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Staff

Lead Team

Kurt Brodbeck

Family Ministry Pastor

Kurt Brodbeck

As Family Ministry Pastor, Kurt spends time working with students in large and small group environments to help them see how God is calling them. Kurt loves teaching and modeling what living a life for Christ looks like. Kurt and his wife, Brooke, have two kids, Corbin and Quincy. He loves geo-caching, playing Frisbee golf and launching Hot Wheels off ramps with his family. Kurt also has some unique hidden talents: “Sword swallowing, fire juggling, leaping small buildings with a single jump, and wrestling alligators,” he said.

Mark Crull

Executive Pastor

Mark Crull

As Northview’s Executive Pastor, Mark provides senior leadership to the daily management of church life. His goal is to help Northview members and guests connect with God and one another in life-changing ways. Mark and his wife, Karen, served three years for Campus Crusade for Christ and five years with FamilyLife. They also helped plant a church in New England now pushing 1,000 members between two church campuses. Mark and Karen have four children. In his free time, Mark likes to run, fly fish and tinker around the house fixing things. He can do it all, even tap dance.

Mike Crull

Operations Pastor

Mike Crull

Mike became the Operations Pastor in August 2014 and provides day-to-day oversight to Northview’s administrative and operations departments. He has a vast ministry background including serving as the European Vice President for TCM International, a graduate leadership-training program. Mike and his wife, Patty, have three sons, Mark, Jacob and Taylor. They enjoy recreational activities, especially snow skiing and boarding. Having lived in German-speaking Europe for eighteen years, one of his favorite pastimes is visiting Weihnachtsmarkts (Christmas markets) during Advent. 

Derek Irvin

Small Groups Pastor

Derek Irvin

Derek is the Small Groups Pastor at Northview, providing leadership, curriculum, coaching and support for all Life Groups, Life-Recovery Groups and Growth Groups. Before coming to Northview in 2006, Derek worked as a sales representative for a printed food films manufacturing company. Derek and his wife, Missy, have three children and one grandchild. Derek’s hidden talent: “I can eat a basket of chips at a Mexican restaurant in 20 seconds. However, I am currently retired.”

Steve Poe

Lead Pastor

Steve Poe

Steve serves as the Lead Pastor at Northview. Before being recruited by elders to come to Northview, Steve worked in the business world and served as Lead Pastor at Caring First Church in St. Joseph, Mo. Steve and his wife, Sandy, have two children and seven grandchildren. Steve enjoys spending time with Sandy, traveling, going to the movies, reading and eating at new restaurants. He also won a chocolate chip cookie contest when he was in junior high school.

Jason Pongratz

Multisite Campus Director

Jason Pongratz

Jason is our Multisite Campus Director. Through this role, he provides direction and leadership to our multisite strategy and future campus expansion. Before joining our staff in October 2015, Jason had been attending Northview for 17 years and served in many lay leadership roles. He and his wife, Shannon, have three children. Together they love to unplug, explore and go camping.

Wayland Thompson

Serving Teams Pastor

Wayland Thompson

As Northview's Serving Teams Pastor, Wayland is responsible for connecting and maintaining relationships with Northview’s missions partners locally and around the world. Wayland came to Northview from sales. “It was a dream come true to be able to transition into this position,” he said. Wayland and his wife Kaleesha, have four children: Nate, Philip, Anna and Luke. He loves to be outside playing sports, fishing, exploring and getting beat by his sons at Frisbee golf on Northview’s course. Wayland has a hidden artistic need to build, paint or draw.

Greg Wallace

Weekend Services Pastor

Greg Wallace

Greg refers to himself as “the producer for the weekends.” He oversees the weekend worship services and other events held in the auditorium. He also leads the team that brainstorms and designs the worship services. Greg was the music director and programming director at Willow Creek Church in Barrington, Ill., but came to Northview because “it’s a perfect fit for me, and I really feel like everything in my past experiences has been preparing me for what I’m doing now. I love it.” Greg and his wife, Naoko, have one son, Kashi. They all have music backgrounds, and Greg says music can always be heard coming from their household.

Lauren Wright

Communications Pastor

Lauren Wright

Lauren works as the Communications Pastor at Northview, where she manages a team that assists in the communication efforts of all the ministries at Northview. Before coming to Northview in January 2010, Lauren was the recreational director of a gymnastics program in Alabama. Lauren and her husband, Joel, have three sons they adopted from Africa, Micah, Asher and Sawyer, and two Sheltie dogs, Ellie and Colby. They enjoy traveling together and trying new ethnic cuisine. “I love baking and cooking and take it as a personal challenge to rarely, if ever, repeat a recipe,” she said.

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