What Makes Us Who We AreWe are on a journey marked with laughter, learning, and love. While we take spirituality and our relationship with God seriously, we try not to take ourselves too serious. We have fun and try to find joy in this life that God has given us. We are convinced we haven’t arrived yet, so we continue to seek ways to learn what it means to follow God from the Bible and from those farther down the road than us. We seek to love those God has placed in our path, those less fortunate in our world, and first and foremost we seek to love Jesus who loved us first. You are invited to join us every Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30 AM, during the week in one of our groups or service opportunities, and online 24/7 through social media and YouTube. If we can help you in any way drop us an email, give us a call, or reach out to one of the great people on our team pictured below.
As pastor, Joe has been the primary leader and communicator since 2005. His down to earth style has helped many connect with God. In 1994, Joe married Christie and they have 4 children – Caleb, Sydney, Payton, and Mia. Joe also serves as the Executive Director of The Hope Effect, a non-profit changing the way the world cares for orphans.
Carlyle has enjoyed being a pastor in the Phoenix area for almost 25 years. He and his wife Tina love the church and all its brings to their lives. They’ve been married since 1985 after they met at Boise State University in Idaho. Carlyle loves working out, doing Orange Theory with his wife, running and swimming, but specially likes mountain biking. Carlyle is a life-long learner and enjoys reading and last year even wrote a book.
Javaughn has been in youth ministry for several years. He is currently studying Theology at Regent University online. He and his wife Alexandria love Journey for its community and transparency. He is an independent recording artist, lover of all things coffee related and a die-hard Detroit Lions fan.
Lacey is a mom to 2 young boys and has been married to Steve for over 10 years. She is an experienced teacher, having taught both first grade and preschool. Lacey and Steve lead one of Journey’s Young Families Groups. Lacey has a passion for teaching, organizing, and her morning cup of coffee. In her free time, she enjoys hand lettering, hiking with her family, and long trips to Target by herself.
Julie is a mom to 2 teenage girls and has been married to Randy for 20 years. She teaches at Stepping Stones Preschool and has been there since 2005. Julie enjoys running, boxing, and reading, and looks forward to date nights with her husband.
Clarice was born in Detroit, Michigan and has lived in the Phoenix area since 1961. She moved to the Peoria area in 1977. After 42 plus years of doing accounting for her career, she has recently semi-retired and is enjoying traveling. In her spare time she enjoys all kinds of sports and plays Fantasy Football for fun.
Sydney is a student at Grand Canyon University majoring in Christian Studies and minoring in Advertising and Graphic Design. She has been involved in ministry for years and is especially passionate about worship and global missions. She loves organizational tasks, card games, and Starbucks iced coffee (a lot).
What We Believe
God is the creator of the universe. There is only one living and true God who exists in three persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, Acts 5:3-4, 1 Corinthians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Titus 2:13, 1 Peter 1:2)
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He went to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King. (Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:22-23, John 1:1-14, John 14:3, John 17:5, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 1:8, Hebrews 7:25, 1 Peter 2:24, Revelation 20)
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts to be used for the common good of others. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily. (John 16:7-13,14:16-17, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 2:12,3:16, 1 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 1:13,5:18)
About the Bible
We believe that the Bible has been inspired by God. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct so that we accomplish God’s good deeds in the world. (Psalm 119:2, 2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 1:1-2, 2 Peter 1:3)
About Human Beings
People have been made in the image of God and are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has amazing potential for good, all have been stained by attitudes and actions of disobedience called “sin”. Sin has separated us from God and causes many problems in our lives and in the world. (Genesis 1:26, Romans 5:12,Romans 3:10, 20, Ephesians 2:8-10, 1 Peter 1:3, Romans 8:16-17, John 10:29)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us that we must choose to accept. We can never make up for our sin or earn God’s favor through self improvement or by good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be rescued from sin’s penalty (death). When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we become new. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (John 14:6, 1:2, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:1, 10:9-10, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 3:26, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5)