A Letter From Pastor Vernon
- Pastor Matt Named as Lead Pastor
- Northland Staff Updates
- A New Role for Pastor Vernon
On behalf of the elders, I want to give you some exciting news regarding leadership and staffing changes that have taken place over the past month.
I’m pleased to tell you that the elders have called Pastor Matt Heard to the role of Lead Pastor, and he has accepted. Pastor Matt has been serving us since last fall as Lead Teaching Pastor and has been part of our church family for over 20 years. We are excited to have Pastor Matt and his wife, Arlene, lead us into the next chapter of Northland’s rich legacy.
We will hear more from Matt and our governing elders this weekend.
We have also filled several key staff positions, including hiring a new Worship Director, Danny Stephens, who will be joining our team on May 15. You can read more about Danny and other new hires (including an HR Director & Finance Director) on our staff page.
Also on May 15, I will be moving into a new role as Northland’s Pastor Emeritus. I will have no organizational responsibility, but will remain a pastor at Northland. This shift allows me the time and capacity to provide leadership to several ministries that are close to my heart, including occasionally serving as your preacher and worship leader. Connie and I are thankful for the opportunity to serve our church in new ways.
I have great confidence in our pastoral and ministry teams and our Executive Pastor, Kevin Urichko.
There is just no place like Northland — no other place with the heart for worship, no other place with the vision to reach the world and passion to serve. So much of that happens because of you, the Northland congregation, and the call that Jesus has put on your life to worship and service.
Thanks for the way that you have prayed for our elders, leadership and staff over the past year. We are grateful for you, and most importantly, for what God is doing through this community of believers. Please keep praying for Northland as we continue to grow, learn and serve together in our common mission.
– Pastor Vernon
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What does emeritus mean?
Emeritus is an Anglicized Latin word referring to one who has earned his way forward by faithful service. In academic settings, this term is often associated with retirement. In our context, the title indicates a continued ordination for pastoral ministry and a “double honor” (1 Timothy 5:17) for his years of service. The elders are pleased to elevate Pastor Vernon in this manner.
Very good transition..Gideons army was decreased in numbers so Jehovah God would be given Glory 300 sounds good to me!!! alan daniell
Ithis announcement makes me sad. Forst Joel and now Vernon
My heart sings your praises. My eye focus on today. My prayers are . For everyone as this transition ocvurs..
Thank you Poster Vernon for your many years of service to Northland and the Lord. You are such a blessing, and express the compassion of Jesus at Northland. The Holy Spirit working through you is a blessing to my husband and myself. May God continue to bless you and your family as you start a new chapter in your life. Thank you for your letter as you share your future.
Great news! So excited to have Pastor Matt continue to lead us as Pastor Vernon moves to his new role! #neveretire
I came to the Northland community in 1998 and have been connected to it ever since. In those 20 years, other than Christian community, the greatest blessing was/is a lead pastor who clearly allows the Holy Spirit to move freely—through him to His people. God sent what Northland needed then—and now. Through the transitions, Pastor Vernon has brought a constant presence of love and Godly care and often the (human) glue that has held us together. Thank you, Pastor Vernon! Emeritus seems very fitting for you—in this time and in this place. Pastor Matt now brings a powerful insight and strength in both challenging and empowering Northland to ‘become’ an even stronger, more unified community—and a real force in building His Kingdom. I’ve never felt more positive about the role and the future of a church!
We are excited to hear this news. Pastor Vernon deserves this recognition and honor, and Pastor Matt has not only shown himself to be an excellent preacher - he’s shown that he has a pastor’s heart. Praise God for leading us to this exhilarating new chapter! I also pray that we members and congregants will step up our game on the heels of John Cortines’ gentle reminder to repent - particularly in point #2 when it comes to the finances that our church needs to go forward.
Pastor Vernon, we LOVE you and your pastoring, and pray that you’ll continue on with your pastoral duties as you have been.
You know how much you mean to Susie and I, and how our life together began with God, and was so blessed by your marrying us, in His sight, at the Springs. God bless you and Connie, for all you’ve done and will be doing.
Jack and Susie McMakin
John and I really look forward to you leading worship and hearing your messages and your singing voice at Saturday Service. We especially love your deep compassion and sense of humor. We know you have served long and hard and deserve this recognition, but we will truly miss your frequent presence.
Thank you for you faithful service over the years. As youth pastor, you guided my now grown children in the faith and I am grateful. As leading pastor, thank you for you commitment and dedication and heartfelt authenticity. I look forward to this next chapter of service for you and Connie!
We Love you and Connie so very much. Hope to see you OFTEN!
Please play your guitar and sing for us, please.
We always look forward to your sermons. Enjoy your new position, but please continue to preach to us often!