Below is a list of our church leadership and staff, including the elders who establish church policy and govern the church, and the deacons who minister to the congregation. Feel free to contact any of the people below for more information on Northern Lakes Community Church.

Our Pastor

On Sunday, Nov. 3, NLCC called a new Solo Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Sam Sungsoo Jun, who began serving in January, 2020. He earned his Master’s in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He most recently served as Associate Pastor at Pines Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas, where he focused on Youth and Family, Congregational Care, and Mission. Prior to that he was a Lilly Resident in Pastoral Ministry at the First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Our Elders

  • Barb Cain – Mission – (231) 499-4980 –
  • Joe Schmidt – Finance – (231) 645-1150 –
  • Ron Messner – Hospital visitation – (231) 276-6488 –
  • Tom Tatar – Adult Ministries – (231) 409-0979 –
  • Bob Thompson – Personnel and help with finance – (231) 645-1767 –
  • Pat Thompson – Youth and Family, Communication, Property, Worship – (231) 642-1767 –

Our Deacons

  • Melynn Jenner – Shepherding, Two Minutes for Mission, College care packages – (231) 499-9452 –
  • Dawn Bondy – Community outreach, Two Minutes for Mission – (231) 409-2215 –
  • Kathy Gauthier – College care packages, Prayer Chain, Special thank you, Special care – (231) 276-9673 –
  • Doug Gauthier – Easter brunch – (231) 276-9673 –

Our Committees

  • Bev Adams and Sue Rice – Worship Committee Chairs – and
  • Gene Adams – Property Committee Chair –
  • Steve Kellman – Webmaster – (231) 499-3532 –

Music Leadership Team

  • Jill Justin – (231) 590-1332 –
  • Sanjay Woolcott – (231) 649-5007 –

Volunteer Administrative Assistants

935-4556 –

  • Pat and Lori Thompson
  • Penny Schmidt

Children in Worship Storytellers


  • Jeff Burton
  • Julie Burton
  • Amy Devanney
  • Mike Devanney
  • Melynn Jenner
  • Ron Messner
  • Sue Messner
  • Bob Thompson
  • Lori Thompson


  • Barb Cain
  • Jean Scott

Sunday School Teachers

CURRICULUM: “Bible-in-Life”  series by David C. Cook

  • Julie Burton
    Julie Burton teaches the 3rd to 6th grade children at NLCC.
  • Barb Cain
    Barb Cain has spent a lifetime in youth ministries. She grew up in a strong Presbyterian youth program in Kalamazoo which continued to nurture her into adulthood and was the spark that started her passion for serving youth. Barb obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, and she currently counsels troubled youth in her private practice. In addition to her current work as a youth group leader and Sunday school teacher, Barb has worked for and volunteered in many youth organizations, including Outward Bound, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, a juvenile diversion program, Girl Scouts, and Girls on the Run. About her experience in youth ministries at Northern Lakes, she states, “It’s very easy to spend time with this group of kids and to grow with them as we explore through Bible study and activities, what it means to be and live as a Christian today. I am consistently amazed by this group of young people who are so fun, smart, motivated and committed to sharing themselves as Christians.”