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Mark Schmutz: Senior Pastor/Interim Pastor for Worship

office number: (360) 423-3805, office hours: Monday-Thursday

Mark and Jana Schmutz arrived at Northlake in October of 1996 to serve as our senior pastor. They were married in December of 1985 and have been blessed by the Lord with three children, Christian (1991), Meredith (1993), and Mackenzie (1996). They met at Judson University in Elgin, IL where Mark graduated with a BA in Psychology and Christian Religion and Philosophy in 1984. He completed a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL in 1992 and was ordained to the Ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the First Baptist Church of Charlottle, MI in November 1993.

Mark is passionate about the local church, expressing itself in the dynamic of corporate worship in which we seek to encounter the Presence of the Living Christ, in small Group community as modeled by our Lord Jesus, and engaged in reaching out to our community and our world through missions and ministry as the Lord leads. The high value Mark places on encountering the presence of Christ is demonstrated in the prophetic ministries and worship gatherings of our congregation and the Church of the Three Rivers Region. You can contact Mark in the church office at 360/423-3805, where he keeps office hours Monday through Thursday.

We are in a season of staff transition in which we are searching for a full-time youth/worship pastor. Mark is serving as interim worship pastor in the meantime. We hope to have identified this person by this Fall. Please pray for us during this important time of transition. If you are interested in serving on our worship teams as a musician and/or singer or AV/tech team, please contact Mark.

Aileen Stanford: Assistant Pastor for Pastoral Care & Senior Adult Ministries

To request a visit, please contact the church office at 360-423-3805

Aileen loves to visit, pray and keep in contact with the senior adults, persons who are homebound, those in nursing homes, and those in the hospital as needed. She has been a member of Northlake Baptist Church since 1998. Aileen and her husband Bob have been married 56 years, and have served churches in the Midwest.

Joshua Wenzek: Youth Pastor

office number: (360) 423-3805, office hours vary

Student Life for Grades 6-12 Sundays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the Youth Room.

Wednesdays at the Wenzeks from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Miranda Meredith: Children's Pastor

office number: (360) 423-3805, office hours vary

Miranda Meredith is our children's Pastor for our FaithKids ministry! She loves the Lord, loves children and loves serving at the place she calls home.

Miranda is continuing her college education while working here and at Three Rivers Christian School.

She has been attending Northlake since 2011 and has been on staff since 2016. Miranda is devoted to seeing Christ transform the hearts and minds of the children who Northlake serves. Her prayer is that FaithKids will empower children to rise up into all that Christ has made them to be.

On a lighter note, Miranda loves napping, coffee dates, reading and photography. Feel free to contact her at the Northlake office if you would like to chat about FaithKids or just go on a coffee date!

Terri Hopkins: Pastoral Counseling

office number: (360) 423-3805, office hours vary

Terri was born in Longview, moved out of the area at age 12, returned and has been living in the community for the past 45 years. She has been married to husband Rick for 40 years and raised two children and has four grandchildren.

Terri is an Inner Healing/Pastoral Counselor in Longview, Washinton and the Three Rivers Region since the year 2000. She has participated in serveral conferences on Inner Healing taught by Charles Kraft, and also participated with others in the Inner Healing journey. She has also completed an online course through ACCA (American Christian Counselor Association) and completed the Genesis Process training with Michael Dye in the Fall of 2012.

For the past 16 years Terri has worked with numerous pastors from the community as well as teaching and ministering in several congreagations in several states, including Southside Christian Center in Spokane, Washington for approximately 7 years; Redwood City, California Tapestry Church in 2012; as well as ministering to pastors and leadership in Toledo, Ohio for 8 years.

The Inner Healing journey is a ministry to help individuals through the recovery and healing of childhood abuses and family brokenness. Terri has also helped those who are trying to find stability after walking out of addiction or even abuse. The Lord uses her in areas of Christian growth as well as binding up the wounds of the broken hearted (Isaiah 61).

She is available by appointment through the Northlake office.

Kim Hammond: Administrative Assistant for Senior Pastor

office number: (360) 423-3805, office hours: Monday-Thursday

Kim serves as Pastor Mark's administrative assistant and office manager. She produces the weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter, and a host of vital administrative tasks that keep us functioning smoothly! Kim has been on staff since 2003.

Lise` Taylor: Family Life & Pastoral Staff Administrator

office number: (360) 423-3805, office hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Lise' has been worshiping and serving in Children's Ministry at Northlake since 1992. She and her husband, Rocky, have been married over 30 years and have raised two daughters- Jessica (a son-in-law, Mark) and Cassandra. They are now the blessed grandparents of three grandchildren- Brady, Pepper, and Sawyer.

Lise' joined the staff at Northlake in 2010 after working on staff next door at Three Rivers Christian School for 11 years. She served as a youth leader at Northlake from 2008-2016.

One of her favorite verses is Ephesians 2:8-9 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast."

Her motto at Northlake- "Stay down low... it's where the hugs are!"

Coy Woods: Building and Grounds Supervisor

office number: (360) 423-3805, office hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday

Coy joined our staff in February 2014. A perfect fit for maintaining the physical plant of our very busy campus, Coy also brings a passion for Jesus that sees maintenance as a ministry. Coy and his wife Dawn have been blessed with three adult children, and two sons-in-law.

Quinn Laulainen

Toddler Supervisor

Quinn joined our staff in the toddler room just this year. She is a beautiful and bright overseer with those caring for our busy little movers-and-shakers. Quinn and brother Jack are the off-spring of Dr. Ed and Kristin Laulainen. Their beautiful family have been a part of Northlake for 6 years. Find her in the Room 108 on Sunday mornings at 10:00am.

Alicia Hillger

Nursery Coordinator

Alicia has been caring for our littlest ones with her tenderhearted hands for the past year. She is a member of the Hillger clan including parents Dell and Lessley, and siblings Ariella, Andrew, and Michael. Alicia can be found each Sunday morning upstairs in the nursery at 10:00am.

Jenny Tennant


Jenny is not only the person who cleans up after busy Sunday mornings, she can also be found on weekdays as a longstanding staff member at the Early Leaning Center at Three Rivers Christian School. Jenny has provided many hours of childcare for Northlake events and frequently volunteers in the adminstraion office. She is a valued part of the Northlake team.

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