Minister of the Word
Hi, I'm Marvin and want to introduce myself. I grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas, south of Houston, until I went off to Abilene Christian University in 1974. I got a couple Bible degrees from there and also married my wife, Gail. We moved to Philadelphia to help plant a church (1980-1992), and our two wonderful children, Hannah and Jonathan, were born there. I like to play guitar and piano, write and arrange music, and play strategy games. I also like sports, including the Spurs, but currently my other favorite teams are too embarrassing to tell!
Gail and I and our young kids moved to San Antonio in 1992 to begin our work with NorthWest. My role has changed some over the years, but currently I focus on preaching, and working with the Staff, Worship, Adult Spiritual Formation, and some Leadership matters. All these roles give me the privilege and opportunity to do what I love best read and pray over God's word, assimilate it into my heart, let it shape my life, and share it with others. I yearn to be transformed to be like Jesus and help others do the same. And I want to do so in the new way of the Spirit, not the old way of the written code. I hope my heart and life are such that I can be a part of God's work at NorthWest to develop us into a thriving, healthy, genuine, spiritual group of disciples who live out his will and do his work in the world.
Hey everyone! My name is Casey and I am an associate minister on staff here at NWCC. I am originally from the outskirts of Nashville, TN but migrated to Texas after graduating college and haven't experienced cold weather since! As a former basketball coach and part time trainer, I am a sports nut who gravitates toward the hardwood. The same year that I began school at Oklahoma Christian University was the year that the Thunder came to OKC and I have been a fan ever since! I married the most incredible woman I have ever met in 2013 after serving for two years as a teacher, minister, and coach in Houston. My wife Ashley is my best friend of five years who brought two beautiful and incredible daughters into my life. At the age of 25, I went from being a single bachelor living in a one bedroom apartment by myself to husband, father of two, first time homeowner, and new job all in about four months time. Since then, we have added two more kids to our family and have felt God's call here to San Antonio and NWCC. You can read more about our family's journey at crashcourseadult.blogspot.com.
My primary role is to serve and work with the young adults here at Northwest. I see our generation of adults as a bridge between generations experiencing change at a rate that is unprecedented. I also see us as a bridge for people who have distanced themselves from our Creator. I absolutely love seeing the creative wheels turning with people who are constantly looking for ways to bring people to Jesus and to experience God in ways that only He can create! I love our church's vision of the journey that we are on together in growing and developing in discipleship for God and am so excited to see where He leads us over the coming years!
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Youth and Family Minister
What's up?! My name is Brandyn Treat and I am the youth and family minister here at NorthWest. In 2016 I graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a degree in mathematics. At that point my logical next step was to move to San Antonio and become a minister right? Well growing up having a father who is a minister really trained me on the ins and outs of ministry to begin with. Furthermore, I felt a calling towards youth ministry in my life from a very young age and I believe God really did open the door for me here at Northwest. I grew up partially in the states of Oklahoma and Illinois, so what my "hometown" is is really up for debate. I am a proud dog dad and bring my dog to the office everyday and to as many youth events as appropriate. I have a wide range of interests on the nerdy and sporty end of the spectrum, from basketball to strategic board games, but I pride myself in my ability to chat about anything. I enjoy the relational aspect of my ministry, and look forward each week to being involved in the lives of the students here at Northwest
My role at NorthWest is to be the go-to guy for all students from grades 6th through 12th. Not only do I lead and/or organize classes weekly, but I also plan fellowship activities, devotionals, camps, retreats, conferences, and other various events throughout the year. My love for youth ministry is really driven by the fact that I did not get to experience a youth ministry in my middle school and high school years. I believe for that reason I really struggled to grow in my faith by rarely interacting with any peers that shared in my beliefs. Therefore one of my goals as a youth minister is to provide the students with a place and a person to walk through these very influential years pursuing God alongside them. My ultimate goal is to provide them with a weekly reminder that they have a Father that loves them, and that our response to that love and the way that we share that love with this broken world matters and can change everything.
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Minister to Children and Families
Hi y'all! I'm Ashley and I have just recently begun my journey serving here at Northwest as the Children's Minister. I am a born, bred, and raised Texan my entire life. My story is very different from many others. Growing up, I lived a life that few would call a "Christian" lifestyle. My family, while very loving, did not always make good decisions and those had an effect on me. Life has had some twists and turns I never could have expected and some that I would never wish on my worst enemy. I became a single mother at the age of 19, lost both parents on the same night at 20, got married at 22, had another baby at 25, became a widow at 27, was married again at 30, and have had two more kids since then. Despite the loss I have experienced during my life, God has put so many people in my life that I am forever grateful for including four amazing children, two husbands (both the one I have today and the one I look forward to seeing again in Heaven), two incredible sets of in-laws, and countless other friends and family members. Life is one giant, ever-changing mess and I believe that we serve a loving God who is always there to help pick us up and turn that mess into something beautiful through the cross of Jesus.
My job here is to oversee the spiritual formation of the children at NorthWest. I believe that the Bible teaches that parents are the primary spiritual influence of kids so we have a major emphasis of parents being a part of everything that we do here. Having been a single parent, married parent, widowed parent, and married again parent, I understand that parenting is never easy in any format and that the church is a place that not only my kids need, but also that I need for myself. I am overjoyed anytime I see the lightbulb go off in the heads of kids and especially their parents when it comes to understanding the good news of Jesus. Not only is this formation taking place in our classrooms, but also out in the world where we make an emphasis on kids serving alongside their parents. I love coming in everyday looking for new and different ways to bring kids and their families to Jesus.
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Terri does a variety of office administrative work for the ministers, elders, and church. She is married to Frank, and they have three grown children. She has worked at NorthWest since 2000.
Hi! I'm Twila. I work as part of the Administrative Staff here at Northwest and have served since 2006. I'm married to David and we are parents to three adult children. I'm also the Nana to eight very active and wonderful grandkids. Family is a joy! In my spare time, I love to cook, sew and create all kinds of hand made crafts.
Over my lifetime, I've been blessed with many people who have been wonderful mentors to me. From Godly parents, grandparents and family, to dear friends that I have looked up to and learned from. These are relationships God has given me and that I cherish. I want to pass those examples on to my family and to new friends. These are practical, every day examples of living a life in Christ.
Deric maintains the building and property in a hands-on manner. He has two grown children. He began working at NorthWest in 2008.
Watch Team Manager
As native Texans, my husband and I like to glamp, ride our cruiser bikes and hike! Being outside is where you can appreciate the wonders of God.
We have a large extended family and we love spending time with all of them…it gets a little crazy! I enjoy sewing, reading, and crafting. We also like to garden and volunteer at our church and in our community.
I have been a member of NW since the early 90's, it's a great place to worship with our Christian brothers and sisters!
Watch Team Staff
Billie retired from the Air Force in 1998 after 20 years and recently retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice after 18+ years. He currently works as a security monitor for Bexar County at the Applewhite Recovery Center. He and Johna married in 1980 and became members at Northwest in 1998 when Billie retired from the Air Force and they moved to San Antonio.
Watch Team Staff
I have been a member at Northwest since January 20, 1980.I have three generations of my family attending Northwest. I served as a deacon for many years. I, also, had the honor as serving as an elder for 19 years.