Together, our ministry team is working to provide an atmosphere where our church family can grow spiritually, get connected relationally, and serve effectively. If you have any questions regarding your involvement at Northside, or if you would like to find out more about opportunities to serve, please do not hesitate to contact anyone on our ministry team.

Contact the Ministers

David Allen

Minister of the Word

Since 1996, David Allen has served as the Preaching Minister for the Northside Family, and has been in Full Time Ministry since 1983. In 2020, David’s became Northside’s first Minister of The Word. He holds Bachelors and Master’s Degrees from Abilene Christian University and a Certificate from the Center for Christian Education in Dallas, Texas. Previous to joining Northside’s Ministry Team, he served for thirteen years at the Pine Tree Church of Christ in Longview, Texas. David and his wife Kim were married in 1982. They have two adult children, Kaitlin (married to Dr. Jordan Ziemer) and Dr. Tyler Allen (married to Lori nẻe Williamson). They have two amazing grandchildren, Caleb and Madelyn Kate Ziemer, and are expecting another grandson, Brooks Allen in October this year.


Ben Crain

Youth Minister

Ben Crain began serving as the interim Youth Minister in August 2020, and became the full-time minister in January 2021. After a long career in Retail Management, Ben is thrilled to be working in full-time ministry, alongside the youth of Northside. Ben has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting/Drawing from Abilene Christian University. He loves incorporating his passion for art and all things visual, into his teaching of God’s word. His other interests, like Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, hiking, sports, and eating, help connect him to the youth group. Or, as some like to say, he doesn’t act or talk like someone his age. Ben takes this as a compliment. He sees the young people of Northside as a mission field, and feels called to share the love of Jesus with them, in the hope they will choose to follow Jesus and be blessed all of their days. He and his wife Rachel, have been married 19 years, and enjoy living in Bulverde with their two dogs.


John Hodges

Minister of Worship and Communications

John Hodges began serving at Northside in August 2020. Before coming to Northside, he was Minister of Worship and Communications at Glenwood Church of Christ in Tyler, Texas, and Worship and Family Minister at Eastside Church of Christ in Colorado Springs, Colorado. John has a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Abilene Christian University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Vocational Ministry from Harding University. John enjoys reading, watching movies, and singing with his wife, Kim, and their four children, Johnathan, Kalleigh, Jonas and Kate.

John loves to collaborate with others in planning deeply meaningful worship experiences. In leading worship, his ultimate goal is to get out of the way and point people to God. He loves to see the message communicated in unique and powerful ways and longs to see unity in the body of Christ.


Nicole Largent

Children’s Minister, Preschool Director

Nicole Largent joined the Northside Staff full time in 2017 as Associate Children’s Minister. Her love of children has grown into a passion to teach them God’s love. Her experience teaching Early Childhood and Elementary gives her firsthand knowledge that assists her in following God’s lead. She has an amazing group of parents and members who help encourage, teach and love the children at Northside. Nicole has also worked at Northside Preschool since 2012 and currently serves as Director. She and her husband, Brandon, have three children, Breann, Wade, and Zakary, and a granddaughter, Eryn.


Jack Reese

Executive Minister

Jack Reese began serving as Northside’s Executive Minister in June 2020. Jack has ministered in a variety of settings for more than fifty years. He has been a youth minister, campus minister, and singles minister in St. Louis, Norman, Iowa City, Memphis, and Abilene. He was the Minister of the Word at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio from 1982 to 1987. Jack has served as a professor of preaching, worship, and ministry at three universities and has served as a ministry consultant with churches on five continents. Before moving to San Antonio, Jack headed the Foundation for Community Empowerment in Dallas, addressing issues of poverty and racism and providing opportunities for personal advancement through education. He has composed numerous hymns and is the author of several books about church and ministry.

Jack is married to Lesa, who is a speech pathologist and educator. They love cooking together, singing, traveling to new places, reading geeky social science books, hosting friends in their home, working with San Antonio interfaith leaders, mentoring young Christians, and spending time with six adorable grandchildren. They love helping churches and are delighted to be part of the Northside family.


Tina Wharton

Minister of Congregational Care

Tina Wharton has served at Northside as Children’s Minister since 1999. In 2020, Tina became Northside’s very first Minister of Congregational Care. She leads a fantastic team of volunteers who serve the ministry with servant hearts. She has always had a passion for teaching children God’s Word and brings her extensive hands-on experience to care for the whole congregation. She finds it an honor and pleasure to serve God and the families at Northside. She and her husband, Greg, have four young adult children, Christian, Lauren, Rachel, and Tyler.