The Heart of Who We Are

Northside Christian Church is a group of people looking to make a difference in Bloomington by our service and our love for God and each other.

Our Purpose

The Church’s vision is to fulfill both God’s Great Commandment (Matthew 22: 36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

The Most Important Command

Matthew 22:36-40

34-36 When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?”

37-40 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”

The Message (MSG)

The Great Commission

Matthew 28:18-20

18-20 Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

The Message (MSG)

Meet the Team

These are just some of the people who work hard to keep Northside going (and growing!). Any of these individuals would be happy to answer questions or help however they can!


Joyce Stewart

Administrative Assistant

Joyce graduated from IU with a Special Education degree and previously served as the Director of Program Operations at Christole for 16 years. God led her to the job at Northside when her stress level had reached its limit. Joyce has 1 daughter, 1 step-son, 2 grandsons, and 3 fur babies. She has been married to her husband Paul for almost 11 years. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to flea markets, and visiting the ocean and waterfalls.

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Nick Defore

Lead Pastor

Nick graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Youth Ministry in 2005. Prior to coming to Northside he served at Wheatland Christian Church (IN) and Seymour Heights Christian Church (TN) in youth and family pastor roles. Nick is married to his wife Tessa and they have three children. In his spare time Nick likes hobby board games, being outdoors with his family, and sports.


Randi Naylor

Director of Children's Ministries

Randi graduated from Ivy Tech with an Associate's Degree in Office Administration with a Medical Speciality. She currently works as the Front Office Supervisor for IU Health at the Women's Health office in Martinsville. Randi is married and has two kids (Carly & Jake), a dog, and a cat.  In her spare time, she enjoys camping, doing crafts, and spending time with her family.

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