Nothing so profoundly affects the well-being of a church as the leaders it selects. Their spiritual qualities will determine the character, direction, effectiveness and spiritual maturity of the congregation. Therefore, after much study, thought and prayer, our church family recommends and appoints its leaders. The Bible calls them “elders,” “bishops,” or “shepherds (pastors).” The men on this page have been selected to lead our church family because of their spiritual maturity, their Christ-like attitudes, and their willingness to lead by serving.
Jim and Charli Bruner are blessed to have been part of the Northside family for 28 years. Jim is a charter member, and Charli worked in the church office for a combined 18+ years. They married in 1984 and have two children, Tara and Chase. Jim and Charli’s greatest passion is working together in the Children’s ministry, and serving on the Children’s Leadership Team. They have mentored teens as small group leaders and activity/trip sponsors in the Youth Ministry. Prior to serving the Children’s ministry, Jim served in the Facilities ministry. Jim is Vice President of Mauze Construction Corporation. Charli works in the accounting office at Wakefield Realtors.
Alan and Sharon Cooper have been members at Northside since 1992. They have been involved in several ministry areas including planning/attending the bi-annual Campaigns to Fortaleza, Brazil, and most recently working on Northside’s relocation plans. Alan and Sharon have two daughters who grew up at Northside; Meagan, who is married to Kevin White and is an Elementary School Assistant Principal in the Klein ISD in Houston, and Lindsay who is graduating from Texas A&M University in December 2014 and marrying Luke Perkins in January 2015. In addition, they have two grandsons, Jaxon Wayne White and Zane Cooper White, and if asked they will be glad to show you pictures, lots of them. Alan's mother, Jackie, who is also a member at Northside, has lived with them since 1988 when Alan's Dad passed away.
Tad and Debbie Dowell have been a part of the Northside family since 2003. Tad is a communicator with a gift for teaching, a great love for God and a passion for His revealed word. He reads Greek and Hebrew on a kindergarten level, but is getting better at it. Debbie is an elementary school teacher and enjoys serving in music ministry. Married in 1979, they raised three children who are now on their own (Nathaniel, Sharalyn and Matthew), and have two more (Mack and Shem) who are still in school.
Dexter and Mary Freeman have been worshipping at Northside since 2005. They are involved with the Children’s Ministry, Dynamic Marriage workshops, young adult Bible classes and mentoring efforts. They are also a part of the church relocation communication team which keeps the congregation updated on our move status. Dexter and Mary have been married since 1985 and are the parents of two young men, Matthew and Daniel. Dexter spent 20 years in the Army before retiring 2003, and he also taught at Texas State University. He is the Director of the Army Master of Social Work Program at Fort Sam. Mary is a registered nurse in the Northeast Independent School District.
David and Beverly Fulbright, together with their three children, were members at Northside from 1998-2003. The military took them away for six years, and in 2009, Dave and Bev rejoined the Northside family permanently, this time as empty-nesters. They have been married for 31 years. Their oldest son, Colin, is married and serving in the US Army. Cameron is a chemical engineer with Valero in Ardmore, Oklahoma and Devon is a recent college graduate waiting to go to dental school. Dave is now a retired Colonel and serves as the Chief Operating Officer at the Army Residence Community and Bev is an oncology nurse at Northeast Methodist Hospital.
David retired from 43 years as a doctor specializing in the intensive care of newborn babies. He and his wife Jinny were married in 1964 when he graduated from medical school. They moved to San Antonio in 1974. They are blessed to be parents of 3 children and happy grandparents to 8. Their youngest son, Mike and his wife Moye, attend Northside. When David is not traveling with Jinny or at the church, he spends most of his spare time gardening.
Scott and Becky Royse were married at Northside in 1980. They have three grown children, Emily, Valerie, and John. As a family, they have enjoyed participating in Northside's Campaigns to Fortaleza, Brazil, and developing close friendships with the church there. Scott is currently the Vice President of Acquisition, Engineering, Logistics and Software at NCI Inc.
Bruce and his wife, Sharon, have attended Northside since 1982. Bruce became a shepherd in January 2006, and he also serves as the Minister of Adult Education and Counseling. Before coming to San Antonio, Bruce was a campus minister and taught at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He holds the Bachelor of Science, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry degrees, all from Abilene Christian University. Bruce and Sharon have two adult children, Clay and Erin and one grandson, Max.