PHIL & KATH HENRY
We are the ones who get to cheer on the most amazing team of people! Our heart is to develop a culture where people are inspired to discover their God-given gifts, to grow in maturity and to be released to bless and equip others. God has allowed us to see many people come to faith, and others return to faith. We are humbled and inspired by the people who call Northridge home.
We have remained bi-vocational throughout ministry. Phil has worked as a consultant engineer and Kath has engaged within many aspects of nursing, more recently volunteering for positions in Chaplaincy and serving on various Boards and Committees.
We pursue lifelong learning, having both undertaken further studies in theology and ministry. Phil holds a Graduate Diploma in Ministry. Kath holds a Masters in Adult Education, and is currently undertaking further study in Theology.
We have a wonderful staff team at Northridge. They are passionate about the church and the ministries or areas they lead. It is an amazing privilege for the church to have these gifted men and women helping to serve the church family and advance the kingdom of God.
ROB & BONNIE GILES
Rob and Bonnie joined Northridge in 2007, and together they help Phil & Kath lead the Sunday 9.30am Community. Rob is the Worship Pastor at Northridge, and also oversees our Life Groups ministry, supporting leaders and encouraging growth. Bonnie oversees our Pastoral Care teams, and helps newcomers connect and integrate into the church family. She also mentors our Youth ministry leaders. They are blessed with 4 wonderful children, and also serve on the senior leadership team.
Assistant Worship Pastor
Chris has been a part of the Northridge journey since 2007, when he came along to the fledgling evening service and met the Holy Spirit for the first time. Chris and his fantastic wife Jen, now lead the evening service community. Chris also works alongside Rob, as the Assistant Worship Pastor. His heart for Northridge is to see people encounter Jesus in a real and authentic way. When he’s not serving at Northridge, Chris is a dedicated road cyclist, and works as a web/graphic designer.
Children’s Pastor (temporary) & Senior Pastor’s PA
Emma-Jane has been a member of the Northridge Vineyard family since 2007, engaging in a variety of areas including Women’s events, kids church, youth, young adults, and prayer ministry. Emma-Jane lives locally, with her husband Mark and her two cats, and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Divinity at Morling College. She has had a varied career history, working around the globe in hospitality, education and the media. Emma-Jane has a heart for young people, that they might know God and understand their value and calling in this world.
Children’s Pastor (currently on maternity leave)
Kate joined the staff in June 2009, and oversees our Children’s and families ministries. Kate believes that children have valuable stories and experiences to share with us and that there is so much we can learn from watching our kids live out their faith. Kate is also heavily involved in outreach to families in our local community. She lives locally with her husband, Garth.
SAM HENRY & GEORGIE READ
Senior Youth Leaders
Sam has grown up at Northridge, helping his parents since the early days of the church. Together with Georgie, Sam now oversees the Youth Ministry. He has a huge heart for youth, and loves seeing them encounter God for both the first time or the millionth time. Sam enjoys playing music, singing, developing websites and hanging with mates.Georgie walked into Northridge in 2012 – since then she has never been the same. After a short-term mission trip to the Philippines in 2014, Georgie was inspired to join the youth leadership team, and now together with Sam, leads our Youth Ministry. Georgie has a heart for community and seeing people step into the dreams God has placed on their hearts.
Lisa has been serving in the Northridge office since the early days of the church, and today is involved in many different areas of the church, overseeing prayer and prophetic ministries. She is happily married to Eric and is the mother of three wonderful sons – Kristafor, Aidan and Jordan. She is a food lover (favouring the eating part over the cooking); a keen exerciser, a big fan of candles and quiet times!
IRENE DE JONGE
Irene serves as one of our Office Administrators, working several days a week at Northridge. She is married to Dave and has two young adult daughters. She loves warm weather, the beach, a good coffee and camping with her family and friends in different parts of this beautiful country of ours.
Nicola has been the bookkeeper at Northridge since July 2012, keeping track of the church finances. She is married to Owen and has two beautiful girls. Having emigrated from the UK in 2011, she loves the warm weather, beaches and bush that Sydney offers and feels very blessed to live in such a beautiful country. In her spare time she loves playing the piano, bush walking and cross stitch. She also enjoys cooking and entertaining friends at home.
We have two main senior leadership teams who serve to support the ministry of Northridge:
The Board manages the physical resources available for building the Kingdom of God at and through Northridge. They oversee the legal requirements of Northridge as an Incorporated Association. They also manage the finances, the property, and staffing. Those on the Board are Phil and Kath Henry, Stephen Thompson, David de Jonge, Chris Chilton and Justin Kendall.
The Strategic Leadership Team (SLT)
We have divided the ministry of Northridge into six different areas so each area can have a strategic leader to bring vision, oversight, support and wisdom to their area or portfolio. This team has allowed us to spread the responsibility of the wide range of activities happening at Northridge to gifted people who have a heart to see both the church and their area grow and develop. The areas covered are:
Outreach – Kath Henry and Sarah Starr
Building Community – Gill Begbie
Pastoral Care – Bonnie Giles
Discipleship – Rob Giles
Resources – Stephen Thompson
Celebrating Community – Phil Henry
Chair – Ted Kerr