About us

Meet Our

Word of Life Lutheran Church in Surprise, Arizona, is a proud member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). We welcome all to come worship with. 

Pastor Dave Martin

Lead Pastor

Dave & Elisabeth were married in 1987 in Troy, MI and Dave was ordained that same year as well.


Dave loves: Spending time with Elisabeth and their children, Music, Exercise and Hiking in the beautiful southwest.

Dave received his Business Administration degree from Wayne State University, Detroit. His desire to help and serve people took him to Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, later furthering his ministry preparation by completing a Doctorate in Church Management at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL.


Before coming to Word of Life in January of 2012, Dave served for 12 years in Troy and 13 years in Plymouth, MI.

Ericca Dunn

Director of Preschool

Learn about our school here >>

Ericca enjoys spending time with her family, walking at the park, and watching football, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes! She has 3 grown children and two grandsons.


In her quest to serve children and their families through ministry in a Christian school setting, Ericca attended Iowa Wesleyan College completing her National Administrator Credentials for early childhood education. She has worked in administration for more than 15 years and has served as teacher and leader in Christian education for more than 30 years.  Ericca has been blessed to be an important part in helping to build Christian schools in both Iowa and Arizona. 

The words of Jesus in Matt. 18:5 sums up Ericca’s focus, passion and direction for life and ministry. “Whoever welcomes a little child in My name, welcomes Me.”

Becky Brewer

Business Manager

Becky and her husband, Mike, live in Surprise. They have two married sons with families. (One in Colorado, the other Surprise). Becky and Mike enjoy spending time with family – especially their three young grandchildren.


Becky retired from the banking industry in 2004 and almost immediately began a 2nd career in church business management. She joined the staff here at Word of Life in 2012 and has been a fantastic ministry addition.

Lynn Oswold

Church Office Manager

Lynne and her husband, Harold, moved to Surprise from Nebraska and join Word of Life in 2010. They live in Surprise and have four adult children (one in New Mexico, one in Texas and two in Arizona). They love spending time with their children and nine grandchildren.

Lynne’s joy and pleasant demeanor has blessed our office and our church since she began working here in 2016.

Gabby Vargus

Nursery Attendant

Gabby has 4 children and 5 grandchildren, they are the love of her life.


She has 30 years of experience in childcare and teaches preschool at Word of Life. Gabby has a God given love for children. Her greatest joy is teaching children about Jesus and showing them God's love each and every day.

What We

God is three persons in one (Trinity): The Father, who created and sustains the world; the Son, who lived as a perfect human being and was also God’s Son who died, and rose from the dead; and the Holy Spirit who brings faith and works God's will in the world.  Matthew 28:18-21

The Bible is the Inspired, Inerrant, and Infallible word of God, spoken through human writers. It is the sole authority, guide and standard for all that we do. 

2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Sin exists in every person. It is the cause of the bad things people do to each other.  Romans 5:12, 18-19

Everyone will have existence after death - either in heaven or hell - forever and without end. God has a plan to end the world, when He will judge everyone - both the living and the dead.  Matthew 25:31-46

Grace Alone - God loved the world, though we do not deserve His love. He sent His Son to love the unlovely and save the ungodly. Ephesians 2:8-10

Faith Alone - Jesus has provided for our forgiveness and life; those who hear this promise and believe it, have what it offers. God “gives” faith through the promises that he gives in the Bible.  Romans 1:16-17

Scripture Alone - The Bible is the only source that shows God's will and the only basis for faith.  2 Timothy 3:16-17

Baptism (for children and adults) and Communion are a means by which God gives people His grace.  The Bible never says God’s promises only hold true for adults or for those who are able to understand. Our right standing with God does not depend on our decision to come to Him, but rather on His coming to us and our allowing him a place in our life. Acts 2:38-39; Matthew 26:26-28

God is loving and that He offers forgiveness and eternal life as a free gift because of Jesus Christ. Salvation Is a free gift. We believe that no matter how hard we try, we cannot earn God's forgiveness or a place in heaven. It is a free gift we receive only through faith in Jesus Christ.  Galatians 2:15-21; Ephesians 2:8-10

Ministry Directors

John Baker - President

Gary Murray -Vice President

Don Roehlich - Secretary

Don Miller – Treasurer

Bruce Bertram

Steve Conro

Ryan Randall

Doug Sonnenberg

John Yancy

Word Of Life
   Church & preSchool



17525 W Bell Road

Surprise, AZ 85374

  • White Facebook Icon

©2020 Word of Life Lutheran Church & Preschool. All rights reserved.

WOL Logo 2020-01.png