Our Team

Northwood Staff – Dedicated to Loving God & Loving People

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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.

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Aaron Dilla

Associate Pastor

Hired in 2021, Aaron loves camping with family and friends, reading a good book, connecting with people on a deep level, and eating pizza from track town — and if you throw in a coffee you have his perfect day!

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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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Riley Bell

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Hired in 2021, Riley is an outdoor enthusiast, with a passion for experiencing nature at its best- backpacking for days in the wilderness and challenging herself to summit the tallest mountain are some of her greatest joys. Walking her dogs, sipping coffee and playing board games make the casual weekend complete.

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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 was formally ordained as a pastor in 2020. He is a devoted Dodgers fan and a lover of Cuban food.

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Joel Brock

MEDIA supervisor

Hired in 2022, Joel oversees all our technology and media for the church. 

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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 in those he is around.

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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.

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Jessie Duncan

Asst. Children's Ministry

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

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Joe Dyer

Dir. middle school ministry

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

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Katie Lind

Web Content Specialist

Katie was hired in 2022 to maintain Northwood’s website and online presence.

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Julie Lipp

Dir. 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.

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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!

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Adam Rasmussen

Dir. Worship Ministry

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

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Wendy Raz

Finance & HR Manager

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

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Jordan Strehlow


Hired in 2022, Jordan has been a volunteer with our youth for the past three years.

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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!

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Rachel Wininger

Dir. Preschool

Previously a Northwood Preschool Teacher, now director as of 2021.

Our Elders

Northwood Staff – Spiritual leaders of our community


Jocelyn Stram


Jocelyn is a retired schoolteacher, married with two grown children, and has been a member of Northwood since 2013. She enjoys reading and lazy days at the Oregon coast. Her favorite book in the Bible is the Gospel of John.


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Loren joined Northwood in 2013. His interest in serving God and music often overlap in the church. He also enjoys leading the Northwood Nomads RV group with his wife Diana.


Kitty Bates


Kitty attended Northwood Palm Sunday 2003. She was baptized in November 2003. Kitty has served in many ministries throughout the years at Northwood as well as the community. Angel Tree is one of her favorites.


Bruce Cummings


Bruce and his wife Pat and I have been married 49 yrs and have been attending Northwood Christian since roughly 2015. He enjoys volunteering for and with the church in a variety of different ways and is excited to join the elders.


Ron Davis


Ron has been at Northwood since roughly 2015 and is an active weekly volunteer at the Eugene Mission. He finds relaxation in my shop building, sharing the journey of the build, and during the summer months, gardening and tending the harvest.


Steve Devine


Steve joined Northwood in 1999. He is active with High School youth and semi-retired from a manufacturing background.


Jeff Emmett


Jeff is a native Oregonian and is proud to call Springfield his home. He and his wife Leah have two children, Allison & Andy. In his free time, Jeff enjoys fishing, woodworking projects, traveling, and rooting for the Beavers!


Ralph Matteson


Ralph graduated from Northwest Christian College (now Bushnell University), married with two grown children, four grandsons. Ralph feels privileged to serve in churches in Newport, Roseburg, Medford, and now the Eugene-Springfield area.


Richard Russell


Richard loves God and loves people. He loves to hear the life journeys of others and share how Jesus has helped in his own life. Wherever you are on your journey, Richard suggests participating in the ALPHA experience.


Mike Mercer


Elder since 2020, Mike has spent 35 years in the financial industry and has led Financial Peace University classes for 20 years. He enjoys helping people overcome financial challenges, loves to use his gift of hospitality, and travels with his two daughters.


John Schmidt


John and Katherine have been married for over 50 years with two daughters. They have been at Northwood since 2016, after retiring from pastoral ministry. John is particularly interested in walking with younger men in the development of their faith and service.


Sue Smith


Sue has been a member of Northwood since 1997, has served as a diaconate, and is currently serving as an Elder. Sue’s spare time is often filled with traveling alongside her husband Russ of nearly 50 years, especially to see the 4 grandkids in Southern California, baking and cooking for others while tending to our large yard.


Deena Swartout


Deena has been a member of Northwood since 2006. Deena has spent nearly 40 years enjoying working in Children, Youth, Young Adult, and Small Group Ministries. Deena has a passion for loving God’s people and encouraging them in their daily walk with Jesus.