Our Leadership


 Jay Russell (Senior Minister), Jay Russell ministered churches in the Southwestern Ohio area since 1993, with main responsibilities in preaching and teaching, expanded his role to include developing small group ministry and writing material for small groups. Focused on developing believers into servant leaders and coached current and potential leaders in roles of family and church leadership. Served in regular rotation as a worship leader and musician. Initiated annual foreign short term mission trip philosophy and personally participated in three trips.Evangelized through cooperative events with local businesses.Tutored students as part of a multi-church program in local school systems.Jay and Leigh Ann have lived in the Cincinnati area and have two children.

Isaac Flora (Emeritus Minister to Seniors), was born and raised in Kentucky and served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, mainly in China. Graduating from Kentucky Christian University, Ike began in ministry in 1949, serving churches in Kentucky and Ohio. He, along with his wife, Faye, was North Side's founding minister in 1964. Presently, Ike enjoys serving as North Side's Minister to Seniors, teaching a Sunday School class, and working with the missions and Sunday School programs. He and Faye have four children (one son, three daughters), six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.                                   

Matt Porter (Youth Minister) comes from a long history of loving God and loving Kids.  He grew up in Wooster, Ohio at the Christian Children's Home of Ohio where his father was the director for almost 35 years.  He loves music and sports and was involved in both while growing up.  He attended Kentucky Christian University where he met his wife Denise and received a Bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry. He has been  involved in full time, part time and volunteer youth minitry since 1993.  He is very passionate about his relationship with the Lord.  He is also very passionate about building relationships with his students and loving them and their families.  Matt plays the bass guitar and hand percussion and enjoys singing, weight lifting and watching football.  His two favorite teams are Ohio State and the Cleveland Browns.  He and his wife adopted a son in 2012 and he is enjoying the new responsibilities of being a father.  As a family, Matt enjoys riding his bicycle on the bike path with his wife and son.  Matt also enjoys old cars and hopes to someday own a '63 split window coupe corvette.  (It's good to have dreams)  Matt hopes that through his ministry, students will find a passion for the Lord and glorify Him whereever life may lead them .  "Love One, Love All" is the phrase Matt desires to live his life to fulfill.  Matt began his ministry at North Side Christian Church in March 2011.

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