Leadership

Welcome to New North Church!

We are an imperfect community of followers of Jesus living on the San Francisco Peninsula. We certainly don't have it all together, but we know the One who does. I hope you'll join us for a Sunday service soon whether online or in person to experience what it means to follow Jesus. Whether you join alone or with your family, you're welcome here.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to meet you soon.

Love, Rob

Elders

SILVIO TAVARES

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MICHAEL FARBSTEIN

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ROB HALL

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HUBERT PUN

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Staff

SAM CERDENA

Kids Director

Sam serves all the little kiddos in nursery through elementary school in his role as the Kids Director.

Previously part of an international study group focused on child growth and development in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2010, and a classroom teacher in San Francisco for 10 years, Sam is absolutely in his element here at New North. He has a desire to teach and mentor children with patience and an accepting heart while igniting within them a desire to have a genuine relationship with Jesus. Sam is known for his love for God and his family and for his pride in being a great papa.

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TIM DRISDELLE

Worship & Creative Pastor

Tim is New North’s Worship & Creative Pastor. Having over 20 years of worship leadership experience,

Tim brings excellence, innovation, and immense depth to our worship and creative arts ministry. Tim has a great sense of humor and is highly creative and industrious. When he isn’t leading worship or creating music, you can find Tim on the beaches of Florida or Hawaii (literally and/or figuratively!).

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SCOTT DYER

Connections Pastor

Scott Dyer is our Connections Pastor at New North.

He hails from Baltimore, Maryland and moved to the Bay Area in August of 2018 after teaching English in mainland China for four years. Scott has an insatiable desire to learn about different cultures and languages, and simply enjoys getting to know anyone who comes from a different background, with the hope of sharing the good news of Jesus with them. His favorite thing to do is to travel to new states, cities, and countries trying new cuisines with his wife, best friend, and traveling partner, Ariel.

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CRAIG GAFFNEY

Worship Director

Craig is our Worship Director and one of the key people who makes the amazing worship at New North happen every Sunday.

Craig’s studies in songwriting at Berklee College of Music have grown his passion for music and using those skills and passions for the church. When Craig is not on stage, you can find him at your local hipster coffee shop dreaming up a new song.

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ROB HALL

Lead Pastor

Rob Hall is our Lead Pastor here at New North.

A Hayward native, he worked as a youth pastor and campus pastor in Las Vegas before returning to the Bay Area several years ago. He is our primary communicator to the church body, sharing the vision and engaging with people from all backgrounds to genuinely get to know them. He almost never forgets a face or name! Rob is a self-proclaimed coffee snob and an avid admirer of the 1965 Ford Mustang. He is an adventurous bibliomaniac who loves his family, his church, and his Jesus.

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CHELSEA OLIVER

Executive Assistant

As Executive Assistant, Chelsea is the first face you’ll see when you walk into the New North offices.

Her studies in communications and background in customer service serve as a foundation for her support of our Lead Pastor, Finance and Operations team, and Men’s Ministry. A recent transplant from the Pacific Northwest, Chelsea’s old soul loves long walks in pretty neighborhoods, working on her home, classical Baroque music, British period dramas, baking cream scones for her husband, and adding to her ever-growing collection of cardigans.

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MCKENNA TAKACH

Community Life Pastor

McKenna Takach is the Community Life Pastor at New North and oversees all our midweek ministries.

She is not-so-secretly in love with baking without a recipe or measuring cups and, one day, she plans to try her skills on a wedding cake. Even though she hates avocados and mayo, she is a typical Bay Area coffee snob and can’t go about her day without a good cup o’ joe. She loves God’s Word and desires to teach it well. She becomes obnoxiously excited when she learns new things about the Lord and His people!

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LAUREN GEE

Communications Director

Lauren keeps you in the loop with everything happening at New North throughout the week.

Her background in TV news serves her well when it comes to telling stories of how Jesus has worked in the lives of our church and keeping you updated through our website, newsletters, and Sunday services. As a SF native, Lauren loves ranking cafes for the best croissants and coffee. When she's not baking bread, you can find her climbing rocks with her community group!

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ZOHARY ROSS

Marriage Ministry & Women's Pastor

Zohary is a graduate of our Pastoral Residency program and now oversees our Marriage Ministry and Women's Ministry.

This San Francisco native is married to her husband TIm and is a mom of four, plus one spunky pup! When she's not exploring new places and restaurants, she loves reading, writing and random trivia. She cannot live without coffee, tacos, colorful pens and cozy sweaters!

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ANDY TAN

Operations Manager

Andy Tan is our Operations Manager at New North.

Andy is the one who keeps our office and campus running smoothly on Sundays and throughout the week! He's a father of two and he loves hiking, biking and playing sports with his family. As a San Francisco native, he knows where to find the best deals on the most delicious foods.

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CRYSTAL TAYLOR

Administrative Director

Crystal is the Operations Director at New North.

Crystal is part of our FinOps team that helps keep our church running. She oversees HR, Operations, and Finances along with our Deacon of Finance. Crystal hails from the Central Valley and loves reading, coffee, hiking, and visiting museums! Her favorite is the Legion Of Honor in San Francisco!

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MISSY HALL

Outreach Coordinator

Missy fosters our relationships with our Global and Local Outreach partners.

Missy has a big heart for people and animals. In her free time, you can find her on the beach reading or walking her two adorable pups! Ask her about her photo collection of cute animals and you won't be disappointed!

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DENNIS CHANG

Production Manager

Dennis is the Production Manager at New North, overseeing our tech teams for Sunday services.

He is an SF native who is passionate about video editing. He was a vital team member in capturing + editing church online during the pandemic, so we are thrilled to have him join our team! When Dennis isn't editing videos you can catch him enjoying meals or climbing with friends!

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KEVIN CENTINAJE

Pastoral Resident

Kevin Centinaje is a Pastoral Resident at New North Church and serves with High School Ministry.

Kevin has served in the United States Air Force for 20+ years and is excited to transition into vocational ministry. He is passionate about building relationships and loves watching Jesus transform lives. In his spare time, he picks up toys, looks for lost legos, and dodges nerf bullets from his three young kids.

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Deacons

GUY ANTHONY

Deacon of Finance

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SUSIE SAWCZUK

Deacon of Global and Local Outreach

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CHESTER QUAN

Deacon of Men's Fraternity

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JASMINE CONTRERAS

Deacon of Young Adults

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