HEART OF MESA
851 N. Stapley Dr
Mesa, Arizona 85203
851 N. Stapley Drive Mesa, Arizona 85203
Gary Knighton - Senior Pastor
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
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.
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.
Traditional - 8:30am
Sunday School - 9:45am
Worship Service - 10:55am
Corazon De Mesa:
Worship Service - 10:50am Valley Rim SBA Conference Rm
Sunday School - 9:30am
Sunday School - 2pm
Worship Service - 3pm
Indian Baptist Fellowship:
Sunday School - 9:45am
Worship Services - 10:45am
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Debbie Candler 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.
I have been happily married for 31 years; have two Godly daughters, both married; four grandchildren; and two wonderful and Godly sons-in-law. I am a truly blessed man. I have served the Lord in His church as a Pastor for 31 years. I love being one of Jesus undersheperds.
My desire for all people: That they would experience the peace, power, provision and ever present help of Jesus.
My life verse: It is God who works in me both to will and to do His good pleasure.
My verse of refuge: God is my refuge and strength, an ever present help in my trouble. (Psalm 46:1).
Mission Statement: To be a church with a (heart symbol) for God, for people, for His Word, and for serving Him.
Tom Truillo - Office Manager/Administrator
Ken Schroth is Bi-Vocational Pastor that was led by the Lord to begin the Celebrate Recovery Ministry in 2006. He has been in the Ministry since 1990 where, after being totally delivered from drugs and alcohol and a lifetime addictive excesses, began to help people better their lives as well. He began as a youth minister and that is where he developed a no bull philosophy of teaching and preaching. He was youth minister at Heart of Mesa for 8 years. He then moved up to Payson Arizona to do estimating and purchasing for a custom home builder in that area (That is what he does for a living) and ended up pastoring a small little mission church in the middle of the woods in Tonto Village Arizona. After 8 years of ministering to that body of believers he and his wife Margaret were called back down to the valley of the Son due to a slowdown in the economy. Upon arriving back in the valley, he began working for a Premier Luxury Home Builder and Began Celebrate Recovery, again at the Heart of Mesa. He continues to do both to this day. Delivered from a life of self-destruction, he 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.