Our Staff

  • José González, Lead Pastor

    Jose 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


    Katherine (or Kat as her friends call her) is from Southern California. After graduating from Biola University, she worked for eight years with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in the areas of communication and discipleship. She is currently a Master of Divinity Candidate at North Park Theological Seminary. She loves coffee, hikes, and watching movies with friends. She is excited to connect her passion for theology to youth ministry.

    Contact Kat: youth.northbrookcov@gmail.com

  • Dawn holt lauber, Director of Music Ministries

    Dawn’s first church job was as a soloist and chorister with The Riverside Church of New York City, where she sang Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s C Minor Mass, as well as Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, sparking an interest in sacred jazz. In Chicago, she has sung with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and Churchjazz, and has served as worship director for the Glen Ellyn Covenant Church. She received her Master of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary in 2019, and also has a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of Music and a BA in English Literature from Wheaton College, where her husband, David, is the Dean of the School of Theological and Biblical Studies. The couple has three children. 

    Contact Dawn: 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 Mike and has two elementary school children, Jack and Molly.

    Contact Melissa: moharanbcc@gmail.com