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 is serving as an Interim member of the Executive Leadership Team.

When Jim is not at work, he enjoys spending time with Christy, 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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Jay Jay 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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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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Amy Wall

Facilities/Property Manager

Originally from WV, Amy went to the University of Fairmont State to play basketball and volleyball and study Technology Education. 

Upon graduation she headed east to Culpeper, VA to work as a High School Tech Ed teacher and a volleyball coach. After one year at Culpeper she transferred to Stafford VA and worked at Brooke Point High School as a Tech Ed teacher where she also coached volleyball, basketball, track, field hockey (basically, whatever they would let her get her hands on). 

Amy received a graduate degree in Education Leadership from the University of Cincinnati in 2010. She thought that her next step in life was going to be to become a middle school principal, but God had different plans for her. After 10 years of teaching and coaching, she escaped that treacherous commute up and down I-95 and took a job with NCC in the summer of 2011.

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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 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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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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Krista Back

First Impressions Director

Krista is originally from Michigan, so she will instinctively hold up her hand and point to show you the specific place if you ask! Krista has a BA in Communications from Spring Arbor University, as well as both a Masters of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Before joining NCC she spent almost ten years in marketing and communications for organizations around the country. Her favorite parts have always been the science and strategy behind marketing, but also the fact that it is a ton of fun to work as a team to accomplish the projects. At NCC, Krista oversees Hospitality and Connections across all locations, and works to create a first impression environment that is welcoming and comfortable for all NCC attenders.

Krista loves traveling, good food, social media analytics, and millennials… and given the opportunity will excitedly geek out about any of these topics. Also, it is probably best not to try to identify her by her hair because she will frequently alter her hairstyle and color purely because she enjoys change.

Krista lives on Capitol Hill with her huge Great Dane Vormund.

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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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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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Lilly Cook

Prayer Protege

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. 

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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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Noreen Bryant

Communications Director

Noreen has been writing, designing, and managing communications for her entire career. She started at 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?). Wherever she's worked, she's also served her church in some kind of communications capacity—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. She also loves Lake Superior, trying new recipes, reading big fat American biographies, and Goetze's Caramel Creams. Noreen and her husband, Bruce, have two grown children, David and Madeline.

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Tim Holland

Social Media Coordinator

Tim Holland works as the Social Media Coordinator in NCC's Communications department. He studied history at George Fox University in Oregon and recently completed a Master's degree in Operations Management through the University of Arkansas.

Tim Holland moved from Seattle to Washington, DC, in 2009 to work as a store manager with Starbucks and immediately found a home at NCC. Halfway through his eight years in retail management, he took a one-year "coffee break" to serve as a protege in NCC's family ministry department before eventually returning to staff to work in the communications department.

Tim met his wife, Laura, in a small group that "argued its way through Romans." It was a perfect match. Laura, who eventually became NCC's Small Groups Pastor, and Tim live in Northwest DC with their daughter, Charli, and son, Eli.

From tinkering with Messenger bots to creating algorithms to track key metrics, Tim loves it all. He also has a special affinity for statistics and Microsoft Excel and dreams of someday going to adult Space Camp. 

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Laura Holland

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 children, daughter, Charli and son, Eli. 

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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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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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Heidi Marble

Mission Protege

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. 

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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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Justin Morris

Small Groups Protege

Justin Morris
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.

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Jodi Otto

Discipleship Team Ministry Assistant

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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Steph Hasler

Assistant Germany Launch Team Leader

Steph, a native Wisconsinite, graduated with a now seemingly irrelevant B.S in Kinesiology from the U of MN (Minneapolis). She re-located to D.C in 2001 for a short-term, three month job.  Three months soon became 11 years in DC. Joining the National Community Church staff in 2002, she served as a worship leader and Worship Coordinator for all of NCC's campuses. In 2010, after six years of friendship, Steph and her fellow co-worker, John Hasler, got a clue and started dating. It soon became clear that she would be transitioning her role with NCC to join John in heading up NCC's Berlin Location Business as Mission Cafe project in Germany.

Married in November of 2011, they began their married life in Berlin in February 2012.  Steph continues to write music for NCC worship projects, while also writing and performing in the Berlin music and arts scene.  Her heart is to see artists find community and connection to the Creator and also hopes to use her music to spread awareness about social injustices like human trafficking.

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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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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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Jeremy Steffens

Campus Pastor

Jeremy is a Floridian who still misses Publix, Sonny's BBQ and wearing shorts 11+ months a year.

Following graduation from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, Jeremy spent 12 years in full-time ministry before switching gears and entering the communications field, serving as a Press Secretary for two U.S. Congressmen and Director of Communications for the Mayor of Washington, D.C. Jeremy currently serves as the VP-Global Brand and Communications for International Justice Mission.

Jeremy has one daughter, Halle, and they love trips to the beach, mountains and have a record of 39 frisbee tosses without a drop. Their new favorite spot is walking the C&O Canal trail and indulging in a Baked & Wired cupcake...or three.

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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 lives in Northern Virginia with 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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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 from Minnesota - the land of lakes, long winters, nice people, and everything she's ever known. She has a BA in Public Relations from the University of Northwestern - St. Paul. After college, she had a seasonal job as a Media Associate for Samaritan Purse's Operation Christmas Child. For the next three and a half years, she did communications and development for a Minneapolis non-profit that focused on anti-trafficking and urban outreach. During that time, she was also heavily involved with the anti-trafficking transitional home. She moved to DC after coming on a vacation here 5 months prior, when she was told there were many opportunities and was given some dreams from God. Did she ever think she would live on the east coast or work at a church? No. She is now the Administrative Assistant, being a voice for NCC to people who contact the church, helping plan staff events, and assisting with other projects. 

She is a fan of anything outdoors, even when it is cold. Baking and hosting dinner parties are two of her favorite hobbies. She openly acknowledges that she will accept bribes of dark chocolate or chai if another staff needs help with something.

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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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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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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.

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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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Sarah Hine

Administrative Assistant

Born and raised in Cincinnati OH, Sarah often finds herself dreaming of Eli's BBQ, Graeter's ice cream, and Saturday mornings at Findlay Market. Sarah has always had a heart for empowering those silenced by society, particularly survivors of sex trafficking both domestically and internationally. If it weren't for meeting her husband in April of 2016, she would probably still be in Cincinnati working in anti-trafficking at Crossroads Church. ...But lo and behold, love always wins and she could not be more grateful to be a part of this incredible NCC team/family and to start married life in our nation's capital. You can find Sarah holding down the fort at our 7th Street location, watching airplanes land at Gravelly Point, biking, or cooking up something yummy with her husband.

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Bethany Strumpell

Children's Ministry Creative Coordinator

Bethany grew up in Ocean City, MD and moved to the DC area in 2000 where she finished high school and was a part of the first ever NCC youth small group. Bethany spent six years in Tennessee where she earned her BA in Public Relations and MS in Mental Health Counseling at Lee University. Bethany is passionate about adventuring with her husband, Ryan, spending time with friends, music, baking, hiking, Spotify and anything crafty. After spending an incredible year on the NCC team as a protégé, Bethany is now serving in the Family Ministries department developing family discipleship tools and working on the creative team. Bethany, Ryan and their very tiny puppy are currently enjoying DC living in Southeast.

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