Staff & Leadership

We have a passion for people, our city and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

  • Tem mattox


    Pastor Tem and his wife Karen moved to Bakersfield to start a church on west side of town. The first public service was Palm Sunday 1996. Tem had a vision to reach those outside the church and most of the first attenders were not going anywhere. He enjoys learning, leading and skiing as often as the snow is good! Tem and Karen have three sons and a daughter in law. 

    His education includes: BA California Baptist University, MDiv Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Ft. Worth, TX and 1 year CPE Baylor University Medical Center Dallas, TX.

    Ministry experience includes: Youth Minister, Hospital Chaplain, Navy Chaplain, Associate Pastor, Church Planter and Pastor.

  • Ed rain


    Pastor Ed came on staff here at Northside community church as the associate pastor in 2004 with a real passion to reach people for Jesus Christ. He develops leadership teams and helps those with addictions (hurts, habits, or hang-ups). He continues to assist those growing in Christ through Christian education for children, youth and adults.

    Ed is married to Cindy and have three married adult daughters. Together they enjoy hiking, fishing and spending much time with all their grandchildren.

  • Matise Comelli

    Children's Minister

    Matise is the Children's Director at Northside.  She has a passion for children and growing them to follow Christ. She runs a very fun and exciting children's program that keeps kids begging for more.

    Matise has been married for over 15 years to her husband David and has three daughters and one son.

  • David Comelli

    Student Ministry  Pastor

    Pastor David is the director of Align Student Ministry. He is passionate about student ministry and has been successful in growing our students in Christ.   He is also our resident tech guy, who has a skilled hand in all we do. He was been married to his wife Matise for over 15 years and they have three daughters and one son.