After five years of serving faithfully as our Student Ministries Director, John Mohrbacher will be leaving NorthBridge to tackle a new assignment.  John has accepted a position as Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry at Willow Creek Community Church (Crystal Lake campus).

This is a great opportunity for John to further his development as a Christian leader while also exploring a new area of ministry toward which his heart has been leaning.  This role also allows John to be more available to his young family.  As an added bonus, John will be joining a church staff that includes John’s youth pastor from his teen years, who will be serving as John’s direct overseer.

The departure of John and his family is a great loss for all of us at NorthBridge.  John and Kelly have been with us since our founding days, nearly 17 years!  They both started as teenagers in our congregation and both went on to serve on our staff.  In addition to John’s five years as student ministry director, John was also our Associate Music Director for several years.

John’s ministry has impacted students, adult leaders, parents, and our entire congregation.  The Lord has used John in significant ways in our church, and the impact of John and Kelly together has been immeasurable.

Because of our deep gratitude, we want to celebrate this next step with John and send-off John and Kelly well.  On Sunday, June 3, John and Kelly will be on the worship team together for the last time.  Then on the following Sunday, June 10, after each service, we will have a reception for John and Kelly.  This would be a great time to express your love and gratitude toward them.

Since this is all very new information for me and our leadership, we are not yet ready to say who will next lead our student ministries.  There are already events in place for the summer for both junior high and high school students, and these will continue as planned.  Throughout the summer, we will be working toward identifying new leadership and plan to be fully prepared for a new school year by September.

In the meantime, please pray for John and Kelly as they transition.  And pray for wisdom and discernment for NorthBridge leaders, that we would clearly sense God’s plan for the next new chapter for our student ministries.