Meet Our Team


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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

 
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ken bohlen - executive pastor

Ken has failed at retirement more than twice and is settled to the fact that he is a lifelong learner of God’s Word…and golf. Ken brings a wealth of management experience combined with years of service in the local church as an elder and pastoral leader. His business career includes leadership roles in the aerospace, defense and electric power industries. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State and an MBA from the University of Iowa, and an Advanced Certificate in General Studies from Phoenix Seminary. Ken recently was on staff at Scottsdale Bible Church as the Managing Executive Pastor.  Prior to that, he served as the Executive Pastor of Mountain Valley Church. He and his wife, Sandy, have known each other since kindergarten, and have been married for 40+ years. They have two daughters and four grandchildren who live here in the Valley.

Email Ken at kenb@illuminatecommunity.com

 
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matt curtis - children's pastor

Matt is a California native, spending most of his youth right near the beach in Santa Cruz. He moved to Arizona in high school and attended Arizona Christian University, where he complete his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He also met his wife, Shay, at ACU and they have been married almost 10 years now. Matt has always loved children, and found himself being led into youth ministry for over 9 years as a 4th - 6th grade director and Junior High Pastor. He had been serving as the part time 5th and 6th grade director here at Illuminate for the past 9 months. He has a passion to show the love of Christ to people, and desires to be a light to everyone he comes across. He wants to come alongside parents as they lead their children into a relationship with Jesus Christ and the joy that that brings! His great passions outside of ministry are his wife, his 3 boys (Jack, Maverick and Cruz), sports, the beach, and friends. 

Emai Matt at mattc@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 freshmen 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

 
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Jonny Lutz - student pastor

Jonny was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. He earned a B.A. in Communications from Arizona State University and is pursuing a 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 (5) and Ellison (3), 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

 
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ana hernandez - office manager

I was born in Mexico, but raised in the Valley of the Sun. I am soon-to-be wife to Lee Rippy. We actually met through Illuminate as he works behind the scenes with the technical AV team. His hardworking and genuine heart to serve the Lord is what caught my attention. His love for the broken and the un-reached and his passion to be the literal hands and feet of Jesus is what made me fall in love with him and we are so thankful for a church we are able to call home. I have a heart for helping people in whatever they need. In getting to know those who are new and making them feel at home, a genuine smile goes a long way. One can never serve too much because all we do, we do it for the Lord and His kingdom. I love a good cup of coffee with a good book to go with it and spending time in God's Word and His presence. I delight in the joy of the Lord. He is way too good and it is my duty to extend the same love to those around me that He so graciously poured out on me. I am blessed to be a part of this team and witness the church of God grow.

Email Ana at anah@illuminatecommunity.com

 
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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

 

Nicole Forward - Administrative Assistant

Nicole has spent half of her life in California and half in Arizona - a Calizonian. 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 a sweet little girl, Selah, who is almost one, who will soon be joining on 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

 

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