Staff Bios





Adrian is the Founding/Lead Pastor of Northside Community Church. He is also the full-time Director of Chaplain Services & Education at Duke Raleigh Hospital where he has worked since 2003. Adrian grew up in the Raleigh area and earned a bachelor's degree at Campbell University, an M.Div. at Duke University, and a D.Min. at Virginia Theological Seminary. 

Adrian is married to Shoshannah and together they have three children. He's a fan of the NC State Wolfpack and loves Cincinnati Reds baseball.





Dee is the Pastor of Children's Ministry at Northside. She grew up in North Carolina and graduated from Meredith College. Dee completed her Preschool & Children's Ministry Certificate at Campbell Divinity School and is currently studying theology through Ministry Training Institute (MTI). 

Dee is married to Brian and they have three boys that keep them busy.  When Dee isn't working in ministry or caring for her family, you'll find her reading a book or enjoying a workout. 





Jesse Durst grew up in High Point, N.C. and attended John Wesley Bible College where he graduated with a double major in Christian Ministries and Biblical Theology. He works full-time for Innovation Learning, a before-and-after school provider that partners with schools across the country and serves as our Pastor of Student Ministries.

Jesse and his wife Sarah have two children (Elijah and Esme), and they live in Wake Forest. Sarah is on the leadership team at Northridge Elementary school, and they're both avid nerds who enjoy Broadway musicals, comic book conventions, and all things geek. Jesse is an ice hockey goalie who still enjoys playing locally. You can also find him cheering for the Carolina Hurricanes. 





Daniel is the Resident Church Planter at Northside. Daniel grew up in Massachusetts and attended Lancaster Bible College in Pennsylvania (B.A., B.S.). He is currently pursuing his M.A. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Daniel is married to Danielle and together they have three children together. He works full-time for HelpMeSee, a non-profit organization that seeks to eradicate cataract blindness worldwide. Daniel is also a big Boston sports fan and loves playing basketball.





Tera is Northside’s Ministry Specialist, helping to take care of financial and administrative tasks as well as coordinate our Guest Services & Facilities teams. Tera grew up in Greensboro and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with degrees in Public Relations and Spanish.

After working as an event planner for several years, she moved to Spain where she worked as the hospitality coordinator for an international bank. There she met her husband Jorge, and in 2016 they moved stateside. They now live in Wendell with their three children: Alba, Analise, and Averett.





Rae serves as the Director of Digital Ministries. She has over 28 years of experience in IT and is currently the Director of IT at IQVIA. In her role at Northside, Rae oversees our digital ministries and has a passion to see technology used to reach and connect people to Jesus and to one another.

Rae is married to Steve, and together they have two boys: Michael and Brian.





Mikayla graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in child development. She is currently working as a 4th grade teacher at Hodge Road Elementary in Knightdale.

Mikayla is married to Michael and together they have two children (Karson and Kinsley) who keep them busy! When she's not working, she loves binge-watching reality TV shows and spending time with family.






Amy grew up in Missouri and Florida. She attended Florida State University and received her B.S. in Family, Child, and Consumer Sciences. Amy is married to Lyle and they have three children together.

Amy enjoys serving on Northside's Worship Team and co-teaching her children through a university model school. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, playing the trumpet, and spending time with family and friends.


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