Nominations for the office of Elder at Camelback Bible Church are currently being accepted. Nomination forms are at the Information Desk in the Welcome Center, in the church office, or here. Please use the form to review the Biblical qualifications of an Elder, and to submit your nomination(s). Forms may be submitted by mail, dropped off at the church office, or emailed to Pastor Ron. Nomination forms must be submitted by January 15, 2015. Your prayerful consideration and input is valued deeply.
I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. Experiencing a tumultuous childhood, drug addiction and a rebellious lifestyle, the Sovereign grace of Jesus Christ invaded my heart with power from on High and brought the forgiveness of sins and a new heart loving the Gospel. Through a series of events and God ordained circumstances I met Becky and we were married in 1973 and have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I started in lay ministry with a church plant in S. Florida. As pastoral obligations increased, I heeded the call to serve as Senior Pastor in Phoenix, AZ in late 1997. Becky has led women’s small groups with counseling emphasis. Becky and I started attending CBC in 2003 and will be celebrating 10 years of fellowship in our congregation. I currently teach the Diakonia group on Sundays, serve in the pulpit when needed, and am entering my second year as a Shepherding Elder.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. -Colossians 3:1-2
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. -2 Timothy 3:16
I was born on a farm in Pennsylvania and attended Valley Forge Military Academy and College, and the University of Pittsburgh where I received my master’s degree in health administration. I met my wife, Leslie, in Chicago and were married in 1978. We have two sons and two daughters, James, Rob, Rachel, and Katie. We have all been members of CBC since 1994. I have been an executive in healthcare for 35 years, including President and CEO of four health systems. Last year I retired from my executive position and am now a partner in a healthcare consulting firm. I also operate the family orchard in Western Pennsylvania.
I have taught Children’s Sunday School, Logos Kid’s Club, Adult Sunday School, a community group and previously served as an elder. It gives me great joy to work within the church, God’s chosen instrument to carry out His will in our time, and to work in an orchard to see the wonders of God’s creation each day.
Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. -Lamentations 3:19-23
I was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona and attended ASU as well as Phoenix Seminary. I met my wife, Alyssa, in high school and we were married in 1991 at CBC. Alyssa and I have four children, Madison, Amanda, Bennett and Matthew. I have owned and operated a furniture store and design firm in Scottsdale since 1997.
I have served in many areas at CBC including leading an adult Sunday morning fellowship class, leading a small group and serving as an usher. Currently I am active in the men’s discipleship groups at CBC. I also serve as the board chair of Steps of Faith, a ministry for at-risk women and families which provides training, nurturing and mentoring.
I grew up in Portland, Oregon where I met my wife, Camille, at the church we attended. We married in August 1971 at a pioneer church founded by the wagon master of one of the first wagon trains to the Oregon Territory. We have three married children, Joel, Kathryn, and Luke and five grandchildren. I graduated from Cornell University, completed a masters program in business at the University of Oregon, and in 2006 received my Graduate Diploma in Biblical Studies from Phoenix Seminary. The majority of my career was in human resources.
Last fall, I served as a small group facilitator for the men’s retreat in Prescott. Camille and I lead a community group, and we’ve served as Discovery II group leaders. Since 2008 I have ministered in hospice and hospital chaplaincy and church visitation.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. -Isaiah 55: 9-11