About us

An imperfect church serving a perfect God.


Make God our first priority through an intentional, sustained commitment to Him.


Following Jesus’ example of accepting people for who they are and where they are at in their life with a welcoming and joyful attitude, while maintaining a willingness to serve and extend grace to others. 


Bringing Christians and non-Christians to an engaged, intimate, and committed relationship with God.

Our team

Northwood Staff – Dedicated to Loving God & Loving People


Barry Lind

Senior Pastor

Hired in 1995, Barry provides preaching and leadership while casting vision for the Northwood church. He is a Seattle native and a Husky fan, he has also ran two marathons in one day, though it was his first and last.


Scott Chase

Associate Pastor

Hired in 2019, Scott provides much of the pastoral care. He previously worked with One Hope, where he worked with the Springfield area of churches.


John Bowling

Youth Pastor

Hired in 2011, John is a veteran in youth ministry and has been encouraging and sharing Jesus with kids for nearly 20 years. He is a devoted Dodgers fan and a lover of cuban food.


Julie Lipp

director of children's ministry

Hired in 2011, Julie shares Jesus’ love with children and teaches the message that they have great value in the kingdom of God. She has a passion for music & worship, and loves being a mom & grandma.


Adam Rasmussen

Director of Worship Ministry

Hired in 2018, Adam is the musical heart of the church, singing songs all day and designer of our worship services. He also enjoys obscure and artsy movies and indulges in WWE wrestling.


Jill Noble

Administrative Assistant

Hired in 2006, Jill is basically the secretary and team mom. She has attended Northwood since 1980 and has crushed over 3700 levels in Candy Crush!


Joe Dyer

Dir. of middle school min.

Hired in 2020, Joe has spent several years already serving in church ministry as well as Young Life.


Liz Harry

Youth Associate

Hired in 2018, Liz hangs out with middle and high schoolers, and occasionally has to keep track of John and Conner. She is also a big sports buff and loves being in the outdoors.


Barbara Utt


Hired in 2012, Barb oversees day to day business and facility operations. She is well traveled, having gone to South Africa for her honeymoon and also lived in New Jersey for three years!


Jared Keeth

Director of Technology

Hired in 2016, Jared knows all the buttons and all the screens, supervising and operating Audio Visual and IT for the church. He also streams video games on his family-friendly Twitch channel.


Naomi Passarelli

Director of Preschool

Hired in 2018, Naomi organizes and runs the Northwood’s Preschool throughout the week. She loves animals and has even trained dogs for competitions!


Melissa Myers

Children's Ministry Assistant

Hired in 2017, Melissa helps with the kids and sharing God’s love for them in practical ways. Her family has four generations that call Northwood home, she also someday wishes to have a goat farm!


Jessie Duncan

Children's Ministry Assistant

Jessie is a long-time servant of the Children’s Ministry.


Marcia Doughan

Volunteer Coordinator

Hired in 2016, Marcia is capable of fixing any case of boredom by setting folks up with several volunteer and service opportunities. She also is one who loves to go camping and geocaching.


Chris Wright

Small Group Coordinator

Hired in 2018, Chris enables and encourages small groups and tight knit communities. He also loves to fix and restore broken things, which includes his 1967 Chevelle!


Wendy Raz

Finance-Human Resources Manager

Hired in 2020, Wendy has been a long time servant and leader in the Northwood community.


Paul Bastinelli


Hired in 2019, Paul helps keep the Northwood campus looking great so everyone feels welcome and a place that they could call home. Paul found himself trying to retire but got bored, so here he is!

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John Carlile


Hired in 2019, John helps keep the Northwood campus looking great so everyone feels welcome and a place that they could call home. John is the resident jokester, always looking to inspire joy those he is around.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?

On any given Sunday morning, you will find a wide variety in what people wear. You will often see men wearing polo shirts and trousers and women wearing dress pants or skirts, jeans are acceptable. We hope you come to worship with us in what feels most comfortable to you!

Where do I park?

There is parking located in our main parking lot, as well as across Hayden Bridge Road at Page Elementary School. If you need handicapped parking, there are several spaces near the front doors of the church.

Do you have children's services?

Professional care in our nursery is available for infants through two years of age during all of our Worship Services. Learn more about Sunday School and other opportunities for children here.

Is childcare secure?

Experienced caregivers, assisted by loving volunteers, care for the children. We use a security tag check in system to ensure only those approved may drop of and pick up kids from their classrooms. The facilities are clean, safe, and comfortable. Separate rooms are provided for infants and toddlers and there is continuous care during all worship services.

What about youth services?

At the moment, the Youth is hosting small groups but not having separate gatherings at this time. We encourage our Middle and High School students to attend our main worship services with their families. 

Are there any refreshments?

During Sunday’s Worship Services, there is open fellowship time in the Fellowship Hall. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and sweet treats are available. Special events are often celebrated with cookies or cake.

Our story

What We Believe

  • One God in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • The deity of Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, who was born of a virgin, who lived a sinless life, who died for our sins, who rose bodily from the grave and ascended to heaven, and who will one day return in glory and power.
  • The ministry of the Holy Spirit within every believer, empowering for witness and service, and providing spiritual gifts to every Christian.
  • The inspiration of the entire Bible as God’s infallible revelation to mankind.
  • The one true universal church, the body of Christ, consisting of all believers throughout the world, whose head is Jesus Christ.
  • Salvation by faith in Christ alone, without works of merit, solely by the grace of God.
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Who Are The Disciples Of Christ?

Learn more about our denomination.

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