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.

Email Jason at jasonf@illuminatecommunity.com

PHIL LABARBERA

Stewardship Pastor

Phil was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and he and his wife Kathy moved to Arizona in 2001. Prior to relocating to the Valley, Phil was a financial planner in Naperville, Illinois and in 2007 entered full-time vocational ministry as a Stewardship Pastor.  Phil has a passion to teach and coach people in the Biblical principles of money and to help them become better stewards of what God has entrusted to them. He received his Bible Degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and he enjoys traveling and cooking. Phil and Kathy have been married for 35 years and have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Email Phil at phil@illuminatecommunity.com

CHRIS HERRINGTON

Worship Pastor

Chris is a Midwest native who moved to Arizona 9 years ago.  He and his wife Carrie met 20 years ago in music theory class during their freshman year of college.  Chris completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Bible/Music Ministry with a minor in Family Ministry and has over 16 years of ministry experience. They have served primarily in worship, college and camp ministries together in Kansas, Oklahoma and Arizona. Chris and Carrie have been married over 16 years and have three children, Colin (12), Charis (10) and Cuyler (9). They love traveling and building memories as a family especially in the mountains of Arizona and in Southern California.  Chris’ passion for worship and discipleship is to see God exalted vertically in worship so we can bring glory to Him and live on mission for Him daily.

Email Chris at chrish@illuminatecommunity.com

JONNY LUTZ

Youth Pastor

Jonny was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. He earned a B.A. in Communications from Arizona State University and is pursuing and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Grand Canyon University. Jonny has been married for 5 years to his wife, Whitney, they have two little boys – Ben and Leo. Besides his family, his favorite things in life are sports, good food, coffee, San Diego, and his wife’s baking. He has been in ministry since 2010, previously a high school pastor and student worship leader at two different churches in the Valley. It’s his desire to build into students the values that they’ll take into the rest of their life: an identity rooted in the gospel, a hunger for God’s word, a passion to love one another, and a heart that burns for God’s mission.

Email Jonny at jonnyl@illuminatecommunity.com

SCOTT MARTIN

Young Adults & 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 Brody (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.

Email Scott at scottm@illuminatecommunity.com

BRITNEY IBARRA

Children’s Ministry Director

Britney is a wife, mother of two, and a Phoenix native with a dual bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Northern Arizona University. Britney has a love for God, people, and kids!  Being a mom, she understands how important a church is to the whole family and thrives to make the ministry fun, nurturing, and a God honoring environment for every person that walks through our doors.

Email Britney at kids@illuminatecommunity.com

BRYAN CAMPBELL

5-6 Grade Coordinator

Bryan was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and is a recent graduate of Grand Canyon University with a B.A. in Christian Studies with an emphasis on Youth Ministry. Some of his favorite things in life are sports, good food, spending time with friends, and dogs. He grew up going to church and served in youth ministry in High School and was a youth intern. It is his desire to teach students an identity rooted in the gospel, a hunger for God’s word, a passion to love one another, and a heart that burns for God’s mission so they can take that with them for the rest of their life.

Email Bryan at bryanc@illuminatecommunity.com

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 of five years, Jason, on a mission trip in Mexico, started dating in Peru, and got engaged in Argentina. They have two sweet little girls, Selah (3) and Phoenix (1), 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!

Email Nicole at nicolef@illuminatecommunity.com

Elders

Jeff Bakalar
Shane Brown
Steve Capobres
Guido de Koning
Earl DeFrates
Bruce Everette
Larry Hultz
George Zugmier