Protégé Director & Worship Leader
Born and raised in Columbus, OH, Joel has been leading worship for 20 years and he claims to be only 25! His passion in life is to become what God designed him to be (along with eating the greatest food in the world) while mentoring young people and writing songs. Joel has performed on many platforms across the country and around the world leading people into the presence of God. It's his desire to help raise up other worship leaders and impact DC with a sound of worship that changes lives.
TJ is from Corona, CA, to Washington, DC, for the last 2 years T.J. dreamed of working in an office on Capitol Hill, now he does. Talk with him about the weather, he loathes the snow and cold nights of Winter, but loves the variety of colors offered by DC trees during the Fall, because trees in Southern California only come in green and brown and they're all palm trees. His love and understanding of missions started in Cambodia where he and his parents lived for 6 years, now T.J. has his own vision for bringing Christ's healing love to a divided America and hurting world by addressing the underlying problem: our individual pain and struggles. By setting just one more person free through a relationship with the Redeemer, we can begin a ripple effect and set free thousands more people across the globe."
Lilly was born in Syracuse, NY but raised in the DC metro area in Rockville, MD. She started out her career in fashion buying but felt called to do a Discipleship Training School (DTS) with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). After a long journey of working also as a model and as an Organization Development and Change consultant, she is excited to step into this next piece of her mosaic as a protégé in the Prayer department. Lilly has an undergrad degree in Finance and Marketing and a master's degree in Organization Development. She is married and has two boys, ages 7 and 2.
Since graduating from Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, MI, with a Secondary Education degree, Heidi has had many eclectic experiences. For the past five years, she has taught about every age group and in five different cities! Ranging from Michigan, to mainland China, to Hong Kong. While she has moved around tons, this is the first time living in a U.S. city that was not in Michigan! Heidi has a passion to show God's love to those around her and deeply enjoys learning from and loving on refugees. As an A1:8 protege, Heidi looks forward to learning from those who have gone before her and growing into the person, passions and dreams that God has for her.
Small Groups Protege
Justin grew up in a small town in Indiana and attended Ball State University for his undergraduate degree. From there, he commissioned as an active duty Army officer and has been stationed in several states such as Georgia, Missouri, Louisiana, and California. Since leaving the military, he has worked as a Process Engineer for Procter & Gamble and a Territory Manager for American Greetings. Now he currently is pursuing his Masters in Discipleship and Church Ministry while serving as a Protégé for NCC as a small groups director.
Justin is married to his high school sweetheart Laura, and they have 3 children together: Karsyn age 2, and twins Victor and Riley age 1.