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Rachel Ely
Rachel Ely
Kids Admin
Rachel married Nick in May 2014 after they had served as interns at Harvest North Phoenix for two and a half years, moved to the East Valley, and came on staff at Christ Church. She has an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education and has always loved kids. Rachel serves as the administrative assistant for Kids and loves getting to be a part of what goes on each week with the kids of our church!
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Nick Ely
Nick Ely
Director of Students & Young Adults
Nick has been married to Rachel (also on staff) for four years. He graduated from Grand Canyon University with a double major in History and Theology. In his junior year, he met Adam Bailie and started serving at Christ Church in January 2014. He is currently studying for an M.Div. at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and describes himself as “one of the weirdos that actually enjoys school.”
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Michelle Filleman
Michelle Filleman
Executive Assistant to Executive Pastor
Director of Human Resources and Finances
Michelle is a wife and mom of three boys. She has a B.A. from Arizona State University and has done non-profit accounting for over ten years. She joined the staff at Christ Church in October 2013 and is very grateful for the front row seat to all God is doing. Michelle says, “When your occupation is tied to something that has eternal value, it makes for much joy in the labor.”
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Terry Horne
Terry Horne
Director of Community Life
Terry and his wife Angie attend Christ Church along with their four children. God gave them a heart for foster care and may continue to use that to grow their family. Terry worked in finance and investments before changing careers to serve full-time on our team starting in 2015. He helps get guests connected to Christ Church and oversees all small groups.
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Chrissy Myal
Chrissy Myal
Director of Kids
A native of Arizona, Chrissy came to saving faith in Jesus Christ at the age of 14. At sixteen-years-old she began teaching her very first Sunday School class (two year olds!) and has been in Children’s Ministry ever since. Before coming to Christ Church, she had the joy of working with Samaritan’s Purse after working as a Women’s/Children’s Director for over a decade at a church plant in San Tan Valley. She recently celebrated 25 years of marriage to Jeff, and they have three grown sons.
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John Smith
John Smith
Director of Compassion
John leads the operations and oversees the expansion of the Harvest Compassion Center, located in Chandler. Before moving to Arizona, he served as a pastor for 29 years in various roles with 14 of those years at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago. Prior to joining this staff, he worked at Apple and as a realtor. John has a Master of Arts (ABT) in Christian Education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife of 26 years, Sherri, have been at Christ Church since December 2015.
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Josh Tejada
Worship Coordinator
Josh joined our team in March 2017 after being connected by his friend Bryan Payne at Radiant Church in Austin TX. He graduated from The Master’s University in 2012 with a B.A. in Communications and, more importantly, that is where he met his wife, Briana. They’ve been married for five years and have two children, Amalia Jean and Bear.
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Jared Torres
Jared Torres
Director of Spiritual Formation
Jared joined Christ Church in January 2017 to serve as a pastoral resident. He now oversees the spiritual formation of adults focusing on biblical studies. Jared was born and raised in Visalia, California. He was blessed to grow up in a home with faithful Christian parents who raised him and his six siblings in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Jared graduated from The Master's Seminary with his M. Div. in May 2015. Jared and his wife, Macie, have four children, Madeline, Reagan, Carson, and Wes.
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