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 GodĀ 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 AugustĀ 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.


Bradley Blackburn

Christian Education Coordinator & Temporary Office Administrator

As the son of ministers, Bradley likes to joke that he has been involved in church ministry since he was in the womb. Bradley’s wife Kara and his infant son Tobias groan at this and other such jokes with loving and patient support. Bradley and his family came to Hickory in 2018 so that he could pursue a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He currently holds an MA in Theology and a BS in Religion & Philosophy. Though Bradley’s professional background involves over a decade of work in digital marketing, he has had the privilege of serving churches and organizations all over the country in capacities ranging from teaching and curriculum formation to A/V and technology. He enjoys going to school (obviously), reading, cooking, long meals, and spending time with his beautiful family.



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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