Meet Our Staff

We understand that a church isn't the building or its location, it's the people. Our staff are likely to be the first faces that you see and those that you connect with in serving the community for Jesus. We thought it might be nice to give you a head start to knowing who they are!

  • Pastor - Zach McNees

    Pastor Zach is originally from Battle Creek, MI and has served in many capacities of ministry over the past 12 years. He and wife Sarah McNees met in high school while attending Wesley Woods Camp and reconnected serving together in youth ministry. Zach's ministry background has been in youth and college ministry at United Methodist Churches in Mt Pleasant and Allendale. They recently welcomed their son, Logan, into the world in January 2020.


    Zach has a heart for hearing the stories of all he serves and works alongside, knowing that our stories help to make up who we really are in our most authentic selves. He also has a heart for helping people find and use their gifts for ministry, even gifts they have yet to realize. He was appointed to serve at Northlawn on July 1, 2019. You can email Pastor Zach here.

  • Office Administrator - Jennifer Simpson

    Jennifer has a heart for serving others. She does this through organization (when others are lacking), through compassion (she's the first person you see when you walk in), and through empathy (as a mother of four, she's seen it all). 


    She is married to Nate and together they have four children across the state of Michigan. You can email Jennifer here.

  • Worship Ministries Director - Jenna Brevitz

    Jenna is a recent graduate of Grace Christian University where she earned a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Worship Arts. She has a passion for planning and leading worship and brings experience from multiple local churches as well as Christian camping. You may recognize her from Spring 2020 when she was Northlawn's Worship Intern! She plays piano and guitar and has spent the last year developing and strengthening her worship technology skills. She now works full-time in the Records and Registration Office at Grace Christian University supporting students in the Online and Graduate Online programs. Jenna is thrilled to be part of this community and help create worship experiences where all are welcome to connect and grow!

  • Director of Family Ministries - Gwen Bagley

    Gwen is a graduate of Central Michigan University with BA in sociology-youth studies and cultural and global studies. She is passionate about connecting with people from all different backgrounds at home and on her travel. Gwen grew up in the church--attending church camp, Sunday school, youth group, summer mission trips and everything available.  She has worked with young people around the country through her mission experience with Youthworks. Gwen loves using service and fun to help connect young people to God and is excited to work with everyone at Northlawn!!

  • Nursery Coordinator - Jessica Hamilton

    Jessica grew up at Northlawn UMC, and now finds herself serving as our Nursery Coordinator. She is using her gift of connecting with kids, helping our littles disciples to grow and develop, and will always greet you with a smile. When not at Northlawn, Jessica works as a Pediatric Dental Hygienist. 

  • Pianist - NOW HIRING!

    Want to learn more? Check out the job posting HERE.