Our Staff

BOBBY PELL

LEAD PASTOR

Bobby grew up in Georgia, an avid fan of Atlanta Braves and Alabama Crimson Tide Football. After graduating from Tennessee Temple University, he moved to Indiana as a church planter in 1993. He was the church planter/pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Greencastle, Indiana from 1993-2002. In 2002, he and his family moved to Evansville, Indiana to be the church planter/pastor of NorthWoods Church. He has also spent some time as the Church Planting Team Leader for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. He met his wife Amy, an Indiana native, in Northwest Georgia. They have been married since 1991 have two children, Garret and Ryan.

MARVIN WILSON

ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF WORSHIP & FACILITES

Marvin grew up in the northeastern part of Oklahoma in a suburb of Tulsa. He attended Southwest Baptist University where he majored in music and where he also met his wife, Linda. After they married in 1983, Marvin attended Missouri Baptist University. Marvin and Linda have served in several churches over a five state area, which includes: Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Ohio, and now Indiana. In addition to his wife, he has two beautiful daughters, Brittany and Mackenzie. In the past, Marvin has also been a firefighter and earned his training as a paramedic.

MATT HIGGINS

ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF FAMILY MINISTRY

Matt grew up in Virginia. He entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ here in 1990 during a Young Life student retreat, surrendering control of his life to God. Matt later received his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010, where he was awarded the President’s Scholar Award for the School of Theology. Matt has been married to his wife, Dana, since 1998 and they have one daughter, Gwendolyn. Matt served as Lead Pastor for Calvary Heights Baptist Church in Martinsville, IN for 5 years, and began serving as NorthWood’s Family Pastor in August 2015.

DARIN GARTON

ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP AND COMMUNITY

Darin grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, but he and his wife, Stacy, moved to South Bend, Indiana in 1992 to start a church. He came on staff at NorthWoods in 2017 after pastoring that church for 25 years. Darin is an avid fan of college and pro football, enjoys playing and listening to music, and doing home improvement projects. He has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Seminary. He and Stacy have three children, Hannah, Madison, and Fletcher.