Gary BalokGary Balok

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. We have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I started in lay ministry with a church plant in south 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

Erik HolmErick Holm

I was born and raised in Glenview, Illinois. I graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Communications. I met my wife, Megan, at a Christian camp in White Lake, Wisconsin in 2000. Shortly after graduating college, I moved to Arizona and Megan and I were married at CBC. We now have two boys: Bradley and Caleb. I have been working in the healthcare industry since 2008. I work as a Sales Consultant for BD Medical in the Diabetes Care division.

I grew up in the church and have always felt that the church family has played a large role in my journey with Christ. Using my gifts to serve and encourage the church is important to me. I have been involved in leading a small group, serving in children’s ministry, ministering on the benevolent team as well as the hospitality team and ushering.

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. – Jeremiah 17:7

Rollie LeemanRollie Leeman

God led Megan and I to Camelback Bible Church in 2004 shortly after moving to Phoenix. In that time He has truly blessed our family by drawing us into the church family here. We have been involved in many ministries at various times including leading a small group, teaching in children and college ministries, and serving as an usher. But most of all, being able to worship God, grow in our faith, and connect with faithful believers at CBC has been an essential part of our lives here in Phoenix. God has truly been faithful to feed me and my family through the teaching and ministry of Camelback.

I have worked at Intel Corporation as an engineer since coming to Phoenix. Prior to that we lived in Minneapolis MN, where I grew up and went to college. It was at our church in Minneapolis where Megan and I met while involved in our college group. We married just before moving to Phoenix, and God has blessed us with three children; Lydia, Ben, and Owen.

My faith in Jesus began through the teaching and testimony of my parents and the church we attended in my hometown near Minneapolis. God has greatly used local churches in each place He has put us, and I’m thrilled to continue to be a part of the ministry at Camelback Bible Church.


Bill LindnerBill Lindner

I am one of those rare Phoenix natives and attended both the University of Arizona and ASU, from which I received a degree in Marketing. I have enjoyed careers in professional baseball, new homes sales, sales and marketing management, as an entrepreneur, and currently am a Realtor with Realty One Group in Scottsdale.

God, in His providence, drew my wife, J.E., and me together through a baseball injury and we were married in 1964. We have two sons, Clark and Kent, who were raised in and by the church body at Camelback, and we claim Christina and Colleen, their godly spouses, as our daughters. We are also blessed to have two grandchildren.

J.E. and I are privileged to be founding members of CBC, the church in which we were baptized. J.E. has been active in the Monday Morning Women’s Prayer Group and Bible Study over the years, and I host our CBC Discovery I sessions. Together we lead a Community Group.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses  let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2

Milligan, JohnJohn Milligan

I grew up in Indiana in a church attending family, and came to receive Jesus as my personal Savior through the testimony of my older brother, just as I was entering high school.  In college, I met my wife Connie through a Christian ministry on campus (some neat God provisions involved!), and we married after my first year in medical school.  Even during my residency, we began teaching children, back then 1-2 year olds.  We moved to Phoenix to start my practice in 1984, and worshipped and served at Scottsdale Bible and then their church plant in south Scottsdale, teaching children and serving on the elder board.  We first came to Camelback on Easter Sunday 7 years ago, and we began teaching 1st-3rd graders, and now teach 4th-6th graders.  CBC kids are amazing and a blessing to work with!  We have been long term members of the Savale’s community group, a real blessing to walk with Christ along with these friends.  We both have been long term participants in Bible Study Fellowship.  Connie has been a group leader for years, and I was able to serve in this capacity this past year.

God has used sermons, books, conferences and retreats, community groups, BSF, marriage and parenting to mature me in Christ.  I still remember Pastor Tim’s sermon on how spiritual growth occurs, as we behold God and His glory, and are then transformed from one degree of glory to another (incrementally) II Corinthians 3:18; yes, thankfully, it’s a process.

As I’ve seen God work in my life and those around me, and have learned in the Bible what God has done and said, these words hold special value-

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live.  Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”  Deuteronomy 4:9

Tom ReimersTom Reimers

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 Camelback 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 Camelback.  I also serve as the board chair of Hope Women’s Center, a ministry for at-risk women and families which provides training, nurturing, and mentoring.


Hank TomlinsonHank Tomlinson

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

Scott Whyte - Camelback Bible ChurchScott Whyte

Scott was born in Los Angeles and moved to Phoenix where he attended Hopi Elementary School and Arcadia High School. After going away for college and work, Scott returned to Phoenix in 1990. Scott and his wife Elise were married in 1994 and they are thankful to have become a part of the Camelback Bible family in 2000. The Whyte’s have four children – Harrison, Cameron, Davis and Charlotte. Scott works an executive at a health care information technology company.

Scott has previously served as an elder and Scott and Elise have been involved the music, children’s and Sunday teaching ministries. Elise and children continue to serve in CBC’s music ministries.

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. – Colossians 1:9-14