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Tim Jacobs, Lead Pastor

Pastor Tim is passionate about helping people understand the grace of God – especially those who have felt far away from him. Through his preaching, leadership, and conversations with skeptics and those who have given up on “religion,” he has made it his life’s purpose to tell as many people as possible the Good News of God’s grace through Jesus Christ.

In addition his role at Compass, Pastor Tim is committed to seeing new churches get started both locally and around the world. In February 2012 Compass launched its first church plant. He also serves on the board of Indigenous Ministries, an organization committed to helping nationals plant churches in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

While he loves ministry, Pastor Tim’s real love is being a husband and father. He married the love of his life, Judi, in 1998, and they have three school-age children: Ryan, Cambria, and Madison, (and a dog named Wesley).

Education has been a big part of his life. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 1996, a Master of Divinity from Talbot School of Theology in 2002, and a Doctor of Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2011.

Tim enjoys killing himself at Crossfit, playing guitar, reading just about anything, and spending as much time with his family as possible!

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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 disciplining 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 making his daughter Paislee giggle and to play fight with his son Zeke.

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Andrew Clark, Director of Middle School Ministries

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 son Caleb who was born in February 2015. 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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Collin Ingmire, Children's Ministries Director

Collin joined the team at Compass Church in June 2017. He was born into a pastor’s family and over the last ten years, he has been very involved in his local church with Children's & Student Ministry. His enthusiasm for next-generation ministry stems from his conviction that today’s kids are tomorrow’s church, and he is passionate about helping them make a difference for God.

Collin’s parents and sister currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina. His favorite things to do: Spend time with family & friends, drink coffee, watch movies, and travel. Collin received a Bachelors degree from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN and is a graduate of the Leadership Institute at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ.

Collin is very excited about pouring into the kids and families that are a part of Compass Church!

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Gay Hudec, Executive Assistant/Event Coordinator

Gay has been on staff at Compass since 2001. She served as Kid Quest Director for over 12 years and has a degree in Early Childhood Education. Her current role covers administrative areas, including coordinating Compass events, organizing monthly classes, and serving as the Executive Assistant to Pastor Tim. In her spare time, she loves cooking, gardening and traveling with her wonderful husband Nick to whom she has been married since 1993.

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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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Judi Jacobs, Database Administrator

Judi has been in the Valley since 2002. Coming out with her husband from Southern California to plant a church, Judi has seen firsthand the dynamics of a growing ministry. Every person who comes to Compass is important, which is why she is passionate about making sure each one is counted and their needs are known. While she loves her role here at Compass, her true life’s passion is her family, including her three children, Ryan, Cambria, and Madison. She’s been married to Tim since 1998. She loves going to the gym, baking all kinds of amazing stuff, and reading.

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Sheena Abrams, Student Ministries Administrative Assistant

Sheena has enjoyed living in Arizona most of her life and has attended Compass for 6 years. 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 10 years, 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. Zakrey 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. 

It is important to demonstrate Christian character in all aspects of life, whether it be at work or with friends. 

Zakrey met his wife Raelena freshman year of college and then married in May of 2017. They are expecting their first child, a son named Lincoln, in June 2018. Zakrey and Raelena also have 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. In her previous churches that she attended, she worked as the church secretary and volunteered in the Worship Ministry.  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 by 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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Jess Legaspi, Director of Women's Development

Jess has been attending Compass since 2010 and has served on several different ministry teams. Currently, she serves the Women of Compass as the leader of the Women’s Ministry. She enjoys sharing her personal journey with Christ in a way that invites women to embrace their true identity. She has been married to her adventurous, strong, and talented husband, Gabe, since 2006. They have two crazy kids, Paislee and Ezekiel, that keep them on their toes and their hearts full. Jess is a full-time wedding + women’s fine art photographer; she enjoys seeing people unfold in front of her camera and has had the opportunity to point people toward God from behind the lens.

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Kent Schlecht, Church Planting Resident

Kent grew up in LA county and the mountains of CA. God took a hold of his heart at an early age through a camp speaker and he has sought to live for Christ ever since. He went to Moody Bible Institute, where he and his wife Danielle met and were married after graduation. Their hearts were to minister to the people of the Southwestern US. After serving in a local church in IL and graduating Trinity Evangelical Divinity School he became a youth pastor in Bakersfield, CA. Since then, they have added three daughters to their growing family. Kent has served in youth ministry for thirteen years before heeding the call to church plant. Their hope is to go back to Bakersfield and establish an outpost for kingdom engagement and advancement.