Joel Schmidgall

Executive Pastor | A1:8 Director | Barracks Row Sunday Campus Pastor

Joel was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois. He is an unpaid marketer for all things Chicago, especially the Cubs, Malnotti’s pizza, and Portillo’s beef-and-cheddar!

He graduated from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri with a BA in Biblical studies and then spent a year working with the National Prayer Breakfast before joining the NCC team full-time in 2000. Joel oversees all locations at the church, as well as leading the Barracks Row campus. He also provides leadership to missions, outreach initiatives and serves on the weekend teaching team.

Joel and his wife Nina were married in 2004 and have three little Cubs fans: Ella, Zeke, and Renzi. Favorite family traditions are music jam sessions, tickle time, and reading books over and over and over and over. They live on Capitol Hill and love this city!

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Dave Schmidgall

Lincoln Campus Pastor | A1:8 International Director

Dave spent several years in Europe, splitting his time between Church planting, photojournalism, and completing post-graduate work at Edinburgh University in conflict resolution/peacebuilding. Additionally, he helped direct the Copenhagen International Masters Commission -- an intense-discipleship training program. He and Kate are honored to serve the Lincoln family. He is also the Director of A1:8 International Missions.

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Jill Carmichael

A1:8 U.S Missions Director

Jill was born and grew up in Southern California and is always missing the beach. She graduated from Westmont College with a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Jill has been living in DC for 9 years and is a licensed social worker. Most recently she has been focusing on ending homelessness but has worked on many issues including: mental health, addictions, at risk youth, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS.

Jill has loved joining the NCC team where she can bring together her faith and passion for justice as she oversees and works with all local missions.

When Jill is not working you can find her hanging out with friends or her dog doing any kind of adventure activity most likely outside. Jill is always planning her next trip with a goal of going to at least one new country a year.

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Ernest Clover

Executive Director, DC Dream Center

Ernest was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.

He has spent time in Europe and South East Asia and has a heart to serve and share Jesus. Having come to DC in 2007 as an intern through the National Student Leadership forum, Ernest's eyes were opened to the personhood of Jesus and what it meant to be his disciple. Through a relationship formed during this time, Ernest and his then girlfriend and now wife, Rachel, started attending NCC in 2008. He currently serves as Local Missions Director and supports local missions initiatives like the DC Dream Center and activities at the SEWH. Ernest and Rachel have two children, son, Dylan, and daughter, Makenzie.

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Avery Marks

A1:8 International Coordinator

A missionary kid, Avery resisted the call to go into full-time ministry before eventually winding up on staff at NCC. In her role as International Coordinator she is honored to get to serve and support believers around the world as they seek to live out the gospel in the unique context God has placed them in. An avid student of the humanities, Avery holds a Bachelors in Literature, and a Masters degree in Education. She is passionate about art, travel, literature, being outdoors, and the beautiful messiness of God at work in people’s lives.

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