Kenny S. Mulligan – Lead Pastor
One of six children growing up in the suburbs of Trenton NJ, Kenny continues to keep close ties with his family. Although growing up in a religious home, it was not until his early 20’s that he gave his life to Christ. He began attending a Bible believing church with his brother, who also became a believer at that time. He quickly got involved in Awana, working with small children and a college/Career ministry, and also began a 3 year one to one discipleship with his Associate Pastor who began challenging him toward full-time ministry.
During that time he connected with a wonderful young Christian woman, Julie, who became a partner with him in ministry. They were married in 1988, and in 1991 their first son, Jason was born. It was at this time that God led them to a relatively newly planted church in Yardley, PA where they continued serving together in ministry. It was a small, but quickly growing church. During the next few years he continued to expand his horizons in ministry, leading small groups and teaching discipleship classes while working in the printing industry to support his family. God continued to add to their family, and their second son Kevin was born in 1993.
It was during these next few years that Kenny began feeling more the tug toward full-time ministry. He began attending Bethel Seminary of the East in September 1995 following the birth of their first daughter, Nicole. In 1997 their third son, Victor, was born. During the five years in seminary, Kenny served on staff at the church where he was actively involved in teaching and working with Ministry Development, as well as children’s ministry. Following graduation in 2000, God blessed them with one more child, a second daughter named Leann, born in 2001. It was shortly after this that God led them to Central NY where Kenny took a Senior Pastor position. During this ministry he became connected with Walk Thru the Bible Ministries and was trained as an associate instructor in which he leads one day seminars through the Old Testament and New Testament.
In the fall of 2006, God began stirring Kenny’s heart in a challenging new direction; church planting. As Kenny began praying, studying, and exploring this, God connected him to Donna and Joel Kazalski through a shared ministry experience. By January of 2008, God confirmed in Kenny’s life the need to pursue planting a church, and it was now time to begin praying more seriously about an area to start this new work. In February, the Kazalski’s approached Kenny about the possibility of launching a new church to reach the unchurched, in the northern suburbs of Binghamton. With these two families, God brought together 2 critical parts for this new church; a lead pastor and a director of worship arts. By March of 2008, the concept of a new church called NorthPointe began to take root. By April another family, the Schultz’s, joined this launch team, and God continues to lead others to join this team to launch NorthPointe on February 8th 2009.
Contact Kenny @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna Kazalski – Director of Worship Arts
Donna grew up in Sidney, New York. She graduated from Sidney High School in 1983. Donna became a believer as a young teenager, and began doing music ministry with some friends at local churches and coffeehouses. She learned to play the guitar and began writing songs.
Donna attended Roberts Wesleyan College, and was married in 1985. She graduated from Roberts in 1987, with a BA degree in Elementary Education and Sociology. She and Joel moved to Greene, NY, and Donna graduated from State University College at Oneonta with a Masters degree in Elementary Education in 1992. Their daughter, Leah, was born that same year.
As a college student, Donna experienced a period of time when she was disillusioned with the church and angry at God. This has added to the passion that she has today for people who have turned away from God or given up on the church. Eventually, God reeled her back in. Donna knew there was a call on her life to be in music ministry, and God was drawing her back into the church. After college, Joel and Donna moved to Greene and began attending Berean Bible Church, where they became involved in the music ministry. They formed a band with some other musicians there, and started a contemporary Friday night worship service. After a while, the Sunday morning worship services switched to a contemporary style as well. This was Donna’s training ground as a worship leader, which eventually led to her becoming the worship coordinator for the team at Berean, as well. Donna’s heart and passion is leading worship and coordinating worship services for life transformation.
When Donna met Kenny Mulligan, she was praying for a visionary pastor who would take the church to the next level, one who valued authentic worship and had a passion to reach people in relevant, exciting ways. As Donna and Joel began to interact with Kenny and his wife, Julie, they realized that God was calling them out of Berean. God was answering their prayers, and calling them to launch a new church with Kenny as the pastor.
Contact Donna @ email@example.com