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.
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.
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.
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 Communications Director for 6.14 Ministries, where he designs and maintains the official ministry website, Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, and digital media presentations, as well as all marketing and promotional materials. At 6.14, Josh is 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 and faith-based topics. If you'd like to request Josh to speak at your event on a range of issues 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.
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.
Marie is our Administrative Assistant managing our church office. She has a passion for reaching people in 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 and Soul Sisters Women's ministry. She diligently coordinates various outreach events, conferences and activities throughout the year.
As owner of Momentum Virtual Experts, Marie serves non-profits and small businesses as a certified Project Manager, Social Media Manager and Virtual Expert. Marie is also owner of Omnia Bella Photography where she gets to share her creativity through various photography and videography projects.
In her free time, you can find Marie enjoying precious time with her amazing kids and grandkids, discipling women from the local community, and enjoying coffee with friends.
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.