God has blessed NorthLake Church with outstanding leadership loved by God, and loving one another. Click on any leader's name to connect with them by email.


Pastor Dave picDavid Thomas

Lead Pastor

Pastor Dave and Patti Thomas are the lead pastors at NorthLake Church! Called into ministry while studying art at Notre Dame, Pastor Dave moved to Kentucky for seminary and ministry after college. There he met Patti, and their relationship was sealed while on a missions trip. They served over 15 years as missionaries to Ecuador and Latin America, leading Bible schools and ministering in churches. David finished a Ph.D. in New Testament studies at Southern Baptist Seminary during this time, and since then they’ve pastored (Southern California and Pacific Northwest) and taught in seminaries and universities. They are excited about what God is doing and looking forward to meeting you at NorthLake!  


Joseph 1 adjusted sizeJoseph Thomas
Executive Pastor/Worship Pastor

Originally a native of Louisville, KY, Joseph spent most of his childhood as the son of missionary parents serving in Cuenca & Guayaquil Ecuador. After spending his childhood overseas, Joseph came back to the United States to attend Wheaton College located in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL. At Wheaton, Joseph felt the Lord’s call to pastoral ministries. He left Wheaton to first attend Southern Baptist Seminary before transferring to Biola University in La Mirada, CA where he graduated with a Master’s degree in theology. He is passionate about worship and church ministry and is excited to serve at NorthLake Church.


Denise McNichols Leadership PictureDenise McNichols

Children's Pastor

Denise grew up in Vancouver, Washington, graduating from Prairie High School and Clark Community College.  She has been serving in Kids Ministries in various roles since high school. Feeling a call to full time ministry, she attended Northwest University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Ministries. After graduation, she moved to Montana to serve as a Kids Pastor. She met & married her husband, Chris, while there. Denise & Chris joined the staff of NorthLake in 2004.


Elijah Fontanez

Youth Pastor


Nancy Flook Leadership PictureNancy Flook

Office Manager

During her time at Northwest University, Nancy met Bill Flook and they were married eight months later. Bill later enlisted in the US Navy and they moved to San Diego, CA. After his duty ended they bought a home and settled in to a fun adventure at a great church with wonderful friends. They returned to the Northwest and settled in Vancouver, WA. 


Jamie Turner

Administrative Assistant


Christina Dawson

Communications Coordinator 


Steve Day

Financial Manager