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 you family, you're welcome here.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to meet you soon.

Rob

Staff

SAM CERDENA

Early Childhood Director

Sam serves all the little kiddos in nursery to preschool in his role as Early Childhood 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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MANUS CHAU

Technical Coordinator

Manus is the Technical Coordinator at New North, providing tech support for all midweek ministries and Sunday services.

He is probably the most reliable and steady guy you will meet. Manus loves food such as In-N-Out, Chick-fil-A, baked goods, and boba! He is passionate about photography and loves to capture perfect moments and smiles.

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ADAM DARBONNE

Generations Pastor

Adam is the Generations Pastor at New North. He is the chief kid, and visioneer for kids from age 0 to 18.

Besides having a huge heart for the Word and evangelism, Adam also knows how to engage a group. In college at UC Davis his job at the athletics department was to get the crowd going at sporting events - he even did a stint as the mascot! The kids (and adults!) better watch out though - Adam is a fierce competitor. He will go all out whether it’s board games, trampolining, or anything in between.

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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

Pastoral Resident

Scott Dyer is our Pastoral Resident 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 Coordinator

Craig is our Worship Coordinator 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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LILY JOW

Mothers and Care Ministries Director

As a wife and mother of four, Lily knows how important it is for moms to get together for support and community,

making her the perfect MOPS/MOMSnext Coordinator—a role she’s held the past 10 years! She is also our Marriage Ministry Coordinator. Her loving, compassionate and understanding personality makes you feel comfortable whether you’re sharing your heart or just hanging out. She is an extrovert by nature and loves to connect with people whether she’s at the gym or the grocery store. Lily is also creative and loves to cook, bake and is a hands-on kinda gal!

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LINDA LEE

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Linda is in charge of almost everything that makes the machine of New North run, and she does it with decisive grace.

After a long stint working at a company that has a cavalry of busses and perks that rival Solomon's Courts, she turned in her Silicon Valley job to follow God's calling into a new season. She may be a New Yorker, but don't let the stereotypes fool you – Linda Lee is one of the kindest people you will ever meet! Her heart for Jesus shows itself in her prayers, hospitality and listening ear. She lives in Millbrae with her husband Daniel, their two boys and her trusty sidekick, Meatball.

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MICHELLE LEE

Operations Manager

Michelle Lee is our Operations Manager extraordinaire at New North.

With over 12 years of experience, she keeps all the wheels greased and turning throughout the week both in the office and at the campus. She is incredible with details but sees the big picture as well. Michelle is a fun-loving, risk taking (scuba diving and snowboarding), LA transplant, who loves Bay Area sports and a good Korean meal with her husband Matt. Her laugh is contagious and so is her passion for Jesus and His church.

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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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WILLIE SKINNER

Student Ministries Pastor

Willie is the Student Ministries Pastor here at New North.

He serves our middle and high school students along with their parents. You can often find him at a sporting or fine arts event for one of our New North students. Willie led student ministry in Dallas, Texas for over 12 years, and he excels in creating safe and authentic spaces for students to own their faith. Willie and his wife Ida love meeting new people and sharing stories of Jesus’ faithfulness in their lives.

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ZAK STAMPS

Technical Director

Zak Stamps is the Technical Director for New North. If you don’t know him, he’s the one dressed all in black.

As a professional audio engineer for 18 years, Zak has worked on many festival events and theatre productions throughout California and considers sound to be his passion. He also has many hidden talents, like cooking and sewing. Zak is blessed to be married to such a loving and supportive wife and is excited to see what the Lord has in store for their future.

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TRACEY SYME

Kids Director

Tracey is our fantastic Kids Director; she oversees New North Kids from birth to fifth grade.

Tracey's passion is teaching children about God's great love for them and equipping parents to guide their children on their spiritual journey. A native of Scotland, Tracey has served in children’s ministry for over two decades and has loved working with children and families ever since she was just a pre-teen herself. Tracey is an avid collector of Doulton Dolls and enjoys the thrill of a rare find on ebay, but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband, Scott, her four sons, and her adorably fluffy Bichon Frieze pup, "Baby".

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MCKENNA TAKACH

Community Life Pastor

McKenna Takach is the Community Life Pastor at New North.

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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Elders

SILVIO TAVARES

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KEVIN JOW

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MICHAEL FARBSTEIN

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ROB HALL

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FRANK CUTTER

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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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KINNEY FONG

Deacon of Ushering

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JENNIFER LUM-YEE

Deacon of Worship

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