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Dr. Paul Rader, Pastor

Paul was born and raised in Ironton, Ohio, a small iron-producing town across the river from Ashland, Kentucky  and Huntington, West Virginia.  He attend Pikeville College in Pikeville, Kentucky and began attending First Presbyterian Church, primarily because it was within walking distance from his dorm. There he discovered a polity that seemed to mirror what he found in the New Testament. Intrigued and blessed by this congregation, he became a member during sophomore year. He has been learning what it means to be Presbyterian and Reformed ever since.

He continued his education in the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Paul served congregations in Ashland, KY and Huntington, WV. For six years he was the Coordinator for Mission for the Coalition for Appalachian Ministry, which brought him to Knoxville. He was a Parish Associate at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and was the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville for thirteen years. He has served on nearly every committee the Presbytery of East Tennessee has, and is happy to be able to continue his  ministry within the bounds of PET.

Paul is married to Linda, they have three children—Lindsey, Gresha, and Thomas—all living in the Knoxville area, and two grandchildren—Ava and Allie—also in Knoxville.


Susan Hadden, Music Director

Susan Laurence Hadden brings to our table an enriched experience as a professional musician as well as a deep devotion to her work in the church.

With her strong roots in the performing arts, Susan wants to bring the diverse experience of music, drama, and movement to worship at Northside. She aims to have programs for Pre-K, elementary, youth and college students. With the help of talented choir director Jason Canter continuing to lead and train the adult choir, Susan will focus her energy on making the church a vessel and an open door for people to come to know Christ and to express their love for God through music.

Susan and her husband Tommy came to Chattanooga from Louisville, KY. They have 3 children, Keira, Zoe and Wyatt, and currently live on Lookout Mountain.


Allison Fike, Office Manager


Allison started working at Northside in September of 2003. She has 20+ years experience in all things office.
She feels like Northside is much more than just a job, it's a family. Allison and her husband live in Hixson with their 2 Welsh Corgis.


Leslie Morris, Executive Director Northside Learning Center


Leslie is a lifetime member of Northside Presbyterian church and is an ordainedPresbyterian Elder. She began her professional life in the newspaper business with the Chattanooga Times. She received her graduate degree from University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Northside Learning Center was excited to have Leslie come on board as Executive Director in 2005. She loves her job, the wonderful challenges it presents, and the opportunity to work at her church.  Leslie is married to Roy, an accomplished historical author and magazine editor and has two children, Philip and Lucy.



Lucy Blu, Office Assistant/Professional Golden Doodle 

Lucy is our official office greeter- she is 65 pounds of engery and love!  She loves people so be sure you say 'hi' to her if you come to the office. 
In addition to being our greete
r, she also checks our floors for any dropped food. 



923 Mississippi Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37405
Phone: 423-266-1766