Our Leadership Team

The staff and leadership here at New Community Church is comprised of men and women who love, care, and pray for the people in the church and community. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and e-mail them or call our church office at (724) 935-0909 to speak with them.

  • Adam Jackley - Senior Pastor circleemail  circlefacebookcircletwitterbirdcirclelinkedin

    Adam joined the staff of NCC in 2010. Before his arrival, he spent four and a half years (2002-2006) in student ministry in Wexford, PA. Adam graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Public Health - Natural Sciences in 2002. In 2009, he completed his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and in 2019 received his Doctor of Ministry from the Talbot School of Theology.  Adam and his wife, Katie, have a daughter, Selah, and two sons, Judah and Micah. Adam loves spending time with his family, enjoys exercising, and starts too many sentences with “In this book I’m reading …"

  • Joel Friend - Pastor of Discipleship circleemailcirclefacebook  circletwitterbird

    Joel has served at NCC since October 2008. He graduated from Geneva College where he studied Youth Ministry and Sociology. He has served in our Student Ministries for the past 13 years until his recent call to become Pastor of Discipleship. Joel loves Pittsburgh sports, music, and learning. He is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Amber, reside in Cranberry Township with their children, Noah and Avelyn.

  • Matt Mason - Worship Pastor  circleemailcirclefacebookcircleinstagram

    A California native, Matthew was called to Pittsburgh in 2009 as an urban missionary with Urban Impact Foundation. Though he was raised singing gospel music, both his musical training (at California Baptist University) and experience have provided him with a diverse musical background. Matthew has been blessed to work with Disney, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, American Opera Company, and more recently, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. He has had extensive experience singing for national contemporary Christian gospel recording artists including Steve Green, Norman Hutchins, and Zacardi Cortez, as well as being a singer/songwriter in his own right. His greatest fulfillment is in leading worship. Matt began leading worship part-time at NCC in 2013 and became the Worship Pastor in 2018. He is currently attending Fuller Theological Seminary pursuing a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies degree. Matt is married to Zuli, and they have two sons, Ezra and Elisha.

  • Julie Stewart - Director of Connection  circleemail

    Julie Stewart has attended NCC since 2013 and recently joined the staff to work with Vicki Carlson on the connection team. She is excited to help both new and current members connect with one another through new member events, small groups and serving opportunities. Julie and her husband Andrew live in Mars and have two sons, Loen and Wade. She enjoys exercising, golf and being active with her family.

  • Vicki Carlson - Director of Connection circleemailcirclefacebook  circleinstagram  circletwitterbirdcirclelinkedin   

    Vicki joined the staff in the fall of 2008, and she enjoys helping people connect at NCC. She accomplishes this through Newcomer Gatherings, Covenant Membership sessions, small groups, and various serving ministries. Vicki also enjoys making creative videos and overseeing the livestream production team each Sunday. She is married to Kurt and they have four children: Caroline, Katie, Kyra, and Kai. Her passions include meeting new people, computers, and photography. Vicki is available to meet with individuals during the week to help them get more involved at our church.

  • Marianne Ferrans - Director of Children's Ministries circleemail

    Marianne grew up in Massachusetts and relocated to PA in 2001. After a corporate career in Accounting, she had two sons, TJ and Joey, who are now almost adults! In her spare time, Marianne homeschools her youngest son and she enjoys hiking, kayaking, all things beach-related and watching both her boys play soccer. She is engaged to her fiance, Michael and they are working on their wedding plans and building a new home! Marianne has had the privilege of being on staff in NCC's Children's Ministry since 2007. She has a passion for helping families bring their children up to be disciples who will make disciples. And also a passion for finding any occasion to throw an ice cream sundae party!

  • Michelle Rice - Director of Women's Ministry circleemail

    Michelle has attended NCC since 2010, but joined the staff in 2022. She is a graduate of Grove City College, where she majored in English Education. She taught middle school, high school, and college English before being called to lead NCC's women's ministry. She is blessed to have the opportunity to help women discover their purpose and make a difference for the kingdom of God. She likes to read, write, and exercise. Her husband, David, works at Passavant Hospital, and their boys, Ben and Jason are teenagers who attend Eden Christian Academy.

  • Sophia Roll - Associate Director of Student Ministries circleemail

    Sophia joined the staff in February 2020 to work in Student Ministries. She has a Psychology degree from the University of Pittsburgh and extensive youth and children's ministry experience from multiple North Hills churches and parachurch ministries. Sophia has been active in church ministry since her high school years and has a passion for relational ministry and discipleship. She loves to lead worship in Student Ministries and is often found pouring into the lives of our young women. She enjoys reading and listening to music. One of her favorite books is The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer.

  • Lee Haney- Associate Director of Student Ministries circleemail

    Lee joined the staff in February 2022. He graduated from Thiel College where studied Religion. He has spent many years serving in student ministries as well as ministering to college students with the Coalition for Christian Outreach. Lee is married to Ashley and they have two daughters, Alivia and Aliza. 

  • Mary Ann Diel - Assistant Music Director circleemail

    Mary Ann grew up in a musical family and began playing jazz piano at a young age. After deciding to major in music, she attended The University of Miami in Florida as a jazz vocal and piano performance major. As a young adult, she became involved with worship music and performed with several Christian bands. Mary Ann has also been blessed to perform with jazz greats like Grover Washington Jr., James Moody, Nathan Davis, and Clark Terry. She also enjoys big band and jazz vocal arranging and has had her arrangements recorded and performed internationally. Mary Ann began attending NCC in 2016 when she and her husband moved to Gibsonia. She is now serving as a part-time Assistant Music Director at NCC. Mary Ann is married to Marty, and they have four children: Connor, Mackenzie, Luke, and Dylan.

  • Elaine Heitzer - Administrative Assistant to the Worship Pastor


    Elaine grew up in Saxonburg and has always loved living there. She has been involved in worship ministry for over 15 years and has a passion for pointing people to Christ. With a BS in Art Education and a love for painting, she enjoys helping to bring beauty to our worship spaces. Elaine joined NCC in 2009 and has been on staff since 2010. Elaine is one of our worship leaders and is married to Mike, who runs sound for our services. She has a son Chris and a daughter-in-law Vanessa. She enjoys motorcycle riding with Mike, attending Christian music festivals and concerts, flower gardening, singing and laughing.

  • Natalie Goodman - Children's Ministry Volunteer Coordinator circleemail

    Natalie joined the NCC staff in 2019. She earned her B.S. in Secondary Education, English and Mathematics. Her love for the Children's Ministry grew from her time as a volunteer and watching firsthand the positive impact it had on her own children. Natalie enjoys hiking and biking with her family, homesteading, and quiet evenings reading.

  • Nate McClain - Director of Media and Video Production circleemail

    Nate was born and raised in Washington state. After receiving his first camera, he fell in love with photography and wanted to pursue a career in a field that would allow him to pursue that passion. God led him to Cedarville University, where he majored in broadcasting and digital media and, through his studies, also discovered a love for video production. When graduation approached he hoped to not only use the skills he had learned but also to plant his flag somewhere new. In this pursuit, the Lord led him to NCC, joining the staff in 2022. He loves Christian music, board and card games, writing, and anything creative. 

  • Ernie Kuhs - Facilities Manager circleemail

    Ernie started attending NCC in 2012 and was married at NCC in 2013 by Mark Bolton. Ernie attended Rosedale Technical Institute and was self-employed as a general contractor for 14 years before he started working at NCC. Ernie is a jack-of-all-trades and brings his training and skills to improving the church's facility and keeping the church a welcoming place to our members. Combined, Ernie and his wife, Carrie, have five children: Emily, Grace, Ernie, Ian, and Stephen.  Ernie enjoys hunting, shooting, fishing, boating, hiking, and spending time with family.

  • Gitti Hajduk - Business Manager circleemail

    As one of the founding families of New Community, Frank and Gitti have been involved in various ministries since the church's beginning. They are both presently serving on the Elder Board. Frank has obtained his MBA, CPA and is employed by PNC Bank as Senior Vice President of Risk Management. He uses his accounting skills in the role of CFO for the church. Gitti is onsite to perform the daily tasks of receiving the offering, accounts payable, and all other related business functions. They have three children: Mandy, Eric, and Alex; and four grandchildren: Hailey, Ava, Sophie, and Anneliese.

  • Andrea Werth - Director of Communications/Office Manager circleemail   

    Andrea joined the NCC staff in 2017 and now manages all marketing and communications. Additionally, she oversees the day-to-day running of the office, support staff, and the Care Team. She coordinates special events such as baptisms, child dedications, weddings, and memorial services. She and her husband Justin reside in Hampton Township with their two daughters, Finley and Devyn, and son, Sullivan. Andrea enjoys music, exercising, and dance parties with her family.