I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. My family had very little exposure to the Bible while I was growing up. I began to understand the gospel when my roommate shared Christ with me, and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1980. My life completely changed at that moment.
Milly and I were married in 2005 and moved to Tucson in 2011. We attended a few different churches in the Vail area, but didn’t feel connected at any of them. I found the Saguaro Canyon Church website and liked the doctrinal statement, so Milly and I attended and felt immediately welcomed. We knew this was the church for us.
I am very humbled to serve as an elder at Saguaro Canyon Church and consider it to be a great honor. As the Apostle Paul stated in Philippians 3:14, “I press toward the goal of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Steve grew up in a Christian home here in Tucson, trusting Christ at about six years old. After graduating from Rincon High School and the University of Arizona, he adopted Colossians 3:23-24 as a life verse:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Most of his working career has been in the medical devices industry. He is blessed by his family—his wife Judy (married since December 1977) and two adult children, Christine and Andrew. The Murrays have attended Saguaro Canyon regularly since April 2015. They enjoy participating in community groups at Saguaro Canyon and have also volunteered in the worship ministry. In years past (many in Colorado), Steve has been involved in teaching parenting classes and biblical conflict resolution.
Dave has been married to his wife Gena for 35 years. Together, they raised 3 boys, one of which has gone to be with Jesus. Dave was saved in 1985 and was
baptized the same year. Since Dave dedicated his life to Christ, he and his wife have served in children's ministries and is currently a leading a thriving community group on a weekly basis.
I made the commitment to give my life to, and become a follower and servant of, Jesus Christ in my sophomore year of high school. I love the Lord and claim John 3:16 as the foundation for His grace that He has extended to me. I join with the Apostle Paul’s attitude of servitude found in Ephesians 3:7-13: “Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me” (Ephesians 3:8).
I deeply believe in the unity of Christ’s body on earth in the form of His Church, as well as churches that meet regularly in buildings to study and follow His teachings. I have been attending Saguaro Canyon Church (SCC) with my wife, Janet, since December 2010. At first we sought fellowship casually as we were in the process of looking for a new church due to the retirement of our pastor and dramatic changes in theological views from the pulpit from the new pastor. While we continued to search for about a year, we were always drawn back to SCC by the love, care, and friendliness shown to us there. Likewise, we were praying for where the Lord wanted us to call church “home,” as we always want to be of service, not to be served.
We were excited to find sound, Biblical teaching presented by a gifted and humble servant of the Lord, Pastor Neil. It was, and is, a pleasure to be shepherded by him and to grow from his teaching, as well as through our church body in community group meetings and opportunities to serve.
We became members of SCC in June 2014. The Lord impressed upon our hearts that we needed to commit to this special family of God, and join the rest of our congregation to “connect our community to Christ.” We are blessed to be hosting a community group, participating in POWWOW, helping at Secrist Middle School, and continuing to participate in events and projects that bless our lives, our church body’s lives, and most importantly, those who do not yet know the Lord personally.
I accepted Christ at 8 years old and attended church faithfully until I entered the Air Force in 1967. At that point I strayed, but in 1973 I met my wonderful wife Kay and I recommitted my life to Jesus. It doesn’t seem possible. but that was almost 46 years ago. We have always attended church regularly and for a few years presented weekend seminars for Christian Marriage Encounter. I taught adult Bible class for many years at our previous church. Kay and I love serving in different capacities and believe in the church as an institution created by God to reach those who need to hear the Gospel. I also believe in the fellowship of believers in a church body where we can stay close to God and each other. Early last year our son, his wife, and our two grandsons moved to Tucson. Our other son, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters live in California, so we decided to move here to be close to our family. While earlier visiting our good friends Kevin and Milly (who we met in St. Louis) we attended church with them at Saguaro Canyon. We fell in love with the pastors, people, and the warm and open fellowship we feel here and became members in the Fall of 2018. We plan on continuing to be active in this church for a long time to come.