Chris Douglas

Worship Director

Chris Douglas is a worship pastor and songwriter who is passionate for Jesus. Chris’ music is born out of the worship life of the local church.

Chris has been leading worship since the age of 14. His love for music led him to Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA where he received a BFA in Musical Theatre. Graduating in May of 2010, Chris left the theatre stage and went on staff as a worship leader at Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia. During his time at Truro, Chris fell in love with the Alpha Course. He was privileged to travel to London, UK and Kiev, Ukraine with Alpha, and was also able to be a speaker at DC Region Holy Spirit Retreats.

After a year and a half of ministry at Truro Church, Chris joined the staff of National Community Church. He, his beautiful wife, Kathryn and their puppy, Cooper live in Washington, D.C.

Joel Buckner

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. 

Steph Andrews

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.