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Pianist & Choir/Bell Choir Director Position

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

We are Desert Cross Lutheran Church and Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, two congregations meeting in one location. Our mission is to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, while empowering people to effectively love and serve others through community service and social justice in our community.
The ideal candidate will have strong leadership skills, a passion for the ministry of the church, be highly organized, have a friendly personality, be creative, worshipful, work well with others, and have excellent written and oral communication skills. This role will assist both congregations in their weekly worship gatherings. If you are passionate about music, enjoy helping others express their faith through music, and want to make a positive impact in our community/world, this might be a great opportunity for you!

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Pianist & Choir/Bell Choir Director Position

 

Worship Leader

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

We are Desert Cross Lutheran Church and Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, two congregations meeting in one location. Our mission is to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world while empowering people to effectively love and serve others through community service and social justice in our community.
The ideal candidate will have strong leadership skills, a passion for the church's ministry, be highly organized, have a friendly personality, be creative, worshipful, work well with others, and have excellent written and oral communication skills. This role will assist both congregations in their weekly worship gatherings. If you are passionate about music, enjoy helping others express their faith through music, and want to make a positive impact in our community/world, this might be a great opportunity for you!

Click here for the full Job description, required qualifications, and benefits:
Worship Leader

 

Worship Leader and/or Choir/Bell Choir Director

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

We are Desert Cross Lutheran Church and Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, two congregations meeting in one location. Our mission is to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world while empowering people to effectively love and serve others through community service and social justice in our community.
The ideal candidate will have strong leadership skills, a passion for the church's ministry, be highly organized, have a friendly personality, be creative, worshipful, work well with others, and have excellent written and oral communication skills. This role will assist both congregations in their weekly worship gatherings. If you are passionate about music, enjoy helping others express their faith through music, and want to make a positive impact in our community/world, this might be a great opportunity for you!

We are seeking a qualified person to fill both roles. However, If a single qualified candidate is not available, we will consider offering two separate positions.  

Click here for the full Job description, required qualifications, and benefits:
Worship Leader and/or Choir/Bell Choir Director

 

Meet Our Senior Pastor
Rev. Andrea Cain

The light of my life is faith and family. I love cooking meals with my family and enjoy hiking, biking, and historical fiction.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin and earned a Master of Divinity at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

I love helping people build faithful relationships with Jesus and with each other in community. It gives me joy to lead in living out faith in daily life and discovering our gifts to love and serve all people.

Fun fact: I met Aaron Rodgers on two occasions: at a perfume counter at the mall and at Starbucks!

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
dbjotvedt@desertcross.org

Marie Maiorana - Office Manager
480-730-8600
mmaiorana@desertcross.org

Daniel Decker - Director of Worship & Music Ministries
480-730-8600 ext. 108
ddecker@desertcross.org

Shannon Fossett - Director of Children's Ministries
480-730-8600 ext. 115
sfossett@desertcross.org

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

Natalie Smith - Children's Ministry Assistant
nsmith@desertcross.org

Joni Van Rossum - Director of Media Production
jvanrossum@desertcross.org

Denise Viker, RN - Parish Nurse
480-730-8600 ext. 122
dviker@desertcross.org

Katelyn Williamson - Director of Youth & Family Ministries
kwilliamson@desertcross.org

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 council@desertcross.org. 

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 - Treasurer

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:
Open position 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
Tracey Landa  - Worship


Gilbert Chamber Minutes available here.