Northgate Christian Fellowship | Meet The Staff


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Senior Pastor Ken Jensen
Ken is the Senior Pastor for Northgate Christian Fellowship and provides leadership and guidance for the church as a whole. Following a vision God gave Ken for a different kind of church, he and a handful of people launched Northgate in 1991.

Twitter: @jensenken
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Executive Pastor Larry Davis
Larry is passionate about exploring new ideas and finding practical ways to leverage them for the “Church”. Larry has served in full time vocational ministry for 17 years and came to Northgate after successfully planting a church in Arizona. Larry is a Certified LifePlan Facilitator, Police Chaplin and finishing his M.A. of Christian Ministry and Leadership. He is married to Michelle for 14 years with 4 children, Madilynn, Malachi, Elsie and Demetrius.

Twitter: @sir_lawrence_d
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Associate Pastor Jesse Peterson
Jesse has been involved in church from birth, being born as a missionaries' kid in East Africa. Jesse has a passion for worship and people. He and his wife Joanna have two beautiful children and love to spend time with friends, family and anyone looking to have fun!

Twitter: @jpetersonius

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Director of Connections Vanessa Zimmerman
Vanessa is our Director of Connections at Northgate. She oversees our Assimilation processes, Rooted, and our 1st Impressions teams. Her desire is to see everyone at Northgate find a deeper understanding and connection to God, each other, and their faith through fellowship and doing life together.

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Northgate Students Jerry Shenk
Jerry was born at a very young age to some pretty awesome parents who love Jesus. He’s originally from the east coast, but has lived in the west coast for a little over a year.

Jerry is passionate about creating opportunities for students to encounter the love of Jesus in exciting and engaging ways! He also is the proud father to the most beautiful dog in the world, enjoys cooking, hiking, and a good competition.

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Director of Children’s Ministries Alyssa Lane
Alyssa Lane McNair is Northgate's Children Director. She is enthusiastic about the next generation! She is passionate about creating a place where children learn and know that their Heavenly Father made them and loves them! Her mission is to help kids become whole-hearted followers of Jesus Christ. Her vision is to train children, equip parents, and create would changers. She believes the church should be a place where all kids know that they are loved, celebrated, and are safe!

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Director of Adult Ministries Dave McMurtry
Dave is a guy with many “hats”. He leads our Men’s Ministries and Northgate U, our adult education program. He also oversees all our facilities maintenance and construction projects.

In addition to his passion for ministry, Dave is also an environmental management consultant. In his free time, Dave enjoys sailing. Dave is married to Kendra, and they have two adult children.

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DIG Check-in / Assimilation Ashley Cason
Ashley Cason grew up at Northgate. Her passion is making families feel welcome, known, and loved in her role as DIG check-in coordinator. She has been married to her husband Ryan for 4 years. They started The Movement Chiropractic and have a 1 year old daughter named Charlie.
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Director of Facilities Ron Kleiner
Ron loves being able to help and encourage people in a professional setting and that is why he enjoys being a part of the Northgate staff. With four awesome daughters who keep him grounded, Ron also depends on his beautiful wife, Tracy, to be his rock in a chaotic world.

A healthy lifestyle has always been important to Ron. As a result, he spends a good portion of his free time participating in triathlons and crossfit training.

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Business Administrator Carol Abreu
Carol oversees the church finances, the office team, and administration. Carol has many hobbies including scrap booking, gardening, jewelry making, and touring California. Carol loves spending time with her husband, Terry, and her family.

Carol is a mom to four adult children. Her daughters, Kristina Eddy, and Marissa Abreu Thomas, with her husband Brad, live in Benicia. Jacob Eddy lives in Oakland, and Chris Abreu is living with his wife Shannon, in Washington State.

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Campus Director Vallejo Megan Freedman
Megan’s essential is Setting the Table for Ministry, removing any impediment so that people can get straight to Jesus and hear what He is saying to them.
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Worship Arts Vallejo Jon White
Jon has been a part of the church his whole life. He has a passion for creating and seeing people walk into a deeper understand of God. You will find him at our Vallejo location. He is soon to be married to the love of his life, Kaitlyn.