Come join us. We exist to make Christ-like disciples in the nations. We hope this web page helps you understand more of who we were, have become, and will become as we journey together.
This is a time for loving one another in word and deed in the house of God as we continue to regather safely.
We've been meeting on-campus on Sunday mornings since June. JOIN US!
- Mask up
- Socially distance
- Nursery available
- Children's church available
- Stay home if you are sick
- Encourage at-risk friends to watch online on Facebook or YouTube.
- Encourage a person who is not online weekly or who is unable to attend by calling them.
What is our purpose?
We exist to make Christ-like disciples in the nations.
Who are we?
- …a Christian church. We preach Jesus as the Savior of the world.
- …a Holiness Church. We believe Jesus not only saves you from your past but gives you power to live differently.
- …a Missional Church. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives us power to proclaim a new life to everyone in the world.
What is a Nazarene?
Jesus was called a Nazarene. He was mocked for being from Nazareth and the name "Nazarene" was chosen by Phinease Bresee to welcome all those who were poor and unwanted. The name "Nazarene" means everyone is welcome at 3929 S. Rural Rd.
Where I can find out more?
You can check out our core beliefs at www.nazarene.org. Here's a video for you to view that very simply describes our sixteen Articles of Faith. Pastor Jon will gladly answer any questions you have on this.
Please connect with our church staff with any questions you may have about God or participation in a ministry.
Pastor Jon joined us on September 17, 2017 as our Lead Pastor. Read his Pastor's Notes page.
Jon is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene College (1982) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (1986). Jon has pastored in Pierce, Idaho (1986–1989), Boise Five Mile Nazarene in Boise, Idaho (1989–2003), and Baker City, Oregon (2003–2017).
He loves coffee and conversation about Jesus! In his free time, Jon will most likely be fly-fishing, watching the Denver Broncos, or detailing his 1970 Chevrolet truck. Jon is happily married to Cathleen since 1986. Jon and Cathleen have two daughters, Sarah and Emilie.
Pastor Alan has a passion for leading others into the presence of God through corporate worship. He is an ordained minister with a degree in Church Music, Bible, and Christian Education and is knowledgeable in ancillary worship areas such as technology, sound, lighting, and webcasting.
Alan is married to Cheryl and they have two children.
Pastor Debbie is a fixture in our young children's lives. They know her office door is always open so they can get a hug or share their victories and challenges. She teaches kids that God knows and loves every single one of them. They see that love in action because Debbie knows the name and circumstances of every child. She directs all children's activities from birth to sixth grade and she's the Director of Tempe Christian PreSchool.
Debbie exudes incredible energy and a positive attitude, which have helped her while teaching VBS, Sunday School, summer camps, and Camp Meeting. She has completed her Associate of Science degree in Early Education. She's s been a part of our TNC family since 1983 and the Children's Pastor for over two decades.
Debbie and her husband Van were married in 1977. They have five children and eight grandchildren, all of whom are well loved.
Pastor Trevor has a passion for families—he loves guiding them into a relationship with Jesus and exploring what God's will is for their lives. He's been involved in youth and children's ministry since he was 15.
He joined the TNC staff in 2016 and while serving has become the Arizona Nazarene Youth Vice President. Trevor was married to his wife Rachelle in May of 2018 and they have a son Carson who joined us April 2019. He also enjoys Hockey and plays on the weekends with his team.
Tony Brown, an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene (2018), has a passion to see the young adults of this world come to know Jesus on a personal level and share that love with the world.
He married his Jr. High sweetheart, Laura, and has two children.
Amber grew up in Missouri and graduated from College of the Ozarks with her B.S. in Nutrition/Dietetics. She moved to Arizona shortly after to be closer to family. Amber has always loved helping others and is excited to be working in ministry alongside her church family.
She and her husband Moses began attending TNC in September 2017 and became members in January 2018. They have one son who attends TCPS.
Scott is our new facility manager for the church and school. He was born in Illinois and grew up in California. He has lived in Arizona for the last 22 years. Scott enjoys hockey, racing, and napping. “Never pass up a good opportunity for a nap.” He loves to serve others.
Ralph has been working on technology at the church since the 1980s. He started the church website in 1986 and managed it into 2009. He worked on sound and lighting while directing the choir and leading worship in the 80s and 90s. He was recently hired by TNC to assist with improving the use of various Information Technologies. His ongoing theme is "By all means reach some."
Ralph met his bride Karen here at TNC, has two grown boys, Joel (also serving at TNC) and Joshua, and is the very proud grandfather to two grandsons.
Tempe Nazarene Church was organized October 25, 1953 by Rev. Wilbur L. Heizer. The “people” part of the church grew out of a children’s ministry led by Mrs. Hiebert and assisted by Ruth Brickley. It was housed in an old abandoned school building for some time.
Church property at 107 East Broadway Road was purchased in November, 1952 by the District Advisory Board and monies to purchase were given to the church by the Phoenix Eastside Church (Biltmore). The lot was one commercial acre on the sparsely settled and graveled Broadway Road and cost $2,500.00.
The first building was a junior annex which would seat approximately sixty people comfortably and was built in November 1953 at a cost of $10,427.68 by Shelley Construction Company with Glen McCollum as architect. The building was soon filled. Pastor and Mrs. David Owen came in May, 1954. God blessed their leadership and the church was strengthened under their ministry.
Following the Owens, Rev. and Mrs. L. W. Dodson came as pastors in 1955 and served for about one year. Rev. and Mrs. Leo Kirley were then called to pastor Tempe Nazarene Church. They arrived in 1956 and served the church faithfully for ten years. During their ministry a three bedroom masonry construction parsonage was built on the back of the property. Continued growth made the construction of a larger sanctuary an absolute necessity. Faith became reality when the sanctuary was built in 1959. It had seating for 112 people plus the choir. It was constructed largely with donated labor. Many wonderful times of spiritual blessing were enjoyed as God revealed himself time after time.
Rev. Kirley reached the age of retirement and the church called Pastor Stan and Patty McElrath as pastors in June, 1966.
As the church began to outgrow its facility, it was decided after much prayer and deliberation, to relocate the church. The property at 3929 South Rural Road was purchased in April 1967 for $40,000.00. The property on Broadway was sold through Siesta Realty (Lyle Carnal, broker) to Mr. Allen Dong for $112,000.00. Construction began in late summer of 1969 with Paul Madden as supervisor and Glen McCollum as architect. The first service was held at the Rural Road location on Easter Sunday, 1970 with 403 in attendance. Dr. V. H. Lewis, General Superintendent and Dr. M. L. Mann, district Superintendent officiated.
We built classrooms, a library, and a gymnasium. We also began Tempe Christian School in 1971. It was known then as University Heights Christian School and is now Tempe Christian PreSchool. The gymnasium began life as our sanctuary and remained so until the mid 80s. We continued to add to our numbers.
A new $650,000.00 450-seat worship center built by the R. K. Yoder Company of Ft. Collins, Colorado, was completed in 1986 and dedicated in October of that year. It contained state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment as well as a choir/music room used by both the church and Tempe Christian PreSchool. The area previously used as the sanctuary was converted to its original design as a multipurpose gymnasium.
In 1996, we remodeled our classrooms to make better use of the space. Each room has abundant storage cabinets, telephone and computer network jacks, cleanup sinks, drinking fountains, and individual air-conditioning/heating units. The color schemes used provide an enhancement to the learning environment.
In 2000–2001, we added a second story over the classroom area remodeled in 1996 to create more classrooms for both the school and the church. The $1.2 million project added over 6,000 square feet of educational space.
There was a worship center for our Student Ministries Department, six new classrooms, new sidewalks, drainage systems, taller, safer playground fences, and new fascia around the roof-line of the entire project. That provided much needed adult Sunday School and youth facilities and enabled us to utilize first-floor rooms for ill- and well-child nursery. It also allowed us to update our patio with new landscaping, including a fountain.
Pastor Stan and Patty announced their retirement in April of 2001. They retired in April of 2002 and were succeeded by Pastor Doug and Becky Pierce. We began reconstruction of the offices, removing the old library, providing space for a new conference room and copy/break room.
Dr. Brian and Sharon Delbridge accepted our call and began pastoring us September 2006, after Pastor Doug and Becky accepted the call to be Assistant District Superintendent. The office entrance was reconstructed in 2007. Pastor Brian was instrumental in assisting Pastor Kevin McGinnis with establishing the Mosaic Church plant, helping start the Haitian congregation as TNC members, and remodeling of the Worship Center, gymnasium, and kitchen.
On April 15, 2015, Pastor Chris Walton was officially installed by District Superintendent Doug Pierce in the Sunday morning service as TNC's new senior pastor. His wife Lisa and four of there children were there. We had a great message entitled "Different" that encouraged us to believe, pray, be filled with the Holy Spirit, and to change our culture. We met for food afteward in the gym and were able to meet with the family.
Pastor Jon and Cathleen Privett began their ministry at TNC on September 17, 2017. District Superintendent Doug Pierce officially installed them in the service as TNC's new senior pastor. His wife Cathleen and two daughters were there as he brought the message, "A Servant Like Jesus".