Meet the Staff

Freddie Orr

Senior Pastor

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Freddie was appointed to Northgate in January of 2018. After declaring his call to ministry in 2008, Freddie has had the privilege of leading four churches; pastoring two at the same time in a two-point charge.  Freddie has a genuine love for people and looks forward to helping all see God’s calling in their lives.

 He has the great support of his loving wife, Valerie, who is a retired school teacher and now works part-time for a transportation company. They have 3 grown children, 5 grandkids, and 1 great grandchild. Freddie is a sports fan and also enjoys going to the movies. You will find Freddie to be very people friendly, and he will not be a stranger to anyone. He truly can’t wait to meet you.

Eddie Burks

Director of Children & Family Ministries

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Northgate UMC Director of Children and Family Ministries Eddie BurksEddie began serving in children’s ministry at Northgate in May 2016. His primary focus is to grow the kids’ ministry – both spiritually and numerically. He wants to make sure that the kids at Northgate are having lots of fun, while growing in their faith in God.

Eddie and his wife, Natosha, have been serving in the ministry for well over a decade, and they truly believe this is what they’re designed to do. They originally hail from Michigan, moving to Texas in 2015. Eddie enjoys golf, writing songs, singing, and life. He and Natasha are the proud parents of six very active kids.

David Forbus

Music Director

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Northgate UMC Music Director David ForbusDavid has served as Northgate’s Music Director since September 1990. The Northgate Choir has been a true blessing in his life – “a great environment of love, fun, music, frivolity, and worship.”

He is a career educator, serving in a variety of positions along the way: teacher, principal, and deputy superintendent. David loves spending time at the family farm in Messer, Oklahoma. David is – in his own words – “married to the most beautiful woman in the world – my dollbaby, Martha Forbus.” They have three grown sons and are proud grandparents of three.

Laura Benton


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Laura joined Northgate as our accompanist in November 2017 and is honored to be a part of the Northgate music ministry. She enjoys teaching piano and voice lessons in Coppell.

She earned a degree in music education from Oklahoma Baptist University and has taught all levels of general and vocal music over the years. She has also enjoyed using her musical abilities and training to serve in a number of churches in California, Oklahoma, Texas and Belgium.

Laura and her husband, John, have two wonderful daughters. Allison lives at home with her parents. Cathy lives in Oregon with her husband, Matthew, and Laura’s two beautiful granddaughters. If Laura is missing from a Northgate service, she is probably visiting with Anna and Rebekah!

Dee Fuller

Administrative Assistant

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Northgate UMC Administrative AssistantDee has been Northgate’s Administrative Assistant since March 2010, when she heard about the job opening at NUMC. Says Dee, “It’s definitely a God thing.” Dee mans the Northgate nerve center – if you want to know what’s going on at Northgate, just ask Dee!

A lifelong Methodist, Dee was born in Indiana, raised in Illinois, and attended Michigan State University. Her work history runs the gamut and includes positions as an elevator operator, teacher, technical writer, marketing manager, and consultant – among many others. In her leisure time, Dee enjoys theater, movies, and reading. She resides in Carrollton.

Al Skuza

Building Engineer

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Northgate UMC Building Engineer Al SkuzaAl has been a member of Northgate since 1980. He has served as Building Engineer since January 2000, taking excellent care of Northgate’s facilities and grounds.

Al has officiated high school and college football games for more than 40 years. He also enjoys tennis, which he’s played for more than 50 years. Al and his wife Dianna have two grown children and five grandkids.

Jeff Poteat

Pianist Emeritus

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Northgate UMC Pianist Jeff PoteatJeff served at Northgate from March 2007 through September 2017. On a whim, he answered an ad for a pianist, found the true Christian spirit, and has been a part of the Northgate family ever since.

Jeff is a graduate of Furman University and has performed in almost every conceivable musical and acting situation. He enjoys sports, particularly baseball, soccer, and Jiu Jitsu. He also enjoys music and acting. Some of his favorite memories at Northgate involve the Northgate Players. Jeff and his wife Kimberly have two grown children.

Jeff still returns to Northgate for occasional performances with the Northgate Players.

Child Care Attendants:

Katrina McCray

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Tiffany Orth

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Times & Location

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.