blanchard-family.png

WILL BLANCHARD

LEAD PASTOR

Will and Sarah first met and fell in love during several outdoor adventures while attending college at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR.  Shortly after Will completed his B.S. in Business Administration, Will and Sarah were married on July 31, 2004 and moved to Louisville, KY to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where Will received his M.A. in Theological Studies. Meanwhile, Sarah completed her B.S. in Psychology through Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.  Prior to launching Northwest Community Church with a committed group of people, Will served as the Young Adults Pastor at Mountain Park First Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, GA for three years. Will and Sarah’s greatest passion in life is to lead people to experience a new life in Christ. Currently, Will serves as the Lead Pastor at Northwest while Sarah serves on the worship ministry team and the children’s ministry team. In their spare time, Will and Sarah enjoy being active in the outdoors with friends and family. God has blessed Will and Sarah with three beautiful daughters, Leah, Allison, and Hannah.

Screen-Shot-2017-05-17-at-9.59.47-PM-750x500.png

GREG LUKA

GROUPS PASTOR

Greg and Cassi were high school sweethearts; at this time God used godly men and woman to invest in their lives. They married during college in July 2003. Greg studied at Boyce College in Louisville, KY and earned a B.S. in Youth and Family Ministry. Cassi studied Elementary Education and received a B.S. from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Greg is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Greg sensed God’s call to ministry in high school, and he was involved in youth ministry leadership for eight years. Before moving to Northwest Arkansas to help plant NCC in 2010, Greg owned a locksmith business and served as the college minister at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. Greg and Cassi, have a passion to help families thrive through discipleship in the local church. In Greg and Cassi’s free time they like to travel, explore local restaurants, and spend time outdoors. They are blessed with a daughter, Willow, and a son, Ezra.

Screen-Shot-2017-05-17-at-10.03.58-PM.png

SCOTT SANDERS

FAMILY PASTOR

Scott and Amilee met at church in Fort Smith, Arkansas and were married in 2005. Scott has a Bachelor’s degree in Math with a Master’s degree in Teaching and taught math for a year while Amilee graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English.  A year after they were married, they served as missionaries for a year with the International Mission Board in Naples, Italy. After serving in Italy, Scott and Amilee felt called to work with a youth group in Macon, Georgia.  Scott served on staff as the Youth Pastor at Northway Church and Amilee served as the Childcare Coordinator.  After serving there for almost seven years, Scott and Amilee began to pray about joining Northwest Community Church.  Since they both have a love for youth and overseas missions, they felt God leading them to help NCC launch these two ministries. So, in December 2014, they moved to Northwest Arkansas, where Scott serves as NCC’s bi-vocational Student and Missions Pastor.  Scott and Amilee love discipling new believers and helping people discover how to live their lives for Christ.  They have also been blessed with three children: Benjamin, Nathan, and Abigail.

JARED FINCHER

CREATIVE ARTS PASTOR

Jared married the love of his life, Adrienne, in 2011. They have two beautiful girls, Hadlee and Evelynn and one jealous dog, Gavin. Jared has a bachelor’s degree in Worship Leadership from the University of Mobile. He served on staff at a church in Macon, Georgia for 4 years until God led he and Adrienne to be a part of Northwest Community Church in 2014. He is passionate about Christ-centered discipleship and really living life with people outside of Sunday morning gatherings. He also believes in the importance of the local church and creating a Christ-centered atmosphere for growth. During the week Jared works bi-vocationally as a photographer for the Miles Witt Boyer: Photographic Collective. His desire is to bring Christ glory and honor, whether through music, snapping photos of people, working out, or grabbing lunch with people during the week. 

47215308_2337493986279396_9117492477303980032_n.jpg

ERIN GANDY

CHILDREN’S DIRECTOR

Erin grew up in the Dallas metroplex and graduated from the University of North Texas in 2009 with a bachelors degree in human development and family science with an emphasis on early childhood education. Steven and Erin met waiting tables while she was in college and they married in 2008. They have 3 kiddos, 2 of which just entered the Bentonville school district after being homeschooled for several years. Jesus didn’t grab ahold of their hearts until after marriage and their first baby. They are so thankful He did! She feels the seeds of Christ’s love for her were planted in her heart during the times she visited children’s/youth programs growing up. She is forever grateful for that and she knows first hand how important children’s ministry is in shaping the lives of the next generation of believers. They moved to NWA a year ago for Steven’s career as the Store Manager of the Home Depot in Rogers.