ABOUT US

MEET OUR STAFF

Lead Pastor

Barry has recently taken on the role of Lead Pastor here at Glendale Nazarene. He and his wife, Charlie, have been married for 27 years and have been serving as missionaries in South America until November of 2018. He and Charlie are blessed with three children, one daughter-in-law,and the cutest granddaughter ever. He is an ordained elder, has a bachelors from MidAmerica Nazarene University, a Masters in Missional Leadership from Northwest Nazarene University, and is finishing up his doctorate in Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene  University. 

Assistant Lead Pastor

Gary Spruill has served as Assistant Lead Pastor since 2012. His education includes a BA from Mid-America Nazarene, Master Degree from Pittsburg State and an Education Specialist Degree from Pittsburg State. His greatest joy is being with people and sharing the love of Jesus with them.  Pastor Gary and his wife Tammy have been married for 37 years and have three daughters, three son-in- laws, and four grandchildren.

Youth/Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jeff Gee has served as Youth/Young Adult Pastor at Glendale Nazarene since 2014. Jeff loves being a part of teaching, the spiritual journey's of young people, and seeing them be transformed into life long followers of Jesus. His greatest joy in ministry is seeing young people Love Up, In and Out in their church, their families and their world, together. Jeff has been married to Jana for 25 years and has one son Nathan and daughter-in-law Nicole. Together they have served in youth ministry for 25+ years. Jeff and Jana grew up in the mid-west and have been in Arizona since 2001.

Children & Families Pastor

Pastor Shawna Rench serves as Pastor to Children and Families.  Shawna loves teaching kids and their families about how much God loves them! She graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. Shawna has a fabulous husband, Pastor Jesse, and is blessed that they share a passion for ministry.  They have four amazing kids - Kylee, Tyler, Katelyn, and Hannah and you can often find her supporting them at their activities.  Two of Shawna’s favorite places to go are Disneyland and the beach.  For Shawna, any day is better when she has an extra-hot latte in hand!

Associate Pastor/Chaplain

Pastor Paul Magnuson and his wife Vangie came to GNAZ 14 years ago & took over the Ambassadors Sunday School Class in 2005.  Paul enjoys serving in Pastoral Leadership, serving God’s people and as the Senior Adult Pastor/Chaplin.  God has blessed him and Vangie with a fruitful ministry in GNAZ & with our Nazarene District.  He became a staff member in 2011 & from that time has continued his pastoral education, and duties. It is for God’s Glory that he proclaims The Good News of Jesus Christ in our Church, in homes, in hospitals in care facilities, & throughout this metro area.  My hope is to meet new people at GNAZ every Lord’s Day.

Connections Pastor

Chad Moler has been serving in ministry at Glendale Nazarene for a year and a half and is passionate about training disciples of Jesus who train up more disciples.  He obtained a Bachelor's in Bible & Theology from Asbury University, and a Master's of Divinity from Liberty University.  It is his greatest privilege and joy to watch people grow in their devotion and intimacy with their Creator and begin to understand what God has in store for them.  Chad lives in Surprise, AZ with his wife Erin and their 2 young boys.

Director of Technical Ministries

Chaz Boyce came to GNAZ when he was 12 years old and has been here ever since. It was here that he developed his passion for all things media and love for serving. He even met his wife, Kelly, while serving at GNAZ. He has a deep desire for making GNAZ a relevant church that will reach young families and young adults. Chaz and Kelly have a 1 1/2 year old named Liam and just welcomed a new born named Luke.

Our Vision

At Glendale Nazarene Church, we are passionate about one thing: to be the most loving place in town. You see, Jesus said that the whole world will recognize that we are His followers by the love we have.  And we want to do all we can to share His love with all those we encounter. As we live out His call to love, we believe something remarkable happens: we believe that people will be undeniably changed by His unconditional love.

Our Mission

At our church we desire to make Christlike disciples who love UP through a growing, personal relationship with God.
Have you responded to His invitation?
At our church we desire to make Christlike disciples who love IN by connecting in relationships with fellow believers.
How connected are you?
At our church we desire to make Christlike disciples who love OUT by passionately serving the needs of others, even when it hurts.
Are you putting your skills to good use for others in need?
If we break it down to its simplest form, we desire everyone we minister to, to “Love UP, Love IN, and Love OUT.”

Core Values

We believe in one God, the Creator of all things, who reveals Himself as Father, Son, and Spirit.
We believe in Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man at the same time, who became like us to bring about our salvation.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who is active in the world, bringing us to salvation.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, giving us all we need to know about how to be saved.
We believe that we are all sinners by both nature and act and need God's forgiveness.
We believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross and that, by personally believing and accepting that He died to pay for our sins, we can be restored in a right relation to God.

We believe that God has enabled us to turn to Him from sin but that He has not forced us to do so. We believe that each person must admit they have sinned, repent, turn away from his sins, and trust Christ to accept Him.

We believe that when we turn from sin and trust in Christ our record of sin is wiped away, and we are given new life, therefore becoming part of God's family.

We believe that after receiving this new life in Christ, we need the fullness of God's Spirit in our hearts. (Sanctification) When we make a complete commitment to Him, He cleanses our spirit, fills us with His perfect love, and gives us the power to live victoriously.
We believe the Church is the Body of Christ in the world today. It is called together by the Holy Spirit, through the Word, for the purpose of fulfilling God's plan for the world until Christ returns.
We believe in baptism as an outward sign of an inward belief in Jesus and urge people to be baptized as Christians.
We believe in the Lord's supper (communion or eucharist) as a means of grace and encourage believers to participate in the taking of the bread (body) and cup (blood) of Jesus in remembrance of His death for us.
We believe God can heal. We pray for healing. We also believe that God can work through medical science.
We believe that Jesus is coming again.
We believe that everyone will face the judgment of God with its rewards and punishments.

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