Meet the Leadership of Northern Hills Community Church


Nick Ford - Lead Pastor

Pastor Nick grew up in Milford, Michigan and earned his Bachelor of Ministry degree from William Tyndale College, where he studied Youth Ministry and Music. He served as the interim Youth Pastor at Korean First Baptist Church in Rochester Hills and interned with the Youth Ministry at South Hill Church in Michigan, before relocating to Phoenix. 

In 2002, Nick was called to Northern Hills Community Church as Associate Pastor of Student Ministries. After serving in this role for nine years, he transitioned to Senior Pastor in July of 2011. Nick's passion to live in and lead others in obedience to the Great Commission has led him on many travels to share the Gospel including mission trips to Uruguay and Nicaragua. Nick received his Master of Theological Studies degree from Gateway Seminary in 2019.

Nick and his wife, Tara, were married in 2001. They have six children. Nick and Tara serve the Lord faithfully and love being a part of His amazing work here at NHCC.

Nate Parrow - Family Pastor

Pastor Nate and his wife Jessica joined Northern Hills Community Church in January 2016, after serving as a campus missionary for six years at Arizona State University. Pastor Nate was led by a calling from God to join NHCC to come and serve as our Family Pastor. Pastor Nate is currently in the middle of his studies at Gateway Seminary, where he is pursuing a Master's of Divinity.


Native to Phoenix, Pastor Nate has served in ministry for ten years now in the Phoenix metro area. Serving as a Lead Pastor at Destiny Community RV church, where he ministered to retirees during the winter months. He served in that capacity for eight years before God called him to NHCC. While serving in that role Pastor Nate also served full time as a campus missionary reaching college students with the gospel. Pastor Nate served at several universities and community colleges in Phoenix. ASU Tempe, ASU West, GCU, Scottsdale Community College, Estrella Community College and Glendale Community College. Jessica is a former missionary reaching people in Mozambique, before coming home state. Jessica now serves with Arizona Baptist Children Services in the Arms of Love ministry as a Foster Care Specialist. Nate and Jessica are thankful for the opportunity to serve at NHCC.

Scott Van Loan - Elder

Scott was born and raised in Buffalo, New York before his family made the move to Arizona in 1978. Scott graduated from Arizona State University in 1982. He and his wife Kim were married in 1986. They have three adult children and four precious grandchildren.

Scott was raised with no religious background in his immediate family but his Aunt and Uncle, who are Christians, shared the gospel with him when he was 12 years old, planting a seed. In 1985, Scott heard the gospel preached clearly, trusted Christ, and was baptized. Scott and Kim joined Northern Hills in 2003 and have served in many capacities as part of our church family.

Thomas Amos - Elder

Thomas was saved and baptized when he was in elementary school and has had a call on his life to ministry since he was sixteen year old. Shortly after, he began preaching at local churches. When he was 22, he moved to Louisville to attend Boyce College where he met Allison. After marrying, Thomas and Allison moved back to Phoenix. In 2018 Thomas and Allison met and adopted their sweet daughter, Anaya.

Thomas graduated from Liberty University with and undergraduate degree in Religion and he is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Gateway Seminary. He has served in many different ministry roles throughout the years from infants to senior adults. The Amos family joined Northern Hills in 2017.

Eric Cook - Elder

Eric was born in Livonia, Michigan and was raised in Texas during his early years. He later moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University and has made it his home for the last 40 years. God blessed Eric with the love of his life when he and Donna were married in 1998. The blessing continued with the birth of triplet daughters, Elizabeth, Madeline and Georgia in 2000. Since 1986, Eric has owned and operated a local tax and accounting practice. Eric enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, and attending hockey games.

God’s sovereignty and providence was on full display when He chose to use a bowling alley bartender as the person to invite him and his family to church. Eric previously had no religious ties or upbringing, but he decided to accept the invite and bring his family to NHCC. It was no accident that a 40-year-old man, with no reason to come to church other than it would be good for his children, attended his first church service. God graciously changed his heart of stone to a heart of flesh and saved him in 2003. God also saved his precious wife that same year. His daughters have also professed Christ and currently worship in the valley and in Nashville.

Since God’s saving grace in Eric’s life, he has eagerly served in the body of NHCC. He has served on various committees, lead discipleship groups, taught Sunday school classes from children to seniors. Eric is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at Gateway Seminary.

Eric continues to seek opportunities to share the gospel and disciple those who God puts in his path. He looks forward to continuing to grow in God’s grace and to apply the wisdom that God bestows upon him to preach, teach and to tell others about Christ.  

Andy Hiatt - Elder

Andy was born and raised in Phoenix. At the age of seven, Jesus rescued him from being dead in his trespasses and sins and gave him new life in Christ when his grandmother (Granny) was teaching a VBS class at a church that his grandfather (Papa) pastored. Shortly after his profession of faith in Christ, Andy was baptized by his Papa. Andy was involved in church throughout his childhood.

After graduating high school, Andy attended college at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. On his first day of classes he met Stephanie whom he would later marry the day after they both graduated from Trinity in May of 2001. A few months after marrying they moved back to Phoenix. They have three children Abigael, Leah, and Caleb. Their children have all made professions of faith and have been baptized in obedience to Christ. They enjoy homeschooling as a family, traveling, camping, and generally doing anything outdoors.

Andy’s family began attending Northern Hills in 2018. Stephanie and Andy were accepted as members of the church in late 2018. Andy is involved with the children’s ministry and the missions team. He has a passion for church history, Scripture, and contending for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. He has a desire to be obedient in whatever capacity God calls him to serve. Andy and his family are grateful for the kindness that God has shown in leading them to this church family.


Natalie Frasca - Children's Ministry Director

Natalie grew up in California and earned her bachelor's degree from The Master's College in Santa Clarita, CA. She studied Elementary Education with an emphasis in Bible/Israel. She was privileged to be a part of The Master's College, IBEX, extension program and lived and studied in Israel for a semester.

Natalie has always had a passion for sharing the Gospel. Her favorite time of the year has always been VBS time! She jumped at the opportunity to direct her first Vacation Bible School when she was 18 years old and has been a big part of many VBS programs ever since. She started directing our VBS and our children's department in 2013.

Natalie married her high school sweetheart, Jacob, in 1999. After they were married she moved to Phoenix. They started attending NHCC in 2000 and have been faithfully serving our Lord here ever since.

Donnie Johnson - Worship Arts Director

Donnie is blessed to be a husband to Betsy and a father to Riley and Carter. His favorite things are loving his wife and children, making excellent food for people to enjoy, and leading worship. Donnie teaches Bible and is the Worship Coordinator at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He is also working on his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. Donnie joined staff at Northern Hills in 2018.