Meet The Team

Pastor Ron & Susie
Gannett

Pastor Steve & Terri Wilson

Pastor John & Carol Miller

Pastor Larry & Barb Vinyard

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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.

CONTACT PASTOR RON
1-205-222-1546
rongannett@gmail.com

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Pastor 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.

Pastor 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.

Pastor Steve is joined in his ministry by his wife Terri. She retired as a credit union executive and is active in our ladies fellowship.

CONTACT PASTOR STEVE

1-509-999-7000

steve.29.wilson@gmail.com

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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.
 

 


CONTACT PASTOR JOHN
520-237-5828
johnwmiller1963@gmail.com

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Pastor 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!  We are excited to come alongside CCSB and serve as God leads us on an incredible journey together!

CONTACT PASTOR LARRY
520-349-8168
lvinyard@comcast.net

STAFF

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LES FRENCH

Assistant Care Director

Les joined the Community Church at Saddlebrooke staff in March of 2016. Prior to moving to Saddlebrooke Les served on the staff of his previous church as the Director of Evangelism and Discipleship. Les and his wife Sandy moved to Saddlebrooke in 2002 and joined CCSB in 2003. Since joining the church Les has served in a variety of ministries; leading Bible studies, ushers, set up committee, sound both, empowerment, Nominating Committee and Board of Directors.

Les and Sandy have been called to care for the body of Christ at CCSB and they truly enjoy being part of the all the care ministries. In their life prior to moving to Saddlebrooke, Les and Sandy relocated often and always sought churches where the Word of God was preached. They frequently have worked together in ministry teaching Sunday school, covenant groups, marriage mentoring; and have been involved in Precepts, Bible Study Fellowship, Community Bible Study and Christian Business Men’s Committee.

Les has been involved in missions as well, and has been on the board of directors of an international organization for over 15 years. He has attended several classes at Fuller Seminary as well as attending conferences on small groups, discipleship and aging when he was serving in his previous church.

CONTACT LES

lnfskf@gmail.com

520-235-1172

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RON AESCHLIMAN

Choir Director

Ron and his wife Carol moved to Saddlebrooke in 1999 and joined Community Church that same year. After just a few weeks he decided to join the choir and has been involved ever since.

Ron started the karaoke sing a long at HOA 1 in 2004 and continues to be a lively, fun and well attended event even today. He has also been active in the Saddlebrooke Variety shows for many years. A few years ago, Ron was offered the opportunity to perform his very own variety show occasionally in the Mountain View Bistro. Ron continues to be a popular talent with a loyal following. Come and enjoy one of his floor shows sometime. You will have a wonderful time.

Ron took over leadership of the Community Church Choir on a temporary basis in early 2014. He recently accepted the full-time position and is continually looking for any and all that enjoy singing, to join the Celebration Singers. He truly enjoys seeing everyone sing praises to our Lord and King. Come and join Ron as we join our voices in song each and every Sunday.

CONTACT RON

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WENDY HIGGINS

Secretary

Wendy is a native Tucsonan but being the step-daughter of an Air Force Active Duty member (Retired now), Wendy has traveled! Home has always been Tucson though and this is where she landed after meeting her ex-husband in the Great Northwest! Together they had a beautiful daughter who is now 18, a Graduate from Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, attends the UofA full time and lives between both homes. Wendy attends CCSB and is a Member. She currently lives in Marana, AZ.
 

Wendy comes to Community Church with over 20 years of administrative experience and in most recent years graphic design and public relations. She has worked in many fields; in the last 8 years she has worked closely with Ministries & Churches in Arizona.
 

Wendy loves spending time with her daughter, capturing our wonderful sunsets and sunrises, chasing monsoons all summer and being joyful in the Lord daily! Her hope is to bring to CCSB and its congregants that same Joy and to lend all her talents wherever the Lord needs her.

CONTACT WENDY

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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PAT TARR

BOARD CHAIR

medtar@aol.com

P E R S O N A L    H I S T O RY
Born and raised in Springfield, IL. Graduated from Illinois State University
with a B.S. in Medical Technology. Worked at St. John's Hospital in
Springfield, IL and for West Allis Memorial Hospital/Aurora Health Care in
Milwaukee, WI as a Medical Technologist and in various management
positions. Completed a Masters in Business Administration from
Marquette University. Retired from the position of Director of ACL
Laboratories Client Services at Aurora Health Care in 2011. Church
affiliations include: Trinity Lutheran Church, Springfield, IL and Trinity
Lutheran Church, Freistadt, WI.


C C S B   M E M B E R S H I P
Member of CCSB since 2011
Member of the Missions Committee, Chair in 2013
Usher & Greeter, Chair in 2018
Altar Set-up
Attend Bible Studies and Retreats
Member of Prayer Team and Fellowship Committee
Board Member from 2015-2017, Secretary all three years


N O N -   C H U R C H   Q U A L I F I C AT I O N S   /   T E A M P L A Y E R
I bring the following skills from my 20+ years of management experience in
my work life: listening, planning, negotiation, computer, organization, and
customer service. Examples of being a Team Player include: willingness to
serve on many committees, willingness to help at church services, retreats
and bible studies.


M Y   A F F I R M AT I O N   O F   FA I T H
I am growing my personal relationship with Jesus Christ by attending
weekly church services, attending Bible studies, and belonging to various
committees. I believe in the Triune God and that Jesus Christ is my Lord
and Savior. I uphold the mission of our church for people in our community
to develop a spiritual faith in Jesus Christ. Tithing to me means giving
proportionately based on individual income, giving methodically, and giving
regularly.


M Y   V I S I O N   F O R   C C S B
My vision for our church is to make sure our church remains welcoming to
all people and continues to care for our neighbors and share our talents
and gifts with those in need in our surrounding communities.

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HERB STEELE

Herb and Gloria Steele moved to SaddleBrooke in July of 2017 from Lone Tree CO, where they had lived for 8 years near their two sons and wives and four granddaughters. Prior to CO, they lived in Coronado, CA, and Mission Viejo, CA. Shortly after their arrival in SaddleBrooke, they began attending CCSB, becoming members a year later. Herb obtained a BA degree in English Literature from Duke University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, plus four years as the Operations Officer on a LST with two Viet Nam deployments shuttling cargo between Da Nang and the DMZ. Although the majority of his career was in commercial real estate finance, he also held positions in Internet-related commercial real estate and a sunset career in residential real estate. Volunteer work has included positions as Treasurer and then President of HOA’s in California and Colorado. Prior to moving to AZ, he served three years on the Planning Commission of Lone Tree, CO. Herb grew up in a church-based family and committed his life to Christ at a Billy Graham crusade in 1957 in Madison Square Garden. Christian service has included positions as Teaching Leader and then Area Advisor of Bible Study Fellowship in Southern California, a member of the land committee of Saddleback Church with Rick Warren, an Elder of Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Coronado, and a small group leader of a Bible study in CO.

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BOARD VICE CHAIR

azrunner@wbhsi.net

JERRY FAY

Born in 1943 in Washington state, raised in a small dairy farming
community.  Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Washington, 1966.  Married to Cheryl December 26, 1964. Two daughters, Kim and Julie.  Had a career in the public and private sector primarily in transportation and finance and retired from the State of Washington in 2001.  Moved to SaddleBrooke in 2005 and fully retired in 2007. I am a born-again Christian (1982) and baptized (1985). At our church in Vancouver, WA, I was active in Men’s Bible Studies and Ministries and Cheryl and I were advisors to the Junior and Senior High Ministries. I served on the Board of the Vancouver Salvation Army and chaired it for two years. Relocated, and at our new Church in Olympia, WA, (1200 members) I oversaw all Men’s Ministries and Men’s Bible Studies.  Cheryl was the
administrative assistant to the Executive Pastor. In subsequent church’s since coming to Arizona I have been active in adult Bible studies, men’s Bible studies and a ministry I started two years ago to provide used tennis shoes to the homeless.  I also tutor math at Coronado Grade School. I have been attending CCSB and I am Advisory Board Member with the Amphi
Salvation Army Corp and belong to a Men’s Empowerment Group.  I am also mentoring a physically disabled man who attends CCSB and I hold a one on one weekly Bible study with him. The used tennis shoe ministry I started has collected over 700 pairs of shoes over the past two years and I distribute them to several homeless ministries, including the Gospel
Rescue Mission, one of our missions. My hobbies are reading, writing, tennis and jogging.

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BOARD MEMBER

rdm2402@me.com

RON MORRIS

I was born in Beeville, Texas and moved around with my parents to oil field locations for many years. I graduated from Bowie High School in 1955 and then went to Texas Tech for a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Upon graduation I entered the USAF and went first to Officers’
Training School in San Antonio. During my air force career I flew as a C-130 navigator, instructed new students in
navigator training, monitored contractor operations at The Boeing Company, oversaw satellite manufacturing at TRW Inc and finished as Director of Contracts for the Defense
Support System at Air Force Space Command in Los Angeles. I retired from the air force in 1982 and worked for 14 years at TRW Space & Defense in Redondo Beach. My jobs
included Director of Long Range Planning and Director of Legal and Ethical Conduct. While in the air force I married and sired a son and daughter; the marriage ended in divorce. While at TRW Inc I met Dolores and we’ve been married 42 years. My church background in Texas was with the Baptist Church…I was baptized in a stock tank behind the church in Newport. I’ve had later church involvement with Methodist and Lutheran congregations. Dolores and I joined the
Community Church in 2008 (or so) and I’ve enjoyed
participating in Men’s Empowerment and supporting The Salvation Army as Missions Board Liaison and ringing the bell for the annual Red Kettle Drive.

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GENIE WILLIAMS

I was born in California.  I’ve lived in New York, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Arizona.

I married Dick Williams in 1982.  We were married for 32 years when he died in 2014. We

moved to SaddleBrooke in 2008 from Grand Junction, CO.  I went to college in Southern

California and after getting an Associate of Science I got the travel bug.  Trans World Airlines

hired me in 1968 as a Stewardess/Flight Attendant.  Over a 15-year career I was based in

New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. I flew both domestic and international flights. 

 

After leaving TWA in 1983, I have spent the years doing volunteer work in various organizations:

University of New Hampshire Marine Docent Program (outreach for children and adults);

Natural History Museum- Denver (educational programs for school outreach); Denver

Zoological Gardens –docent (educational programs for children and adults); President of

the Denver Zoo Volunteers; Served on the Board of Trustees/Denver Zoological Foundation;

Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum (ambassador to visitors); Art Guild of Grand Junction

(promoting art in schools); St. Mary’s Hospital (ambassador to patients and their families);

Winter Park Ski Area Disabled Program (taught skiing to the blind and disabled);

Western Center for Hospice and Palliative Care (Grand Junction, CO); Casa de la Luz Hospice

(Tucson).

 

Co-chair Usher/Greeter ministry; Nominating Committee; Women’s Council; Women’s bible

studies; Women’s Retreat; LIFT member; Assist with new members at their confirmation;

Prayer Shawl Ministry; Prayer Team;

Pastoral Nominating Committee and Grief Share Co-chair and team member.

 

I continue to grow my personal relationship with Jesus by staying in His Word, by consistently

attending bible studies and setting aside time each day to pray. 

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BOARD MEMBER

dkroese@wbhsi.net

DICK KROESE

My childhood was spent in Nebraska where my father and mother owned Ford Car Dealerships in small farming communities. I spent my non-school time working in the family garage. I graduated from Hebron High School and went on to college at Nebraska Wesleyan University. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in history and religion. I was accepted at two divinity schools, but the Vietnam War changed all of that. I went on and enlisted in the US Navy and became an electronics technician serving on the flight deck of the USS Kitty Hawk and Ranger. When I was discharged from the Navy, jobs were hard to find. I became a correctional officer at the Nebraska Penal Complex, and then went on as a tax collector for the state of Nebraska. While I was in government service, I pursued a Master’s degree in Public Administration. My plans were to continue in government or politics. In the meantime, since I was working on my masters, I had the opportunity to apply for a management position with the Union Pacific. I was accepted in the operating department. I attended the many training schools the railroad had to offer for officers, which include locomotive engineer, dispatching, signaling, track repair, and safety training. During my thirty years of railroading. I have worked for two railroads, twenty four years with the Union Pacific and six years with the CSX railroads. My last six years I was a professional witness with the Union Pacific.

I have been a member of CCSB for approximately eight years. Currently, I am an usher and am serving on the Missions Committee.

First and foremost, I believe that Jesus Christ is our savior which is the reason that at one time, I had intentions of going into the ministry. As far as my other religious experience, I grew up as an Episcopalian and then went on to become a Presbyterian, being a member of several different churches in cities in which we lived.

I have been responsible for managing large budgets, large operating territories, and large numbers of employees. I have had experience with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

If elected, I will base all of my decisions and actions on what I feel is best for CCSB.

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