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Senior Pastor

Paul Elgin

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Hometown:

Seattle area, Washington State

 

Family:

Wife Elizabeth and kids Lucas and Sarah

 

Duties:

Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church

 

Passions:

Sharing the Word of God, finding time for family

 

Philosophy of Ministry and Life:

The chief aim of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever

 

Scriptures:

Psalm 8, Romans 8

 

Education/Ordination:

Bachelor’s in Education, Pacific Lutheran University

Master’s in Performing Arts, University of Washington

Master’s in Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary

 

Favorite Quotes:

Give me Jesus, Lord, give me Jesus.  You can have all of the rest, just give me Jesus.  Anonymous

 

Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone.  Karl Barth

 

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. C.S. Lewis

 

How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. 
Thomas Aquinas

 

Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking.  Scarecrow

 

Favorite music:

Current Pandora Songlist: A. Bruckner, L. Beethoven, W.A. Mozart, J. Strauss I, J. Cash.

 

Favorite Authors:

C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Interests: Reading, Writing, but no Arithmetic

 

Strange but True: Had my five seconds of fame on CNN


Director of Caring Ministries

Bill Heinle, CRE

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Hometown: Casa Grande, AZ

Family: Wife - Janell. Son - Carl. Daughter - Karen

Duties: Director of Caring Ministries

Passions: Christian Education, History, Family

Philosophy of Ministry and Life: God is in control.

Scripture(s): Luke 17:20-21, 1 John 3:17, Phil 4:8, Rom 8: 38-39

Education/Ordination: B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Arizona, studied at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary,  Deacon and Commissioned Ruling Elder. Stephen Leader.

Favorite Quote(s):  

Those who don't know their history are condemned to relive it. -George Santayana

There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.  - Blaise Pascal

Favorite Music:  I like most kinds of music. My favorite to sing is Barbershop Harmony.

Favorite Books:  Lord of the Rings - JRR Toilken,  Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis

Interests: Singing, Geneology and Civil War History

Strange but True:  I was born at Hoemako Hospital (AKA Hope you make it.)


Office Manager

Heather McNutt

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Hometown:  Bradenton, Florida

Family: Husband, Scott, and two sons, Taylor and Michael.

Duties: Keeping the office running smoothly.

Passions: Spending time with my family and my friends.

Philosophy of Ministry and Life:  Do everything to the best of my abilities and then get out of the way and let God be God.

Scripture(s):  "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. " -Isaiah 41:10

Education/Ordination: Southeastern Community College

Favorite Quote(s): Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain.

Favorite Music: Jimmy Buffett, Billy Joel

Favorite Books: Run and Not Be Weary by Larry Lockhart

Interests: Running and Hockey

 


Maintenance Technician

Travis Bott

HOMETOWN:  Tucson, Arizona

FAMILY:  Wife, Susan; four children and five grandchildren

DUTIES:  Maintenance - if it's broken, I can usually fix it.  Custodial - if it's dirty, I clean it.

PASSIONS:  Woodworking, creating, imagining/daydreaming, and good cigars.

PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY AND LIFE:  Be kind to all.

SCRIPTURE(S):  Job 42: 1-6

EDUCATION:  University of Arizona (many credits, no degree).

FAVORITE QUOTE:  "The poorest of all men is not the man without a cent, but the man without a dream." - Judy Ann Davis

FAVORITE MUSIC:  Classical - it's what I grew up with.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  History and Biography.

INTERESTS:  Golf, woodworking, and Scottish History.

STRANGE BUT TRUE:  My life started out in an orphanage with five other brothers.  My twin and I were adopted by the same parents and our four other brothers were adopted seperately.  They lived within 25 miles of each other in Indiana and didn't know it.  My twin and I were raised in Tucson, Arizona.  After 21 years of seperation, we found each other.


Worship Coordinator

Kim Freyermuth

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Hometown: Rantoul, Illinois (raised in Tucson, AZ)

Family Lots!  Too many to name!!

Duties: Worship Director/Handbell Choir Director

Passions: Music and People

Philosophy of Ministry and Life: Let others see Christ in everything I do!

Scripture(s):  So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  -Isaiah 41:10 

For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  -Romans 8: 38 & 39  

 

Education:  BA and MA in Vocal Music Education from University of Arizona in Tucson

 

Favorite Quote(s):   A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.  -Abigail Van Buren

 Think of all the beauty that's still left in and around you and be happy!  -Anne Frank

 

Favorite Music:  Bagpipes, Steel Drums, Handbells, Choirs.....Favorite Song:  "It Is Well With My Soul"

 

Favorite Books: Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

Interests: Singing, Ringing, Eating, Tinkling (on the Ivories!)

 

Strange but True: I don't like artichokes!!


Executive Director, Seeds of Hope

Mark Vanderheyden

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Hometown : Chula Vista, California

Family: Wife Karen,  Daughters Kristee (Casa Grande ),  Karee (San Diego )

Duties: Executive Director Seeds of Hope Ministry

Passions: Helping people help themselves

Philosophy: We were all created in God’s image. It’s up to us to realize that full potential he gave us !

Scripture: Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. -Colossians 3 23-24

Favorite Quote: A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.   -Winston Churchill

Favorite Show: Seinfeld

Favorite Music: The Beatles

Interests: Sports, hiking


Sexton

Peter Vogel

Hometown:  Berlin

Family:  Yes

Duties: Check campus and properties

Passions: People and traveling

Philosophy of Ministry and Life: When help is needed, show up.

Scripture(s): 1 Corinthians 4:11

Education/Ordination: NMU Business

Favorite Quote(s): "Preach the Gospel at all times - if necessary use words." -St. Francis. 

"There is not enough love in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings." -Nietzsche

Favorite Music: Classical.

Favorite Books:  God - Karen Armstrong

Interests: People - Hunting - Philosophy - Fishing - Discovering

Strange but True: I'm really very boring!

 

 


Pianist

Roberta Doerges


Organist

Jane Ethington


Chancel Choir Director and Aquire Singers

June Graber

Hometown: I grew up on a farm near Freeman, South Dakota, and have also lived in Newton Kansas, and Lawrence, Kansas, and have lived in Casa Grande since 1973.

Family: I have a stepdaughter, Stacey, her husband, Keith, and four Grandchildren, with whom I have a very close relationship.   My brother and his wife live in Colorado.

Duties:  I help the members of my choirs learn music that will be performed as special music for our church services.  And we have a lot of fun as we work to learn the music.  We are always looking for more singers to join us in praising God with song.

Passions: Obviously, music and singing are some of the things about which I am most passionate.

< Philosophy of Ministry and Life:  Everyone is somewhere on their spiritual  journey, and I must be aware and respect that fact that, though they might be on a different path than I am,  they are exactly where they are supposed to be!

Scripture(s):  "Stop judging others, and you will not be judged."  Matthew 7:1

Education/Ordination: I attended Mennonite schools from grade school through College.  I received a degree in music performance and education, and used it for 30 years while teaching General Music in the Elementary Schools here in Casa Grande.   It has also come in handy with my choral director's job in the First Presbyterian church for over 30 years, as well as with the yearly performance of the Messiah every December.

Favorite Quote(s):  Friends are the Family you Choose

Favorite Music:  Do you have to ask???

Favorite Books:  Anything by Kenneth Wapnick

Interests: Concerts, Mah Jongg, Card Games, Mexican Train,  Singing, laughing and having fun with friends.

Strange but True:  My friends say I always have a party going on inside my head..... I think they may be right!


Bell Choir

Susan Quintinar

Hometown: Riverhead, NY

Duties: Seedlings and Carillonneurs Handbell Director

Passions: Music 

Philosophy of Ministry and Life: Using music to worship God whether I'm playing or teaching others to play

Education/Ordination:  BS in Music Education

< Favorite Music:  Classical

Favorite Books: Rebecca byDaphne DuMaurier