Meet the Northside staff and their families.
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 and pastoral 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.
Pastor Stan is the Executive Director of 6.14 Ministries, a nonprofit organization that exists to encourage pastors and rescue churches in need of revitalization. He's also 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.
In Mobile, he also serves as Campus Pastor at the Mission of Hope, a local faith-based drug and alcohol rehab center, where he is responsible for developing and maintaining a volunteer discipleship program for the men in the program.
He's married to Annette Hathaway Givens and together they have three children — Joshua, Caleb, and Mary — the eldest of which serves as Communications Director for both Northside and 6.14 Ministries.
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.
Steven attended Southeastern Bible College from 1999-2003 where he focused on Theology and Biblical Studies and minored in Education. After Southeastern, he went on to work in the music industry for a while as a local DJ in the Gulf Shores area and slowly built up some experience and networking opportunities for himself. He later served as youth pastor at Clearview Baptist Church in Birmingham, where he worked closely with the junior high students and assisted with outreach, mission trips, camps, Safe Harbor, and other various ministry venues.
Steven was previously the owner of two successful entertainment production companies and is now working for All Pro Sound, owned by Sweetwater, where he does audio/video/lighting integration.
The original call to ministry came for Steven in 1998 after some deeply personal experiences and an intimate encounter with Christ, one which would place him on a long and hard journey as a prodigal. By 2008, he had moved to Mobile and was working with music artists before things turned around at the Home of Grace in 2018. From 2012-2015, he worked in recovery ministries at the Mobile Metro Jail and later served as interim pastor at The Cross At Clay in 2019.
Steven first met Stan after Memorial Day 2019 at a Testimonies On The Lawn event and told him that he really enjoyed the service at Northside because it didn't put him to sleep. "That was big for me," recalls Steven with a smile. "I immediately knew God was working at Northside when I showed up. I knew I wanted to be a part of what God was doing there. I told Stan I was looking for a church where I could dig in."
In his spare time Steven enjoys watching The Office, mixing music, drinking venti caramel macchiatos, and has recently discovered a love of pickles.
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.
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.
He is also the full time Communications Director for 6.14 Ministries, a church revitalization nonprofit organization he and his dad founded together in 2018. At 6.14, Josh designs and maintains the official ministry website, Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, and digital media presentations, as well as all marketing and promotional materials. He's also the host of Rescuing Churches, a weekly podcast on church revitalization and pastoral life featuring 6.14 Ministries Executive Director Stan Givens and occasional special guests.
Josh writes regularly at his official blog site The Josh Givens Blog, covering all things Church Communications. If you'd like to request Josh to speak at your next conference, seminar, or retreat event, you can fill out the speaking request form on his site by clicking here.
Josh is studying computer science at the University of South Alabama, working towards his degree in computer programming. Josh is also a videography expert serving clients through Momentum Virtual Experts.
In November of 2000, Josh and his family flew to Uganda, Africa where they would spend the next three years serving as missionaries and working with a local children's orphanage. After Africa, Josh's family served in Oaxaca, Mexico with local churches, spreading the Gospel through the mountain villages and telling people about the love of Jesus.
At Northside, Josh serves as Youth Leader for Ignition Student Ministries, teaching lessons on Wednesday evenings, discipling and mentoring students one-on-one, hosting various events and small group activities, and even fills the pulpit for Pastor Stan on occasion. He also serves as keyboardist and pianist for our worship team on Sunday mornings.
In his downtime, Josh enjoys computer gameplay, bow hunting, videography, and has a passion for road-tripping with his family. And if you happen to visit Northside, feel free to ask him about his years as an actor.
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.
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.
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.