John Young has been our Lead Pastor at N3C since February 2009. He has served as the South Jersey Area Pastors Rep for Elim Fellowship and is now the Mid-Atlantic Regional Rep.
He has been in full time ministry since 1986. He has served as a youth pastor, associate/music pastor and now as lead pastor. John and his wife Bette spent seven years in missions and international youth evangelism, two of which they lived in Moscow Russia involved with planting churches and coordinating Pastors’ conferences.
The Youngs spent several years in Florida working with OneHope. John served as the Director of Communications and Strategic Relations developing partnerships focused on reaching youth and children with bible publications and materials. Often partnering with music groups for ministry outreaches around the world. Bette has worked for OneHope since 1998 as executive assistant to the President and CEO. She continues to work remotely from home. OneHope is an international ministry working in over 140 countries to provide a message of hope to children and youth through culturally sensitive media experiences including children’s magazines, animated movies, rave concerts, interactive games, sports programs, smart phone apps and more.
John and Bette moved to the Nashville TN area for 7 years mostly as Executive Director for ZJAM Youth Ministries working with youth in crisis and developing an innovative training program for young adults. Pastor John also was involved in ministry development with different Christian festivals and bands for outreach and follow up. Just before coming to N3C he was working as Ministry Director for Global Tribe’s REACH events in partnership with the newsboys.
John and Bette have a daughter Emma, who was born to them after eighteen years of marriage, a true miracle!
Assistant Pastor and Youth Director
Zach Zirbel joined the N3C staff in May 2015 as assistant and youth pastor. He and his wife Natasha have been involved in Christian ministry since before their marriage in 2007. Their children are Emet and Elijah.
Jill Short has been a part of N3C since it’s very beginning and had the opportunity to serve as the youth leader for several years in the early 1990’s. She has also been involved with various short-term mission projects and helped to facilitate the ministries to the children and teens. Jill has been employed as the church administrator for several years and currently helps with the youth ministry (and practically everything else going on around the church). Jill and her family (husband Ken and their daughters, Joanna and Allyson) live in Glassboro.
Scott has been a member of N3C since the beginning, and has had the privilege to serve as an elder since 2009. He has been married since 1989 to Helen, and has 2 children Dan and Amanda. Scott is currently working as an accountant for a bearings distributor company in NE Philadelphia. His dad Joe Cassario was a founding member of N3C, and served as an elder until his passing in 2010. Scott also plays guitar and is a worship leader, a ministry that he has been a part of since 1986. A favorite bible verse of Scott’s is Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
John has been a member of N3C since 2010 and has been on the Elder Board since 2014. He currently heads up the Worship Team and helps oversee the Technical Ministries. Professionally, he is a Web Developer of over 20 years currently working for Comcast in Philadelphia. John is married to Onahlea (Ona) since 1998 and they have three teen and pre-teen daughters, Emily, Mary, and Eliana, and a young son, Nathaniel.
Both John and Ona have served in worship ministry for many years at several churches over the years, and currently both serve on the worship team at N3C. John is a guitarist of over 30 years, and was previously a recording artist in a Christian rock band during the 90’s. However, he loves all types of music and enjoys hacking around on drums, keyboards, clarinet, violin, banjo, and now accordion.
Though a bit cliche, one of John’s favorite Bible verses is John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
Another favorite is Philippians 4:8-9, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me — practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Kevin Harvey returns to Audubon, the town where he and the Harvey family grew up, serving at New Covenant Community Church since 2011. Kevin is most excited about reconnecting with a lot of people that he grew up with and helping them find Christ. As a new Christian in 1982, Kevin read that <em>the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few</em> (Luke 10:2) and knew that God was calling him to impact people. He has served the Lord in various ways since his conversion to Christ in 1982 as a college freshmen. He has been in over 200 prisons sharing the gospel as well as schools, locker rooms and ball fields. He has served as a full-time missionary with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes since 1997. FCA is the largest sports ministry in the world. Kevin serves as the South Jersey Area Director as well as the Team Chaplain for the 76ers. Kevin, his wife Anita and their two girls Erin and Noelle enjoy ministry, traveling and going on different adventures as a family.
Member of N3C since 2000, married to Mary since 1999, currently enjoy raising three boys: one teenager (Mikey) and two pre-teens (Joey and Jacob). Mike is an IT consultant for Accenture, enjoys working behind the scenes at NC3 as a “Sight and Sound” engineer, and heads up the NC3 mission committee. Mike invited Christ in his life at age 15 and went away to college determined to walk with Lord. The Lord led him to a campus ministry (CRU) where he learned to share his faith and lead others. Mike considered going on the mission field as a Bible translator but instead felt the Lord direct him homeward. Mike and Mary met at a local church singles group and married a couple of years later. Soon after Mike and Mary returned and began serving in the church where Mary grew up (NC3). One of Mike’s life-long encouragements from the Bible is 1 John 1:7 “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
Dan has been a member of N3C since its beginning (actually before it was N3C!), a deacon since 2004 and a member of the elder board since 2012. He’s been part of the worship teams since 1975. He married Patti and moved to Audubon in 1985. They have three children (Sam 30, Jill 29 and Louie 19) and three grandchildren (Bella, Giovanni and Sophia). He was a heavy-duty truck and forklift technician for 18 years and then parts/service coordinator for a local forklift dealer for four years before being injured in 2000. (He fell from a scaffold while working in what is now the N3C sanctuary.) Dan has been babysitting the church building since becoming a deacon. His most enjoyable activities are grandfathering, music and fixing things. His favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:6-7: “Be anxious for Nothing, but in All things, by prayer and petition, submit your requests to God; and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
John has served the Lord as Elder at N3C since it’s founding. He and his wife Joyce have been married since 1955. We don’t get to see either John or Joyce very often because poor health keeps her at home and John is her primary care-giver. They have two adult daughters and two adult grandchildren. John is a retiree of the Petroleum Industry where he worked for 43 years primarily in Human Resources management. John has also ministered in music as a baritone soloist in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area for over 50 years.
Rick has been part of the New Covenant family since 1991. Rick was reared in a church-going family, but didn’t put his trust in Jesus until he was 27. He and wife, Connie, moved into the area from Lexington, Ky, in 1990 and has been part of N3C since 1991. He served as a deacon and has been an elder since 2003. They have a two grown children and three grandchildren. He occasionally sings with the worship team, manages this website and is den mother for the church’s computers. He was in the Navy during the Vietnam era and has a masters degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He retired in 2012 as a computer system manager at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News but still does some consulting work for them. His favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Member of N3C since May 2011, married to Nancy in 1983, with 2 adult children, Anna (nurse) and Jeremy (college athlete). Mark works in the facilities engineering department for a local firm, is a member of the N3C worship team (plays guitar) and hosts small group studies with Nancy. Mark had a life changing encounter with Jesus in Spain at 19 while on a trip searching for musical inspiration. He stayed there for almost 8 years at an international Christian community that reached out with the Gospel to the Spanish and backpackers from all over the world. Nancy and Mark met and were married in Spain, returning to the US to help found a church and serve the Lord in worship ministry and hospitality. They lost 2 children (Paul and Andrew) early in their marriage to a rare genetic syndrome. This loss taught them much about faith in God through difficult times and God’s faithfulness in the storms of life. One of the many Bible verses that became a favorite for them during this time was Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Mark and Nancy would love to meet you and encourage you to trust and love God in all seasons of life.