Paul Vertucci | Director of Worship & Communication
Paul loves to lead NPC into Christ-centered worship, enabling our people to behold his glory and to experience the breadth and depth of the gospel story. Having graduated in the mid-1990s from Binghamton (NY) University and worked for several years in corporate marketing and communications, Paul has led worship at NPC since 2003, leading worship bands, choir, technical support teams and other ministries to exalt Christ. Paul and his wife Megan live in Dublin with their two children, Nicholas and Samantha. He is originally from New York City and is a Yankees and (long-suffering) Jets fan.
Elizabeth Deakin | Director of Children’s Ministries
Elizabeth loves a great story, and she's always in pursuit of the best way to tell the most amazing, important story ever to children of all ages in every venue of children's ministry, from Sunday morning to VBS to family events. Sometimes this means she is nearly unrecognizable compared to the picture at left, and depending on the day, she might be found almost anywhere in and around the building or around town.
Brett Stokes | Director of Student Ministries
Brett serves as the Director of Student Ministries at Northwest Presbyterian Church. His desire is that students and families would have a genuine love for God, a desire to grow in grace, and a heart to impact the world through the power of the gospel and guidance of the Holy Spirit. This is carried out through weekly student ministry programs, events, retreats, school visits, and one on one discipleship. Other responsibilities include shepherding, organizing, and overseeing high school and middle school ministries.
He graduated from Calvary Chapel Bible College and is currently working on his Masters of Divinity at Knox Theological Seminary. Brett and his wife, Kelsea, have a son named Hayden and daughter named Avery. He and his family moved to Dublin in March 2019. During his free time, Brett enjoys watching sports, reading, eating green chile (on anything) and being outdoors.
Kristi McCandless | Facilities and Events Coordinator
Check with Kristi to find out more about an upcoming event, to offer your help for a church event, or to schedule your group's activities in the church building. Kristi manages our membership lists, directories, calendars, church database and building use.
Lisa Stark | Administrative Coordinator
Lisa first heard about NPC on a "chance encounter" with a pastor's wife walking through their Hilliard neighborhood in the summer of 2010. Months later Lisa and her family visited NPC and have never left! Lisa grew up as an Army brat, with the final stop she calls home in southwest Oklahoma. Lisa graduated with a history degree from Oklahoma Baptist University before relocating to Columbus to attend law school at The Ohio State University (where she met her husband, John). After many years in a large firm, Lisa stepped away from the practice of law to stay at home with their two children, Addy and Ryan. When Lisa decided it was time to return to work part-time, she felt God's direction to serve here at NPC. When not in the office handling all things administrative, Lisa can be seen onstage as a vocalist with NPC's Worship Team and choir.
Laura Schlaegel | Communication Coordinator
Laura, originally from Indiana, graduated with a degree in Computer Graphics Technology and a minor in Spanish from IUPUI. She initially moved to Ohio to help with the Campus Outreach Columbus expansion. As Communication Coordinator for NPC, Laura works with staff, leaders and members to promote the ministry and work of our church, and designs and manages our website, printed and social media and e-newsletter, as well as designing graphics and content for worship. In 2016, Laura married husband Caleb and the two welcomed their son Milo in July 2018.
Sharon Wilson | Accounting Administrator
As our Accounting Administrator, Sharon manages the accounting functions here at NPC which includes accounts payable, financial reporting, donor management and budgeting. Sharon and her husband, Matt, have been attending NPC since the days NPC met in an elementary school. They have two children, Bailey and Ethan, who both currently attend the University of Cincinnati. Sharon graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with an accounting degree and has been working in accounting for the past thirty years. Sharon enjoys playing golf whenever she has a chance and you will probably see her walking her dog Blue around Dublin.
Kim Burris | Director of Northwest Presbyterian Christian Academy
Kim, her husband, Terry, now empty nesters, have lived in the Dublin area for many years and are now enjoying a new life phase as grandparents. Life on the farm with horses and dogs remains busy and blessed. As the director of NPCA, Kim has been blessed with a job that she loves. It's her desire to live out the gospel so that the children and their families would see and feel the love of Jesus. Kim's passion is to have a relationship with the NPCA families as she loves and ministers to them.
Katey Haines | Assistant Director of Northwest Presbyterian Christian Academy
Katey and her husband, Kirk, have 3 children and live in Dublin. She graduated from Miami University with a degree in Dietetics, and later went on to earn an Early Childhood Education degree from Ashland University. Katey taught for three years before her children were born and she chose to be a stay-at-home mom. She enjoys exercising and spending time with family and friends.
Patrick Lewis | Campus Outreach Columbus Regional Director
Patrick is the Regional Director of Campus Outreach Columbus. Patrick and his wife Tara moved to Ohio with their boys in 2012 as NPC began it's partnership with Campus Outreach. Learn more here, or visit the Campus Outreach Columbus website.