OUR STAFF AND ELDERS
Meet Our Staff
Shannon joined the staff of SCC in July of 2014 and was ordained in December of 2016. He has been involved in ministry for over 20 years in various settings, including children, youth, and family ministry. He has also done leadership development in schools, churches, and various non-profit organizations.Shannon has a love for teaching, music and developing leaders. Shannon has a BS in Management and Ministry Leadership from Cornerstone University in Michigan (where he lived his entire life until moving to Tucson in 2009). Shannon is married to Lara. They have five children and one grandchild.
Rob joined the staff of SCC on January 1, 2020 as the Discipleship Pastor.
He has been involved with ministry for over 25 years in various settings: youth, college, new believers, baptisms, preaching and teaching. Rob also has worked for over 10 years in the mental health field working in adolescent residential treatment centers in Arizona and Utah. He grew up in southern California until he went off to Bible college in Arizona.
Rob is currently serving as Connections Pastor where he oversees community groups, Connections, and The Hub. Rob has a BA in Biblical Studies from Arizona Christian University and a MA in church ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. He is married to Kelly and has four children, two daughters-in-law, and one grandson!
Al joined the staff of SCC in November of 2020. He has been involved in full-time ministry for over 25 years, including currently serving as the Senior Pastor and Worship Leader of Cornerstone Bible Church. He is also a private Vocal Training Instructor and Guitar teacher.
Al has coached high school and youth basketball for over 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Vanguard University in Southern California as well as a Master’s Degree in Education (UoP).
Al and Angela have been married for over 28 years and are parents to Azlan, Ava, Angel, Alivea, and Adessah.
Director of Operations
I have worked and volunteered in leadership capacities for more than 20 years. My experience includes work in government agencies, in fast-paced emergency situations and in the court room, work and volunteering in schools, including work with children with special needs and I was the Director of Sports Ministries at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, primarily running the youth sports program. I have five boys and we have a passion for taking in rescue dogs and cats. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing and spending time with family and friends!
Meet Our Elders
Shannon joined the staff of SCC in July of 2014 and was ordained in December of 2016. He has been involved in ministry for over 20 years in various settings, including children, youth, and family ministry. He has also done leadership development in schools, churches, and various non-profit organizations.Shannon has a love for teaching, music and developing leaders. Shannon has a BS in Management and Ministry Leadership from Cornerstone University in Michigan (where he lived his entire life until moving to Tucson in 2009). Shannon is married to Lara, and they have five children.
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.
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.
Morse (On Sabbatical)
I accepted Christ at age 10, but the world pushed that decision into the background. God is ever faithful and honored my commitment and drew me back to Him in 1986. My wife, Terri, and I have been attending Saguaro Canyon for about 17 years. Terri and I have been married for 33 great years and have five incredible children: two daughters (Jessica and Katelyn) and three sons (Billy, Tim, and John). I work for IBM, currently in product analytics.
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.
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.”
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.