Gary and his wife, Mary Sue share a passion for prayer, and for equipping people. Life is a journey where we walk hand in hand with our heavenly Father. They like to seek the things of God, learn more about Him, and enjoy imparting that knowledge and understanding to others. Their goal is to take as many people as possible on this journey through life.
Name: Gary Babb
Position: Lead Pastor
Education: Master of Arts Degree in communication from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Bachelor Degree in Communication Technology from Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Associate Degree in Bible from Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas.
Early Years: Gary grew up in Gladstone, Missouri. Graduated from Oak Park High School in 1969.
Married: Gary and Mary Sue were married in Dallas, Texas on January 21, 1978.
Accomplishments: Spent 22 years building and managing Christian radio stations. Served as General Manager of Wear-Concepts, Inc in Liberty, Missouri. Gary has served as pastor and associate pastor in numerous churches. He is the Lead Pastor of Northpointe Family Center.
Hobbies: Leadership development, administration, & teaching. He loves people, electronics, photography, video, ham radio, and motorcycles.
Favorite Scripture: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Name: Mary Sue Babb
Education: Associate of Arts degree in Dental Assisting from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Associate of Arts in Bible from Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas.
Early Years: Mary Sue was born and raised in NE Iowa. Moved to Dallas, Texas in 1972.
Accomplishments: Mary and Gary met on a World Ministry Tour from Christ For The Nations. They traveled with a group of 16 people around the world in 1977. Mary Sue was a dental assistant for 10 years. After marriage she ended her career in order to raise two daughters. In addition she has supported Gary in full time ministry for 30 years (major accomplishment). The last fifteen years she has been self employed in a commercial/residential cleaning business.
Hobbies: Mary Sue loves to ride a bicycle. She has participated in the 500 mile trip across Iowa for the last 7 years. She loves to read and she loves sports.
Favorite Scripture: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." Psalm 32:8
Children and Youth Ministries Director
Jason Donovan was born and raised in Northern Indiana. He asked Christ to be his Lord and Savior when he was at the age of 9 lead by his mother in the living room of their home. From that very moment Jason has been on a life journey with Christ. After graduating from Whitko High school in 1996 he joined the United State Marine Corps. He spent four years on active duty stationed at Camp Lejeune North Carolina. After completion of his four year enlistment he then returned to Indiana. He re-met and married Olivia who was also from Northern Indiana; actually they grew up just 2 miles from each other. After a short two years back in Indiana Jason joined the United States Army and was moved to Fort Leavenworth Kansas. Once his three year enlistment expired in 2005 Jason became the Children's Pastor at "Vineyard Church" located in Kansas City Missouri. After two years as Children Pastor; Jason took a position at Fort Leavenworth as a Department of Defense Civilian employee. Although he had a position at Fort Leavenworth the ministry call on his life had not changed. In April of 2012 he was brought on part time with "Northpointe Family Center" as the Director of Children and Youth Ministries. Jason and Olivia have four children (Alyssa, Haley, Skylor and Brock). What they enjoy most is being together as a family - even going to Wal-Mart. Spending time each evening worshiping, reading the word and praying together as a family has become spiritually enlightening and powerful.
Children and Youth Ministries Assistant
I came to know my Savior and was baptized in the fall of 1975, after many years of a spiritual tug on my heart as a small child. Five years later my relationship with Jesus became real and my daily walk with Him began when I was a senior in high school. In the spring of 1981, while teaching 3 year old children's church, I met and married my husband of 30 years, Rick Claytor.
We moved away from Kansas City for 5 years where I poured myself into a new marriage and starting a family a few years later. We attended Wichita Christian Center where I became the Nursery Director before we ever had children!
Returning to Kansas City in 1987, we also returned to the church where we met. For the next 20 years I was involved in Nursery or Children's Ministry at church and served on the PTF Board where I tackled many projects for the Christian School.
For the last 5 years God has reignited a fire in me for Him here at Northpointe. I have been blessed with being involved from the beginning with Children's Ministry. Some of my other passions are my family; we have 4 children 20-27. We are blessed to say they all know the Lord and serve Him. We also have 3 sons-in-laws and 4 amazing grandchildren. I also have a passion Women's Ministry and Assimilation in the body.
My giftings are hospitality, serving, administration and prayer.
Nathan grew up in his hometown of Hamilton, MO. He was raised in a Christian home, attended church regularly, and was baptized at the age of 11. However, it wasn't until the age of 21 that he gave his life fully over to the Lord and began a real relationship with Jesus. Using the talents and gifts God gave him, Nathan led worship weekly at the First Baptist Church in Hamilton while also assisting with the youth ministry. He was often asked to lead at many other churches and ministries for special events and participated in a community bible study group consisting of Christians from many denominational backgrounds. In 2004, Nathan, along with several individuals from that group, formed a non-profit organization called "Won by One Ministries" and purchased 2 buildings in downtown Hamilton to renovate into a community center where the unchurched and churched alike could come together and experience Godly fellowship. In 2006, Nathan moved to Liberty, MO but continued his ministry on the weekends in Hamilton. In 2008, Nathan married Jan, who is also from Hamilton, and they bought a house in Kansas City, MO. They began attending Journey Church in Liberty, MO. In 2009, Nathan became the worship leader at Journey Church. In 2011, feeling prompted by the Holy Spirit, they left Journey Church and began attending Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, also in Liberty, MO. In January 2013, Nathan was brought on part time with Northpointe Family Center as the Worship Leader. Nathan and Jan are best friends and love doing everything together, including outdoor activities, attending sporting events, and watching anything on Discovery Channel that has to do with Alaska.
Mission Statement: Following the Holy Spirit, Reflecting Christ's Glory, Loving one another, and Knowing God!
Greetings my friend and welcome to the web page for Northpointe Family Center! We welcome you to worship the Lord with us, and we have prepared a seat for you. You are invited to come join us as we journey through life together.
As the lead pastor at NFC I have known the call of God on my life since I was five years old. I grew up as a church member but spent the first 18 years of my life running from God! On November 15, 1968 I received Jesus as my Savior. Since then I've spent my life seeking to make Him Lord! After college I began my life as pastor of a circuit of churches in north Missouri. After graduate school I spent the next 22 years of my life building radio stations for Christian organizations.
With a handful of close friends we pioneered Northpointe Family Center in June of 2007. We are a family of believers who are walking through this journey of life together, hand in hand with The Father. We seek to experience Him in every aspect of our lives. As we experience Him we come to Know Him in a greater way. The Bible says, "And this is eternal life, that we might know Him..." (John 17:3). Our purpose is to know Him and be known by Him each day of our lives. As we make ourselves vulnerable to Him we come to know Him in a more intimate way! As we come to know Him in a more intimate way we see Him demonstrate His love in our lives. We experience a life-changing love that makes us new creatures in Christ. We seek to know Him more intimately and make Him known to others We invite you to join our family of believers.
We meet every Sunday morning at 10 am in the Flex Theatre at Staley High School, 2800 NE Shoal Creek Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64156.
Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions concerning Northpointe.