Small Groups Pastor
Laura Holland came to DC in 2006 after graduating with degrees in psychology and teaching from the University of Arkansas -- Woo Pig Sooie!! Before becoming the Small Group Pastor, she spent (almost) a year on Capitol Hill and eight years with the Department of Defense.
Laura discovered NCC soon after moving to Capitol Hill when she picked up a discarded church flier off the sidewalk. Since that fateful day she has been involved in Alpha, Freshmen of the City, short-term missions, hospitality ministry, and small groups based around gathering with friends over the dinner table.
She loves pizza, reality tv, her husband, Tim, whom she met after joining his small group because it was the only one available on the night she was free, and spending time with their daughter, Charli.
Barracks Row Small Group Director
Kiersten was born in Michigan, grew up in Pennsylvania, and went to school at Indiana Wesleyan University where she earned both her bachelor degree in Christian Ministry and her MRS degree, marrying her college sweetheart, Matt. After finishing her degree, she moved to Atlanta where she served at a multi-campus church for a residency in Adult Spiritual Formation. It was during this time that she felt a prompting to work in Small Group ministry and was given a dream one night that she was working in Washington, D.C. Pursuing that dream led to a job promotion for her husband and a position for her at NCC. They moved to DC in 2015 and have a puppy named Luna.
In her spare time, you’ll find her taste-testing coffee, studying for her Master of Divinity degree, watching NFL and NCAA football, eating at new restaurants, and reading leadership books.
Lincoln Small Group Director
Charles currently serves as the Small Groups Director for the Lincoln campus. He was originally born in Queens, NY, but grew up in Charleston, SC. After growing up around great food, two lovable yet annoying brothers, and the beach, he transitioned to Washington DC to attend Howard University. His undergraduate experience gave Charles first taste of ministry with Howard’s robust religious life. He continued his education, upon graduation in May 2013, at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he studied Human Development and Psychology.
In 2015, Charles moved back to DC and stumbled upon NCC for the first time. From there he stepped out of his comfort zone and joined a small group. Now, as the Small Group Director, he works to help build a discipleship culture for a truly diverse community and to help others step out of their comfort zones to grow within the context of community. It is important to note, the quickest way to Charles' heart is a bag of Cheetos or a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.