Mitchell Cruit, Lead Pastor
Mitchell joined Northwood as the Lead Pastor in 2019. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida before earning a Master of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Mitchell is passionate about helping others taste and see the goodness of God’s grace through Jesus Christ in preaching, teaching, pastoral care, small groups, discipleship, and pastoral leadership. Mitchell and his wife, Rebecca have one young daughter. In their free time they enjoy reading, searching for the best local food and drinks, and sharing good meals and conversations with others in their home.
Rory Dardich, Youth & Worship Pastor
Rory has been serving Northwood since 1997. He graduated from Clearwater Christian College with a bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries. He longs to see middle and high school students know Jesus and fully embrace their role now as members of the Kingdom of God. Rory also has an overwhelming desire to see God’s people worship Him with passion, sincerity, and intentionality, both corporately and individually, with and without song. He and his wife, Amy have three children in youth group and college. In their free time they enjoy relaxing or adventuring with family.
Tricia Stalter, Office Manager
Tricia has attended Northwood since 2004 and joined the staff as Office Manager in 2016. Tricia attended the University of South Florida where she earned a Bachelor’s in Business. Tricia oversees the day-to-day operations of the church and finds it a joy to support the Northwood staff, ministries and church family. Tricia and her husband, Scott, have one daughter in college. Tricia enjoys spending time with her family, playing boardgames, and reading.