Rich began attending NCC in early 1995 when he entered the door as an unbeliever. He began attending a small group bible study and through God’s sovereign grace and the glory of God’s creation, was saved shortly after. Rich and his wife, Diane were married by Pastor Jerry in 1996 and have three wonderful children, Nick, Blake, and Alayna. Rich serves in Ascend Student Ministry and also leads a team of ushers as they serve on Sunday mornings. Rich serves to facilitate outdoor activities for our various ministries at NCC and takes advantage of the many bible studies offered to stay focused on God’s word. Rich grew up working alongside his father starting in 1970, when General Grant Car Wash was established. He has been blessed with working with his father almost every day until his passing in early 2016. Rich now shares his passion and entrepreneurial spirit with his oldest son Nick, as they enter into the third generation of car wash professionals.
Al is currently active as a Deacon and Visitation Minister at NCC. In addition, he serves on the security team, helps prepare church bulletins for Sunday services, aids in setting up the facilities, and records the Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study lessons. He was born in 1928 in Flint, Michigan, and became a believer in Jesus Christ as a teenager. Al and his wife were high school sweethearts and married in 1947. They have 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. In 1995, after 48 years of marriage, Al’s wife died of leukemia and is now in the presence of the Lord. Al was an employee of General Motors Corporation from 1947 to 1987. In 1960 he was transferred to St. Louis to become a General Supervisor of maintenance in the Parts Division, and after 40 years of service, has retired.
Jesse serves in the college ministry, at R3/City of Joy, and on the Men’s Ministry leadership team. Additionally, he is the leader of NCC’s moving ministry. Jesse was raised in a Christian home and came to salvation early in life through the grace of God. He started attending NCC in his teens when his family moved to the area. Through the teaching and discipleship of those at NCC, Jesse came to realize that God is to be his ultimate ruler, purpose, and joy. Jesse is very blessed to be married to his lovely wife Ali. He also works as a mechanical engineer at the Boeing Company.
Mike serves in many facets at NCC including teaching Tuesday morning men’s Bible study, student ministry leadership, men's ministry leadership, church set-up, and other serving roles. The Lord gracefully drew Mike to himself 26 years ago. Despite being raised in a religious system that was not founded in the truth, he did not embrace it. Instead, he filled his life with fleshly pursuits and material accumulation. In 1989, the Lord completely redirected his life, giving him a vision for his life and passion of his heart to obey the Lord’s commands while abiding in Him. Mike considers himself incredibly blessed to be married to his wonderful and beautiful wife Diane. They have four adult children and they are new grandparents. By the mercy and grace of God, all four children have a relationship with Christ. Mike's vocation is that of a Sales Engineer working for a Japanese manufacturer of commercial and industrial electric motor controls.
Karl Heinemann (Sabbatical)
Karl serves as a deacon, helping with communion and overseeing the offering collection. He was one of the first two deacons to serve at NCC. Although Karl knew about God, he did not understand what it meant to have a personal relationship with Him. After marrying Jean in 1978, Karl and Jean began attending church, sitting under the teaching of God’s word, and attending Bible study. In 1983, he repented of his sins and received Christ as his savior. Since then, he has grown in his relationship with the Lord, and views his salvation as the best gift he will ever receive. Before retirement, Karl worked as a Supervisor Cartographer for 38 years in St. Louis. Karl and Jean have a blended family of 7 children and 18 grandchildren, who bring them great joy
Aaron serves in the Ascend student ministries. He was raised in a Christian home and came to a saving relationship with Christ at a young age. Aaron is married to his wonderful wife, Andrea, and they have four daughters. He works as an electrical engineer for the Boeing Company.
Chuck Lieberman (Sabbatical)
Chuck was part of the initial group of deacons at NCC. He oversees many areas of the ministry such as: the ushers, screening outside benevolent requests made, and the heading up of the Parking Lot Sale’s large item pick up crew. In addition, he also oversees the scheduling of events at the church and helps in many areas of building maintenance. Chuck began to attend NCC reluctantly, to appease his loving wife, Carol. After several months, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. Chuck and Carol have been married 46 years and have four children and six grandchildren. Before retiring, he was blessed with a sales career that he enjoyed immensely
Joe serves on the Safety & Security Team and the Mercy Ministry Liasion Team. Having been raised in a Christian family, he experienced the blessings of knowing Christ at an early age. God's abundant grace has touched every aspect of Joe's life, through college and into his professional life and family life. By His grace, they were introduced to NCC as it was beginning, and his family has been greatly blessed as a result of NCC's dedication to biblical teaching. Joe graduated from the University of Missouri's School of Business, Finance & Banking, and focuses on investment management. He resides in Chesterfield with his wife, Lyn. Their son, Jonathan, is pursuing his career in Columbia, Missouri.
Bill serves as a deacon on the Mercy Ministry Liasion Team and as head of the Men’s Ministry leadership team. Bill began attending NCC in 1995 at a point when his spiritual life was at rock bottom. Through the teaching of Pastor Jerry, the Elders and other believers, his understanding of The Word was made clear and he knew he wanted to have a saving relationship with the Lord. He repented of his sins, coming freely and willingly to Christ for the salvation of his soul. Bill is blessed with a loving and caring family. He and his wife of 46 years, Susan, have two children and two grandchildren. Before retiring, his career spanned over 40 years in the private sector of the aerospace business.