John Young has been our Lead Pastor at N3C since February 2009. He has served as the South Jersey Area Pastors Rep for Elim Fellowship and is now the Mid-Atlantic Regional Rep.
He has been in full time ministry since 1986 serving as a youth pastor, associate/music pastor and now as lead pastor. John and his wife, Bette, spent seven years in missions and international youth evangelism. Two of those years they lived in Moscow Russia involved with planting churches and coordinating pastors’ conferences.
The Youngs spent several years in Florida working with OneHope. OneHope is an international ministry working in over 140 countries to provide a message of hope to children and youth through culturally sensitive media experiences including children’s magazines, animated movies, rave concerts, interactive games, sports programs, smart phone apps and more.
John served as the Director of Communications and Strategic Relations. He was instrumental in developing partnerships focused on reaching youth and children with Bible publications and materials, offten partnering with music groups for ministry outreaches around the world. Bette has worked for OneHope since 1998 as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO. She continues to work remotely from home.
John and Bette moved to the Nashville TN area for 7 years, mostly as Executive Director for ZJAM Youth Ministries working with youth in crisis and developing an innovative training program for young adults. Pastor John also was involved in ministry development with different Christian festivals and bands for outreach and follow up. Just before coming to N3C he was working as Ministry Director for Global Tribe’s REACH events in partnership with the Newsboys.
John and Bette have a daughter Emma, who was born to them after eighteen years of marriage, a true miracle!
Rev. Anthony Palandro
Associate Pastor/Youth Pastor
Anthony Palandro joined the N3C leadership as the Associate and Youth Pastor at N3C in September 2019. An ordained minister with Elim Fellowship, Anthony has a heart to see the teens and young adults in Audubon and the surrounding communities transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.
Leaving a thriving family business in carpentry to pursue full-time ministry, Anthony looks forward to combining his skills, gifts and talents as he serves at N3C.
Not only does he lead the TRIBE youth ministry, but he is also active with the local FCA chapters and facilitates the youth-led Discovery Bible Study at the Treehouse Coffee Shop. Anthony is pioneering a young-adults group called “Impact” that will focus on discipleship.
Anthony and his wife, Lisa, have two young sons, Luca and Leo, and live in Bellmawr. Besides being a family man, Anthony loves riding motorcycles!
Jill Short has been a part of N3C since it’s inception, her parents were founding members. Jill had the opportunity to serve as the youth leader for several years in the early 1990’s. She has also been involved with various short-term mission projects and helped to facilitate the ministries to the children and teens.
Jill has served as the church administrator since 2001. She is involved with all the ins-and-outs of N3C, it's ministries, events and is the "go-to" person, which keeps her very busy.
Jill is married to Ken and they live in Glassboro with their daughters, Joanna and Allyson. The Short family loves traveling and hiking together with their dog Charlie.
Scott has been a member of N3C since it's beginning, attending with his parents who were founding members. He has had the privilege of serving as an elder since 2009, which he did alongside his dad, until his passing in 2010.
Scott has been married since 1989 to Helen, and has two children, Dan and Amanda. He currently works as an accountant for a bearings distributor company in NE Philadelphia.
Scott also plays guitar and is one of N3C's worship leaders. He has been a part of the Worship Team since 1986.
One of his favorite Bible verses is Romans 8:28:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Mike has been a member of N3C since 2000 and is an IT consultant for Accenture. He has been married to Mary since 1999 and they are currently enjoying raising three boys: Mike, Joey and Jacob.
Mike invited Christ into his life at age 15 and went away to college determined to walk with Lord. The Lord led him to a campus ministry (CRU), where he learned to share his faith and lead others. He considered going on the mission field as a Bible translator, but instead felt the Lord direct him to use his giftings at stateside.
Mike and Mary met at a local church singles group and married a couple of years later. They started attending and serving at N3C, where Mary grew up.
Besides serving as an elder, Mike enjoys working behind the scenes at N3C with our audio/visual ministry as a “Sight and Sound” engineer and also leads the N3C mission committee.
One of Mike’s life-long encouragements from the Bible is 1 John 1:7: “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
Dan has been a member of N3C since its inception and has always used his various gifts and talents serving the church. He has been a deacon, has been a member of the elder board since 2012, and he's been playing the bass and singing on the worship team since 1975. He and his wife, Patti, moved in Audubon in 1985 and they have three grown children, Sam, Jill and Louie.
After being a heavy-duty truck and forklift technician and a parts/service coordinator for a local forklift dealer for over 20 years, he was severely injured after falling off a scaffold while working in the N3C sanctuary. His life is a miracle and Dan loves doing church projects and tinkering around.
His most enjoyable activities are being a grandfather, music and fixing things. His favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:6-7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in all things, by prayer and petition, submit your requests
to God; and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Rick has been part of the N3C family since 1991. Although Rick was reared in a church-going family, he didn’t put his trust in Jesus until he was 27. He and his wife, Connie, moved into the area from Lexington, KY, in 1990.
He has served as a deacon and has been an elder since 2003. Rick and Connie have been married for 50+ years and have two grown children and three grandchildren. He uses his wealth of knowledge to help with all things "technical," including keeping the computers running, He also has a love for music and occasionally sings with the worship team.
He served in the Navy during the Vietnam era and has a masters degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He retired in 2012 as a computer system manager at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News but still does some consulting work for them.
His favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Mark has been a member of N3C since 2011 and Mark works in the facilities engineering department for a local firm. He serves as an elder but is also a worship leader and you can hear him play the guitar and occasionally, the banjo, during worship.
Mark had a life changing encounter with Jesus in Spain at 19 while on a trip searching for musical inspiration. He remained in Spain for almost eight years, working with an International Christian community that was reaching out to the Spanish and backpackers from all over the world with the Gospel. Mark met his wife, Nancy, in Spain and they were married there in 1983. They returned to the US to help start a church and serve the Lord in worship ministry and hospitality. They continue to serve together at N3C as small group leaders.
They have two adult children, Anna and Jeremy,. Unfortunately, they also lost two children (Paul and Andrew) early in their marriage to a rare genetic syndrome. This loss taught them much about faith in God through difficult times and God’s faithfulness in the storms of life.
One of the many Bible verses that became a favorite for them during life's ups and downs was Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”