LEADERSHIP

We rely on many hard working, faithful, followers of Jesus to carry out the mission of Christ here in the Verde Valley. In addition to the incredible volunteers who give many hours every week, we have people in leadership roles to help keep us moving in the right direction. We are a church that is overseen by a Board of Elders & Deacons. Our Lead Team helps 'set the course' in many ways. Our pastors, staff, and volunteers all help carry out the vision to make it possible for each of us take steps closer to where God wants us to be. 

 

Our Pastors 

DOUG BRIDGE Family Ministries Pastor Pastor Doug Bridge was educated at BIOLA University. Doug’s experience includes being a Youth Pastor, a Christian School teacher, and Christian School administrator. Doug's wife Sue is a nurse at Verde Valley Medical Center. Doug has been ministering at Verde Valley Christian Church full time since 2002.

DOUG BRIDGE

Family Ministries Pastor

Pastor Doug Bridge was educated at BIOLA University. Doug’s experience includes being a Youth Pastor, a Christian School teacher, and Christian School administrator. Doug's wife Sue is a nurse at Verde Valley Medical Center. Doug has been ministering at Verde Valley Christian Church full time since 2002.

DOUG FREEMAN Administrative Pastor Pastor Doug Freeman is retired from a 42 year career in the Medical field, most of it being in management. He has been on staff a VVCC since 2006 and attended Calvary Chapel Bible College and was ordained in May of 2000. Doug and his wife Karen were married in 1983 and have lived in the Verde Valley for 35 years. Karen is a founding member of Kids Against Hunger Verde Valley and currently serves as the Director. Doug and Karen enjoy spending time in the outdoors and being with their 5 grandchildren.

DOUG FREEMAN

Administrative Pastor

Pastor Doug Freeman is retired from a 42 year career in the Medical field, most of it being in management. He has been on staff a VVCC since 2006 and attended Calvary Chapel Bible College and was ordained in May of 2000. Doug and his wife Karen were married in 1983 and have lived in the Verde Valley for 35 years. Karen is a founding member of Kids Against Hunger Verde Valley and currently serves as the Director. Doug and Karen enjoy spending time in the outdoors and being with their 5 grandchildren.

JIM HAMMOND Lead Pastor Pastor Jim Hammond, the son of a missionary couple, Al and Eleanor Hammond, spent much of his childhood years in Japan. Jim has two BA degrees and a MA degree–Westmont College, San Jose Christian College and Hope University (respectively). Jim and his wife Gina met at Westmont College and were married in 1983 and entered full time ministry that same year. They raised two children, Karissa and Luke, and now thoroughly enjoy their role as grandparents. Jim has been the pastor of Verde Valley Christian Church since January, 1991.

JIM HAMMOND

Lead Pastor

Pastor Jim Hammond, the son of a missionary couple, Al and Eleanor Hammond, spent much of his childhood years in Japan. Jim has two BA degrees and a MA degree–Westmont College, San Jose Christian College and Hope University (respectively). Jim and his wife Gina met at Westmont College and were married in 1983 and entered full time ministry that same year. They raised two children, Karissa and Luke, and now thoroughly enjoy their role as grandparents. Jim has been the pastor of Verde Valley Christian Church since January, 1991.

 
DAVID LOCKARD Worship Ministries Pastor Pastor David Lockard grew up in our church and started leading one of our services when he was 16 and he has been leading music at VVCC ever since. After volunteering for a few years he became our second Extern/Intern and entered into partnership with VVCC. David has a sound engineering degree from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, a BA from Northern Arizona University, and an MA in ministry from Hope International University. David and his wife Karissa have three beautiful little girls. In 2016 David released an album of original worship songs called "Hope".

DAVID LOCKARD

Worship Ministries Pastor

Pastor David Lockard grew up in our church and started leading one of our services when he was 16 and he has been leading music at VVCC ever since. After volunteering for a few years he became our second Extern/Intern and entered into partnership with VVCC. David has a sound engineering degree from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, a BA from Northern Arizona University, and an MA in ministry from Hope International University. David and his wife Karissa have three beautiful little girls. In 2016 David released an album of original worship songs called "Hope".

BRAD PETERSON Operations Pastor Pastor Brad Peterson began attending our church as a high school student. He was very involved for many years serving as a Student Ministry intern and Children's Ministry intern. Brad just earned a BS in Civil Engineering at Northern Arizona University when God called him to pursue ministry as a vocation. He then obtained a MA in Christian Studies from Grand Canyon University before becoming an intern here at VVCC. This position led to Brad joining the pastoral staff in 2015. Brad and his wife Sabrina have 2 young boys.

BRAD PETERSON

Operations Pastor

Pastor Brad Peterson began attending our church as a high school student. He was very involved for many years serving as a Student Ministry intern and Children's Ministry intern. Brad just earned a BS in Civil Engineering at Northern Arizona University when God called him to pursue ministry as a vocation. He then obtained a MA in Christian Studies from Grand Canyon University before becoming an intern here at VVCC. This position led to Brad joining the pastoral staff in 2015. Brad and his wife Sabrina have 2 young boys.

MATT SHIRES Student Ministries Pastor Pastor Matt Shires grew up in our church, became one of our interns, then became our first Extern/Intern and entered into partnership with VVCC. VVCC trained him here while he simultaneously attended Grand Canyon University where he earned his BA in Youth Ministry and met his wife Briana. Matt & Briana have 4 kids and Matt also enjoys playing music, creative endeavors, and is involved in most visual media that we produce at VVCC.

MATT SHIRES

Student Ministries Pastor

Pastor Matt Shires grew up in our church, became one of our interns, then became our first Extern/Intern and entered into partnership with VVCC. VVCC trained him here while he simultaneously attended Grand Canyon University where he earned his BA in Youth Ministry and met his wife Briana. Matt & Briana have 4 kids and Matt also enjoys playing music, creative endeavors, and is involved in most visual media that we produce at VVCC.