Born in Sioux Falls, SD my journey to The Church on Northland had led me through Boston, Los Angeles, and Boone, Iowa. I grew up in a Lutheran Church and attended the University of Sioux Falls, an American Baptist affiliated college, spent a year studying at Gordon-Conwell Seminary, and finished seminary at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, which is where I became a Baptist. I'm currently finishing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL in Missional Church Leadership. I was blessed to serve First Baptist Church of Boone, Iowa for five years prior to accepting a call to The Church on Northland in October 2014. Throughout this journey I met my wife, Tami, and the Lord blessed us with three lovely children: Alina , Clara , and Kennedy.
I'm excited to see what God is up to here in Cedar Rapids and how God's people will continue to join in what God is doing. As one of my favorite Scripture passages, Matthew 1:23, describes what shapes our calling as God's people: "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (which means "God with us"). God has called us to be present with each other as he is present with us, because "presence" is central to the work of the Church. What a wonderful journey to be on!
Dina is our office manager. She grew up in Cedar Rapids and attended Coe College earning a degree in Art and Design.
Dina has a passion for serving the Lord in many different areas and is blessed to have the opportunity to serve and work in the church she grew up in.
In addition to working at the church, Dina freelances as a photographer and graphic designer. She serves with the Mission and Outreach Ministry, is a volunteer Youth Leader and on the planning team for the Region Youth Event held each November.
Dina loves kids and can often be found helping or planning something for the children and youth. She enjoys music and volunteers with the worship team and in planning of special worship services.
In her spare time, Dina enjoys anything artistic, going to the movies and theater, traveling, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes play football (and is known to root for the Cyclones when they're not playing the Hawks), spending time with friends and family and reading a good book.
Diane has been taking care of our little ones in the nursery for over 7 years. She is full of love and adores children.
Seong-Sil Kim, a native of South Korea, is the organist, choir director, and pianist at the Church of Northland.
Having begun her studies at the age of four, Seong-Sil earned her bachelor’s and
master's degrees from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. Recently, Seong-Sil completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa, where she studied with Dr. Uriel Tsachor and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Her professional experience as a pianist extends to being a collaborative pianist of Youth Ballet at the University of Iowa, and a faculty member at Marion Music Academy and Luther College in Iowa. She is also a pianist for chorale activities at Iowa City West High School.
She has been a church musician beginning at the age of seven. When she was a little girl, her church did not have a pianist. Her parents then decided to teach her piano to make her a church pianist. That led her to become not only a church musician but a professional pianist as well. Prior to the appointment at The Church on Northland, she served as a choir director and pianist at Iowa City Korean United Methodist Church and Segwacheon Presbyterian Church, Gwacheon, Korea.
She has been in her journey to find a place to settle down with her husband and newborn daughter who are currently living in Korea. She hopes to bring them to Iowa and attend our service in a near future.