Our Staff

  • Jose Gonzalez, Lead Pastor

    José was raised in Chicago. Before coming to Northbrook Covenant Church, he served on the leadership team of a Vineyard satellite campus, an athletic chaplain for the North Park University Men's Soccer team, a retail manager, and a stay-at-home dad. He is a graduate of North Park Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity. He and his wife live in Northbrook with their son and daughter where they enjoy following Chicago and University of Illinois sports. 

    Contact Pastor José: joseg.northbrookcov@gmail.com

  • Rachel Johnson, DIRECTOR of music and family MINISTRIES

    Rachel was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA (Go Steelers!!).  She went to North Park University in Chicago where she double-majored in History and Global Studies.  She is also a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary where she received her Master of Divinity.  Rachel has been a part of Evangelical Covenant churches and ministries her entire life.  She especially treasures her experiences as a camper and staffer at Camp Mission Meadows, one of the Covenant camps in the Great Lakes Conference.  In her free time, Rachel loves learning about trees, cheering on (and sometimes yelling at) the Steelers, taking long walks, and reading fantasy books.  Contact Rachel at youth.northbrookcov@gmail.com and music.northbrookcov@gmail.com


  • kathleen Heller, Office Manager

    Kathleen was born and raised in the Chicago area. She received her BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, majoring in Biology and minoring in History and Music.  After graduating and returning to the Chicago area, Kathleen met and married  her husband, Jeff. They have 2 daughters that Kathleen stayed at home to raise.  Kathleen is excited to be back in the work environment as the Office Manager at Northbrook Covenant. In her free time, she enjoys singing in her church choir, playing the flute, reading books, and enjoying the outdoors. 

    Contact Kathleen: northbrook.covenant@gmail.com

  • Melissa O'hara, Children Ministries coordinator

    Melissa grew up at Northbrook Covenant Church and has had the pleasure of beginning her own family here.  Melissa loves this church and has a special heart for the children of our congregation.  She is married to Mike and has two children, Jack and Molly.

    Contact Melissa: moharanbcc@gmail.com