Bobby Warrenburg

Senior Pastor

Bobby is excited to lead a church that is committed to making disciples, reaching the lost, and living on mission together. Bobby is originally from Austin, TX, and received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master’s in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. After spending some time working in business, he felt a call to ministry and went to China with his wife, Julie, for three years as a church planter. Bobby then came to New England to study at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree. He has most recently served for eight years at a church in Southwest London as the Associate Pastor and then Senior Pastor. Bobby and Julie have four children: William, Grace, Annie, and Lucy. Bobby enjoys cycling, reading, Netflix, meals with friends, and (don’t tell anyone) bird-watching.

Ben Friedman

Associate Pastor

Ben is originally from Moorestown, NJ, a suburb just outside of Philadelphia. He attended college at the University of Alabama, where he was converted, and eventually received his call to ministry. His wife, Stephanie, and he were previously in Southern California for three and a half years, where he served as a youth pastor, and received his Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (GGBTS), before joining NSCBC in October 2017. He and Stephanie have two young kids, Piper and Karis. His hobbies include running, hiking, reading, exploring the area with Stephanie, and generally trying to keep up with his kids. Ben is excited to pray for and labor for a gospel movement on the North Shore.

Melissa Lowther

Ministry Associate for Discipleship

Melissa grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Valley Forge as a theological studies major, minoring in church music. She also graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) with a Master of Divinity degree. Melissa began as the Office Administrator at NSCBC and moved into the Ministry Associate role in January 2017. She’s excited to help implement and support ministries of the church as we seek a gospel movement on the North Shore. Melissa has been a member of NSCBC since 2011. Her other interests include exploring the North Shore with her husband Greg and son Emmett, singing, and enjoying all things chocolate.

Richard Wallace

Ministry Associate for Mission

Richard came to New England from the other side of the Atlantic, growing up in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, before moving to Cambridge, England for university and a subsequent career as a Software Engineer. After working on staff for two churches in Northern Ireland, Richard decided to come to America to study for a Masters of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Richard loves the North Shore and the people here and is passionate to see as many people as possible across Essex County hearing, understanding, and being changed by the gospel of Jesus. He and his wife, Tess, have been members of NSCBC since 2016 and now live in downtown Beverly. They love to spend as much time as possible outdoors on the North Shore, and are very fond of all the local seafood. Richard particularly enjoys playing and watching rugby, but is yet to find a sport that he doesn’t enjoy (Go Red Sox!)

Brittany Casey

Worship Director

Brittany is originally from Huntsville, Alabama, but she grew up in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She attended Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee where she received her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. After graduating college, Brittany worked in marketing at a record label in Nashville before moving to New England with her husband, Cameron, where they joined NSCBC in May 2016. Brittany has spent many years working in business but has been serving in worship ministries since high school. She has a passion for leading others in worship and looks forward to glorifying God during our Sunday morning gatherings as we attempt to re-tell the gospel story each week. She has also spent multiple years serving in youth ministry and loves that NSCBC is an intergenerational church family. Her hobbies include going to coffee shops with Cameron, singing, reading books based in the 19th century, and cheering on the Alabama football team (roll tide!).

Greg Lowther


Greg grew up in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and moved to the North Shore to attend Gordon College where he received his Bachelor’s of Music in Organ Performance. He has been playing organ in churches since he was 14 years old and has served as Organist and Director of Worship Ministries in churches throughout the Boston area, including First Baptist Church in Arlington and First Congregational Church in Hamilton. He is also passionate about choral conducting and music composition. Greg moved into the Organist role at NSCBC in January 2019. He and his wife Melissa love the North Shore and are grateful to serve NSCBC together. Greg also works at a software company and his other interests include woodworking, playing with his son Emmett, and watching a good documentary.

Genesia Christensen

Director of Children’s Ministries

Genesia, along with her husband Eric, have been blessed to attend NSCBC for the past 20 years, serving in just about all of the children’s ministry areas. She came to the area from Vermont, while attending Gordon College where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and English. She continued on to receive her Master’s in Education from the University of New England. After teaching for several years, she decided to stay home while raising their three children; Madelyn, Aiden and Owen. Living in Gloucester, her family loves doing anything and everything at the beach!

Emmy Short

Administrative & Digital Media Assistant

Emmy grew up in both Cambridge, MA and Chiba, Japan. She came to the North Shore to attend Gordon College where she graduated in 2020 as an art major and a music minor. She is grateful for the opportunity to integrate her creativity and administrative skills to support NSCBC’s mission to see the North Shore transformed by the gospel. Her hobbies include art-making, dumpster diving, cooking, and playing the violin.

Ruth Feins


Ruth Feins grew up in Scotland, graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a science degree. She has lived in Beverly for about 10 years with her husband Dan, 2 teenage daughters (Becca and Iona), and their dog, cat and bird. Ruth has been a member of NSCBC since 2007 and has served in a variety of ministry areas including worship ministries, Christian education, and community care. Her interests include singing, learning to play the piano, arts and crafts, and nature walks with the dog.

Maria Reiss

Assistant Bookkeeper

Maria is from all over the Midwest and set down roots on the North Shore in 2009. She’s been a member of NSCBC since 2009 and has been involved in various ministry aspects of the church. She received her BA in Elementary Education from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and received her M. Ed as a math specialist from Gordon. She currently teaches middle school math and enjoys using her love of math to benefit the church as Assistant Bookkeeper. In her spare time, Maria enjoys playing volleyball, ultimate frisbee, taking stats for the church softball team, or sitting around a campfire with friends.


The Deacons at NSCBC assist the Elders in achieving the mission of the church by caring for, praying for, and serving the individuals and families we worship alongside.

Debbi Tuck, Chair

Dave Sweet, Facilities

Mark Fitzgerald, Finance

Katherine Hovarth, Personnel

Joyce Botterill, at-large

Ian Guarino, at-large

Bob Stallard, at-large

Ethan Mignard, at-large

Hannah Mignard, at-large

Daniel Tuck, at-large

Jim Maden, Treasurer