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


  • brandon ezell

    worship leader 

    Brandon has been a part of Northside since his high school days and often describes himself as a "prodigal" who has been blessed beyond measure to fill the role of lead worship vocalist for our praise team. He is married to Lindsey Jean Ezell and together they have two children: Grayson and Blakely. 


    assistant 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. 

    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 writes about cultural, political and spiritual issues. 


  • 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 we have been blessed to see her accomplish this with our highly successful Growth Groups ministry. She is also the leader of our Soul Sisters women's group and is married to Mark Wattier. Together they have an amazing six children! (You'll find two of them on our Dream Team.) 

  • 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 son Brandon serves as our worship leader and Larry's 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.