Meet our Staff

Our staff exists to help people find and follow Jesus. We are fun, one of us is a good dresser and the other is a sore sport. We are looking forward to having other staff members join our team in the upcoming year.

Carrie Mercer – Lead Pastor
Carrie is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute. She has been a Children’s Pastor for that past 15 years leading and teaching thousands of children and overseeing hundreds of volunteers. Carrie loves people of all ages and has a desire to see each person be a part of the family of God. Carrie enjoys life with her brilliant husband Corey and her two energetic sons, Cameron and Payton. She’s not sure but she may even enjoy long walks on the beach.

Bucky Hempen – Associate Pastor
Bucky graduated from the Moody Theological Seminary with a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship. He also holds a B.A. in Music Education from DePaul University and a M.A. in School Leadership from Concordia University. Bucky and his beautiful wife Maria have been serving the north side of Chicago in various ministries over the past 18 years. They are thrilled to be raising their three sons – Eli, Sam and Zach – in the fellowship of The Northside Community Church and are excited for how God will use their family to help others find and follow Jesus!

Carol Kenneally – Worship Leader
Carol Kenneally has a heart for Jesus and his people. She leads Spirit led worship with power and authenticity. Carol and her husband Chris have four children: James, Dan, Jake, and Kathleen.