Northway Church Hires Worship Director


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Northway Church in Macon, Georgia, has hired Eric Hays as their new Worship Director. 

Eric previously served as the Assistant Director of Worship since 2017 at Northway. He joins the staff as their new Worship Director and is happy to call Northway home, along with his wife, Kelsie. 

“We went through the process and hired the guy the right under our noses. Eric was our interim assistant worship pastor, “

Northway Church Lead Pastor Kevin Mills said. “The greatest value Vanderbloemen brought was the process itself. Going through 6 or 7 months of your process legitimized our choice: our candidate. This took away the idea that “we hired him because he was there” - we could’ve done that on our own, but it really helped us. Eric Hayes rose to the top and exceeded the bar of our expectations. Vanderbloemen gave us a nationwide search and uncovered all the rocks, and Eric was still our guy.” 

Lead Pastor Kevin Mills also attended the Lead Pastor Coaching Network and built a relationship with Vanderbloemen and our consultants, which made making a choice to use Vanderbloemen for a search one that Northway could trust. 

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Vanderbloemen is honored to have partnered with Northway and are celebrating with them in this next season. 

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