A Midwesterner at heart, Jennifer grew up in between the
cornfields of America’s Heartland. Claiming Iowa as her home state, she bleeds
Hawkeye black and gold. Jennifer studied modern history, political science and
international relations at the University of Iowa and the Brussels School of
International Studies for her graduate degree. Her desire to understand various
cultures and how countries deal with the impact of war led her to live in
Europe for a bit as well as travel to the Great Lakes region of Africa as often
Jennifer has enjoyed working at international organizations
and NCC over the years – learning from all the incredible experiences and people
she’s had the opportunity to cross paths with.
When her away message is up, you can bet she’s either a) travelling
internationally b) at a baseball game (Yankees and Cardinals are her favorites)
or c) spending time with family in the Midwest.
Ministry Assistant to the Executive Pastor
Ashley was born and raised up and down the California coast. She reluctantly parted ways with the 70 degree beaches and cheap tacos for graduate school in Washington, DC in 2012. After she finished her MA in linguistics at Gallaudet University, the only university for the Deaf in the world, she began a career as an American Sign Language Interpreter. Throughout her studies and while working in the business and government world, Ashley grew more and more passionate about the establishment of the Church and the power that it has been given to impart the gospel to the world. After careful prayer and consideration, Ashley answered the call to dedicate herself full time to investing in and growing the influence of the Church.
Ashley now works under Pastor Joel and supports NCC's missions department, Campus Pastors from various locations, and is a full time presence at NCC's Barracks Row Campus on Capitol Hill. Ashley lives on Capitol Hill and enjoys catching up with friends from around the globe, being in nature (not hiking because that requires exercise), and reading novels in her free time. She is also a HUGE shark enthusiast and celebrates Shark Week as her favorite holiday every year.
Discipleship Team Ministry Assistant
Jodi was born in Indiana, raised in Michigan, and settled in Florida after completing undergrad in order to help out with her aunt and uncle’s ministry in Haiti. God used a prayer journal, a dream of operating a coffeehouse, an experience on one particular mission trip, and a one-day tourist trip to DC that ended up leading her to apply for protégé program here at NCC. She moved to DC just a few weeks later to be the Ebenezer’s protégé. For the first year and a half, she has built relationships within the coffeehouse by serving a simple cup of coffee…and in the process; she fell in love with the church. God has continually proved to her that He will get us to where He wants us to go more than we do.
Besides her love for coffee and community, she loves nighttime monument tours, hiking, and a good blog.
Jillian came to us from Minnesota - the land of lakes, long winters, nice people, and everything she's ever known. She has a BA in Public Relations from the University of Northwestern - St. Paul. After college, she had a seasonal job as a Media Associate for Samaritan Purse's Operation Christmas Child. For the next three and a half years, she did communications and development for a Minneapolis non-profit that focused on anti-trafficking and urban outreach. During that time, she was also heavily involved with the anti-trafficking transitional home. She moved to DC after coming on a vacation here 5 months prior, when she was told there were many opportunities and was given some dreams from God. Did she ever think she would live on the east coast or work at a church? No. She is now the Administrative Assistant, being a voice for NCC to people who contact the church, helping plan staff events, and assisting with other projects.
She is a fan of anything outdoors, even when it is cold. Baking and hosting dinner parties are two of her favorite hobbies. She openly acknowledges that she will accept bribes of dark chocolate or chai if another staff needs help with something.
Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastor
A fifth generation born Californian, Jill was raised in the Central San Joaquin Valley in Madera County. As a 2001 graduate of Fresno State University, she was blessed to move to DC with a job, “just for one year,” to work on Capitol Hill for her hometown Congressman. After working on the Hill for nearly five years, she made her way to the corporate and trade association world, all in government/political affairs before landing at National Community Church.
Jill visited NCC on June 17, 2001 -- her first Sunday in DC -- and it has been her home church ever since. She was blessed to join the team in the Summer of 2014.
Jill is an avid country music fan, a road-tripper, a Fresno State Bulldog supporter through and through, a true California girl. As the saying goes, “You can take the girl out of California, but you can’t take California out of the girl.”
Worship Leader and Ministry Assistant to the Worship Director
Steph Andrews is a worship leader and admin guru at National Community Church. She moved to DC with her husband Dan in 2014 to be a part of the Protégé Program. Steph took a circuitous route into music and ministry, having first studied Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. This background developed a sense of wonder in the deep complexity of God, and she loves the role worship plays in continuing to tell His story. She is passionate about mentoring the next generation, learning new languages, storytelling, and traveling with Dan.
Born and raised in Cincinnati OH, Sarah often finds herself dreaming of Eli's BBQ, Graeter's ice cream, and Saturday mornings at Findlay Market. Sarah has always had a heart for empowering those silenced by society, particularly survivors of sex trafficking both domestically and internationally. If it weren't for meeting her husband in April of 2016, she would probably still be in Cincinnati working in anti-trafficking at Crossroads Church. ...But lo and behold, love always wins and she could not be more grateful to be a part of this incredible NCC team/family and to start married life in our nation's capital. You can find Sarah holding down the fort at our 7th Street location, watching airplanes land at Gravelly Point, biking, or cooking up something yummy with her husband.