LEADERSHIP

We rely on many hard working, faithful, followers of Jesus who volunteer their time and energy 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   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 and they have been married since 1977. Their two kids, Jackie & Jeff are grown and married and there are now 2 wonderful granddaughters, as well! Doug has been ministering at Verde Valley Christian Church full time since 2002 but the family has attended VVCC since 1994.

DOUG BRIDGE

Family Ministries 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 and they have been married since 1977. Their two kids, Jackie & Jeff are grown and married and there are now 2 wonderful granddaughters, as well! Doug has been ministering at Verde Valley Christian Church full time since 2002 but the family has attended VVCC since 1994.

  DOUG FREEMAN    Administrative 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

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   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

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   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

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".

 
  HUNTER TIBBS    Student Ministries Pastor   Hunter Tibbs joined VVCC's staff team in 2018. He has been involved in student ministry leadership in various capacities across the nation including work at student conventions, youth groups, and camps for the last 9 years. Hunter loves building relationships with students and works hard to create an environment where teenagers can be accepted for who they are and then challenged to grow in their faith. He also loves anything and everything outdoors and spends his spare time fishing, hunting, or camping.

HUNTER TIBBS

Student Ministries Pastor

Hunter Tibbs joined VVCC's staff team in 2018. He has been involved in student ministry leadership in various capacities across the nation including work at student conventions, youth groups, and camps for the last 9 years. Hunter loves building relationships with students and works hard to create an environment where teenagers can be accepted for who they are and then challenged to grow in their faith. He also loves anything and everything outdoors and spends his spare time fishing, hunting, or camping.

  BRAD PETERSON    Operations 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 have 2 young boys.

BRAD PETERSON

Operations 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 have 2 young boys.

  MATT SHIRES    Group Life 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 training here while simultaneously attending Grand Canyon University where he earned his BA in Youth Ministry. Matt was the Student Ministries Pastor at VVCC for 11 years until transitioning to his current role. Matt & his wife have 4 kids and enjoy lots of craziness with them. Matt also enjoys playing music, creative endeavors, and is involved in most design and visual media that we produce at VVCC.

MATT SHIRES

Group Life 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 training here while simultaneously attending Grand Canyon University where he earned his BA in Youth Ministry. Matt was the Student Ministries Pastor at VVCC for 11 years until transitioning to his current role. Matt & his wife have 4 kids and enjoy lots of craziness with them. Matt also enjoys playing music, creative endeavors, and is involved in most design and visual media that we produce at VVCC.