our story

Napoleon Church of the Nazarene was officially organized in 1968 and the first worship service was held in a local building in downtown Napoleon. At that time, there were 10 charter members. Thanks to the prayers and vision of Rev Jim Schrider and by God's grace, the church was able to purchase property on Appian Ave to build a small church. Rev Schrider and his family actually lived in part of the church during that time. Sunday School ministry was later added in 1977. As the heart and body of the church continued to grow, so did the facilities-seeing many additions and remodels over the years. God continues to work in the lives of the people at NapNaz and we continue to serve our own people and community by sharing Christ's love.

staff

  • Chip Bullock    Lead Pastor

    Chip is passionate about seeing people encounter Jesus Christ and experience a transforming relationship with Him. His desire is that the Kingdom of God will come into the communities that NapNaz represents. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from God's Bible School and a Master's Degree from Olivet Nazarene University. He and his wife, Nichole, live in Napoleon with their four children. He loves to be involved in his kid's activities and playing golf.


  • Ben Hartford    Worship Pastor

    Music is a vital part of our expression of Worship, and Ben's heart is to lead people into the presence of God. He is a young man with a passion to see people come to the full knowledge of Jesus' saving grace. Ben is a graduate of New Life School of Worship, Colorado Springs, CO, and holds a Bachelors in Pastoral Leadership from Nazarene Bible College to obtain a Bachelors in Pastoral Leadership. He and his wife, Kristin, have one son, live here in Napoleon and enjoy traveling.


  • Ken Behrens    Youth Pastor

    Ken is passionate about student ministry and the role it plays in the lives and hearts of the students. It is Ken’s prayer that students who are a part of the Student Ministry at NapNaz encounter God on a regular basis and are continually changed by Him. Ken has been involved with youth ministry for over a decade, serving in Norman, OK, Broken Arrow, OK, and Chattanooga, TN. He graduated from Southern Nazarene University in 2009 with a degree in Christian Education, and just recently graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan University with a masters degree in Strategic Leadership. While at SNU, Ken met an amazing girl named Gabby and they were married in 2011. They have one son. He enjoys watching and following sports, playing golf and softball, reading, coffee, and Diet Coke.


  • Janae Elling   CHILDRENS DIRECTOR

    Janae loves children and her desire is to see them know Jesus at an early age. She is a graduate of Northwest State Community College with a degree in PreKindergarten and Program Administration. Janae, her husband, Cody, and and two children, live in Napoleon.


  • Carol Bidwell   Childrens Director

    Carol has been ministering to the children at NapNaz since 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a degree in Elementary Education. She enjoys planning and implementing the many special events for children that the church holds throughout the year. Carol and her husband Kip live in Napoleon, have four children, and one grandson. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and scrapbooking.


  • Sarah Desgrange    Worship Director

    Sarah's love for Jesus and music helps to lead people into God's presence during our services. She assists and leads various aspects of our worship and youth ministries. Sarah and her husband, Jeremy, have three boys.


  • Rebekah Caryer   Coordinator & treasurer

    Rebekah joined the NapNaz staff in 2018 and has a desire to see people connected here at NapNaz. Rebekah coordinates our volunteers for First Impressions, and assists in a variety of other roles here at NapNaz. She and her husband, Cameron, have two children. 



  • Candy Heath   Office Administrator

    Candy is not new to secretary work, especially the church. She has been employed by four other churches, two being Nazarene. She has a deep passion for seeing the ministries of Napoleon Nazarene grow by helping to make information available in creative ways and connecting people with each other and Christ. Her passion is to see the Kingdom of God grow and souls won to Jesus Christ. Candy and her husband Greg live in Napoleon with their son, Jacob. They also have two married children and five grandchildren. Candy enjoys spending time with her family, scrapbooking and music.


  • Lois Braun   Office Assistant

    Lois has become a very vital part of the working of our church family. She completes office duties, helps prepare material for the Children's Department and keeps our flowers blooming. Lois and her husband Eric have four children and one grandson. She enjoys gardening, reading, walking and bike riding.


  • KRISTA BEHM   preschool teacher

    Hi, I’m Krista! I’ve had the privilege of teaching preschool in Napoleon for the past thirteen years. My hope and goal as a teacher is to encourage confidence and curiosity in each child I teach. I enjoy being creative when I teach to help the children better grasp concepts and new ideas. I enjoy gardening and decorating. My husband Ron and I have two daughters attending BGSU.