Meet the Northside staff and their families.  

  • Stan givens

    Lead Pastor

    Pastor Stan Givens attended Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Alabama, where he met his wife Annette and graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Theology. He served in various ministry roles for several years in Birmingham before taking the position of lead pastor at Northside in 2000. A native of Mobile, Stan actually attended Northside as a child under the teachings of founding Pastor David Jones for many years. 

    He's married to Annette Hathaway Givens and together they have three children -- Joshua, Caleb and Mary -- all of who play active roles in Northside’s worship, children’s and media ministries. Pastor Stan is a board member of East European Harvest and an active supporting member of Team Jesus Ministries. When he's not at church, you can find him bowhunting, playing guitar or spending time with his family.

    Annette acquired her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Southeastern in 1982 where she also minored in biblical studies. She is currently a first grade teacher in the Mobile County Public School system and serves regularly with our women's ministry and nursery ministry. 

    You can follow Pastor Stan's blog at: embracingthecross.com



    ASSOCIATE pastor 

    Cody serves as an associate pastor and teacher under the leadership of Pastor Stan and also doubles as bass guitar player on Sunday mornings for the worship band and grounds crew maintenance supervisor throughout the week. He often describes himself as a "Godservant" and is passionate about theology and apologetics. Cody is married to Emily Walker and together they have two children: Salem and Herschel. Emily serves regularly and faithfully in Northside's children's ministry. 




    Josh received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in broadcast journalism from the University of South Alabama in 2010, where he also minored in classic English literature. In 2008, he spent a year at Valdosta State University in Georgia studying international media and public relations, as well as web and graphic design. Josh has been a feature journalist for popular local publications like Mobile Bay magazine and Sense magazine and has also been published in various online digital venues. 

    At Northside, Josh is responsible for designing and managing our weekly worship and sermon media, our website, social media accounts, blogs and our podcast. He also serves as lead acoustic rhythm guitarist for our worship band on Sunday mornings. 

    You can follow Josh at his official blog site jdgivens.com, where he regularly confronts the difficult topics that arise in culture, society, and national news and boldly tackles them with a no-holds-barred approach. 


  • dianna baker

    administrative secretary

    Dianna lends her organizational skills to the Northside support staff by serving as our church’s administrative secretary. She is also an accompanying vocalist for our Sunday morning worship team.

  • Marie Wattier

    Growth Groups Administrator & Soul Sisters Leader

    Marie has a passion for reaching people and our local community with the Gospel of Jesus through various small group venues and outreach opportunities and we have been blessed to see her accomplish this with the implementation of our highly successful Growth Groups ministry. She is also the leader of our Soul Sisters women's group and diligently coordinates various ladies events, conferences and activities throughout the year.

    Marie has six amazing children (you'll find two of them on our Dream Team) and is a lover of coffee and chocolate. When she's not serving at Northside, you can find her juggling her part-time photography business, discipling women from the community and spending time with her kids. 




    A native of "The Bayou," Kendall hails from Louisiana and has been with Northside as an elder, teacher and shepherd for a number of years. With theology degrees from Springhill College and Oklahoma Wesleyan Christian University (formerly Bartlesville Wesleyan College), Kendall is well-versed in an array of biblical subjects ranging from New Testament church history to New Testament contextual theology. His insight, knowledge and wisdom has become an indispensable part of Northside's ministry. He is married to Sarah Rogers and together they have two children. Kendall is currently teaching a Parthenon New Testament Studies Growth Group on Thursday evenings at 6:30 in the fellowship hall. 

  • al denney


    Brother Al is a longtime teacher of the Merry Makers seniors ministry class on Sunday mornings and also works as an administrative financial accountant with the Mobile County Public School system. 

  • larry ezell


    A successful independent businessman and family man, Larry Ezell brings local community knowledge and strong family values to our Shepherd’s Staff. His wife Mary serves faithfully in our women's ministry and as a Growth Groups coach.   

  • robert davidson


    A retired Chickasaw, Alabama police officer and U.S. Army veteran, Robert has been a dedicated member of Northside since its early “tent days" and serves faithfully as an active board member, shepherd and missions team member.