Dr. Manny Garcia (DMin), joined the Northridge Friends Church Ministry Team as Lead Pastor in July of 2015. He is married to Jenalee and together they have 4 children (Syler, Chasley, Elena, and Cici). His desire is to combine his gifts and talents with the rest of the NFC pastoral team in order to help others grow in and serve Christ more effectively. With a background in youth ministry and pastoral leadership as well as experience outside of vocational ministry, Manny seeks to partner with the rest of the NFC body in ways that will help and encourage people to make Christ known in the neighborhood, city, and world. He loves visitors and hopes you’ll stop in and enjoy a cup of coffee and some conversation with him.
Jodi Kinniburgh accepted the call to be our Director of Children’s Ministries in July, 2010 and then in 2016 she answered a second calling to Northridge, this time as our Family Ministries Pastor. Her heart for children to know God remains her primary motivation as she teaches and serves children and their families. Under Jodi’s leadership, Northridge provides strong Biblical Curriculum on both Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Jodi’s ministry provides opportunities for people of all ages to see God at work among His people, to discover how much He loves them, and how He loves to hear their prayers!
Parker accepted his call into ministry in August 2018 as the Student Ministry Pastor. Also in 2018, Parker got married to Christa. He enjoys music, sports, and conversation. His hope and desire is to promote discipleship within the students at NFC and to empower them as they become leaders for Christ. Parker is involved in helping with student groups on Wednesday nights, Sunday school on Sunday mornings, and Sunday night youth group. He looks forward to seeing how God uses the students at Northridge to impact His Kingdom.
Jared has shared his musical talents with Northridge since he was a child, and officially joined the staff as Worship Arts Intern in September, 2014. In December, 2015, his title was changed to Worship Arts Coordinator, and he continues to work closely with the Ministry Team and Worship Team to promote a unified & impactful worship experience each week. He is married to Catherine who shares his love of worship and ministry. Jared will begin the process of becoming a recorded Friends minister this year.
Joy began her ministry at Northridge in 2016 and has quickly become the “glue” of our ministry team. Her attention to detail and support gifts have helped our pastoral team excel in our service and ministry to our congregation and our community. Joy is married to Chris and together they have 4 very talented boys. Her husband, Chris and son, Grayson also serve as two of our worship leaders.