Mike Hull

Lead Pastor

Mike and Kristen have been married 15 years and have a son, Judah.

They have been serving together in ministry for the past 16 years, where Mike has served as Youth Pastor, Lead Pastor and Teaching Pastor.
Almost 4 years ago, God called the Hulls to Fargo and they instantly fell in love with the people and community that have become their home.

Over the past several months, God has brought Mike and Kristen back to a long-held dream on their hearts to plant a church! It has become evident that He’s been preparing the ground work long before they had any idea that this would be a reality.

With this realization, they have said yes to the mission God has given them... to point people towards life WITH Him and others! 

Stephen Abbott

Discipleship Pastor

Stephen and his wife Stephanie recently celebrated 22 years of marriage and have a  four kids at home (Ava, Mya, Ian, and Aly).

Stephen has served in various roles in ministry including Young Adult & Family Pastor, Lead Pastor and Spiritual Growth Pastor. He and Stephanie are uniquely gifted in pastoral care and love investing together in healthy marriages and thriving families.

Stephen is excited to teach, equip and shepherd others as they develop their character and discover their God-given callings at True North Church! 

Kayla Emmerich

Hospitality Director

Kayla and Josh are high school sweethearts. They just celebrated 14 years of marriage and have two kids, Jackson and Ellie.

Before joining True North, Kayla worked from home, running her own business, building relationships with so many strangers - turned friends, and helping people with total wellness. Her heart is to love people and love them well.

Kayla and Josh moved back to the F-M community almost 2 years ago, from Arizona.  When they moved, their church in AZ,  said, "Hey, maybe you’ll plant a church!". Never did they actually think God’s plan would bring them back here to be part of this! Kayla is excited about what God is already doing AND what He has in store for all of us and our community, beyond what we could possibly imagine.

Brandin Melton

Executive Pastor

Brandin and his wife, Dee,  have been married for 30 years, have three kids, and three amazing grandkids. In their free time, Brandin and Dee enjoy spending time with family and going exploring, whether that is on a long Jeep ride through the country or trying out new restaurants.

Brandin has been in ministry as a lead pastor for over twenty-three years and is a strategic thinker who likes to find creative ways to help the church overcome obstacles in order to maximize their missional impact. He is excited to see how these gifts and passions can add value to the ministry of True North Church!

Emily Potter

Discipleship Director

Emily is married to Brian, and together they have 2 daughters, Lydia and Victoria.

Emily works with Stephen Abbott, the Discipleship Pastor, on all things discipleship! She has been trained in shepherding, leading groups of women and children, administration, and delving deep into God’s Word through Bible Study Fellowship over the last 16 years.

Emily's heart is to share her treasure of knowledge and experience with others at TNC and walking with each person as they  grow a deeper understanding of what the Lord has for them. 

Mark Proulx

Worship Director

Mark and Megan have been married for almost 12 years and have two beautiful girls, Cora and Hazel.

Mark been in ministry full time since 2008, first as a youth director and most recently as worship leader for the last 6 years. His heart song is to obediently lead people into a closer relationship with our Creator through music.

As a family the Proulxs are committed to good home-cooked meals around the dinner table, dance parties in their living room, bike rides into the unknown, and finding adventure in all the wild outdoor spaces that God has created.

JC Schwartz

Serving and Outreach Director

JC and Chris have been married for almost 7 years and have two silly, joyful kids, Cecelia and Ezra.

JC is from Minneapolis and has spent the last 18 years in Fargo. She worked with people with disabilities and lead teams for 10+ years before working in full time ministry. She has spent the majority of her time in ministry with kids and students leading family ministries along with time spent leading groups ministry. She enjoys some good chaos and multitasking!

Chris and JC have a passion for people and bridging the gaps that come along with living in a very broken world. JC is most excited to empower and see people discover deeply who they are as God uniquely created them to be and find the rich, full life God has meant for them. 

Matt Short

Family Pastor

Matt and his wife, Kaleigh, have been married almost 7 years and have 2 kids, Avery and Ollie. They also have two dogs, Watson and Penny (he’s not a huge fan, but yet still snuggles with them at night).

Matt has worked in corporate America the past 7 years with a technology company. In 2011 he moved from Oklahoma City to New Orleans to help plant a church before moving to Fargo three and half years ago. Matt has served in many different capacities in ministry his whole life, from traveling the country, to volunteering, to leading volunteers.
Matt loves connecting with people and hearing their stories, especially over Tacos and Table Top Board Games (yes, it’s proper because it’s a THING!). 

Katy Swenson

Kids Director

Katy and Luke have been married for almost 12 years and have two daughters, Valerie and Grace. As a family, they love traveling, watching movies, going out to eat, and just being goofy together!
Katy has an eclectic career history. What started with a degree in Exercise Science, led to coaching the NDSU Dance Team, running group homes for children with autism and behavioral challenges, directing a senior center, and finally an activity director at a nursing home. For the past 7 years, she has had the great blessing of being able to stay home with her kiddos.

Katy has a huge passion for kids and equipping parents. She wants to help parents feel equipped to walk the journey of faith with their kids and for kids to learn about Jesus, ask questions, and choose to follow because of who He is; not because someone told them to. She is excited to see what God has in store for the families  at True North and is eager to walk the journey with you all as we seek Him together!

Rachal Thompson

Administrator for the Executive Pastor

Rachal and her husband, Greg, have been married for 17 years, and have a teenage daughter, Briley.

Rachal has been a stay-at-home-mom for several years. She loves to give back and volunteer at local non-profits, including TNC! With her background as an executive assistant and her experience in software training, she will be volunteering in our operations department two days a week.
Rachal is looking forward to filling the gaps to free up time so TNC staff can focus on their mission and make an even bigger impact in our community. 

Jenny Werner

Executive Administrator for the Lead Pastor

Jenny & her husband Derek have been together for 12 years, and have 2 BUSY boys, Peyton & Sam.

Jenny has been in the health & wellness industry for 10 years. Everything from group fitness, personal trainer, nutrition coach, to owning a fitness studio, and more recently has focused on women’s lifestyle coaching.

After owning a business for 5 years, she has found her jam is organization, systems, scheduling, and balance within it all! Her passion is lifting others to help them be at their best, and live to their fullest potential.