teachers to taking responsibility for our safety procedures and doing everything possible to make our Sunday morning classes a safe, joyful and Christ-centered learning environment. Kelly has four children of her own and enjoys spending time with each of them. She and her husband, Randy live in Trevor, WI.
Michelle grew up in Nigeria as the daughter of a missionary and a pastor, which infused her heart early with a love for people and God’s word. Michelle received her Bachelors in Communications and Journalism from Calvin College where she met and married her husband, Mark Albrecht. After earning a Master’s degree in Education from Duquesne University she taught 5thgrade for several years until their son, Cody was born. A year and a half after NorthBridge was planted she came on staff to help provide leadership to a growing team of musicians who wanted to see their God-given gifts be used to serve and encourage the local church. Over the past 10 years her passion to see young leaders be raised up to lead and engage a congregation through God-centered worship has continued to grow and remains the primary focus of her role at NorthBridge Church.
Samantha is our Ministry Assistant at NorthBridge Church. She received her Bachelors in Communication from Western Illinois University and has 5 years of office administration experience. Three of those years were spent supporting multiple church ministry leaders at Christ Church in Lake Forest. Samantha serves at Guest Central, is a small group leader and is also part of our Communication and Marketing team.
Tina serves as our Business Manager. She is responsible for the financial operations, human resources management, and facility management for church. Tina earned her Bachelors Degree from North Central College. She has previous experience with financial operations at a large church and 15 plus years of experience in human resources management. Tina serves in Front Line Ministries and Group Life. She lives in Antioch with her husband Randy and two children Emily & Andrew.