Executive Leadership Team
Jamie Rasmussen, Senior Pastor
Jamie Rasmussen was called to be the Senior Pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church in the Fall of 2007. As the primary teacher at our weekend worship services, Jamie also acts as the primary vision-caster for the church and is ultimately responsible to the elders for the health and growth of all our ministries and staff.
Jamie holds an earned Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Psychology from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, as well as an earned Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been an ordained pastor for almost 20 years and has served growing churches in Detroit, Michigan, London, Ontario (Canada) and Cleveland, Ohio.
With evident gifts in teaching and leadership, Jamie brings a unique combination of well-reasoned research, life experience and authentic application to his teaching. Believing deeply in both reason and biblical revelation, he loves to understand and apply the truths of the Bible to everyday life. Having a driving passion for the local church, Jamie’s leadership style is both visionary and strategic. More than all of this however, Jamie loves God and commits every day to helping those around him understand and know God on a deeper level.
Understanding that “leaders are readers,” Jamie can be found reading books simultaneously in four categories: theology, leadership, cultural/societal trends, and history. To keep his mind somewhat sane, he regularly reads the latest best-sellers in fiction. His current favorites are John Grisham and Clive Cussler.
Jamie is married to his wife, Kim, and together they have three adult children. He and his family love to hike together, explore remote areas (preferably in a rugged 4×4) and are connoisseurs of great action movies.
Ken joined Scottsdale Bible in Fall 2014 to further the vision and mission of our church as Managing Executive Director, working with and leading our current Executive Leadership Team. For the past two years, he served as the Executive Pastor of Mountain Valley Church, our newest multisite campus. Ken brings a wealth of management experience combined with years of service in the local church as an elder and pastoral leader. His business career includes leadership roles in the aerospace, defense and electric power industries. He has the honor of being named the first Chief Innovation Officer in Corporate America and in 2006, received the CIO of the Year Stevie Award. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State and an MBA from the University of Iowa, and is currently attending Phoenix Seminary. In his words, he has failed at retirement twice and is settled to the fact that he is a lifelong learner of God’s Word…and golf. He and his wife, Sandy, have known each other since kindergarten, have been married for 42 years, and both trusted Christ as savior on December 28, 1981. They have two daughters, two son-in-laws, and six grandchildren who live here in the Valley.
Tom Sharda was called to be the Executive Pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church in December 2008 after serving 18 years in the marketplace. As Executive Pastor, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Scottsdale Bible Church, including the supervision of all staff and the coordination of all ministries.
In the marketplace, Tom held a variety of leadership roles in program management, process improvement and organizational development. He earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Engineering from Calvin College; a Bachelor and Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an Executive Management of Technology from Case Western Reserve University.
Although having grown up in a Christian home, Tom’s faith in Christ did not become his own until a life-changing event in high school. Since that time he has grown in his relationship with Christ and his practical knowledge of the Bible evidenced through his balanced priorities, work ethic, love and service for others.
Shortly after starting his career, Tom was challenged by his senior pastor in Cleveland to get plugged into serving. Since that time he has always been active in the local church he attended through exercising his gifts of leadership, administration and service.
Tom is married to his wife, Jennie, and together they have four daughters. In his free time you will find him enjoying time with his family, spending time with friends and working around the home.
Troy’s passion is to bring people into God’s presence through worship and music. Prior to coming to Scottsdale Bible Church as Pastor of Worship and Creative Arts, he spent 12 years in a large church in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, as their Worship Arts Pastor. His solid breadth and depth of experience in leading worship, directing and producing events with a broad worship and creative arts program is evident.
While in Pennsylvania, Troy provided pastoral and creative leadership to 40 musicians and 140 vocalists along with his worship and tech staff. He was an integral part of their Easter and Christmas productions—seen by over 11,000 annually, produced other large, high-attendance events, and hosted nationally-known artists. Additionally, he and his team undertook several recording projects. Troy served on a four-person executive team for design and development of a $20 million facility expansion (including a 2,500 seat sanctuary) which was completed in 2004.
Troy is a strategic visionary, able to put feet to a vision; he is grace-filled and outstanding at building relationships; he is a deep thinker, a man who passionately loves God and his family—intentionally growing in his faith and leadership.
Troy and his wife Wendy have three daughters, Brooklyn, Chamberlain and Peyton.
Margi serves as Minister of Spiritual Life at Scottsdale Bible, overseeing several teams responsible for connection, discipleship, and ministry to the people in our church. Prior to taking on this role, Margi served as Minister of Connection and Minister to Women at Scottsdale Bible for 10 years. She established the Women in Leadership Development (WILD) program that has trained hundreds of women in our church.
Margi accepted Christ when she was eight years old in her home church where her father was pastor. After receiving her B.A. from Northwest Nazarene University, she began a career as an elementary school teacher. Margi and her husband, Dale, founded New Hope Community Church in Portland, Oregon, where she was Director of Women’s Ministries for 23 years and Minister of Music. Prior to joining Scottsdale Bible, she served as Director of Spouse and Family Ministries at Asbury Seminary. Margi and Dale have been married 42 years and have four adult children and five grandchildren.
In her role as Minister of Spiritual Life, Margi is responsible for overseeing the Connections, Small Group, Discipleship, Evangelism, Local Outreach, Women’s, Counseling, Congregational Care, Safety and Security, and Kitchen teams. She is passionate about connecting people through small groups, discipleship and service opportunities, and building leaders who will impact others for God’s kingdom. People who have worked alongside Margi in ministry describe her as a friend, leader, teacher, woman of faith, and giver of love who has a passion for serving Jesus.
Kory Schuknecht accepted Christ as a teenager at Saguaro High School through the ministry of Young Life. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business from Arizona State University.
Kory served as an Elder for Scottsdale Bible on four previous occasions and once at Northridge Community Church (our church plant). Over the years, he taught/served in Children’s Ministry, High School, College, Home Fellowship and several enrichment classes. He provides leadership for our Marriage, Children’s, Student, and Special Ministries. He also directs our men’s leadership development program, II Timothy. Kory and his wife Gail have four children who bless them with their own expanding families, and they have been at Scottsdale Bible since 1976.