Our Team

North Ridge Community Church is made up of people that serve each other well.  When you are part of the community at North Ridge you are part of a team that desires to serve the greater community of North Scott.  Members of North Ridge Community Church serve Jesus and serve their neighbor using the gifts that have been given to them.  North Ridge provides support for you as you connect into the community by employing a staff dedicated to helping you grow spiritually.

  • Pastor Doug Evenhouse

    Lead Pastor

    Pastor Doug grew up in a Christian home in Lansing, IL., a south suburb of Chicago.  After graduating high school, he went to work for Waste Management as a driver and supervisor for 13 years.  In 1995, he hung up his work boots to follow God's call into ministry.  He served 4 years at Faith Reformed Church  in South Holland, IL. (now located in Dyer, IN) as the youth and college ministry coordinator.  He left his position there to study at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL., where he graduated with a Masters of Divinty in 2003.  After graduating from seminary he served as Associate Pastor at Munster Christian Reformed Church and left there to plant North Ridge Community Church in January of 2006.

    Pastor Doug and Nancy have been married for over 30 years.  We are blessed with two boys and now have two wonderful daughter-in-laws and 5 grandchildren.

    Pastor Doug is also a huge fan of the Chicago White Sox, loves fishing in his kayak, enjoys cycling (gotta burn calories somehow!), and working out (occasionally), and reading books on leadership and church multiplication.

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  • Joel Rohde

    worship and youth pastor

    Joel made a commitment to full time ministry while he was still in Jr. High.  At that time, however, he had no idea what God had in store for him.  While attending Central College in Pella, he met Pamela Lang who would become his wife.  It was during his time at Central that he felt called to use his musical talent and love for worship in a ministry setting.  After serving in youth ministry for two years in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Joel and Pam were called away from Oskaloosa to move closer to Dubuque where Pam was attending seminary.  By God's grace Joel was connected with Pastor Doug Evenhouse and asked to take on worship ministry at North Ridge.  Joel and Pam now have 4 children, Gabriel, Micah, Zaley, and Eva.

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  • Amy Wiersema

    Children's Ministry Director

    Amy Wiersema grew up in Oskaloosa, Iowa.  She attended Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa gaining degrees in Accounting and Business.  Amy has been married to her husband Kent for over 20 years.  She worked five years in the business world until they were blessed with two children, Cora and Colin.  Amy has spent a lot of time volunteering at church and area ministries in various capacities.  She loves teaching kids about God and has a passion for placing God's truth in the hearts of the next generation.

    In her spare time, Amy loves watching her kids play sports, running in God's creation, and reading.  She no longer mountain bikes, as it became hazardous to her health.

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  • Liz Runte

    Office Administrator

    Liz Runte grew up in Forreston, Illinois. After graduating Liz moved to Madison,WI and St.Paul, MN working in retail training managers for 8 years. She decided on a career change and starting working as an administrative assistant for an Engineering Consulting Company in Minnesota. Liz had a daughter, named Caroline, and then moved to Iowa to be closer to family. She attended North Ridge and decided to use her experience by working for the church. 

    She loves to spend time playing with her daughter, and exploring her new state of Iowa. Spending time with family and friends and helping out on the farm back home. Liz leads the stage design team at North Ridge and has a passion for volunteering. 

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