Senior Pastor Ron & Susie Gannett
Ron and Susie Gannett moved to SaddleBrooke in March of 2011 to become the Lead Pastor of Community Church. He was as surprised as anyone that God would take him to Arizona to extend his career. Hailing from Alabama and spending most of his career in Canada, he is delighted to invest these years helping people finish well.
The two lovebirds met at Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham and were married in May 1970. The Gannett’s enjoy four children and nine grandchildren spread out in Calgary, Toronto, Pittsburg and Birmingham. During the summers, you can find them nestled away in their northern Ontario cottage that is a magnet for the family.
Ron received his Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and Doctor of Ministries from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He was later graced with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Briercrest College and Seminary. His ordination took place in 1975 and has been involved in pastoring churches for forty years. He spent most of his career (21 years) in Burlington, Ontario, shepherding the good folks of Park Bible Church.
While in Canada, Ron served on the general council of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and the boards of Camino Global, Back to the Bible and Heritage College and Seminary. While serving as pastor at Park, he was elected as moderator of the Associated Gospel Churches of Canada.
Ron is the author of The Jesus Passages: Exploring the Words of Jesus through Journaling. The book comes in a journal format and is designed to help people interact with the words of our Lord himself. In addition, he sponsors websites which help people grow in their faith: www.readthebiblewithus.com and www.TheJesusPassages.com. Don’t be surprised if you see more publications coming from the Gannett’s.
Susie enriches Ron’s ministry with her teaching and outreach to women. She is a gifted student and communicator of the Scriptures and is often called upon to speak at retreats and conferences. Between the two of them, they have ministered in such diverse places as Central and South America, Mexico, Indonesia, China, Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Romania, Kazakhstan, Germany and much more.
The Gannett’s have a passion to equip others to know and serve the Lord. They feel that this adds an exponential element to their ministry as it releases people to help their family and friends. That is why they love the SaddleBrooke community, which creates an environment to meet and help people. They are here to serve you, so feel free to call anytime to discover that you have some friends who care and want to help you fulfill your dreams.
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Executive Pastor Steve & Terri Wilson
Summer Shepherding Pastor John
& Carol Miller
Worship Pastor Larry
& Barb Vinyard
Steve & Terri joined Community Church in September of 2014. Steve spent 17 years as Executive Pastor at Spokane Valley
Church of the Nazarene. He blends his love for preaching and his administrative skills to help Community Church make a difference in SaddleBrooke.
Steve has served in a variety of roles over the years. Including, Sunday School ministries director, District Advisory Board,
Board of Trustees Northwest Nazarene University and Chaplain to the National Football League Referees Association.
In addition, Steve spent 18 years as a major college football referee and 15 years working for the National Football League.
He has been to all the big stadiums and is enjoying his retirement here in our community.
Steve is joined in his ministry by his wife, Terri. She retired as a credit union executive and is active in our ladies fellowship.
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John and his wife Carol have four boys and five grandchildren. John graduated from Cal. St. University of Long Beach,
California where he played varsity baseball. Having turned down a Major League baseball contract to play for the Minnesota Twins, John went on to attend Talbot School of Theology in Fullerton California. He then received his Doctorate of ministry from Phoenix Seminary.
Recently, after serving as lead pastor of Northwest Bible Church for the past 35 years, John stepped down to join the staff of Centers of Church Based Training - a ministry dedicated to developing mature disciples of Jesus in local churches everywhere.
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Larry and Barb Vinyard have lived in Arizona since 1997. They grew up in Southern Oregon, and Oregon friends have asked, “Who would want to live in the desert?”. Arizona is one of the best kept secrets and a beautiful place to live and serve the Lord! Larry’s career has included 5 years of teaching science and music in the public schools and 40 years in church ministry in Oregon, California and for the past 21 years at Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene as Pastor of Worship and Technology. Barb taught school for 39 years in special education, as a regular classroom teacher and then as a reading specialist. Larry has a BA in secondary education from Northwest Nazarene University, a Master’s degree in music education from Lewis and Clark College, and a DMA in Organ performance from the University of Arizona. Barb has a BA in elementary education from Northwest Nazarene University and a Master’s degree in reading from Southern Oregon University. Larry enjoys music related technology
and is passionate about helping people worship God in music and media. Barbara loves children, wins every game she plays, and has a quick wit! They are excited to come alongside CCSB and serve as God leads them on an incredible journey together!
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Care Pastor Roger & Karen Simmons
I was born and raised to parents who believed and walked daily with Jesus. I lived with an older brother and 2 younger sisters in
a farming community outside Sturgis, MI. We were all musically inclined except for my dear mother who lived vicariously through her husband and children, giving us her full support as we sang and played our instruments. I began my musical training in piano at the age of 5. A few years later, I was given more training in Voice, Flute and Organ. I graduated with a BS degree in Secondary Music Education from Taylor University but not before teaching a year under a cadet teaching certificate in Galion, Ohio in 1967-68. Following graduation in mid year 1970 I was hired to teach Jr High and High School General Music and lead several different choirs from grades 7-12.
My husband Gary and I were married in July 1969. My public teaching career continued until our daughter Karen was born in 1974, then I became an Independent coach/teacher of voice, piano and organ for the next 31 years semi retiring in 2005
to help care for my mother following my father’s graduation to glory. For 25 years I was a member of the Elkhart, IN.
Symphonic Chorus where I was given the privilege of singing solos and in various ensembles. I taught in the Rehm Music Studio for a total of 37 years, 3 of them in AZ. During those years of Independent teaching, I was also Minister of Music at 2 different churches, a UMC and a Brethren Church where I led the congregations in singing songs of worship, as well as leading/directing Sunday choir specials and Christmas/Winter, Easter/Spring presentations. When Gary and I moved from Elkhart, IN.
to AZ. in 2002, I taught private voice/piano lessons at the Casas School of the Fine Arts until they closed the Fine Arts program after my being there one year. The students I cultivated during that year continued taking lessons in the Rehm Music Studio which I opened in late 2002. I was very active and took on leading roles in various Music Organizations in IN. and here in AZ.
Because I grew up in a Bible believing/Christ-centered home, I knew Who the Triune God was but it wasn’t until 1968 that I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. The music I was teaching, singing and playing took on a whole new meaning for me as I acknowledged the Giver of this beautiful gift I had been given early in my life, one that I have been able to share and will continue to share as God allows.
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Roger and Karen moved to SaddleBrooke in December of 2019, and joined Community Church shortly afterward. Roger and Karen met in England when Roger was stationed there with the USAF. They’ve been married for 48 years, and have three children and 5 grandchildren.
During his career in the Air Force, Roger felt God leading him to become a Pastor and stepped out in faith. Roger has been an Executive Pastor at several large churches in Colorado Springs, and also a leader with ministries reaching out to orphans and neglected kids in third world countries and to international students coming to the US to study in our colleges and universities.
Roger’s role as Care Pastor is to equip our church body to love and care for one another.
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