OUR TEAM

JASON FRITZ

Lead Pastor

Jason is a pastor with a heart for God’s Word and God’s people. He is a skilled Bible teacher desiring to bring the wisdom of God to everyday life. He has a master’s degree in biblical studies from Western Seminary and a doctorate from Phoenix Seminary specializing in preaching that connects with postmoderns. Jason’s passion is to see people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and become disciples.
Born and raised in Scottsdale, he has been in pastoral ministry in this city for over 20 years. His faith began to deepen in college when he was challenged by teachers at Arizona State University. Obtaining an undergraduate degree in psychology and minoring in philosophy taught him to engage the culture with passion and conviction.

Jason’s greatest joys are being married to Jill for over 25 years (after first meeting as newborns!) and of course being dad to Chandler, Caleb, and Faith.

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DANA ERICKSON

Executive Pastor

Dana Erickson is our Executive Pastor with responsibility for overseeing the staff, ministries and operations of Illuminate.  Dana has been in ministry for 32 years mostly in Executive Pastor roles. He spent 21 years at a Overlake Christian Church in the Seattle area, 9 years at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Southern California, and has spent the last two years at Compass Christian Church in Chandler before joining the staff team here at Illuminate. Dana has expertise in Change Management, Strategic Planning, Crisis Management, Team Building, and Leadership Development. His passion is helping individuals and organizations find their “sweet spot” in ministry. He loves the church and seeing the life change that happens through Jesus Christ.

Dana is married to Denise, his wife of 30 years. They have 5 children, two who are married with three grandchildren, two other adult children and one child still at home. Dana loves all things Star Wars, Lord of the Rings etc. Disney and the Ocean are his “Happy Place.”

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CHRIS HERRINGTON

Worship Pastor

I’m Chris Herrington, I’ve been married to my wife Carrie for over 20 years. I have three teenagers Colin, Charis and Cuyler. I grew up in Nebraska and Kansas. I attended Manhattan Christian College and received a B.S. in Bible / Music with a minor in Family Ministry. I’ve been in local church ministry serving in a variety of roles as a worship, college, outreach, executive pastor and even served as a program director in camp ministry.

I have served at Illuminate since 2017. My current role is Pastor of Worship and I’m privileged to lead a talented and humble ministry team. I am passionate to see worship embraced in all aspects of our lives at Illuminate and believe the best is yet to come.

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STEVE JOHNSON

Pastor for Discipleship and Global Outreach

Steve is a pastor with over 40 years of local, cross-cultural, and international ministry. Four days after accepting Christ as a high school senior, Steve set his heart on becoming a pastor. He graduated from Arizona State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communication, and then finished a Masters of Divinity at Western Seminary, a Masters of Sacred Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and has completed a doctorate in Integral Mission at Phoenix Seminary.

Steve has served as a church planter and the Teaching Pastor of several churches in Arizona, California, Florida, and Argentina. He led Latin America Mission (an interdenominational ministry with several hundred Anglo and Hispanic missionaries and partners in over 20 countries), and most recently served as Executive Vice President of Phoenix Seminary.

Steve and Shellie have been married for 47 years and find incredible joy in loving their four adult children, and spoiling their 9 grandchildren. Steve is a crazy fanatic of real futból – soccer.

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SCOTT MARTIN

Young Adults & Local Outreach Pastor

Scott is a California native that moved to Phoenix and pursued a ministry internship when he was 18 years old. Scott met Jenna, his wife of 10 years during that internship. They have lived in California and Illinois while pursuing various ministry positions and educational opportunities before settling at home in AZ. Scott completed his Bachelors of Science in Christian Ministries and Counseling at Arizona Christian University and after seven years of work with youth in a local treatment facility, Scott entered into full-time vocational ministry as a College Pastor.  Scott and Jenna have two sweet girls, Avery (6) and Ellison (4), and Bode (1) and love exploring their city, creating memories with their family, and visiting the beach as much as humanly possible. Scott’s heart for ministry is to see young adults, and the larger church body live in such a way that His light shines through us in every opportunity; walking alongside others to be a true example of Christ in their homes, families, workplaces, and communities.

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TODD ROBERTSON

Family Life Pastor

Todd is a Southern California native, spending his first 25 year along the coast. He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1999 with a degree in Business Communications. Todd was heavily involved in student ministry and at the age of 21 became a pastor. Todd and his wife Sonja moved from Orange County to Gilbert in 2001 to help plant a church. Over the years he has held many positions in the church but still has a huge heart for young people. Todd is passionate about the gospel and loves to disciple young men who are considering the ministry.

Todd and Sonja have been married since 2000 and now have two teenage sons, Caleb and Noah. Caleb is starting his first year at ASU and Noah is a Sophomore at Scottsdale Christian Academy. The Robertson’s are a very active family, enjoying hiking their dogs, days at the lake, and baseball!

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LISA ROBBINS

Director of Ministry to Women

Lisa grew up in Southern California and found her way to the Desert in college where she attended The University of Arizona. There, she met her husband Zach and graduated with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Religious Studies. Seventeen years later, they have three girls (Zoe, Ellie and Laney) and have made their home in Phoenix.

Zach and Lisa spend lots of time on sports fields cheering on their girls but whenever possible, they escape to the beach to rest and recharge. 

Lisa has served in various leadership roles within Illuminate over the years. To her core, she is passionate about the Word of God, prayer and walking with women as they pursue all that God has designed for their life.

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HUDSON & BROOKLYN GARCIA

Youth Pastor // Worship Leader

Hudson was born in Indiana but has called the desert home since elementary school. Hudson and his wife Brooklyn met while leading worship together and tied the knot in May 2020. He graduated from Grand Canyon University with a major in Christian Studies and is now working on his MDiv in Biblical and Theological Studies at Phoenix Seminary. He has a desire to teach the Gospel in a way that is clear and compelling to a generation searching for hope. A few of his favorite things include: smoked brisket, Notre Dame Football, and snowboarding.

Brooklyn was born and raised in Pennsylvania and moved to Arizona 10 years ago. She graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Vocal Performance degree, with a minor in Piano Performance. While at GCU, she was a Worship Leader for one of the chapel bands there and has served at several churches as a Worship Leader throughout the years. Brooklyn is newly married to our Youth Pastor, Hudson, and loves doing ministry alongside him, using the gifts God gave her to serve and grow His Kingdom.

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EMILY LONG

Office Administrator

Emily was born in Canada and moved around the U.S. throughout her childhood. She is #5 out of 10 kids in her family. Emily has been married to Eric for 18 years and they have three kids together: Makenzie, Cameron, and Lexie. Prior to working at Illuminate, Emily devoted 11 years volunteering in her kids’ school district and within their classrooms. Her kids have medical needs, and she has made it her focus to advocate for them, as well as for kids with medical needs, while raising awareness. Her faith in God is what has gotten her through tough challenges, and she gives God the credit for having strength and perseverance. Emily has a heart for special needs, and volunteers in the SHINE special needs ministry here at Illuminate. She also likes to volunteer in the community with her daughters, including in animal rescue, and loves to be outdoors, or out on a trail.  Watching her son play lacrosse, making or creating recipes that are food-allergy-friendly, and connecting with the body of the church also bring her joy.

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NICOLE FORWARD

Administrative Assistant

Nicole has spent half of her life in California and half in Arizona. She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Advertising and a minor in Marketing. Nicole enjoys traveling and going on adventures. She met her husband Jason on a mission trip in Mexico, started dating in Peru, and got engaged in Argentina. They have three awesome kiddos who will soon be joining their adventures. She loves spending as much time as possible with her family, being outdoors and finding God’s beauty & creativity in all things. She feels blessed to be able to use her gifts for Him on a daily basis!

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ELDERS

Jason Fritz
Shane Brown
Steve Capobres
Earl DeFrates
Guido de Koning
Bruce Everette
Rich Shinar
Jake Warner
George Zugmier

If you have any questions and would like to get in contact with the Elders, please email elders@illuminatecommunity.com.