Since the beginning, Northgate has been known as a training and equipping church, with a strong teaching component. Rev. Ken Cross was installed as pastor of Northgate in October 1988. He brought to Northgate an inspiring gift of planting and nurturing new churches, and sent out several missionaries during his stay. He went on to plant two additional churches in North Carolina.
Rev. David King was called in March 1994. An accomplished scholar, Rev. King published Holy Scripture: Pillar and Ground of Our Faith in 2001, a study of the authority of scripture in comparison to the Roman Catholic view. He started the annual Fish Fry event at Northgate.
Rev. Richard Smith was called in 1999. Incorporating a relational focus into the theological strengths of the church, Rev. Smith is skilled at bringing people together. Under his care, the church has grown more unified and is thriving as a community of believers from many different ages and backgrounds. In 2000, he established a Summer Day Camp and VBS for neighborhood children, which is still going strong. In March 2015 Rev. Smith left Northgate to take a call with RUF-International at Penn State.
Current pastor Rev. John Albano was called in July 2016. Today, and looking forward to the future, the church hopes by God’s grace, to continue to faithfully proclaim the Good News of reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ and to grow in outreach and ministry to the surrounding area.
See photos from our 30th Anniversary Celebration Slideshow here.