Mark Batterson

Lead Pastor

Mark was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in Naperville, Illinois.

Mark went to the University of Chicago on scholarship playing basketball and majoring in pre-law. After a prayer walk through a cow pasture, he felt called to full time ministry and ended up at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. That's the short story. Mark also holds a Doctor of Ministry from Regent University. He is the author of a dozen books including his first published title, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and The Circle Maker, a New York Times Bestseller.

Mark and his wife, Lora, moved to Washington, DC, in 1994 to direct an inner-city ministry. He has served as Lead Pastor of National Community Church since 1996. Under his leadership, NCC has grown from a core group of 19 people to one church with seven locations. 

Mark and Lora live on Capitol Hill and have three children: Parker, Summer, and Josiah.

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Emily Hendrickson

Experience Pastor

Emily Hendrickson hails from the southern portion of the country and her accent will prove it. At the University of Tennessee, she served under the leadership of Coach Pat Summitt with the Lady Volunteer basketball team winning two National Championships. Before moving to DC, Emily directed the student ministry at Sevier Heights in Knoxville. She then joined the NCC team initially as a part of the Protégé Program in September 2011. Emily leads the charge with making our weekends happen across all of our locations as she oversees the Creative and Sermon Planning Team. As someone driven by seeing life change, Emily is passionate about reflecting the purpose and personality of Jesus. You can usually find her tuned into ESPN or enjoying a competitive game of cornhole.

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Jim Tanious

COO & HR Director

Jim was born and raised just north of Baltimore and graduated from the University of Maryland, where he majored in Business Administration and Marketing. Jim loves all things Maryland, including Maryland beaches, crabs, and teams (go Terps, Ravens, and Orioles!). Following a proposal at Camden Yards, he and his beautiful wife, Christy, were married in 2006.  Jim and Christy were blessed with their first baby, Liliana (Lily), in July of 2013.

Prior to his employment at NCC, Jim worked for DC Public Schools (DCPS) for over 18 years. He spent 16 of those years overseeing the business and operations of an alternative DC high school, then worked for 2 years at the DCPS Central Office as a Director of Operations, where he was responsible for district-wide technology and realty. Jim has been attending NCC since 2005 and has been a volunteer production ministry leader since 2006.

Jim began overseeing the operations of NCC when he joined the team in 2011. As the COO, he focuses on human resources, contracts, property, and manages the operations team. He enjoys these roles as he is passionate about providing behind-the-scenes support to staff and service to the church body.  Jim has been a member of the Executive Leadership Team since 2014.

When Jim is not at work, he enjoys spending time with Christy and Lily, hanging out with family and friends, playing sports (he especially loves volleyball and is ready to play anytime/anyplace), and enjoying a good steak (Ruth’s Chris is his favorite if you are buying) now and again.

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Chris Douglas

Worship Pastor

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

Chris’s love for music led him to Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, where he earned a BFA in Musical Theatre. Graduating in 2010, Chris left the theater stage and pursued a calling in ministry. Over the last decade of ministry, Chris fell in love with the Alpha Course, speaking locally and internationally at Alpha weekends and teaching on the gift of healing.

Chris, his beautiful wife, Kathryn, their daughter, Ryan, and puppy, Cooper, live on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

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JayJay Janes

Production Director & Senior Production Engineer

Jay Jay grew up all over as a Navy kid. He started touring as a guitar tech and production manager at age 16 and continued until him and his wife Veronica had their two daughters, Eva & Sierra. Jay Jay toured with MXPX and Blink 182, but since 1999 has been working in production in ministry contexts. In his spare time, he loves working on guitars, hanging with his family and eating thai food.

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Dustin Davis

Facilities Manager

Dustin was born and raised in rural Arkansas and graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a B.S. in Emergency Management. Before accepting the position at NCC, he worked for the past 10 years to help governments prepare for and respond to disasters, leading teams through local, state, and federal-level plan development projects. In his free time, Dustin enjoys traveling with his wife (Cat), building things, and all things outdoors. He also enjoys serving on the Lincoln Theater worship team.

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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.

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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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Heather Zempel

Discipleship Pastor & Campus Ministries Director

A native Alabamian, Heather Zempel currently leads the discipleship efforts at National Community Church in Washington, DC where she oversees small groups, directs leadership development training, and serves on the weekend teaching team.

Heather followed a circuitous route into full-time ministry. Having obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in biological engineering from Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!), she worked as an environmental engineer and as a policy consultant on energy and environment in the United States Senate before coming on staff at National Community Church. Using her educational background, Heather now can be found exploring environments that foster spiritual growth.

She lives on Capitol Hill where she can be found enjoying the adventures of parenting with her husband Ryan as they raise Sawyer, their fun-loving and energetic daughter. Heather is the author of Sacred Roads, Community is Messy, and Amazed and Confused, and you can read about her ramblings on small group environments, discipling the next generation and SEC football at

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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 Transformation/Peace-building. Additionally, he helped direct the Copenhagen International Masters Commission -- an intense-discipleship training program. Dave is currently working towards a post-graduate degree in Ancient Judaism and early Christian Origins from Nyack College in NYC with an emphasis in Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic.Dave and Kate are honored to serve the Lincoln family. 
He also serves as the Director A1:8 Missions

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Heather Corsi

Ebenezers Coffeehouse General Manager

Heather grew up in the snowy region of Western New York. In 2005, she graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from Southeastern University and in 2010 finished her Masters of Human Services with a Business Concentration from Liberty University.

She came to NCC as the coffeehouse protégé in 2010 and has been the coffeehouse manager since October 2011. Some of her favorite things include: that first cup of black coffee in the wee hours of the morning, family, laughing with friends, crafts, snacks, the beach and singing on road trips.

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Juliet Main

Miracle Theatre Manager

Juliet Main manages NCC's newest marketplace venture, The Miracle Theatre - a second run movie theatre and live performance venue. She also books and manages concerts at Ebenezers Coffeehouse.

Originally from Belle Fourche, SD, Juliet went to the University of Wyoming on a rodeo scholarship where she studied Communications and International Relations and Comparative Government. Upon graduation she moved to Washington, DC to work for a US Congresswoman. After five years on Capitol Hill, she escaped the Beltway and did a stint with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in Townsville, Queensland Australia where she was part of an event management team that coordinated events in Australia, New Zealand and Greece.

Juliet began attending NCC when it was one church, one location, and Pastor Mark wore a suit.

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Matt Ortiz

Digital Media Pastor | Technology Director

Matt comes to us from the state of Pennsylvania where he considers several towns home: Erie, Bedford and Philadelphia.

He graduated from Valley Forge University with a degree in Pastoral Counseling, but quickly found himself more involved in the IT and web development. After being an IT manager for a counseling firm for over 5 years he landed a dream job at The Travel Channel as a Front-end Web Developer.

Still having a passion for God and His Church, when Matt learned of an open position at NCC he quickly jumped on it.  Now as our Director of Technology, Matt heads up our Web & IT department.

Matt and Kellie were married in 2004 and currently live in northern Virginia with their three children Ellie, Keaton, and Brianna.

Outside of work Matt can be found chasing after the kids, playing bass, building MORE websites, and watching Eagles football!

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Nina Schmidgall

Director of Family Ministry

Nina first moved from California to the nation’s capital to work for the United States Congress, serving as a Legislative Director in the House of Representatives. Writing and directing education and family policy, Nina realized her deep passion for strengthening the family and the home. Trading public policy for potty policies, she now oversees the family ministry department and children’s programs at NCC’s six locations. Nina and her husband, Joel, live on Capitol Hill with their three kids: Eloise, Ezekiel, and Lorenza. When allowed time-off for good behavior, Nina enjoys dance, photography, and bargain shopping.

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Jennifer Connell

Office Manager

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 as possible.

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. 

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Ashley Anderson

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.

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Christina Borja


Christina is married to Dairo and has been on staff since January 2002. Dairo and Christina met in Cuenca, Ecuador while Christina was doing a year-long missions term. The rest, as they say, is history. They live on Capitol Hill, just a few blocks from Ebenezers Coffeehouse, and have two children, Giovanni (May 2007) and Cali (January 2009). Christina serves as our Chief Financial Officer and has had several different jobs over the years at NCC, including overseeing the construction of 201 F Street NE (coffeehouse, church offices, and meeting space for community events) and was our founding manager of Ebenezers Coffeehouse.

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Josh Coad

Worship Leader

Josh Coad grew up in Ft. Worth, TX. In 2010, he graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in writing. With 15 years’ experience leading worship, Josh is passionate about crafting worship experiences that lead to a greater awareness of God, encourage community, and shape worshippers to follow the way of Jesus.

Josh loves to read, write, and spend time with his family. He lives in D.C. with his wife, Rachael, and their two daughters, Ellie and Nora.

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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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Jenni Clayville

Ballston Quarter Campus Pastor

Jenni Clayville was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She is wife to Brian and boy-mom to Chance & Paxton. Jenni is an unpretentious foodie, more pretentious coffee lover, mediocre CrossFitter, and a self-proclaimed comedienne.

She graduated from George Fox University with a BA in Psychology: Social and Behavioral Sciences and has been in full-time ministry since 2001. Jenni has served as a Pastor in churches in Portland, OR., El Paso, TX., Oklahoma City, OK., and Fort Worth, TX. She has a wide variety of ministry experience in positions such as Worship Pastor to First Impressions to Executive Pastor. Now, she and her family have planted roots in Falls Church, VA.

In her spare time, you can find Jenni reading in her favorite chair at home, sitting in a soccer field cheering on her sons, scrolling through social media, avoiding shopping malls, finding the funny in just about anything and avoiding clowns. Mostly the scary ones. Which are all of them.

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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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Justin Cruz

Production Engineer

Justin was born in northern Virginia but was raised in the beautiful town of Katy, Texas.

Growing up in a pastoral home, his passion for production came from helping his father start a church in the northern Virginia area in 2008. He attended Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) to study Music Recording Technology. After NVCC, Justin started working in many churches in the DC Area but has recently found his new home at NCC, excited for how God is working among his people through production. In his spare time, Justin loves to learn about economics, politics, and watch soccer.

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Daesha Cummings

Worship Leader & Ministry Assistant to the Worship Director

Daesha has had a heart for worship leading from a very young age. God has firmly pressed his desire for seeing Heaven come to Earth into her heart and she is eager to carry out that longing in every song, conversation, and gesture.    

Originally born in Maryland, Daesha was raised in Colorado where she attended Colorado Christian University to study Business Administration and Leadership. Her time at CCU was really special as she was heavily involved in the school's Chapel Services and Worship Ministry, and in the process, she met her husband, Jared. Upon graduating, Daesha got married, returned to the east coast, and quickly plugged into the NCC community.  Outside of her passion for worship leading, Daesha enjoys lifting weights and coaching people at the gym, snowboarding, writing music, and spending time with close friends

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Debra De Los Reyes

Administrative and Ministry Assistant

Deb comes to us from Phoenix, Arizona. However, if you ask her where she is from, the answer is Hawaii. Deb has also lived in Korea, Italy, and Belgium, and seen places in between, which suits her love of experiencing other cultures, people, and food. One of her favorite things to do is to spend time with people over a meal talking story, but time alone with a good book works too. She loves to see how God activates His gifts differently in each person and how He brings different people together to form community. She has an AAS in Accounting and a BSBA from University of Phoenix. Deb is honored to be a part of the NCC Team serving the community God has placed her in. 

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Brittney DeHart

Pastoral Care Protégé

Brittney grew up moving around the state of Maryland. She graduated from University of Maryland in December 2017 with a BS in Psychology. She participated in Cru throughout college and joined part-time staff for the 2017-18 academic year. Brittney attended NCC for the latter two years of college and once she heard about Protege, was immediately sold on the opportunity. She looks forward to attending grad school and one day becoming a licensed therapist.

Brittney loves traveling, seeing new cultures and meeting new people. She and friends drove the west coast from Seattle to L.A. and she also went to Melbourne, Australia for missions. She enjoys coffee, fitness and running, long boarding and skiing, cooking and spending time with friends, as well as reading and writing.

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Phil Falke

Small Groups Protégé

Phil was born right down the road in Fairfax, VA. Growing up with six siblings and playing sports, his passion for ministry began with leading FCA and small groups at an early age. He transitioned to the great midwest and attended Anderson University in Anderson, IN where he studied Bible and Religion. He had the opportunity to work with two different churches, gaining a wide array of groups experience.

He also worked at  Church of God Ministries for two years, helping plan and lead the International Youth Convention, a conference for over 4,000 students. Phil has a passion to help others find deep community as well as develop young, emerging leaders. Now, he works to build discipleship and community on the groups team at NCC, serving at our Ballston campus. 

In his spare time, you can most likely find Phil enjoying coffee and a good book, watching sports, exploring a local landmark, or playing board games with friends.

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Noreen Bryant

Communications Director

Ever since she started creating hand-made calendars for her family at age 9 or so, Noreen has been writing, designing, and organizing communications for people. She worked for her alma mater after graduation (a large public university with a famous football team and a not-so-famous but nonetheless stellar English department) and then worked for a nationwide bookstore chain (anybody remember what those are?) and various colleges and churches. She estimates that she's had her hands on at least 16,872 church bulletins from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Cologne, Germany. At NCC, Noreen directs ministry, event, and strategic communications.

Noreen has a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. She can be pretty quiet, but if you mention NT Wright, you might not be able to get her to shut up. Noreen and her husband, Bruce, have two grown children, David and Madeline.

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Steffen Humbert

Youth Pastor

Steffen was born and raised in the Sunshine State and is still trying to figure out what to do with temperatures below 65 degrees in DC. He studied at Trinity International University and has been working with students for 5 years. While originally studying Criminal Justice, everything changed as God began to unearth an inescapable passion for youth ministry that would eventually carry into full-time ministry. Steffen loves watching grace capture students! He also enjoys everything outdoors, Cuban food and may have a somewhat unhealthy interest in animals that slither...although that is yet to be entirely verified. Steffen is married to his lovely bride Celeste and they are both currently living on Capitol Hill.

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Jenilee Hurley

Children's Pastor

Jenilee comes from the great state of Washington, Everett to be exact. Majoring in Political Science and History at Northwest University, she ended up following God’s leading and became a youth pastor at Bethany Christian Assembly. She made the BIG leap across the country to the “other” Washington to be a part of the Protege Program at NCC. After spending a year, she knew she was meant to stay in DC (it was more like a couple months...just don't tell her family that.). 

The heartbeat of Jenilee is to see people of all ages dive into the adventure of faith, and especially helping kids, teens and families engage in the discovery of who Jesus is and to how to live life to the fullest! (Just a little tip: Laugh A LOT!)

Jenilee is married to Dan and they have the cutest little boy, Langdon, who joined their family last August, and are quite smitten with him.

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Rachel Irmen

Ministry Associate

Rachel, born in Louisiana, grew up in the suburban Austin community of Kyle, Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech University in May 2015 with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies. Before moving to DC, Rachel worked as a preschool teacher as well as a Mental Health Associate at a Youth Treatment Center in Texas. Having always felt the call to serve in ministry full-time, Rachel moved to DC in 2016 to serve on staff at a local urban missions’ organization. After a few years, she felt the Lord was leading her to focus more on kids’ ministry. She served as a volunteer with NCC Kids for two years before joining staff. She is very passionate about shaping the next generation for the Lord and making God’s word come alive in exciting ways. 

In her spare time, you can most likely find Rachel either outside on a run, dreaming about her next scuba trip, on the volleyball courts or watching historic documentaries. She enjoys a nice cup of coffee to start her day – the Central American blends are her favorite. As an extrovert, all of these things, she feels, are much better enjoyed with friends.

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Matt Johnson

Business and Operations Director

Matt grew up in the southern tier of New York where he also served as Executive Administrator of a local church for more than seven years prior to coming to NCC.

Having graduated from Susquehanna University with a BS in Business Administration/Micro-Economics, Matt’s service in ministry found its origins over the course of a decade in fields as varied as law enforcement, commercial sales and construction - experiences he draws from daily in the most unexpected ways. Prior to his current role at NCC, he served as our Interim CFO. 

Along with wife Nicole and sons - Gabe, Sam, and Nate, the family settled into the Washington DC area in 2013 and have a shared passion for authentic New York style pizza.

On weekends, Matt’s love for anything mechanical, adventure activities and being near the water makes sailing his favorite “leisure” activity.  He can most commonly be found building something, fixing something or planning how to build or fix something.

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Jack Kemp

NCC Youth Protégé

Jack, born in the country side of Madison County Virginia. He graduated from James Madison University in 2018 with a degree in Philosophy and Religion. Ever since coming to know the Lord in high school he has felt a strong pull towards youth ministries. He spent a majority of college years working with organizations such as Intervarsity and Younglife where he realized he loves pouring into young people and bringing excitement to the Gospel. In the hopes of discerning his call to ministry, Jack applied for the Protégé program at NCC. If Jack isn’t at work he is more than likely outside DC exploring the blue ridge mountains, going on a run along the National Mall, or watching a superhero movie with friends. 

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Jonah Kunisch

NCC Kids/Campus Pastor Protégé

Jonah was born in Greeley, Colorado and raised mostly in the neighboring town of Loveland. Between those two locations, he spent five early years in Ankeny, Iowa where he fell in love with Lake Okoboji as the perfect vacation spot. He attended Lee University in southeast Tennessee for two and a half years. He still enjoys driving through the beautifully green state (GO VOLS). He transferred to New Mexico State, where he proposed to his high school sweetheart in June and graduated from in August. Throughout college, Jonah spent summers as a bible teacher and games coordinator to K-5th graders. He pursued a call to ministry after graduating, working with this same age group as a part of NCC's Family Ministry. 

In his off time, Jonah enjoys playing basketball and any other sport that he can. He reads and writes and enjoys learning all-around. 

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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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Steve Martin

Financial Specialist

Steve joined the NCC staff in 2017 and for a short time had the fringe benefit of working at the same place as his two daughters, Bethany Strumpell and Tiffany Dukes, before they moved on to other adventures. Although he no longer sees them every day at work, hanging out with them is still one of the best things in his life.

Steve grew up in New Holland, PA, and loves to return to visit family amidst the rolling hills and farmland there. He likes rooting for Pennsylvania teams particularly the Phillies, Eagles, Sixers and Steelers. Before joining the NCC Finance team Steve taught high school math for 26 years including 6 in Hong Kong and 18 in Clinton, MD, where he met his beautiful wife, Bonnie. They now live in a condo that sits right next to the Mount Vernon bike path in Alexandria, VA. Biking and running and walking on that trail, but particularly biking, are some of his favorite activities. Eating Bonnie’s amazing cooking and going out to nearby restaurants like Jaleo provide additional motivation for Steve to hit the bike trail.

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Marion Mason

Echostage and Barracks Row-Saturday Night Campus Pastor

Marion is originally from Lincolnton, GA, but as a military child, he spent a number of years in North Carolina and the DC metro area. Marion is a sports enthusiast and competed in Track and Field at the University of Virginia, where he graduated with a BA in Government and Foreign Affairs. He holds Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management from George Mason University and Religion (Christian Leadership) from Liberty University. Marion has a deep passion for creating environments that optimize learning, personal development, and spiritual growth. Marion and his wife, Tamika, have been married since 2004 and have three beautiful daughters, Mianna, Makyah, and Mykal. For the 10 years prior to NCC, Marion and Tamika served the Boston community through a multi-ethnic church plant, various non-profit organizations, and local colleges. The Mason family enjoys barbecues, sports, board games, and outdoor activities.

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Josepha Mbouma

Social Media Coordinator

Josepha was born in Cameroon but grew up in Maryland. She graduated from Elon University in 2016, where she played basketball and got her Bachelors in Cinema and Television. She continued her basketball career in England and got her MA in Media and Communications at Bournemouth University. 

When Jo isn't social media coordinating, she's an assistant basketball coach at Stone Ridge. You can usually find her hanging out with family/ friends or digging into a good book (all suggestions are welcomed).

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Steven Most

HR & Operations Manager

Steven joined National Community Church in January of 2019. His professional experience includes benefits, budgets, contracts/legal, donor relations, finance, grant management, human resources, operations, project management, proposal writing, risk management, and security for NGOs, government, an international organization, a think tank and the United Nations. Many of these experiences were gained in the humanitarian sphere of displaced persons. Steven is a husband, a father and a humanitarian at heart. His education is in business administration and international economics.

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Jodi Otto

First Impressions and Connections Director

Jodi was born in Indiana, raised in Michigan, and settled in Florida before making her way to DC in 2012 to be a protégé at Ebenezers Coffeehouse—combining her love for the local church, missions, and coffee. Following the program, she's landed on the Discipleship Team and is passionate about helping to set the stage for all who walk into the doors at NCC to encounter the life-changing message of Jesus.  
Jodi reads books about organization for fun, comes alive when she's watching the sunrise in the Shenandoah, rejuvenates when she's in nature and hiking, enjoys gathering people around a dinner table, and if you're familiar with Myers-Briggs, she's a textbook E/ISFJ. 

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Brooke Perry

Associate Youth Pastor

Brooke is Northwest born and raised and, even though she misses the mountains, trees, and even the rain of the Northwest, she has never regretted her decision to up and move to D.C. in February of 2016 simply because she heard God tell her to go. With a history of youth ministry, discipleship and outreach positions in tow, God brought her to NCC after just two months of looking for churches and she hasn't looked back since! In September 2016 she helped launch Ballston's Uprising youth location and fell in love again with youth ministry.  Her passion is to see students completely released into powerful and purpose-filled identities that God has given them and will stop at almost nothing in order to speak truth and courage into their worlds as they step more and more into the lives they lead. Brooke graduated with her Masters of Divinity from Western Seminary in 2017. When she's not working she is either hanging out with her cat watching Netflix (no shame in her game), continuing to cheer on the Oregon Ducks anywhere that will show a game or finding new hiking trails and museums to explore. And do not hesitate to ask, she's a coffee addict and an extrovert, so she is always up for a coffee date... or four... thrown into her schedule!

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Andy Pisciotti

Lead Creative

Andy was born and raised in upstate New York. He graduated from SUNY Brockport with a degree in Broadcasting and spent several years working as an AV Specialist for a hospital in Syracuse before relocating to DC in 2009 to join the NCC Protégé Program. After completing his Protégé year, Andy fulfilled a God given dream by joining NCC full-time as a Visual Storyteller. He married his wife Juleigh in March 2015. They live on Capitol Hill with their son Luka.

Andy is passionate about storytelling by living great stories personally and telling great stories through media and art that help people encounter God. He loves chicken wings, notebooks, film, and sports, specifically the Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Braves, and Syracuse Orange. He's also constantly on the hunt for the best chicken wings in DC, which he records on his blog: District of Wings

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Alec Rhodes

Creative Media Protégé

Alec is a North Carolina native who graduated from American University in May 2018 with a BA in Film and Media Arts. During his time in college Alec immediately got plugged into AU Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. Through his new friends in Chi Alpha, Alec started attending NCC and was hooked. After having the opportunity to do a Live Dead internship in Turkey and visit Israel with Passages, Alec has become extremely passionate about the Middle East along with the Muslim and Jewish people. He also loves telling stories through film that glorify God to the ends of the earth.

In his free time you can find Alec in the gym, running, reading a good book in Ebenezer’s, or dancing around DC in his Captain America costume. He enjoys serving refugee families in the DMV and making videos for his Youtube channel, The Rhodes Less Traveled.

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Heidi Scanlon

Pastor of Prayer

A native Georgian (and intense SEC fan), Heidi leads prayer at NCC, where she oversees the prayer teams, directs leadership and prayer ministry trainings and serves on a weekly rotation with various NCC prayer teams. She also collaborates with other churches and ministries on prayer initiatives and works with NCC Coaching and Care to create healing prayer teams. Believing that “history belongs to the intercessors,” Heidi is passionate about raising up a generation of intercessors who will pray for NCC, our city and the nations.

Heidi followed a circuitous route into full-time ministry. Following the model that she is “called” to Jesus only, Heidi has had a wide variety of “assignments” from Him. She began her career at Price Waterhouse Consulting in the Change Integration - Best Practices Group and became a benchmarking expert. She also served as a lobbyist and governmental affairs director for a million member grassroots organization, with a global relocation firm as a settling-in agent for multinational banks and as Washington DC Regional Director for Alpha USA before launching her own high-end interior design practice.

Using her varied background, Heidi can now be found raising up groups of “atmosphere architects” – people who are passionate about creating spaces for others to encounter the love of Christ.

She’s also loves working with Disciple Girls movement and the Alpha Teams at NCC. On Wednesdays you can find her in the “field” on mission to DC ministry teams around the city.

She lives in Georgetown with her favorite person on the planet – her husband, John Scanlon. She is mother to the fabulous Anna and Andrew Scanlon. With an always full house, she’s fortunate to call many others her “children” as well.  

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Robb Schmidgall

Gainesville, VA Campus Pastor

Robb and his wife, Nicole, and their four kids, Noah, Sam Bert, and Trudy, live in Gainesville (the one in Virginia). Robb, originally from the Chicago suburb of Naperville, is a fan of most things Chicago: food, sports, the skyline, but NOT the weather.  A foodie, a sports fan, a hiker, a camper, a boater, a handy-man, and his kid’s favorite motivational speaker (cue Matt Foley).

Robb has participated in or led international mission trips to Kenya, Germany, Ethiopia, Argentina (2x), Mexico, Jamaica (2x), the Bahamas, and Haiti. He also has a strong commitment to mission here in our own country, and even spent 2 years working in the Cabrini Green & Robert Taylor housing projects in inner-city Chicago.

Robb has lived in Gainesville for 10+ years, and remembers when Linton Hall Rd was single lane each direction, and Giant was the only shopping in town.

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Amanda Seidler

Groups Pastor

Amanda loves to help people build meaningful relationships with one another, grow in Christlikeness, and discover how to impact the world around them. As Groups Pastor, she gets to do that through leading the vision, strategy, and implementation of community environments for growth and discipleship at National Community Church.

Amanda made her way to NCC in 2019 from the Steel City, where she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. She then joined staff at North Way Christian Community, where she grew to love and lead groups, discipleship, and adult ministries across six campuses over the next 10 years. After years of collaboration with NCC from afar, she jumped at the chance to join the team.

Amanda, her husband Chris, and their two children, Norah and Henry, live on Capitol Hill.

Around DC, you’ll find her exploring parks (with kids!) and restaurants (without kids!). She loves to travel, host dinner parties, and some might say she has a bit of a sweet tooth. An afternoon coffee and dessert is a spiritual discipline, right?

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Tiffany Slater

Staff Accountant

Tiffany found herself planted in DC not long after reading a short book with a long title, “In A Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day”. She is amazed at how God has used that book, Celebrate Recovery, and NCC to set her life on a path toward becoming who he created her to be. Tiffany joins NCC with 6 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. When not punching a calculator, she can be found at The Landing (Celebrate Recovery for teens), relaxing with framily, making a competition of absolutely almost anything or enjoying Ammi’s famous Cuban cooking.

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Joshua Symonette

Kingstowne Campus Pastor

Hours of HGTV, repurposing old furniture for his Etsy shop and an affinity towards Architectural Digest are not the things you would think a former NFL player would be into. But it’s true. (Just ask his wife, Ericka.)

Besides being a little domestic and artsy, the former Redskin and Dolphin is a serious leadership development junkie as well. At NCC, Joshua brings that passion for leadership to our Kingstowne location as campus pastor, and he helps support staff development. He lives in Alexandria with his four fashionistas: Ericka (wife), Jaylah, Joslyn, Isaiah, and their newest addition: Journey.

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Kiersten Telzerow

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. 

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Josh Thomassen

Art Director & Senior Designer

Josh grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota as well as Springfield, Missouri (plus a little time in Europe between those).

Directly before joining the team at NCC in 2014, he was a full-time freelance graphic designer for about 5 years working primarily with non-profits, churches, and ministries. Prior to that he was on staff at a small creative agency.

He loves all things design, drinking chai, spending time with his family, and traveling.

Josh loves his wife Mandi and their three kids, Kate, Chase, and June.

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Dave Tress

Senior Media Producer

Dave is the Senior Media Producer at NCC, filming and delivering the messages for weekly services. He also works with the Media Team to film and edit creative elements for the services and ministries at NCC. 

Dave grew up near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He went on to graduate from The Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio with a BFA specializing in Film and Video. He became a Videographer and Editor working at ID8 Creative in Vestal, NY, as well as with their sister company Favorite Color in NYC, creating many corporate and commercial productions. While in Vestal, he was very involved with his local church on their media team, as well as serving in the young adult ministry. Most recently, he spent a year in Lancaster, PA, doing freelance video work. 

Dave believes that he was “created to be creative”, so when Pastor Mark said that "the church should be the most creative place on the planet”, he knew this was the place for him. He loves to spend time with friends, as well as create through drawing, writing, and making films. He currently resides on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Bailey Ulm

Missions Protégé

Bailey Ulm, from Raleigh, North Carolina, is an NC State graduate with a bachelors in Social Work and a minor in Spanish and Dunkin’ Donuts. An advocate for chips and queso, playing sports, and spending time with friends; she is on the go, constantly and wouldn’t have it any other way! She has a love for all things iced coffee, urban hikes, and HGTV. Her hopes for her year as a Protégé on the A1:8 Team is to continually learn about, grow in, and pursue justice, grace, and hope in our community and world!

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Jon Vaughan

Potomac Yard Campus Pastor

Jon was born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Halifax County to be exact.  He studied athletic training at James Madison University where he combined his interest for sports and healthcare.    He was a NCC volunteer for 7 years in small groups, deaf ministry and aoneeight missions.  While serving at NCC, Jon directed sports medicine services at Gallaudet University.  He has been active in para-church ministry for many years as well, including two years with Athletes in Action where he helped establish relationships and share the Gospel in Egypt and the Czech Republic.  

Jon is married to Anne Marie and they have two daughters: Zera Grace and Zoe Kate. He is fluent in American Sign Language and is currently a member of the USA Deaf Olympic Medical Team.  He enjoys a cup of dark roast, extra bold coffee, and is a connoisseur of many different varieties of chili.  Jon currently serves as the campus pastor at our Potomac Yard location and provides pastoral support to our uprising student ministry. 

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Charles Williams

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.

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Jillian Wilzbacher

Administrative & Events Assistant

Jillian came to us in 2016 from Minnesota - the land of lakes, long winters, nice people, and everything she's ever known. She has a degree in Public Relations from the University of Northwestern - St. Paul. Before coming to DC, she did communications and development for a Minneapolis non-profit that focused on anti-trafficking and urban outreach. Jillian moved to DC after coming on a vacation here 5 months prior. Did she ever think she would live on the east coast or work at a church? No. She is now the Administrative & Events Assistant, being a voice for NCC to people who contact the church, planning staff and leadership events, and assisting multiple teams. She also co-leads the City Team for NCC's refugee care ministry. 

She is a fan of anything outdoors, even when it is cold. Cooking and hosting dinner parties are two of her favorite hobbies.

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Jill Wyman

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.”

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Claire Zwetzig

Operations Protégé

Claire grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado hiking and snowboarding with her family. She graduated with her undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University in 2014 and her Master’s degree from Colorado State University in 2016. From there, she went on the World Race, an 11-month mission trip, where her heart was captivated by God’s heart for the international Church and the beauty of cultures colliding. She loves finding secluded hiking trails, sharing stories over coffee with friends, and exploring the outdoors. 

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Cristina Gore

Media Producer

Cristina was born and raised in Washington DC, so she is a bit of a unicorn. She attended Eastern University, where she studied Spanish and Communications. However, during her years at Eastern she discovered her love for video production while filming lip syncing music video parodies with her college friends.

Soon after, Cristina created a Youtube channel as a outlet through which to grow her video production skills, but also as a space to create compelling and entertaining content. She spent over a year as a freelancing Video Producer creating video content for Skipper Films, HelloGiggles, Body&Soul and a few others. After completing a year as a Protégé at NCC, Cristina was thrilled to join NCC full-time as a visual storyteller. She is passionate about glorifying God by telling stories through powerful and compelling visuals. 

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Ryan Zempel

Pastor of Recovery & Care

Ryan hails from the great state of Oregon, where he grew up in a log house his family built. He graduated from George Fox University in 1998 with a Computer Science degree and moved to Washington, DC to put his skills to use managing websites and social media.

At that time, Ryan started attending National Community Church and began dealing with issues of brokenness in his life. He recommitted himself to Christ and felt called to help others understand the truth about God’s love for them and grow into the fullness of who He created them to be.

He married the incomparable Heather Sawyer (who he met in 1999 on his first visit to an NCC small group) in 2004. In 2015, their extremely energetic daughter Sawyer Elizabeth joined the family and they haven't had a moment's rest since.

Ryan received an M.A. in Practical Theology from Regent University in 2011 and joined the NCC staff in September 2012. He serves as the ministry leader for NCC's Celebrate Recovery program, coordinates NCC's pastoral care team, and facilitates connections to professional therapists.

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