ABOUT US

 
When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment in Scripture was, He said we are to LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS.  When we think of love in today’s culture it is best symbolized as a heart.  
 
At heart of mesa, our vision is to be a church that mobilizes followers of Christ to be disciple makers who share the life changing message of Jesus so the lives of people in the East Valley and around the world are transformed by the gospel.
 
 
Our mission is to CONNECT followers of Christ together in unity and CULTIVATE disciples who make disciples so we can CHANGE the world through the love of Jesus.
OUR LEADERSHIP
Senior Pastor
Dr. Ryan E. Smith
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Pastor Ryan joined our church in December 2018. He holds a B.A. in Biblical/Theological Studies from Grand Canyon University, and M.Div. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Gateway Seminary. Pastor Ryan enjoys to spend time with his family. He and his wife Megan have been married since 2002. They have four children Noah, Juliana, Ben, Eli, and Aaron on the way (coming May 2019). Pastor Ryan also enjoys playing golf, watching the Green Bay Packers play and reading some of his favorite authors (Erwin McManus; Francis Chan; David Platt).
 
Pastor Ryan is passionate about reaching people for Christ, helping them mature in their walk with Christ, and train them to make disciples of others. He believes that every person can be used by God to make an impact in the world around them.
 
Church Administrator
Tom Trujillo
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Tom Trujillo serves as the Heart of Mesa Office Manager. He is in charge of running the day to day business and operations of the church. His career as an administrator gives him the skills and talents necessary to manage the diverse ministries within the church. He is bilingual in both English and Spanish and not only serves as the Office Manager but Sunday School teacher, New Members Orientation, bookkeeper, business meeting facilitation, and he even finds time to lead worship in our early service.
 
Education: B.S. Business/Accounting, M.S. Health Services Administration
Administrative Assistant
Debbie Candler
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Debbie serves as Administrative Assistant for the Heart of Mesa. Whether its on the phone, via mail, or online her bright and cheerful encouragement is a blessing to members. She loves photography and graphic design and also serves in the Media Arts ministry where she helps connect the day to day needs of the church and ministry leaders.
Celebrate Recovery Pastor
Ken Schroth
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ken@heartofmesa.org
Ken is a Bi-Vocational Pastor that has been in ministry for almost 30 years. After serving in various ministries (including youth pastor at heart of mesa), he was led by the Lord to begin the Celebrate Recovery Ministry in 2006 after being called back to the Mesa areas from Payson. After being totally delivered from drugs and alcohol and a lifetime addictive excesses, seeks to help people better their lives as well. He works for a Premier Luxury Home Builder and serves as Pastor to our Celebrate Recovery ministry. Ken celebrates life on a daily basis making the most of every day. He says the Recovery has been the most demanding of his 3 ministries, but it has also been the most Rewarding. His two sons as well as his two daughter-in-laws also work in the ministry with him along with his wife Margaret. It truly is a family affair investing in the lives of God’s people who struggle to overcome their hurts, habits and hang-ups. His favorite saying on change is this “When the pain of staying the same, becomes greater than the pain of the change, then you will change… and not until.
Youth Leaders
Rick and Virginia Solares
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rick@heartofmesa.org
virginia@heartofmesa.org
 
 
 
Virginia has been attending Heart Of Mesa since she was born. She grew up here! While in the youth ministry, she felt God’s call upon her life to serve in youth ministry. In high school, she met her husband, Rick, and they eventually married in 2009. After graduating high school, Virginia served in several church plants in the Phoenix area. In 2013, Virginia was called to the youth director position at Heart Of Mesa. Virginia is passionate about reaching, building, and equipping students for their walks with Jesus. Virginia is focused on building relationships with every student she meets so she can effectively influence them towards Christ.
Worship Leader
Jesse Schroth
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jessie@heartofmesa.org
 
 
Jessie is the Worship Leader for the Heart of Mesa. Jessie has a passion for worshipping and singing to the Lord. She has been going to the Heart of Mesa for 5 years and was brought into this role by the will of God. Although new to the role of Worship Lead she allows the Spirit of God to lead her in bringing others closer to Him.