On an initial drive through the Northside of Richmond a visitor will immediately notice differences between neighborhoods, and even streets within neighborhoods. The Northside of Richmond is a diverse area that has both some of the wealthiest areas of the city as well as the most blighted.
Through the eyes of a resident, the Northside is no less beautiful, but also more complicated. Some of the residents of the economically poor areas are rich in faith, culture, and relationships. And the beautiful condition of some of the homes of the Northside is often not matched by a corresponding beautiful home life.
A group of Northside residents gathered together to plant a church in this part of the city. This group is from different walks and stages of life, with varied stories, backgrounds and interests. But the group is held together by one common bond: none of us has it all together and all of us are hopeless apart from Jesus.
Matt Lorish serves as Senior Pastor for Northside Church of Richmond. Matt graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary-Orlando in 2008 (Master of Divinity & Master of Arts in Counseling) after previously working in campus ministry for four years. Before the start of Northside Church, the Lorishes served at Grace Community Presbyterian in the Richmond area, where Matt was an assistant pastor. The Lorishes were approved to plant a church by the Assessment Center of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) in the summer of 2008.
Joel Passmore serves Northside Church as Associate Pastor and Worship Director. He has lived in Richmond most of his life, is a proud VCU alumnus (go Rams!), and worked as a chemical engineer for nearly a decade before answering a call to ministry. He graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary, and together with his wife Nikki, they parent two very energetic daughters.
Charles Lewis serves as our Pastoral Resident. He arrived in Richmond and joined our NCR family in Summer 2019. His joys include getting to know strangers, encouraging others, and bringing people together. You will likely spot him at a local coffee shop, brewery, or concert. When he's not taking in the tastes and sounds of Richmond, he's watching his beloved Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers.
Isaiah Thomas currently serves as one of our Pastoral Interns. Before coming to Northside Church, Isaiah graduated from William & Mary in 2016 and went on to be a pastoral intern and part of a college ministry staff in Williamsburg, VA. He and his wife, Abbey, have been married since 2018, and he is currently pursuing an MA in Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. His favorite Richmond activities include eating out, battery park bootcamp, and watching sunsets at Libby Hill Park.
Kelsi Drake is our Director of Operations. Born and raised in Atlanta, Kelsi has called Richmond home since 2014. She has a BA in Mass Communication from Georgia College & State University and joined our staff team in Summer 2019. As the Director of Operations, she oversees much of the administrative responsibilities of the church, and works closely with the staff team to support them in their roles. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going on walks with friends, and playing outside with her husband Stephen and their son Judah.
Corinne Tucker serves as our Engagement Teams Coordinator. She has been on staff since 2014, working in various spheres of the church's ministry over the years, including administration, children's ministry, event planning, and youth outreach. She also served for over four years at Youth Life Foundation, where she led the middle school after-school program. Corinne's current work at NCR includes facilitating the development of our Engagement Teams, working with team leaders to set and pursue strategic goals, and helping members identify how their unique gifts and passions can best meet needs in the community via various roles within our teams. As of July 2019, Corinne is working remotely for NCR while pursuing a Master of Arts in Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL.
Lexy George serves as our Children's Ministry Coordinator. Since graduating from JMU in 2003, Lexy has worked with children in a variety of contexts and positions – everything from psychiatric and behavioral care to childcare and preschool. She has been on staff at Northside since summer 2016. She and her husband, Nate, have 3 children: Katherine, Isaac, and Gabriel. As the Children's Ministry Coordinator, she oversees our 2 nurseries, Children's Worship, and Sunday School.