Northridge Community Church Staff
Pastor Jeff Honson
Pastor Jeff Honson was born in Iowa and was raised in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield. He came to Rockford as a senior at Guilford High School. He was very involved at Temple Baptist Church as a student. He attended Rock Valley College and Northern Illinois University and received his degree in Business Marketing and then continued on to Bethel Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota and received his Masters in Divinity, graduating in 1981.
Jeff married his wife Ann, a Rockford native, 39 years ago. Ann is involved at Northridge Community Church as a church host and on the worship team. Jeff and Ann have 3 adult children – Matt (married to Nora, almost 1 year old Leah), Katie (married to Alex, 1½ year old AJ), and Mike, who tours around the world with the band The Color Morale and leads on the worship team at Northridge. All of their children and spouses live in Rockford, IL.
Jeff and Ann love family time and helping with the grandkids. They also love to getaway to the lake in Wisconsin for a summer vacation. Jeff enjoys watching all Chicago sports teams, hiking, and visiting antique stores in his spare time.
Jeff has been in the ministry for 37 years and felt God’s call to start Northridge Community Church in 2006. The church met at Machesney Elementary School for 3 years and now has been at the YWCA Women’s Conference Center on the campus of Rockford University for 6½ years. Northridge is an Evangelical Non-Denominational Church, which is known for being Biblical, Casual, Contemporary and Relevant. The congregation is a mobile church and meets every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the YWCA.
Jeff’s passions are discipling people in developing their relationship with Christ and meeting one-on-one to help them find success in dealing with life’s issues. He loves pastoring Northridge Community Church and the safe family atmosphere of this loving congregation.
Associate Pastor Matt Honson
Matt grew up in Rockford, IL (with a 5-year hiatus in Oak Forest during his awkward late grade school and middle school years).
Matt went to Guilford High School and Rock Valley College before moving to the Twin Cities to pursue both his B.A. in Business Marketing from Bethel University and a Master of Arts Degree in Global and Contextual Studies (Missions Emphasis) from Bethel Seminary. But, in his total of 9 years in Minnesota, he believes his most major accomplishment was marrying his wife Nora.
Matt was happy to move back to Rockford and join NorthRidge Community Church in the summer of 2012 as the Associate Pastor, where he is in charge of the Youth Ministry as well as parts of the Music Ministry, Outreach and the Young Adult Bible study.
Matt has a passion for his family, friends, music, sports and, most of all, longs to see everyone possible come into an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.
Matt, Nora and their daughter Leah love hanging out with friends and getting to know people, and they would love to get to know YOU!