As native Arizonans, my wife, Katie, and I have a deep love for Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix area. Together we have four kids, Kylie, Brooklyn, Peyton, and Lincoln, and we are all really excited to be a part of North Bible Church! As a pastor, I have served in various roles in churches in Arizona, Texas, and Oregon and have been on mission trips in Africa, Europe, Mexico, and the Middle East. My experiences in ministry have given me a genuine appreciation for different cultures and backgrounds, so although we call Arizona home, we are passionate about what God is doing all over the world. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona (Bear Down!) and my Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. When I'm not hanging out with my wife and kids at home, I enjoy hiking, reading, traveling, as well as being a long-suffering Arizona sports fan. Against my better judgment, I like eating spicy foods until my face goes numb and playing sports that I'm too old to play.
Born in Scottsdale but raised in Los Angeles, I’ve always thought of myself as a California guy; but the desert called me back in 2014 and it sure feels like home. My wife, Amber, is also a Scottsdale native, and our son, Isaac, is a 5th generation native on his mother’s side. My favorite place to be is wherever they are. It is my privilege to worship the King alongside this community.
As one of the pastors at North Bible Church, it’s a privilege for my family (wife and four kids) to be part of this community. I’ve had the opportunity to be part of North since the inception in late 2003. I grew up in the Midwest and East coast and did my undergrad at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. I then got my masters at Phoenix Seminary. If I had a day to do whatever I wanted my choices would include hiking, yummy food, watching ESPN, time with my wife of almost 17 years and hanging with my kids (ages 10-21). Another way I like to spend my time is sitting down with men, students, parents, friends or perfect strangers for coffee and sharing openly about life’s struggles, joys and what God is teaching us. On that note, send me an email or just ask me to hang out, I’ll even let you pay for my coffee ;-)
Pastor of Student Ministries
My wife Kayla and I moved to Arizona as newlyweds in the summer of 2013, when the Middle School Ministry (MSM) was officially launched at North. I was born and raised in Ohio, and am a loyal Buckeye and Cincinnati Reds fan (I “saw” Tom Browning pitch a perfect game in 1988 as a one-year old). I also jumped on the Vegas Golden Knights bandwagon, since they have the greatest mascot name in all of sport. I heard Laurel, saw a blue and black dress, and believe a hot dog is a sandwich. One of the perks of Student Ministry is all the pizza and Mountain Dew I could ever want. I recently graduated from Phoenix Seminary with a Master's Degree in Ministry. I love being at home with my wife and two kids (Violet and Emerson), watching Netflix, playing board games, and reading a good book.
I have the privilege of working with women and community groups at North. Our family has loved being a part of North Bible, which is much more than just our church, it is our community and family. My husband, Scott (of 28 years) and I have been honored to be the parents to Janelle (22) and Austin (14), whom we love to hang out with, and adventure with. I’ve been involved in ministry since I was in high school when I worked with junior high girls. I have a desire to connect people to each other and the Lord. I recently graduated from Phoenix Seminary with a Master's Degree in Ministry. I enjoy reading and learning. I'm always up for a hike or a run with friends because I really love good food, cooking, and baking.
I serve as the office manager and gate keeper for the North staff and family – a job I love as it is all about the people and being organized! My job is to support the team....but really I do just about anything and everything from hosting our Annual Chili Cook Off to doing wash to holding all the sweet babies that come to church every Sunday! I guess that's why many times they refer to me as the Team Mom. Married to Benn (yep, that's with two n's) and we have two young adult daughters. I love to cook and try new recipes, and being outside doing whatever - as much as this redheaded complexion will let me.
Director of Children's Ministry
I grew up in Phoenix and Prescott AZ, graduated from Grand Canyon University and married the tallest guy I could find! Yep, he's 6'5 and I'm barely 5 feet, (I have to stand on a chair to give him a real kiss!). We have 5 children (ranging from high school to college age) who keep us on our toes and on our knees! I love history, bugs, nature walks, all things old fashioned and true, I can usually fix just about anything with duct tape or glue, and I love to mentor young girls!!! I love being the children's Director of K-5th because I believe these are formative years and they are precious sponges!
Director of Preschool
My family is my life…I met my husband, Adam in 2011 at a church in Northern Indiana where I grew up. Playing the role of Joseph and Mary in a live nativity walk is where we started our relationship and our partnership in ministry. We now have 2 beautiful & busy kids, Violet & Emerson. Together we enjoy playing board games and having movie nights in as a family. Apart from my family you can find me getting lost at any Target with a vanilla latte in hand. Yes, I’m “basic”. I grew up in a church but started walking with Jesus when I was 22. At that point all I wanted to do with my free time was volunteer as a preschool teacher. Every Sunday I am with preschoolers they remind me of the childlike faith my heavenly father wants me to have and that’s where I find my joy.
Director of Hospitality & Events
I’ve been married to my friend and Buddy for 30 years (seriously, his name is Buddy). We have lived in Arizona forever, have 3 young adult boys, and seem to always have a houseful of boys doing boy stuff i.e. football, basketball, golf, video games and of course FOOD! I’ve had a sweet relationship with the Lord for more than 40 years now and graduated from Grand Canyon University long before it was a COOL place to be! As the Director of Hospitality and Events I get to work with a bunch of creative and friendly people! I’m always looking for a reason to turn anything into a party!! And people often ask me to use my inside voice, to which I reply, “I am!”