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North River Church Parrish FL


Michael Kennedy North River Church


Lead Pastor | Email Michael

As our Lead Pastor, Michael is mainly responsible for the preaching and teaching of God’s Word on a weekly basis. He also leads the vision of the church and is responsible for Pastoral Care. Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Janie, and they have two children – Anna and Leah. We can't forget about his Miniature Schnauzer, Abe!


BS in History – Georgia Southwestern State University

MDiv in Biblical Languages – Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

DMin in Biblical & Theological Studies – Luther Rice University

Life Verse: Isaiah 40:8

Favorite Food: Bacon Cheeseburgers

Favorite Sports Team: Georgia Bulldogs

#1 Hobby: Antique/thrift hunting for mechanical watches and fountain pens

Cody Podor North River Church


Administrative & Discipleship Pastor |

Cody is primarily responsible for leading our staff, designing and directing our discipleship strategies, teaching and equipping leaders, and overseeing the operational elements of our church. Cody is married to his beautiful wife Katie with whom he shares the joy of raising their two kids, Asher and Everly. They also have two pups, Lilly and Otis!


BS in Ministry Leadership – Liberty University

MA in Church Planting Evangelism – Liberty University

MDiv – Faith Bible Seminary

ThM in Biblical Studies – Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

PhD in Systematic Theology – Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Life Verse: Psalm 16:11

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite Sports Team: Cleveland Indians '95-'99

#1 Hobby: Being with people

Scott Kerlin North River Church


Scott's day-to-day consists of service planning, preparing the Worship Team to lead in worship, and helping with various media tasks. He is married to his college sweetheart, Meagan, and they have two kids, Addie and Gibson. Their two pups, Fraiser and Coach, light up the Kerlin household!


Church Music – Shorter College

Worship Studies - Liberty University

Life Verse: 2 Chronicles 16:9a

Favorite Food: Mexican Food

Favorite Sports Team: Atlanta Braves

#1 Hobby: All things baseball

Chris Seager North River Church


Chris oversees the Student Ministry at North River with the aim of leading students to grow in their love, knowledge, and obedience to Jesus Christ. Chris is married to his lovely wife, Haley, and they have three kiddos – Blakely, Brooks, and Briggs – as well as a pug named Khloe.


BA in Construction Management – Western Carolina University

MA in Christian Studies – Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Life Verse: Romans 12:1

Favorite Food: Chicken Wings

Favorite Sports Team: New York Yankees

#1 Hobby: Deer Hunting

Lauren Thiers North River Church


Children's Director |

As our Children's Director, Lauren's day-to-day typically involves preparing curriculum, as well as overseeing all of our kid's programs. She coordinates all of our team leads and volunteers for Sunday. Lauren is married to her college sweetheart, Brian, and they have three children – Olivia, Jacob, and Addison. The Thiers family has a loveable chocolate lab named Lady.


BS in Elementary Education - University of South Florida

MA in Reading Education - University of South Florida

Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6

Favorite Food: Tacos

Favorite Sports Team:  Sports? Go sports! 

#1 Hobby: Cheering for my teenagers at their sports and activities 



Communications & Connections Coordinator |

Emily is responsible for all things communication at North River. She handles the coordination of announcements, creates all digital graphics and print material, runs the website, and manages NR social media accounts. Emily has been married to her handsome husband, Tyler, since 2020. They have one daughter, Savannah, and a crazy golden retriever named Kona.


BA in Mass Communications & Media – Arizona State University

Certificate in Bible & Ministry – Calvary Chapel Bible College

Life Verse: Psalm 46:5

Favorite Food: Mac & Cheese, Chick-fil-a, Pub Subs... you can't make me decide on just one!

Favorite Sports Team: Kansas City Chiefs (since before it was cool to be a Chief's fan – I'm not a bandwagoner.)

#1 Hobby: Perfecting my chocolate chip cookie recipe. Or anything entrepreneurship!

Janet Banks North River Church


Ministry Assistant |

Janet loves utilizing her multi-tasking skills in the role of Ministry Assistant as she fulfills the admin needs of the church office and pastors. (She affectionately describes her role as "other duties as assigned.") Janet and her husband, John live in West Bradenton and they have two adult children, Daniel, Jonathan, and their daughter in law, Julia. Kenny the dog and Stella the Cat live in the Banks household and enjoy having all the attention!


BS in Education – Bloomsburg State College

MS in Speech Pathology – Bloomsburg University

Life Verse: 1 Peter 5:6-7

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Sports Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

#1 Hobby: Restoring and collecting vintage fountain pens

Michael Kelly North River Church


Facilities Assistant |

Mike's day-to-day at North River often looks like taking care of building maintenance, as well as setting up for ministry or community events on the church grounds. Mike and his wife, Carla, have one daughter named Mikayla and cat named Coal. Together, Mike and Carla enjoy taking care of their chickens and cattle!

Life Verse: Colossians 3:23-25

Favorite Food: Hamburgers and Steaks

Favorite Sports Team: I always root for the rodeo clowns.

#1 Hobby: History, Shooting, Archery, Camping & Motorcycle Riding

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