I grew up in a Christian home, but walked away from the Lord during my high school years. In my senior year of high school, on March 6, 1976, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord as a result of the prayers of youth and adults in my church.
The day I went to college, I drove to my local home church and prayed in the parking lot. I told God that I would do anything God wanted me to do. I would be a pastor, a missionary, a businessman but God just needed to tell me or else I would go that day and sign up to study and become music teacher to make a positive impact upon students for Christ.
Well God didn’t tell me anything different. I began to study to become a band director. While at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, God blessed my life in many ways, and of course, the greatest blessing was meeting, dating and eventually marrying Cathy.
The spring of 1979, before we were married, I contacted churches to work with their youth and music programs in the summer. God called us to Findlay, Ohio but I knew it would be a commitment that required more than just a few months in the summer. As a result of that call, I transferred to Bowling Green State University to finish my Music Education degree.
It was during those years at Findlay that God was shaping me to enter into full time Christian service. Upon graduating I knew that God was calling me to not be a music teacher but to serve God as a minister in the local church. Since that time I have had the opportunity to serve in eight different churches as a youth and/or music pastor, associate pastor, family pastor and as a lead pastor at two different churches as well as attend the Nazarene Theological Seminary and Point Loma Nazarene University to do graduate work.
In August of 2003 God called us to East Valley Church of the Nazarene as the lead pastor. I never dreamed of living in the desert, but we love it here. It is easy now to look back and see how God was working everything together for good in our lives to bring us to this point and place in our lives.
Cathy and I have been married since 1979. Cathy is a Mesa School teacher and helps and teaches children in our church. Our daughter, Jacquie, is married to David. Jacquie, David and their three children live in Lincoln, NE where David is the Operations Pastor at Lincoln Berean Church. Our daughter, Janine, is married to Deacon and lives in Mesa, AZ. Besides being a full-time mom to 5 kids, she is a health coach and Deacon works at GoDaddy and is an auctioneer. Tyler is married to Vallerie. Both of them are graduating from Olivet Nazarene University in May of 2019. Tyler is graduating with a Pastoral Ministry degree and Vallerie with a Psychology degree. Vallerie has already finished her classes and in January - May of 2019 will be in officer training for the Army and then her orders will take them to Fort Lewis Military base in Tacoma, WA.
God is still in the business of calling. God is calling you to enjoy God and God’s good plan and purpose for your life. I encourage you to follow God’s call. I guarantee you that you’ll never regret it! I invite you to our church. You’ll find a group of loving people, like you, discovering the good things of God and encouraging others to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to come to Him to have life in the fullest possible way.
I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home. My parents saw the value in teaching their children at a young age the importance of knowing who Jesus is, having a personal relationship with Him, and meeting together with other believers. Church was never an option but an opportunity to learn about Jesus, grow closer to the Lord and to build lasting relationships with other Christians. I came to love Jesus at an early age.
At the age of seven I attended a Children’s Camp in Calera, AL where I accepted Jesus Christ as my Personal Savior. At the age of twelve I attended Junior High Camp in Prescott, AZ where I gave my life completely to the Lord and accepted a call to be involved in ministry. I didn’t know it at that time but this was when my training for Children’s Ministries began. I became actively involved in the children’s department and continued throughout my teen and young adult years.
I have been a Children’s Pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for 27 years, I was ordained as an Elder in May of 2003. It is my desire to lead children to Christ, to watch them grow and develop into strong men and women who love the Lord and use their talents in sharing the Love of God with others.
Together my husband, Doug, and I have seven children ranging between the ages of 13 years old to 35 years old. We have one grandchild. Doug works for the City of Mesa as an Administrator. We assist and support each other in our ministry endeavors, whether it be children, youth, adults, or missions.
Assistant Pastor/Adult Ministries Director:
Hi, my name is Perry Windecker, an average middle-aged guy who grew up in a Christian family that believed. That is not until I left home for my rebellious stage in the Navy. I have always known God was there for me, but in my younger days I only went to him when I had a problem. However, all of this came to a screeching halt when I was 28 years old. On Valentine’s Day in 1992, we lost my father, who I would find out was also my best friend, confidant, and confessor.
Within this loss, my faith was strengthened like it had never been before. Sitting up with my father all night before his death, he struggled to breath and could not communicate. The cancer had spread from his lungs to his brain, and the tumors had virtually taken him from us. As the sun broke that morning I stepped outside and I prayed the first earnest prayer I had ever prayed. I ask God that if it was His will to heal dad then to help him, but if it was not then to stop his pain and take him home. While I was praying, God answered me and took dad home.
It took me some time to come to terms with this though. I struggled to find myself and did not want the wounds to heal. I was still confused as to why God would allow so much hurt, but I was convinced more than ever that He had always been there with me. He had been answering my prayers all along the way. So, I started going back to church when I could, I worked shift work and could not always make it.
The next big event in my life was through a men’s ministry. During one of the weekend conferences we put on, God started asking me how much was enough to make you me happy. Moreover, during this same conference I started to realize the only time I had ever been happy was when I was serving other people. Then during the closing hour of the conference, as nearly 200 men were singing, I realized God was calling me to come work for Him. All the toys, accolades, and titles I had earned in my life were meaningless in the light of His truth.
Shortly after that, I called up Northwest Nazarene University and started in the online Ministries Program. I have since then graduated and am currently working on my ordination process. God calls some of us early in life and some latter; however, hearing the call and answering it as Moses did, “Here I am” is what is important.
Office Administrator and Mission President:
Pastor Lynnette Buck
I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona and have attended East Valley for most of my life. I have served in many different areas of the church. Some areas include Sunday School teacher for various age groups, Sunday School Superintendent, Church Board Secretary, and now Office Administrator. I am now in the ordination process and taking classes through Nazarene Bible College.
My husband, Dan, was born and raised in western New York and moved to Mesa in the early 1990's. He is employed at Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix.
Dan serves on the Church Board and runs the sound system on Sunday mornings, works in all the Audio/Visual areas of the church, and does most of the Technical Support and much of the maintenance for the church.
We have been married since 1997 and have two children.
C. G. has been a member of the Nazarene Church for over 35 years. He has attended East Valley Church of the Nazarene for the past several years. C.G. attends to most of the painting and maintenance needs for East Valley Church.
His wife, Grace has spent her entire life in the Church of the Nazarene. She has attended East Valley Church of the Nazarene for the past several years. Grace has served on the Church Board as Missionary President, is a member of the Worship Team, and was one of our custodians.