Meet the staff

Pastor Kate Penney Howard

Senior Pastor


Kate has been with North Christian since June 2012.  She was born in Alaska and is proud to have grown up a Michigander, however, she is glad to be serving God as a Hoosier since 2008.  Kate’s passion in ministry includes anti-racism/pro-reconciliation work, integrating music and scripture into worship, pastoral care for families in crisis, and creating a safe space for people to explore their joys and sore spots, especially conversations about ethics and the problem of evil.

She grew up in the American Baptist Church and joined the Disciples of Christ in 2004 at Park Manor Christian Church in Chicago.  She earned her Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and was ordained in March of 2012 at Saint Paul Christian Church, where she was a pastor for two years.

Pastor Kate lives in Columbia City with her altogether wonderful husband Preston and their two slightly naughty Weimaraners, Shy and Lucy.  Preston and Kate have three children who are all grown up, exploring the world, and having their own adventures.  Kate enjoys singing, gardening, and collecting power tools. 

Pastor Kate is looking forward to meeting you!



Alin Cass

director of music ministries

Alin came to North Christian in July of 2013 after serving as the Director of Music at Bethany United Methodist Church. We are blessed to have his professional voice and music directing skills that enhance the worship experience at North Christian. We know you will agree.

Alin earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Grace College & Seminary, and his Master of Music, Conducting from Butler University. He sang with Heartland Chamber Chorale for many years and he is the owner/Instructor of Alin Case Music Studio.


Elders are men and women who are called to be teachers, shepherds, celebrators of communion, and church leaders. To serve as spiritual leaders, elders strive to be aware of the cultural forces that are alive in the community and in the church today.

  • Greg Bloxon
  • Janet Lantz
  • Michelle Miller
  • Carol Aiken


Deacons are men and women who play a very significant role in assisting the church Elders in caring for the church family. The primary role of the Deacons is to distribute communion during worship.

  • Greg Bloxson
  • Lyn Childers
  • Alex Hockenberry
  • Angie Hull
  • Peggy Singleton
  • Tim Singleton
  • Ellen Wilson
  • Sharon Bloxson
  • Jon Miller
  • Michelle Miller
  • Mary Hildinger
  • Arlene Mollenkopf