Northside started with a group of people who desired to follow Jesus and met in the basement of a house in 1970. What happened in the next 46 years can best be described by saying, “Only God.”
Whether it's making an impact on the community, preaching the Gospel, or moving locations to gather, the elders at Northside have always taken risks to follow God. That’s what it means to follow Jesus as a Church. And we can’t wait to see what Christ does in the next 40+ years through His Church! To be His Church is an invitation of a lifetime and we hope you become a part of a greater story … His story.
Nate Ross (Lead Pastor) was a nomad from day one. Living in Scottsburg, Indiana, but being born in Louisville, Kentucky was the beginning of the travels on which God would take him. Being raised in a ministry home meant being obedient to God's calling more than comfort, which led to his family doing ministry in four different states during his childhood. For this reason, he couldn't be more grateful to his parents for being such Godly servants and parents.
In Nate's junior year of high school, God began to make clear the calling with his life, to lead in local Church ministry. After graduating from Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois, Nate enjoyed getting to work at the college doing recruiting. Then, he worked at Eastview Christian Church in Normal, Illinois leading in the Student Ministry Department. The Lord led him and his wife, Ruthie, to Northside in March of 2008 to be a part of the Church staff as the Associate Minister of Involvement. Connecting people to Christ, community, and God's calling has always been Nate's heartbeat, and he couldn't be more thrilled to serve now as the Lead Pastor of such an amazing staff and dynamic Church.