Staff

Gary and Gail Sciasciasciascia1

 

Gary & Gail met and were converted in college at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte in the mid 1980s. After graduating in 1988, Gary went into the full-time ministry. Together they have led teen, campus, single, and married ministries in Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA, and Connecticut. The Sciascias were married in 1990 and have three children: Garrett, Brennan, and Nicole. Garrett is a graduate of Arizona State University, Brennan is a student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and Nicole is in middle school.  Gary & Gail led the Groton/New London Church of Christ in Connecticut from 2000 until the end of 2007. They then moved to Phoenix where Gary is now the lead evangelist for the PCC and Gail is the women’s ministry leader.

 

To reach Gary: 480.772.3330   garysciascia@phoenixcoc.org
To reach Gail: 480.772.3331  gailsciascia@cox.net

Steve and Keri Hiddleson

 

Steve and Keri Hiddleson have lived here for 13 years and lead the West Region for the Phoenix church. They have three daugh
ters. Steve has a BA in Religion from UCLA, a graduate certificate in Education and is currently pursuing a Masters in Christian Ministry from the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry.  Keri earned her BA in Sociology from Long Beach State.  They have also served as ministers in Kansas, Los Angeles, and Arkansas.

 

 

To reach Steve: 602.696.9051   stevehiddleson@phoenixcoc.org
To reach Keri: 602.696.9361   kerihiddleson@phoenixcoc.org

Forest and Mandy Versele

 

Forest and Mandy Versele moved to Phoenix with their four daughters in January of 2019 to lead the Central region of Phoenix church.  Forest has a BS in Biology from the University of Cincinnati.  Mandy earned her BA in Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland.  The Versele’s have served in the full time ministry in Ohio, Virginia, Australia, the U.K. and are very excited to bring their faith and family to Arizona!

To reach Forest:  480.438.6032  forestversele@phoenixcoc.org
To reach Mandy: 480.438.6615   mandyversele@phoenixcoc.org

 

Floyd and Tamara Grossett

 

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Floyd and Tamara serve as evangelist and women’s ministry leader for the Phoenix Church of Christ Singles Ministry. Floyd became a Christian as a single professional in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1993. Tamara was baptized while attending graduate school in Philadelphia in 1993. One year later – as single disciples – they joined the mission team planting to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On the mission field, they fell in love and were married in 1998. For the past 21 years, they have served in campus, singles, teens, and family ministry in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and led the Groton-New London church in Connecticut. But their passion is reaching single adults for the gospel and helping them thrive spiritually. Floyd was born in Jamaica and grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In his spare time he can be found cycling or deejaying. Tamara was born in Syracuse, New York and spent part of her childhood in Zimbabwe. She enjoys yoga and watching Marvel superhero movies with her sons. They live in Scottsdale with their two boys, Riley and Miles.

To reach Floyd: 860.405.5595    floydgrossett@phoenixcoc.org
To reach Tamara: 860.405.5598   tamaragrossett@phoenixcoc.org

Braxton and Jinky Kieft

Braxton and Jinky moved to Phoenix in 2018 to lead the East Region. They love adventure. Both became disciples of Jesus in 1996 in Chicago. Together they have led singles, teens, worship, and marrieds ministries in the Chicago Church of Christ. In 2015, God called them to a daring new adventure. Braxton gave up his career in investment banking, and the Kiefts moved overseas from Chicago to lead the Guam Christian Church for three amazing year

Happily married since 1998, Braxton and Jinky have two wonderful children, Zechariah and Roann. When they are not thinking about “church,” you can find them enjoying time with their family. Their favorite getaway is a day at the park, barbecuing, and playing sports.

To reach Braxton: 269.326.0882 braxtonkieft@phoenixcoc.org
To reach Jinky: 269.326.0862 jinkykieft@phoenixcoc.org

 

 

 

Ryan & Melissa Jones

 

Ryan and Melissa Jones were both met and baptized as singles, Ryan in the Reno Church of Christ in 1999 and Melissa in the Phoenix Church of Christ in 1997.  As a single, Ryan led Singles, Campus and Teen groups for the Reno Church. Melissa sang with the Worship Team, led Singles groups and worked for a few years on staff as a Singles Women’s Ministry Intern for the Phoenix Church.  The Jones fell in love and were married in 2003.  In November 2004, they were blessed with their amazing son Kellen.

Together, Ryan and Melissa led the Singles, Campus and Teens in Reno and then helped lead the Reno Church as volunteers, with other couples in the church. In September 2009, Ryan and Melissa moved to Phoenix to be closer to family and started leading in the Teen Ministry as well as singing with the Worship Team.  Since moving to Phoenix, they have led Teens, Married Family Groups, served as shepherds over family groups in Gilbert, and as of February 1, 2017 joined the staff as our Congregational Youth and Family Ministry Leaders.

To reach Ryan: 480.560.6477         ryanjones@phoenixcoc.org
To reach Melissa: 480.560.6410    melissajones@phoenixcoc.org   melissajones@phoenixcoc.org

 

Willie & Capri Price

Willie and Capri Price moved to Phoenix to lead the Y&F ministry in 2015. They have since moved over to serve as Campus Ministry Leaders. The couple met and fell in love in 2007 while Willie was attending college in Arizona. After a few years they separated and found God, which ultimately led them back together. They both were converted in the campus ministry in 2009. Willie was converted while attending Boise State University and Capri in Arizona, at Arizona State University. The two were married in January 2011 and went into the ministry in 2012. They have two sons: Jaylin and Ashton. Jaylin was born in June 2014 and Ashton in October 2016. Willie graduated with a degree in Arts, Media, and Culture from the University of Washington while Capri graduated with a degree in accounting from Grand Canyon University. They have served in the full time ministry in Tacoma, Washington and now Phoenix.

To reach Willie: 909.200.9723
To reach Capri: 480.620.0509

Marielos Castro

marielos2Marielos is a recent graduate from Arizona State with a degree in Health Sciences. She become a disciple her freshman year of college while attending the University of Arizona but transferred to Arizona State her sophomore year.

In 2013 she began serving as an intern for the Phoenix Church. After graduating, Marielos was hired on to the full-time staff as the women’s campus minister.

To reach Marielos:   marieloscastro@phoenixcoc.org

Juan Carlos Laitano

Juan Carlos moved to Phoenix, Arizona, December of 2006 from Honduras, Central America. He became a disciple of Jesus Christ June of 2008 while in his second year at the Maricopa County Community Colleges. He then transferred to Arizona State University during the summer of 2009, from which he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2013, and a Masters Degree in the same discipline in 2014. After working three and a half years as a Process Engineer, Juan Carlos began serving as a Youth Minister for the Phoenix Church on February of 2018. He currently serves the Young Singles and Campus in the west valley.
To reach Juan Carlos: 623.414.7286   juanlaitano@phoenixcoc.org

 

Al Baird

Al was born in Texas. There he met the love of his life, his late wife of fifty-six years, Gloria. After Al finished his PhD in Physics from the University of Texas, they moved to Boston for his first job and to be a part of a mainline Church of Christ church planting.

They decided, after 15 years in physics research, that Al would give up his physics career and both of them would go into the fulltime ministry as a part of the dynamic Boston church. They not only helped to shepherd and lead the Boston church, but served as leaders for the Middle East and for Media/Law. After 25 years in Boston, they moved to LA in 1992, where Al served as both elder and evangelist, and Gloria as a women’s ministry leader.

 

God has blessed them with three wonderful daughters, who are all disciples, three best-friend son-in-laws – who lead their families in a powerful, godly way – and nine grandchildren (seven girls and ,finally, two boys).

After 22 years in Los Angeles, they moved to Phoenix to be with one of their daughters, Keri, and her family, as well as to work with the Phoenix church. Gloria fought a valiant six-year battle with cancer, and God took her home in 2018.

Al is now exploring the next chapter of his life without Gloria. As well as helping to shepherd the Phoenix church, he is also working with churches outside of the United States to help them raise up elders.

To reach Al: 310.403.8127 albaird@phoenixcoc.org 

 

Rusty Taylor

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Rusty Taylor serves as the administrator and part-time teacher for the Phoenix Church of Christ.  Rusty was baptized in the ASU Campus Ministry in 1992, and began working for the church in 1996.  He has a BS in Business Management and an MBA in Finance from ASU.  Rusty and his wife Ann met on a blind date and were married in 1997.  They have two beautiful daughters, Nikki and Lindsey.

To reach Rusty: 480.703.5711   rustytaylor@phoenixcoc.org

 

Susan Wedin

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Susan serves as a part time administrator for the Phoenix Church of Christ. Susan began working for the church in 2011.  Bob & Susan were married in 1983 and have served as Elder and Elder’s wife since 2004. They have two grown children and four granddaughters.

To reach Susan: 480-234-2822  susanwedin@phoenixcoc.org