Northside Church of Christ is an autonomous Christian congregation. We are led by Shepherds and have formal ministers and administrative leadership that help the church body function. Our church also has many member-driven organizations and committees, like Audio/Visual, Worship, Missions, and Women’s ministry committees, that provide support and leadership for our missions and ministries.
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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.
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. They have one amazing grandchild, Caleb.
Worship and Communications Minister
John Hodges will begin serving at Northside in August 2020. Before coming to Northside, he was Worship and Communications Minister 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.
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. Nicole has also worked at Northside Preschool since 2012 and currently serves as Director. She and her husband, Brandon, have 3 children, Breann, Wade and Zakary.
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 & Tyler.
Sandy Applewhite joined our team in 2004 and is our Office Administrator. She enjoys spending time with her three children and her grandchildren. Sandy has been such a blessing in her role here at Northside and works hard to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes. Along with her parents and brother, Gary, she is a charter member of Northside.
Kellie White joined our team in June of 2011 as our receptionist/administrative assistant. Kellie and her husband Jack have two sons, Kye and Lang, and have been members at Northside since 2005. She transitioned from her position teaching with the Northside Preschool to serving the broader Northside membership and community. She is blessed with the gifts of encouragement, organization and joy and these gifts serve our team well.
Dawn Mathis previously served our church family as an Administrative Assistant from 1999 to 2006. She rejoined our team in September 2012. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Dawn’s previous experience, organizational skills and helpfulness make her a perfect addition to our staff.
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Barry and Terry Allison have been married for almost four decades. They have two sons who currently reside in Alabama. Terry is retired from UTSA and Barry is retired from the United States Army. Barry has worked with First Command Financial Planning, the Tidal Group brokerage firm, has done a stint in business and spent a few months working with Home Depot. Barry and Terry were active in several military congregations in the United States and in Germany prior to joining the Northside family in the fall of 1994.
Jim and Charli Bruner are blessed to have been part of the Northside family for 33 years. Jim is a charter member, and Charli worked in the church office for a combined 18+ years. They married in 1984 and have two children, Tara and Chase. Jim and Charli’s greatest passion is working together in the Children’s ministry, and serving on the Children’s Leadership Team. They have mentored teens as small group leaders and activity/trip sponsors in the Youth Ministry. Prior to serving the Children’s ministry, Jim served in the Facilities ministry. Jim is Vice President of Mauze Construction Corporation. Charli works in the accounting office at Wakefield Realtors.
Al & Rita Campbell came to Northside Church in 2010. Al was a preaching minister for 20 years and now is a Hospice Chaplain. Rita, an RN in oncology, manages Nurse Educators for a pharmaceutical company. They have 5 children: sons Josh, Jason, Rob and Kevan, and a daughter Heather. They have 16 grandchildren. They like to spend most of their free time with their children & grandchildren. Al’s personal ministry at Northside has included serving on the Worship Committee, teaching Adult Bible Studies, & offering devo’s at Hector Garza Center & at area Senior facilities. Rita has served as a teacher in the pre-school classes at Northside.
Alan and Sharon Cooper have been members at Northside since 1992. They were married in 1978 and have two daughters who grew up at Northside; Meagan lives in Houston and is married to Kevin White, and Lindsay, who lives in San Antonio and worships at Northside with her husband, Luke Perkins. In addition, Alan and Sharon have four grandsons and one granddaughter; Jaxon, Zane and Waylon White, Isaiah and Naomi Perkins. They have been involved in several ministry areas including planning and attending the bi-annual Campaigns to Fortaleza, Brazil, and Northside’s design and relocation to our current facility. Alan is a Realtor and the managing partner of Wakefield Realtors, Inc. Sharon works with Alan as office manager in the property management side of the business.
Dexter and Mary Freeman have been worshipping at Northside since 2005. They are involved with the Children’s Ministry, Counseling Ministry, Dynamic Marriage workshops, adult Bible classes and mentoring efforts. Dexter has served as a shepherd at Northside since 2010. He and Mary have been married since 1985 and are the parents of two young men, Matthew and Daniel. Dexter spent 20 years in the Army before retiring in 2003. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Army Master of Social Work Program at Fort Sam. Mary is a registered nurse in the Northeast Independent School District.
Jim Martin is a family physician, and he and his wife Mignon have been at Northside since 2005. They have three married adult children and nine grandchildren. Their daughter Hailey Mullican and her husband David and their three children also attend Northside. Jim has served in various adult education roles as a teacher, and Mignon is a CASA volunteer and involved in the SAFE ministry. Prior to being at Northside, they had been at the Oak Hills Church of Christ for over 35 years.
Rod and Tina Syrus moved to San Antonio in 2012, and have been members of Northside ever since. Rod is the Director of Customers Relations for Dahill, Inc., while Tina a Licensed Massage Therapist. They have been married for almost 25 years and have 4 wonderful children, and 1 grandchild (Sage). Their son Martrell lives in Amarillo, TX, while the other 3 (Roderick Jr., Mi’Lan, and Summer) still reside at home. Rod and Tina both have a strong love for the Lord and have both been a part of His family for over 35 years. Rod continues to teach our care centers, adult Bible classes, and develop Christian relationships through jail/prison ministries.
Bruce Utley has served at the Northside Church of Christ since 1982. Before coming to San Antonio, he served as Campus Minister and taught at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He holds the Bachelor of Science, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry degrees, all from Abilene Christian University. He is a member of the Christian Education Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He and his wife, Sharon, have two adult children, Clay and Erin. They have four grandchildren.
Marvin and Debbi Walker have lived in San Antonio since 1982. They were married in 1971 having met in college. They have 2 married daughters who graduated from ACU and continue to live in Abilene with their four children. Prior to coming to Northside in 2008, Marvin and Debbi attended Northwest Church of Christ for many years where Marvin served as a Deacon and substitute preacher and Debbi founded and managed the Northwest pre-school program. They also attended Oak Hills Church of Christ where they were both active in the New Member Ministry, Welcome Ministry and Life Group. Marvin is the owner of Matteson, Harwood & Walker, Inc. a life insurance agency and Debbi is on the management team at the San Antonio Rape Crisis Center.
Tom and Laura Zimmer married in 1977, have 3 children and 9 beautiful grandchildren. Tom served in the Air Force for eight years and is now a Network Engineer at USAA where he’s worked since 1988. They have been at Northside since 2006 and have served in many different Ministries.