Reverend Jill V. Isola


The Reverend Jill V. Isola has been joyfully serving as Pastor here at Northminster since November of 2017. She is a native of Northern New Jersey, just outside of New York City, but has also spent time serving God in Michigan, Virginia, and South Carolina. She is a graduate of Hope College in Holland, MI and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Together, she and her husband Andrew have 9 siblings and 12 nieces and nephews. Also important to their family are their two dogs, Dutch and Claudia Jean. Jill is passionate about anything related to hospitality and loves to gather around a common table to share food and fellowship.


Nathan Crabtree

Music Director

Nathan graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Music Education in 1993. In August 2000 (the same year he joined the NPC staff) he completed the Master of Music Education degree with emphasis in choral conducting. Nathan has three children: Clare, Tess, and Samantha.

Nathan’s church music experience spans from significant involvement as a child and youth to leadership roles in other local and regional churches. He is active in the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, having served on the Executive Board. In addition to serving NPC, Nathan teaches music at Snow Creek Elementary School and is active in theatre. Nathan is Level II Orff certified and has a particular interest in global music and world drumming.

Reverend Sue Strachan

Interim Christian Education Coordinator

Sue Strachan is a United Church of Christ pastor, recently retired, having served Wolcott Congregational Church UCC in Wolcott, CT for 11 years. Before being ordained she served for 30 years as a certified PCUSA Christian Educator in Fort Myers Beach, Fl. She is an ordained Presbyterian Elder. Sue sings with the Hickory Choral Society, enjoys reading, working in the yard, music of all kinds, and various kinds of puzzles. 

Sue and her husband, Bill, moved to Hickory in May 2018. The Strachans are happy to live closer to their daughters: Jennifer Sink and family who live in Taylorsville; and Karen Lynn and family who live in Knoxville, TN.


Rachel Clark

Office Administrator

Rachel Clark serves as our Office Administrator and Bookkeeper.  Rachel is a wonderful addition to our staff, bringing lots of expertise from a variety of fields and interests.  In addition to her work at Northminster, Rachel is an avid gardener and lover of animals, especially dogs.




Ruth Sperring


Ruth has helped lead worship from the organ since 1982. Her training comes from a lifetime of piano and organ lessons culminating in organ and vocal study at Campbell College. She studied organ with Susan Horton. While at Campbell she was also a member of the Touring Choir and Chamber Choir. In addition to playing the organ at Northminster, Ruth sings in the choir and plays in the Handbell choir which she started. She has been a resident of Hickory since 1976, has two adult children, 5 grandchildren, and 3 cats.

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