Our Staff

Melissa Engel, Youth Director

Melissa Engel

Youth Director

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Melissa is originally from Illinois but came to us from Denver, Colorado with her husband, Michael, and three animals: Voldi, Sunshine, and Professor. Along with being a certified candidate on the Elder track for ordained ministry, she has a B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in Dance from Western Illinois University and an Associates Degrees in Arts and Sciences from a junior college where she also received her certificate and license in massage therapy. She is a third year Master of Divinity degree student at the Iliff School of Theology, training to be a spiritual director with a Benedictine Monastery in Colorado, beginning to prepare for training as a Jazzercise instructor, and is immersed in the cultural context of Asheville, North Carolina studying with the Missional Wisdom Foundation. Her favorite things to do include reading, journaling, hiking, dancing, choreographing, sitting in gardens and near streams, loving on her dog, cats, and husband, being with friends, having girls nights, laughing, power napping, and exploring new ways to express herself in her relationship with God, others, and creation (i.e. through art, prayer, food, nature, social justice, etc.).

Lorna Kent

Prayer Chain Coordinator

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Christina Maddox

Church Administrator

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Phil Campbell


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Phil Campbell has been pastor of Northern Light since 2010. Prior to assuming the Northern Light position, Campbell spent five years on the faculty of the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado as Visiting Assistant Professor of Leadership and Congregational Studies. There he taught leadership and social justice classes and directed the internship program. He continues to teach online for Iliff as a John Wesley Iliff Senior Adjunct Lecturer in Ministry and Social Justice. Previous positions include a sixteen year pastorate in Denver, campus ministry, college chaplaincy, and directing an interfaith agency. His Doctor of Ministry degree is from the Pacific School of Religion and his research focused on multiracial/multicultural church life. He has served in numerous denominational, ecumenical and community board capacities.

Currently, Phil is part of the Juneau Violence Prevention Coalition, the AWARE Board, Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 70 Camp Council, the Congregational Development and Nominating Committees of the Alaska United Methodist Conference, and the Alaska Coordinating Committee of the Northwest Coast Presbytery. He is writes occasional columns for the Juneau Empire, and was a contributor to the Feasting on the Word Lectionary Commentary Series.