Church Staff

Pastor Dave Martin 

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 

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. Click here for more information about our preschool.

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.

Lynne 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 Vargas  - 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.

Board of 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


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