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 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 the Executive Director of 6.14 Ministries, as well as 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.
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.
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 Digital Media & Public Relations Coordinator for 6.14 Ministries, where he designs and maintains the official ministry website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and digital media presentations. Josh also manages the training of local church staff and volunteers in the implementation of modern digital media into their services and and ministries in order to enhance effectiveness in communication, cultural connection, and millennial appeal.
Josh writes regularly at his official blog site The Josh Givens Blog, confronting the difficult topics that arise in culture, society, and national news and boldly tackles them with a no-holds-barred approach. If you'd like to request Josh to speak at your event on a range of topics from culture and politics to faith and his inspirational journey with Epilepsy, you can fill out the speaking request form on his site by clicking here.
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.
Josh is a graduate of Northside Bible Academy's homeschool co-op and is currently a sophomore at Coastal Alabama Community College where he studies computer science and plans to soon focus on computer programming. Longterm, his ultimate goal is to be a full-time minister. Until then, he plans to pursue work in a computer science-related field.
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 alongside Assistant Pastor Cody Walker, teaching lessons on Wednesday evenings, discipling and mentoring students one-on-one and plans and coordinates events. He also serves as keyboardist and pianist for our worship team on Sunday mornings.
In his downtime, Josh enjoys computer gameplay and has a passion for road-tripping with his family to various states and cities throughout the U.S. And if you happen to visit Northside, feel free to ask him about his years as an actor.
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 (one of whom serves as our student ministry leader) 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 local 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.
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.