Aaron Strietzel grew up in Durango, CO and moved with his family to the Valley of the Sun in the summer of 2014. Aaron has earned a BA in Biblical Studies and Master’s of Divinity degree at Claremont School of Theology.
For many, Christianity has become a system of beliefs that you are required to buy into. One of Aaron’s greatest passions is to help others rediscover Christianity as a way of life that leads us toward healing and wholeness. Aaron is also interested in contemplative spirituality and ways contemplative practices help lead us toward greater compassion for ourselves and others.
Aaron has been married to his wife, Maly, since August 2004. They have two small boys and one yellow lab.
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Matt LeFevers serves as the Worship Director, along with his wife, Jackie, who is one of the lead vocalists. They have been worship leaders in Chandler since 2007 and began serving in the One Church worship band in spring of 2013. Matt has been playing guitar since the age of twelve, and has played bass, piano, and drums since age eighteen, as well as a menagerie of other instruments. Jackie studied classical voice for six years, followed by several years of training in choral and jazz vocals. She also plays bass, piano, and ukulele. Together, they write and release inclusive, progressive worship songs under the name Map & Compass.
Matt and Jackie are Arizona natives. They have been married since November 2011, have a two-year-old son, and live in Chandler.
Chester and Jodi Erwin serve as the KIDS directors at One Church. They have been sharing God’s love in KIDS Ministry since 2010, and have been attending One Church since 2015. They love interacting with kiddos – there’s never a dull moment! You’ll recognize Chester by his lack of shoes – he thinks they’re overrated! Chester hails from Texas, landing in Phoenix in 2001, via Saudi Arabia and the Bay Area, and Jodi was born and raised in Michigan, living in Chicago and the Bay Area before settling in Phoenix in 2004
They have been married since 2004, and live in Ahwatukee with their two children.
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Jacob and Laurel serve as the Student Directors at One Church. Both natives to Arizona, they met while attending ASU and were married in 2011. They have been involved in various student ministries since high school, holding leadership positions while in college.
They have two highly spirited daughters and currently live in Chandler. They began attending One Church in 2016.
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Ryan Gear is the founding pastor of One Church. At 39, Ryan has served in full time pastoral ministry for 15 years. He holds a BA in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Master of Divinity degree from Ashland Theological Seminary.
Ryan is the founder of openmindedchurch.org, a growing national directory of churches willing to thoughtfully wrestle with questions and doubts. He is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, OnFaith, Beliefnet, and Convergent Books and has been featured in Real Clear Religion.
Ryan is also an initiator in the OPEN Network and Convergence U.S., a movement bringing together forward-thinking Catholics, Evangelicals, and mainline Protestants, along with ethnic and peace churches and other willing colleagues, in a growing movement-building collaborative.
Ryan is married to Hannah. They have two sons (5 and a newborn) and live in Chandler.