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Mike Szoradi, Executive Pastor of Students & Families

Mike's heart is for the Kingdom of God. As such, he loves proclaiming the Kingdom of God to children of all ages and then discipling them to go out and do the same. Along with working with teens for many years and LOVING every second of it, he has a Bachelors degree in Christian Ministries with a Minor in Youth Ministry from Arizona Christian University. Mike is married to his loving and supportive wife Ginger who has served alongside him in Student Ministries for many years. He and Ginger also have the privilege of being parents to their two fun and crazy kids Lexi and Isaac.

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Gable Legaspi, Executive Pastor of Worship & Operations

Gable Legaspi has been involved in Worship Ministry since 1998. He has held Worship Leader positions at New Life Community Church, Phoenix Light and Life, and ACU (formerly known as Southwestern College). Gabe received his Bachelors in Christian Ministry, has studied guitar at Berklee College of Music, and is currently taking classes at Phoenix Seminary. Gabe's passion is to help those around him to engage with their creator. He enjoys all facets of ministry whether vocational or as part of his lifestyle. He has been happily married to his wife, Jess, since 2006, and he loves being silly with his daughter Paislee and to play fight with his son Zeke.

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Andrew Clark, Middle School Director

Andrew Clark has been working in Youth Ministry since 2010 and couldn’t be more excited for the years to come. He has been married to his wife Alyssa since 2013 who he met serving in Student Ministries here at Compass! Andrew and Alyssa are parents to their two sons Caleb and Colton. Andrew is currently studying towards his Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies online through Eternity Bible College in Southern California. Andrew is passionate about helping students experience God and live exciting and adventurous lives for God's Kingdom.

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Catharine Phillips, Assistant to Executive Pastor

Catharine and her husband, David, have attended Compass since 2008. Married since 1996, Dave and Catharine both grew up in the Midwest and lived in Kansas City, Missouri until Dave’s job moved them to the valley in 2006. They have one son, their little miracle, Carson, who was born in 2008. As a family, they enjoy camping and exploring the beauty of the great outdoors. Catharine loves to read, study God’s amazing and ever-relevant Word, and write.

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Sheena Abrams, Student Ministries Administrative Assistant

Sheena has enjoyed living in Arizona most of her life and has attended Compass since 2011. She is passionate about helping others grow in relationship with Jesus, and seeking out their calling to bring glory to God. In her own path to seek God's calling, Sheena has volunteered in Student Ministries for more than a decade, been involved in worship for 15 years, received a bachelors degree in Behavioral Health from Arizona Christian University, taught preschool, mentored preschool teachers, and currently serves in worship ministry alongside her staff position in Student Ministries. Sheena loves to spend time hanging out with her kids, Taylor, Gabe and Sadie, having coffee with friends, playing games, singing, shopping (loves both fashion and interior design), doing creative crafty type things, and is learning how to play bass guitar.

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Kelli Bounds, Administrative Assistant

Kelli and her family are originally from southwest Michigan and are thoroughly enjoying the mild winters here!  Kelli's husband Bill, daughters Karen and Christian, and sons Jake and Jonah are the heart of her ministry on earth and she considers it an honor to share life with them.  Kelli's interests include hiking/exploring beautiful Arizona, reading anything that will impact her life for the better, learning more about God through His Word and becoming a better cook for her family (there's only one direction to go from the bottom, right?)  She loves to make people laugh and has a heart for marriages and helping connect God's people on a deeper level.

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Jenna Arevalo, Preschool Ministry Director

Jenna is an Arizona native who has been attending Compass for almost 9 years. She is passionate about working together with parents to equip their children with the truth of the gospel. Jenna believes that teaching children God's word is one of the most important tasks that parents and the church have been tasked with. She married her husband Tyler in May of 2016 and they celebrated the birth of their son Silas February 2017. In her free time, you can find Jenna tending to her many plants, exploring the Valley with her family and doing DIY projects around the home.

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Zakrey Simmons, Building and Grounds Supervisor

Zakrey has been attending Compass since 2014. He is originally from Northern Washington where he worked in commercial roofing. He moved down to Arizona in 2013 to attend Grand Canyon University, where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 2017. Zakrey believes that Christ is demonstrated through action and hard work. 

Zakrey met his wife Raelena freshman year of college and then married in May of 2017. They have a son named Lincoln and a rescue pit bull named Jax. The Simmons family like to keep busy with DIY projects, camping, off-roading, shooting, and hanging out with friends. 

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Serena Downing, Worship Administrator 

Serena has been attending Compass since 2011. On the weekends, you can usually find her in her favorite place: the Tech Booth. Serving behind the scenes to support the band and the Pastor speaks to her introvert nature, and helping people find their way to God in the environment of worship is her passion. 

When she’s not at Compass, she loves spending time with her husband.  Hobbies include reading science fiction & fantasy novels, attending the Phoenix Fan Fest, playing drums, and long road trips that end with Beach Time with her husband.

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Jacob Bounds, Middle School Intern

Jacob is currently going to school full time at Grand Canyon University for a Bachelors degree in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Biblical Studies. He loves Youth Ministry and has a passion for communicating the word of God in an entertaining, clear, and memorable way. Jacob enjoys any and all nerdy games and hobbies one would expect out of a Middle School Intern and loves to connect with students through games and humor. Through a rough childhood and being saved at a young age Jacob knows all too well the struggles that youth go through on a daily basis. He takes pride in trying to connect and communicate the same love of God that he was shown to the students.

 

 

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Steve Liebzeit, Church Plant Resident

After a decade living and serving in the Rocky Mountain region, (Colorado and Wyoming), Steve and Leslie have relocated to Arizona for the express purpose of expanding God’s Kingdom through church planting. With hearts fixed on ministering to both young families and an aging population, they are excited at the prospect of having a significant impact in a rapidly growing metro area. Both were born
and raised in Southern California. They met when they were 16 years old and have been married for 36 years. Their daughter, Faith, has just returned from student teaching in New Zealand and is finishing up her M.S. in Education at the University of Wyoming. Steve is currently a student at Moody Theological Seminary and has served in various church ministry and leadership roles.  Leslie is a public elementary school educator and has helped implement modern math and language emersion programs. She views her position as an important ministry role, striving to love and be a light to children in our public-school systems. Steve retired from off-road racing some years ago and now enjoys adventuring in the backcountry on a mountain bike. Together they enjoy attending sporting events and the theatre and exploring and traveling, especially when their daughter can take a break to join them.

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Joseph Brock, Church Plant Resident

Joseph and Leah Brock married each other in 2012. Since their wedding they have pursued Gods church with passion. In 2014 they joined the EFCA as church planters, and planted a church in Chichiltah, New Mexico. After turning the church over to local leadership they moved to Lander Wyoming and took a staff position at a local EFCA church. After a few years, God renewed the passion for church planting in their hearts and directed them to plant a church in the Phoenix metro area. Joseph loves discipleship and starting new things. Leah is a personal trainer, and is passionate about fitness. In March 2019 Leah gave birth to their first child Ava James. They are both enjoying being new parents and are excited for what God has next for them and His church.