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 married Nancy in 1986 and has two children, Mike and Kyle. He is an avid Chicago White Sox fan, loves playing disc golf, playing fantasy football, enjoys cycling (gotta burn clories somehow!), working out (occasionally), and fishing (more like "casting") when he gets a chance.
Director of Worship Ministries
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 3 children, Gabriel, Micah, and Zaley.