Tri-City Baptist Church Staff
- Dr. Michael D. Sproul - Senior Pastor (Read more/less...)
Pastor Mike Sproul was born to evangelist Dave Sproul and his wife Kay on August 10. At the age of three, Pastor Mike prayed with his parents and was saved. He attended Tri-City Christian Academy where he met his wife, Elma. After two years at Bob Jones University, Pastor Mike transferred to International Baptist College where he received his B.A. in Pastoral Studies. He received his M.Div from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary in Lansdale, PA and later earned his D.Min from IBC.
Pastor Mike spent time in evangelism before becoming a chaplain and pastoring churches on two different Air Force Bases: Sacramento, CA and Guam. In 1996 he became Pastor Jim Singleton's co-pastor at Tri-City Baptist Church, and three years later he became the senior pastor. In addition to pastoring at Tri-City, he is also the senior chaplain of the 161st ARW (Air Refueling Wing) at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. Pastor Mike and Elma have two children: Dave, an Air Force Academy graduate, and Sara who is studying nursing.
Fun Facts about Pastor Mike
- Favorite part of your job: People.
- Hardest part of your job: Saying "no."
- What would you title your autobiography and why: "Helping People Know Their God"—because that is the calling of a pastor.
- Dream car: 1967 Red Mustang convertible.
- Favorite Bible verse and why: Isaiah 61:1—It is a prophecy of Christ, but it is my life verse and calling of my life.
- Favorite Bible character and why: David, because he was very transparent with his relationship with his God!
- Favorite way to relax: Reading online or reading books.
- A favorite book: "Team of Rivals."
- Someone from history you would like to meet and why: George Washington, because of his character and ability to withstand setbacks.
- Favorite part of the country: The West; I love the Big Sky and the independent-minded people.
- Todd Tjepkema - Executive Assistant, Men's Ministry (Read more/less...)
Pastor Todd Tjepkema was born on August 8, in Michigan City, Indiana but grew up mostly in Oregon. At the age of ten, he was saved at a summer camp in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. After his basic education, he went to drafting school in Phoenix, Arizona, and then went to work for Motorola where he met Barbara, who would become his wife. Eventually, he started his own business with a friend.
Along the way, he heard about the Certificate in Biblical Studies program at International Baptist College and Seminary (IBCS). During his first class at IBCS, Pastor Todd felt called into ministry. It took nearly twelve years for him to finish his schooling (along with work and parenting), but he finally received an A.A. and B.A. in Bible from IBCS.
Pastor Todd has been doing counseling since 1994. He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and a certified Reconciler from Peacemaker Ministries. He has also received counseling training from the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors and the Biblical Counseling Foundation. In 2002, Pastor Mike Sproul asked him to join Tri-City Baptist Church's pastoral team as the counseling pastor. In 2005, he became Pastor Mike's Executive Assistant. Pastor Todd also teaches Family and Marriage, Biblical Counseling and Discipleship at IBCS. He and Barbara have four children: Geoffrey, Timothy, Emily, and Robert.
Fun Facts about Pastor Todd
- Favorite fun book: Anything by Jeff Shaara (historical fiction).
- Favorite serious book: Heaven by Randy Alcorn.
- What would you title your autobiography and why: "Thou My Best Thought" because I have learned that the most important thing in life is to think about God.
- Favorite game/toy as a child: My pocket knife.
- Something unique about yourself that not many people know: My grandfather's sister is married to James Hudson Taylor IV, and they have been missionaries to the Far East all their lives.
- Favorite part of your job: Getting paid to learn more about God.
- Hardest part of your job: When people will not trust in God's Word.
- Favorite Bible verse and why: 1 Thess. 4:11, "to lead a quiet life...and work with your own hands".
- Favorite Bible story and why: Noah and the Ark— he spent a lifetime building a boat.
- Favorite subject in school: Math, science, and drafting.
- Dan Olson - Assistant Pastor (Read more/less...)
Pastor Dan Olson grew up at Tri-City Baptist Church and graduated from Tri-City Christian Academy in 1982. His father was Tri-City’s business manager for many years before passing away. Dan and his wife Colette are both retired Air Force Air Traffic Controllers. Dan served for 30 years and reached the rank of Chief (E-9). He has an MBA and has served in England, Turkey, Qatar, Iraq, Croatia, Alaska, and Japan as well as several bases here in the U.S. After retiring from the Air Force, Dan became an Assistant Pastor at Tri-City in 2012. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Business Administration. Dan and Colette have two children: Josh and Erin.
Pastor Dan was saved at the age of six while attending the Christian school under Rosemont Baptist Church near Minneapolis, MN. His first grade teacher taught the Romans Road pictorially as well as through memorization. One day after chapel, he turned to his teacher, Mrs. Kingsbury, and told her he wanted to get saved. She took him back to the classroom and they once again examined the Romans Road. He knew the verses by heart and as far as he was concerned, he was ready to pray immediately. Mrs. Kingsbury, to her credit, wanted to make sure he understood. When she was sure he understood, he prayed a prayer of salvation accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
Fun Facts about Pastor Dan
- Favorite fun book: Where the Red Fern Grows.
- Favorite food: Popcorn
- Favorite game/toy as a child: Rook.
- How he met his spouse: I met Colette at RAF Bentwaters, England (our first duty location). She asked me out for a date (which I accepted, of course). Our first date was March 1, 1984. We married November 2, 1984. God is good.
- Why you named your child Joshua: Joshua is one of my Biblical heroes. He truly understood the instructions to “search the land”. Our daughter, on the other hand, was supposed to be named Danielle; however, at birth we noticed her small shock of red hair…Erin seemed much more appropriate.
- A significant historical event lived through: My tour of duty in Kirkuk, Iraq.
- Favorite Bible story and why: Life of Daniel, because of his consistent faith in God and his life testimony
- David Stertzbach - Music Pastor (Read more/less...)
Pastor David Stertzbach was born on September 28 and was saved at the age of five. He attended Rockford Baptist School in Rockford, Illinois, then Trinity Baptist School in Williston, Vermont. He received a B.Mus. in Church Music with proficiency in voice and M.Mus. in Church Music with a choral conducting proficiency from Bob Jones University. Pastor Stertzbach spent eleven years ministering at Trinity Baptist Church and School in Williston before coming in 2005 to Tri-City Baptist Church where he displays a passion to pastor God's people through music. He also teaches music at Tri-City Christian Academy and International Baptist College and Seminary and is the director of the Chandler School of Fine Arts. Dave and his wife, Becky, have two children: Laura and Dave.
Fun Facts about Pastor Dave
- Favorite game/toy as a child: A tape recorder.
- Something unique about yourself that not many people know: I'm an introvert.
- Favorite part of your job: Helping God's people work together to do the work of the ministry.
- Hardest part of your job: Paper work is least enjoyable. But those few times when I have to say 'no' are the most difficult.
- Favorite Bible character and why: Nehemiah cracks me up. He literally "cleaned house"! Every time I read how he moved people's stuff out onto the street and "plucked their ears" I laugh out loud. I wish I had his decisive nature and courage.
- Why you named your child: Dave is "David Allen Stertzbach III".
- Favorite way to relax: Any type of live show: plays, musicals, concerts, and all levels of performance--professional, "off-Broadway", community....
- Least favorite subject in school: I am terrible at math and all its relatives.
- Favorite movie: Chariots of Fire.
- Randy Hernandez - Hispanic Ministry Pastor
- Bryan Miller - Children's Pastor (Read more/less...)
Pastor Miller was born in Canton, Ohio, but considers Chandler, Arizona to be his home town. He distinctly remembers accepting the Lord as his Savior at age 6: “I was on the top bunk of my bunk bed, wearing Mickey Mouse pajamas. I had just spent a week at a day camp in Ohio called Camp Chof. A message from camp held onto my heart and I knew I needed to ask Jesus to be my Savior. So, right there in my bed I prayed and asked the Lord to save me from my sins." This experience undoubtedly influenced Bryan's later decision to work in children's ministry. He received a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from International Baptist College and became Children's Pastor at Tri-City in 1996, though he had already been serving in their children's ministry for ten years. Bryan and his wife Debbie have three children: Erin, Emily, and Andrew.
Fun Facts about Pastor Bryan
- Favorite fun book: Ender's Game.
- Favorite food: Real BBQ
- Something unique about yourself that not many people know: I was a drum major in a DCI drum and bugle corps.
- Favorite part of your job: Talking to kids about their salvation.
- Favorite subject in school: Math.
- Favorite Bible character and why: Elijah was a great man of faith, but we also get a glimpse of his failures and frailties..
- Dream vacation spot and why: Alaskan cruise - beauty of God's creation.
- Favorite part of the country: Arizona.
- How you met your spouse: Tri-City Youth Group..
- A Bible character you would like to meet and why: Adam - to see and talk to God's prototype for humanity--the first human creation.
- Jason McDonnell - Youth Pastor (Read more/less...)
Jason had the privilege of growing up in the ministries of Tri-City. He came to know Christ during chapel at Tri-City Christian Academy when he was fifteen. He graduated with his B.A. from International Baptist College in 2009, then from Maranatha Baptist Seminary with a M.A. in Biblical Studies in 2011. Jason finished his M.Div. at International Baptist College and Seminary in 2014. He became Tri-City's Assistant Youth Pastor in 2011 and is currently serving as the Assistant Pastor and the Director of Public Relations and Enrollment for International Baptist College and Seminary. Jason met his wife, Michelle, at Tri-City, and they have two children: Eddie and LynRae.
- James Yuen - College Pastor (Read more/less...)
Pastor James Yuen was born in Kowloon, Hong Kong on September 16. When he was thirteen, his parents sent him to the United States to attend Tri-City Christian Academy (TCA). He had been taught ancestor worship and it wasn’t until ninth grade that James understood English well enough to comprehend the gospel message. Realizing that he was a lost sinner, he accepted Christ as his Savior in a school chapel service.
James studied Computer Information systems at DeVry University. He began working at Tri-City Baptist Church in 2005 and now serves as IT Manager, works with Technology Support and Infrastructure, and teaches Bible at TCA. In 2010 he became the College Pastor, and is currently studying for his M.Div. at International Baptist College and Seminary. He and his wife Susie have one child: Ariana.
Fun Facts about Pastor James
- Favorite fun book: Pendragon series (Youth Fiction).
- Favorite serious book: Through the Gates of Splendor (Elisabeth Elliot).
- Favorite Bible character and why: Paul.
- Favorite Bible story and why: Saul’s conversion to Paul.
- Dream car: One that doesn’t cost money to operate or insure.
- A significant historical event lived through: The return of Hong Kong to China.
- Favorite way to relax: Reading tech blogs.
- Daniel Llorente - Young Adults Pastor
- Jim Sproul - Senior Adults Pastor (Read more/less...)
Jim Sproul was born in Confluence, Pennsylvania. He attended Ohiopyle-Stewart Grade School, then South Union High School in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Pastor Jim was saved at the age of 12 when his brother Dave shared the gospel with him; he realized he was lost and received Christ as his Savior. He received a B. A. from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and a B.D. from San Francisco Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary. He has spent most of his life in ministry, starting with the Sproul Evangelistic Team in 1969. He was an assistant pastor for 31 years at Faith Baptist Church in Sellersville, PA where he served at times as music director, Christian school principal, Jr. High youth director, teacher, drama director, and weekly TV broadcast editor and announcer. His ministry with senior adults also extended over many years.
In 2003 Pastor Jim moved to Arizona to be an administrator and teach at International Baptist College. His primary work since 2007 has been serving as Senior Adults and Outreach Pastor at Tri-City Baptist Church. He and his wife Kay Lynn have two daughters, Stacey and Ginger, and nine grandchildren.
Fun Facts about Pastor Jim
- Something unique about yourself that not many people know: I have done ventriloquism for 45 years.
- Favorite Bible verse and why: Isaiah 40:31 — I love the majestic imagery of the eagle representing the strength God gives us.
- Why you named one of your children: Ginger Michelle — My wife wouldn’t agree to Ginger Charmin. I am sure our daughter is glad my wife prevailed.
- Favorite way to relax: Sightseeing adventures.
- Dream vacation spot and why: Switzerland — I love the beauty and splendor of the Alps and also the pastoral lifestyle of the people.
- Celeste Parkinson - Ladies Ministry (Read more/less...)
Celeste was born and raised in Michigan and Ohio. She and her brother were raised by her mother after their father passed away. She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of five. Following high school the family moved to Mesa where she met her husband; they were married in 1992.
She feels blessed to have been able to live her dream job of stay-at-home mom. They had, until recently, homeschooled their three children: Lane, now married, Courtney and Garrett. With the two oldest graduated, they’ve enrolled Garrett at Tri-City Christian Academy. Celeste has been a church secretary, clerk, Awana leader, VBS director, camp cook, counselor and Hospitality Chair. She enjoys planning events and usually drags the whole family in to help out. Her goal for the Ladies Ministry is that events bring honor to God and draw the ladies closer together.
Fun Facts about Celeste
- Favorite food: Most anything Mexican
- Title of my autobiography would be and why: "I Was Laughing When No One Else Was" because I seem to find things funny that not everyone else does.
- How I met my spouse: He was visiting our church but wouldn’t stay around and talk to anyone after the service. I felt sorry for him and made my brother go talk to him. He started coming to our house as my brother’s guest and was soon coming over every day.
- Favorite Bible Verse: "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." Philippians 4:13. This verse has come to mind so many times when I have been tired and discouraged in my own strength.
- Troy and Holli Gardner - Nursery Directors
- Paula Mostrom - Awana Director (Read more/less...)
Paula Mostrom was born on April 20 in Marshfield, Wisconsin. When her mother died, she went to live with her aunt and uncle where she saw Christianity lived out on a daily basis. At the age of six, Paula accepted the Lord as her Savior. When she was a senior in high school, Paula met her husband-to-be at church. After they got married, they served in the youth group together.
The Mostroms moved to Arizona in 1968 and Paula became involved in the Awana program at Trinity Baptist Church. She also got started in Bible Study Fellowship International. Paula was involved with BSF for 27 years in various roles. After Paula became a member at Tri-City Baptist Church she again worked in Awana, first as Co-Commander then as Commander. She has worked with Awana for a total of 36 years. She also has been doing Ladies Sunday School and Ladies Bible Studies for about 20 years.
Fun Facts about Paula
- Favorite color: I love the colors teal, emerald green, and blue/green. They are very calming to me and make me think of growth.
- How you met your spouse: I met my future husband, Maynard, at our church during my senior year of high school.
- Favorite way to relax: My favorite way to relax is rocking. Even when I sit in a straight chair my body will start rocking back and forth. So, to sit in a bench swing, read, and sip tea is a great day for me.
- Animal you would choose to be and why or one you like most: I have always said that if I had been an animal, I would be a bear…so I could sleep all winter and get up when it is warm. When I heard a park ranger say that bears have to eat 30,000 calories a day when they are awake, I still think that a bear is my choice!.
- Matt Eberle - Business Administrator (Read more/less...)
Matt Eberle was born into a Christian home. His father was an evangelist, pastor and church planterbut he also taught school fulltime since the churches were smaller in size. Matt’s mother taught piano. He had four sisters, but one is now with the Lord. At the age of 5 he accepted Christ as his personal Savior, and later on in his early 20s rededicated his life to the Lord.
Matt Eberle holds an MBA with dual concentrations in Applied Economics and Finance from the Williams College of Business, Xavier University, and a BBA dual degree in both Accounting and Finance from the University of Cincinnati. Matt has spent most of his career in Fortune 500 companies. He has held various leadership roles including Director of Finance at American Express, Unit Controller at GE, Regional Controller at Convergys Corporation, Division Director at Robert Half Management Resources, and Managing Director with Randstad Finance & Accounting’s Arizona operation. Matt’s consulting projects have included serving as strategic advisor for the merger between Lincoln Financial Company and Jefferson Pilot (a combined entity of $175B) as well as the $100M GE acquisition of APWR Inc., a publicly traded solar products company where he also presided as Controller. Matt serves as Chief Financial Officer for various organizations including a distributing company and a construction company.
Matt is married to Donnalee, and they have three sons: Mark, Andrew, and Jonathan.
Fun Facts about Matt
- Favorite Bible Character: Job – he endured and persevered through immense hardship
- Favorite Verse: Proverbs 24:16. "For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief."
- Favorite Bible Story and Why: I Kings 18 – the story of Elijah dealing with the people who were led astray by the false god Baal. I especially like verses 33-39 where they filled the trench with water before Elijah called to the Lord. I love Elijah’s unwavering commitment to God.
- Favorite TV Show: National Geographic
- Favorite Video Game: Knockout Kings – I don't think anyone plays this these days.
- Favorite Book: It changes, but I recently read Shadow Markets by Eric J. Weiner.
- Favorite Book of the Bible: Proverbs – with every passage there are rewards and consequences specifically and plainly laid out. Wise conduct will always reflect godly behavior, and conversely, foolish conduct will always reflect wicked behavior.
TBC Ministries Staff
- Meagan Paine - Time for Tots Preschool, Director
- Pastor Thad Todd - Tri-City Christian Academy, Principal (Read more/less...)
Pastor Thad is the administrator over Tri-City Christian Academy (TCA) and Time For Tots. In his day-to-day position he serves as the principle of TCA working with its students and families. He also works with the Christian Schools of Arizona and has served as the executive director for the past four years. Pastor Thad also has the privilege to serve as the Wing Chaplin for the 161st Air Refueling Wing in Phoenix.
Pastor Thad has been actively involved in Christian education for over fifteen years as either a teacher or principal. He has also served as an assistant pastor for three years. He also has four years experience as an office manager. Since 1988, he has served in the Air National Guard both in the logistics field and as a chaplain. During that time he has served in units in Milwaukee, Guam, Houston and currently in Phoenix.
Pastor Thad has been married to Angela for 23 years and they have two children, Amanda and Abby. His love for the military came from his childhood where he grew up as a military brat. In his free time, he enjoys playing and watching sports, especially the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.
Pastor Thad attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College where he received his B.S. in Administrative Business education. Fourteen years later he returned to seminary at Maranatha for his Masters in Theology with an emphasis in counseling. He also has an extensive amount of military training and coursework on his resume.
Fun Facts about Pastor Thad
- Favorite food: Pizza.
- Favorite color: Blue.
- Something unique about yourself that not many people know: I enjoy scuba diving.
- Favorite movie: Hoosiers and Glory Road.
- Favorite subject in school: History and math.
- Pastor Ken Endean - International Baptist College & Seminary, President
- Dr. Jerry Tetreau - International Baptist College and Seminary, Chancellor (Read more/less...)
Jerry Tetreau was born on August 1 in Bad Axe, Michigan, where he also attended elementary and high school. As a nine-year-old, Jerry recognized his need for a Savior and asked God to forgive and save him. He earned a B.A. from Bob Jones University, an M.A. from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, an Ed.Sp. degree from Pensacola Christian College, and a Ph.D. from California Graduate School of Theology. He also received an honorary D.Litt. from Baptist College and Graduate School of the West. After teaching math, Bible, and French at Bob Jones Academy, Jerry served as a school administrator at Southside Christian Academy, Thrifthaven Baptist Schools, and Tri-City Christian Academy. While serving as administrator of Tri-City Christian Academy, he began working on the curriculum for International Baptist College and Seminary in 1979. IBCS began in 1981; he has served as Academic Dean, Vice President, President, and currently as Chancellor. Married to his wife Kit for over 54 years, they have two children, Heather and Joel, and six grandchildren.
Fun Facts about Dr. T
- A favorite fun book: Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
- Something unique about yourself that not many people know: Raised 1st 49-star flag in Adak, Alaska on 4th of July 1959.
- Favorite Bible verse and why: Ezra 7:10, key to effective teaching.
- Favorite book of the Bible and why: Genesis — lays the foundation for everything.
- How you met your spouse: En route to Adak, Alaska from radio school south of San Diego.
- Why you named your child: I had just translated the book of Joel when our son was born.
- Someone from history you would like to meet and why: Father Chiniquy; he had Abraham Lincoln as his lawyer when he faced the Catholics and wrote Fifty Years in the Church of Rome.
- A Bible character you would like to meet and why: : Apollos, to confirm he authored the book of Hebrews.
- Dr. Larry Ball - International Baptist Missions, General Director (Read more/less...)
Larry Ball was born in Portsmouth, Ohio. As a seven year old, he responded to an invitation given by his Sunday school teacher and accepted the Lord as his Savior. After graduating from Portsmouth High School, he went to Bob Jones University where he received his B.A. in Bible. Later he attended San Francisco Baptist Theological Seminary where he completed his M.A. He received his M.Min. from Bob Jones University.
Pastor Ball served as the senior pastor of Faith Baptist Church in San Pablo, California from 1982 to 1989 and as the senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Hollister, California from 1989 to 2008. He was also the vice president of the Golden State Association of Christian Schools from 2007 to 2008. At that time, he came to serve with International Baptist Missions, becoming the General Director in 2010. He also received a Doctor of Pastoral Theology degree in 2014.
Fun Facts about Pastor Ball
- Favorite food: Steak and Potato (a close second is a barbequed hamburger!)
- Favorite color: Blue.
- Favorite part of your job: Being a help and encouragement to our missionaries – I also love to travel and preach.
- Favorite Bible verse and why: Psalm 37:4,5 because I have tried this promise time and time again and found it to be true!
- A significant historical event lived through: Man landing on the moon.
- Dream vacation spot and why: Israel— to see firsthand the places where Christ walked.
- Dr. Dave Sproul - International Baptist Missions, Senior Consultant (Read more/less...)
The ninth of ten children, Dave Sproul was born in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, on October 23 and was saved at a revival meeting at Kentuck Union Church as an eleven year old. From first to eighth grade, Dr. Sproul attended two one-room schoolhouses. His high school years were spent at South Union Township High School in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. After high school, Dr. Sproul earned his B.A. in Writing and Producing Radio and TV Scripts from Bob Jones University. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology from San Francisco Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1981 Maranatha Baptist Bible College awarded Dr. Sproul an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree.
From 1963 to 1980, Dr. Sproul traveled in full time evangelism. At that point, he became the General Director of International Baptist Missions (IBM). He currently serves as the Senior Consultant at IBM as well as the chairman of the Missions Department at International Baptist College and teaches an Adult Bible Fellowship at Tri-City Baptist Church. Throughout his ministry, Dr. Sproul has traveled extensively: he has held over 600 revival meetings in the United States, traveled to 46 other countries and preached in most of them, and taken 22 trips to India in addition to directing seven Bible Land tours. Dr. Sproul has been married to his wife Kay for 53 years and they have three children and seven grandchildren.
Fun Facts about Dr. Sproul
- A favorite fun book: Actually it is a set. I own most of the 54 books by Zane Grey — written between 1903 and 1925. They are Western novels.
- Something unique about yourself that not many people know: I am basically an introvert. Under my senior high school year book picture are the words, "A quiet but likeable chap." Speech training and the call to preach basically forced me out of my natural introvert position. Even to this day, I love to be alone.
- Favorite Bible character and why: Well, let's make it two — Daniel in the Old Testament and Paul in the New Testament. Why? They both faced tremendous adversity but neither one backed down, and Paul's determination to preach Christ ultimately cost him his life.
- How you met your spouse: After my junior year in college, I went to Detroit to live with my college roommate who introduced me to Kay Downs at Van Dyke Baptist Church in Warren, Michigan. That was the summer of l957. We were married on March 27, 1959.
- A significant historical event lived through: I was viewing a German incinerator from World War II in Poland when I received a message about 9/11 here at home. Mike Petersen (IBM missionary) was with me, and he told what had happened. As I looked at the gas ovens and incinerator, I remember saying, "Sixty years later man's inhumanity to man is still the same."