Originally from Wisconsin, Dan joined the staff of Northwest in 2006. And while he left the Midwest the Midwest hasn't left him. Dan is a huge Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoys the occasional brat, and still calls a drinking fountain a bubbler. Dan has served in variety of positions over the past 20 years from janitor to associate pastor in churches in Ohio and Wisconsin. He has a deep passion for teaching and discipleship- calling people to live out their faith in Jesus in real and tangible ways. When not at church, you'll find him on the Frisbee golf course, reading a good book, running, or at home with his wife Laurie and their three children (Maggie, Ellie, and Stevie).
Married to the pastor, Laurie thought it would be a good idea to go with him to Arizona, and she's glad she did! She loves being at Northwest and in Arizona. In fact, she often remarks, "I think I was born in the wrong state!" Laurie has done ministry for over 20 years, and has served churches in Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. She has a passion for worship, and a desire to see people make worshiping God not only a part of their Sundays, but also a part of their lives Monday thru Saturday. Laurie also works for the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), and she enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children.
Debbie has served in a variety of roles, both paid and volunteer at Northwest. Most recently, Debbie leads Northwest's efforts to reach out and partner with organizations in our community. To say Debbie has a passion for outreach is an understatement. Her leadership has lead to developing a partnership with Centennial Elementary School, Gap Ministries, as well as several other local ministries and organizations. Debbie and her husband Tom have two sons- Nathan and Thomas.
I was born and raised in Tucson. I met my husband through our previous church and once we decided to get married we made the awesome decision to switch to Northwest Community. I have always known I wanted to teach kids since I was in the 2nd grade. I have my bachelor's degree in elementary education, I have been the director at an after school program, and I have worked in the nursery up to youth group in our previous church. When I am not working with kids you will find me doing my two favorite things, cleaning or with my nose in a book!
Tara is from northern California having lived in Tucson for the past several years. Tara has had a lot of experience in the corporate world including working for both Apple and Knight Ridder News Service. Tara, her husband Travis, and their son Morgan live in Northwest Tucson.