Rik and his wife Jen have 4 fantastic kids. He is a 1989 grad of McCluer High School, 1993 grad of Lindenwood College and 2013 grad of Union Seminary. He has lived in North County since he was a year old.
How did you connect at North Church? I am the original planter of NC.
What is your role? Preaching, vision casting, oversight of discipleship and shepherding.
Recommendations: Read Pursuit of God yearly, meditate on Romans 5 monthly and read a Psalm daily.
How would you describe North Church in a sentence? A family that seeks God together and tries to apply the gospel to life while living up close with one another.
What places do you like to eat or hang out in North County? Ferguson Brewing Company
What is your favorite quote? “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’, he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” -Martin Luther
What is your favorite verse? Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Dave is a 2004 graduate of Hannibal LaGrange University with a degree in biblical studies and a minor in computer information systems. He and his wife, Danielle, have a deep passion for North St. Louis County because they’ve lived there all of their lives. Dave and Danielle are high school sweet hearts who married in 2004. They have 4 kids.
How did you connect at North Church? I joined the church 6 months after it was launched.
What is your role? Preaching, vision-casting, organization & structure, mobilization, community engagement
Recommendations: “The Rest of God” by Mark Buchanan, “Ruthless Trust” by Brennan Manning, “Prodigal God” by Tim Keller
How would you describe North Church in a sentence? We are a community of believers who are honest about our brokenness and need for Jesus and growing daily in our understanding of the gospel and its implications for our life and mission.
What places do you like to eat at or hang out in North County? Delish Cheesecake Bakery & Cafe, Tony’s Donuts, Ferguson Brewing Company & Starbucks
What is your favorite quote? “And still he seeks the fellowship of his people, and will bring them both sorrow and joy to detach their hands from the things of this world and attach them to himself.” (J.I. Packer)
What is your favorite verse? Psalm 16:11 – “In His presence is fullness of joy, at His right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
How did you connect at North Church? I was part of the core team when North Church was planted, and have been leading worship since day one.
What is your role? Leading worship, casting vision, driving Spirit-led change, encouraging and exhorting the elders.
How would you describe North Church in a sentence? Only one sentence? Foundationally, I pray it is simply a place for God to change lives.
What places do you like to eat or hang out in North County? Any of my friends’ kitchens.
What is your favorite quote? “If Jesus is who he said he is, and if his promises are as rewarding as the Bible claims they are, then we may discover that satisfaction in our lives and success in the church are not found in what our culture deems most important but in radical abandonment to Jesus.” – David Platt
What is your favorite verse? “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” – Philippians 3:8
How did you connect at North Church? I was part of the core team when North Church was planted.
What is your role? Shepherding, vision casting, prayerfully seeking the Lord’s direction for NC and its members, reminding Rik of things when he forgets
Recommendations: The Shawshank Redemption, Stranger Than Fiction, Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Seinfeld, Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation, fantasy baseball and football, Grantland.com, Fangraphs.com, The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons, On Writing by Stephen King, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer, The Jesus Storybook Bible, Kung Pao chicken, Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels, Mt. Dew, Sour Skittles, Chris Pratt, Jim Gaffigan, Deja Entendu by Brand New, The Red Zone Channel, racquetball, softball, good grammar, Super Grover 2.0
How would you describe North Church in a sentence? North Church is a place where you can come as you are and experience God’s life-changing grace.
What places do you like to eat or hang out in North County? Rik’s house
What is your favorite quote? “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” – C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
What is your favorite verse? “Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 49:10