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Worship Leader and/or Choir/Bell Choir Director

Desert Cross Lutheran Church & Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church - Gilbert, AZ

We are two congregations meeting in one location that are welcoming and affirming of all people. Desert Cross Lutheran Church and Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church (SOJ) are progressive Christian Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – ELCA, whose mission is to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world while empowering people to effectively love and serve others through community service, inclusivity, and social justice in or community.

The ideal candidate will have strong leadership, a passion for the ministry of the church, and a clear understanding that they are an integral part of the mission and success of the church. They will also have a proven history of exemplary hospitality, a friendly outgoing personality, be caring, creative, and have excellent written and oral communication skills. It is essential that the candidate be highly organized, possess leadership skills, be creative, worshipful, and have a demonstrated record of working successfully with others. Finally, this role will assist both parishes in their weekly worship gatherings. If you are passionate about music, love to work with people, enjoy helping others express their faith through music, and want to make a positive impact in our community/world, then this might be a great opportunity for you! 

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Worship Leader and/or Choir/Bell Choir Director


Meet Our Associate Pastor
Rev. Thaddeus Book

I joined Desert Cross as Associate Pastor in January of 2021. I come from a family of farmers in Northern Illinois. I graduated from Valparaiso University in 2005 and then enrolled at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio where I received my Master of Divinity in 2009. My first call was as Associate Pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Reynoldsburg, Ohio for five years, and then I served at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania for six years. My wife, Laura, and I have two children, Lincoln and Everett.

I root for the Green Bay Packers in the winter and the Chicago Cubs in the summer.  I like to read novels, listen to podcasts, and hike with my family in my spare time. I am passionate about creating community in the midst of an ever-fragmented culture.

Fun fact: Thanks to my fifth-grade music teacher, I can name all 50 states in alphabetical order in about 15 seconds.



Meet Our Team

Doug Bjotvedt - Director of Operations & Property
480-730-8600 ext. 103

Dawn Collins - Office Manager

Daniel Decker - Director of Worship & Music Ministries
480-730-8600 ext. 108

Shannon Fossett - Director of Children's Ministries
480-730-8600 ext. 115

Denise McClellan - Director of Adult Ministries & Missional Service
480-730-8600 ext. 116

Natalie Smith - Children's Ministry Assistant

Christine Soll - Worship Associate

Joni Van Rossum - Director of Media Production

Denise Viker, RN - Parish Nurse
480-730-8600 ext. 122

Katelyn Williamson - Director of Youth & Family Ministries

Meet Our Council

The church council meets the third Monday of every month. If you have a question or concern and you are unable to speak with one of the representatives in person or over the phone, you can contact the council via email at 

Currently serving on our Church Council:
Marla Barnard - Member At Large, Tempe
Adam Clark - Member At Large, Tempe
Bill Kalaf - Member At Large, Tempe
Angela Nannenga - Vice President
Carolyn Perkins - Member At Large, Gilbert
Adam Pfau - Member At Large, Gilbert
Haley Brinkmann Perez - Secretary
Tom Rewolinski - President
Vince Sciame - Treasure

Monthly Church Council Reports are available here.

Meet Our Chamber

The Gilbert chamber meets the second Tuesday of every month. If you have a question or concern, please contact one of the representatives.

Currently serving on our Chamber:
Vickie Denman Hospitality
Deb Gabrielson - Mission & Outreach
Glen Gabrielson - Finance & Stewardship
Carolyn Perkins - Church Council Member
Adam Pfau - Church Council Member
Rosemary Schlechty - Education
Joe Weingartz - Facilities
Nancy Zine - Worship

Gilbert Chamber Minutes available here.