The government of this church, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, is vested in the Elder Board, whose authority is derived from the body of believers who compose this church. Only men who are members of Scottsdale Bible Church, who are of high Christian character and integrity, who maintain an exemplary reputation, who demonstrate leadership in the ministry of the church, and who possess the qualifications in Titus 1:6–9 and I Timothy 3:1–7 may be elected as Elders.
Elders are elected by church members for a term not to exceed four years. A sitting Board is composed of at least 12 and no more than 20 voting members. The term of approximately one-fourth of the Elders expires each year. An Elder who has served a four-year term is not eligible for re-election to the Elder Board until one year has elapsed from the end of his most recent term. The Elder Board is responsible for the governance and oversight of the affairs of the church. Working in conjunction with the Pastors, they are responsible to ensure that the mission and ministries of Scottsdale Bible are consistent with biblical directives and principles. The Elder Board approves the annual budget and supervises the raising, receiving and disbursement of funds to support the ministries of Scottsdale Bible.
Shawn became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1988 while playing minor league baseball in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2001, he concluded a 15- year professional baseball career, eight of which were played in the Major Leagues. Upon retirement, he has focused on growing relationships and capital resources for organizations in both business and non-profit sectors. Currently, Shawn is Vice President of Investor Relations for Pure Flix Entertainment, whose vision is to influence the global culture for Christ through media. He has served on the state board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and has been featured as a keynote speaker for the purpose of fund raising, discipleship and outreach. He and his wife Pam have been involved at SBC since 1993, including small group and enrichment class leadership and teaching. Shawn and Pam have been married for 26 years and have three children: Brad, Anna and Lauren.
Christopher is an Arizona native and grew up in the church, however he did not surrender his life to Christ and discover the inexpressible peace and joy that comes from completely trusting Jesus until law school. Today he serves as the Managing Partner of Provident Law® and is a State Bar Certified Real Estate Specialist. He also serves as a Director for the National Christian Legal Society. Christopher had the opportunity to serve on a mission trip to Spain in 2015 with SBC that focused on sharing the gospel with “pilgrims” along the Camino de Santiago trail. He and his wife Gabi have three young boys, Noah, Asher, and Lucas (and counting) and they enjoy co-leading an SBC small group Bible study. His family has been richly blessed by SBC’s First 5 marriage ministry and they pray for continued opportunities to bless other couples as they have been blessed.
Scott Edwards received Christ as his Savior at the age of 9, largely through the ministry of his parents. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, and has been active in the custom homebuilding industry for nearly 30 years, currently overseeing operations for Calvis Wyant Luxury Homes in Scottsdale. Scott and his wife Laurie have worshipped at Scottsdale Bible Church since they were married in 1990. He has served two previous terms on the Elder board and was part of the SBC team tasked with providing construction oversight of the Compelled by Grace Shea campus redesign. Scott is a graduate of the Timothy Leadership Training program and currently serves on the TLT leadership team. He and Laurie have mentored young families as part the Common Ground enrichment class, and Scott was a member of the leadership team for Faithful Families enrichment class. He has previously served on committee for Phoenix Capernaum Young Life, a ministry dedicated to sharing the gospel with high school youth and young adults with disabilities. Scott and Laurie are blessed with two great kids, Tyler and Kelsey (married to Steven Berryman) and one grandson.
Matt received Christ as his Savior in college. God used his family to lay the foundation and key friends and a college pastor to share the good news with him. Matt and his wife, Janna, have been attending SBC since they married in 1995 and have three children: Haley, Jack and Charlie. They have served in several volunteer roles, including leadership in the Faithful Families enrichment class and facilitating home fellowships. Matt has served on the local outreach committee and on short-term mission teams to Morocco, Haiti, Tanzania, and the West Bank. He is on the board of MAD Ministries, a Christian urban outreach ministry, and has previously served as the secretary and treasurer of our Elder Board and a board member of the Kuns Foundation, which grants scholarships to seminaries for students pursuing mission work. Matt is a Timothy Leadership Training graduate and earned degrees in both Accounting and Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona. He is currently a partner at Eide Billy LLP, a certified public accounting firm.
Keith Frey, MD, MBA
Keith is the Chief Physician Executive for Dignity Health in Arizona. Keith is a USAF veteran, and is board certified in both Family Medicine and Clinical Informatics. Keith came into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in August 1982, and joined Scottsdale Bible in 1999 after he and his wife moved to Scottsdale. He has been actively involved in discipleship, church and ministry leadership roles, and in the Republic of Slovakia–SBC Marriage Ministry partnership. Keith has previously served on the SBC Elder Board for two terms. Keith and his wife Melanie were married in 1975 and have one child. Melanie is a member of the SBC Global Resources Team and is active in both missions and local Bible studies. Their daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren are also actively involved at Scottsdale Bible.
Jeff invited Christ into his life as Savior at age nine while his family was living in Pittsburgh, PA. He began attending Scottsdale Bible in 1972 at age 12 when his family moved to Arizona. He and his wife, Tracy, have three children—Ryan (Jessica), Katie Turner (Derek), and Jenet Simmons (William), and four grandchildren, Carter, Trevor, Audrey and Colfax. While in college, Jeff served on the Scottsdale Bible high school and junior high staff. He and Tracy were class leaders of the Genesis II enrichment class for 15 years, and he has served on all of Scottsdale Bible’s capital campaigns over the past 25 years—taking on the chairmanship of the Joshua Challenge, Enlarge our Hearts, and Compelled by Grace projects. He is serving his sixth term as an elder. He has led numerous small groups and currently mentors young men to find their calling as Christ followers, husbands and leaders. Jeff earned a BS in Political Science from Arizona State University and has spent the past 25 years investing in and operating companies in the medical device sector. He is Chairman of the Board of Regents of Northrise University, the first Christian university in the nation of Zambia.
Ed Grant III has been in the real estate business since 1975, and organized real estate partnerships and LLCs since 1978. Ed is active in the local business community as well as with Phoenix Seminary and SBC. As a member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds, Ed served as Chairman of the 1996 Phoenix Open and was the group’s President in 1996-1997. Ed has also served on the Phoenix Seminary Board of Directors and as a Special Assistant to the President, Dr. Darryl DelHousaye. Ed and his wife Diane have been attending SBC since 1985, were on the Youth staff from 1994 to 2001, and have hosted home Bible studies for more than 20 years. Ed has served multiple terms as an SBC Elder, and Diane is currently a leader in the SBC MOPS Ministry. Ed and Diane were married May 26, 1973, and are blessed with four children and 12 grandchildren…so far!
Rick Gray, MD grew up in a Christian home in Michigan and accepted Christ at age seven. He has attended Scottsdale Bible Church since moving to Arizona in 1995. Rick is a surgical oncologist and a professor of surgery. He and his wife, Kathryn, met and married at SBC and have been married since 1999. They have three sons: Hudson, Landon, and Keaton, and the older two serve in the SBC Children’s ministry and AWANA. Rick and Kathryn have served in the Marriage ministry at SBC since 2002. They co-lead First 5, a Sunday Community Group for young married couples, teach portions of the Preparing for Marriage course, and counsel engaged and married couples.
David Hall trusted Jesus as his Lord and Savior when he was 36 and working in Chicago. He graduated with a BA from DePauw University and an MBA from the University of Southern California. Dave was Senior Vice President of Time Systems in Phoenix before retiring in 1992 to devote himself to full-time Christian service. For the last 15 years, he has led three weekly Bible studies. In December, Dave stepped down after 25 years as Chairman of the Luis Palau Association. He has previously served two terms of service on the SBC Elder Board. Dave and his wife Kathleen have attended SBC since 1986 and have two daughters, two wonderful sons-in- law and seven grandchildren.
David became a follower of Christ at SBC in early 2010. He is originally from Salt Lake City and has been living in Arizona since 1998. David played rugby on a team that won four national championships in his five years of playing. He has been the owner of Integrity Capital, LLC (a commercial finance company) since 2003. David is currently on the board of Men Coaching Men and an ambassador of the Phoenix Rescue Mission. He and his wife, Jill, are the leaders of A Faithful Life, a Sunday morning community group, and have a ministry called Aiming at True North, which focuses on evangelism to people in the marketplace. David and Jill have been married since October 2011 and have two children: Cate and Levi.
Rick Kratche, MD was born into a Christian family and accepted Christ at age four. He is married (31 years) to Robin and together they have two adult children, Zachary and Brooke. After completing his Family Medicine residency in 1990, Rick and Robin returned to their native Cleveland, OH, settling in Chagrin Falls where they served at Fellowship Bible Church. Over a 25-year span, they taught Sunday School (kindergarten through new parents) and volunteered with children and students. Rick served several terms as an FBC Elder and was on the Board when they called a young pastor, Jamie Rasmussen, to be their second Sr. Pastor. After 25 years of practice, including 20 as a Medical Director at the Cleveland Clinic, Rick moved to Phoenix in 2015 and accepted a job with Iora Health as Medical Director for their Arizona market, supporting nine practices. He and Robin began attending SBC in 2016 and are involved at the Cactus Campus. Rick has served on several medical mission trips to Mexico and Honduras.
Winn Sammons served in the Air Force and with the Arizona National Guard before earning his bachelor’s degree from NAU and his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He practiced law as a medical malpractice defense attorney for 38 years before becoming a professional mediator and arbitrator. Winn invited Christ to be his Lord and Savior while attending SBC in the mid 1990s. Several years after North Ridge Community Church was planted by SBC, he and his wife, Janice, transferred from SBC to become North Ridge members. Winn has served the church as a greeter, volunteer in the 3-year-olds classroom, long-standing member of the Men’s Ministry Leadership Board, men’s newsletter editor, and most recently as a member of the North Ridge Elder Board. Winn and Janice have two children, Stacy Helbert and Christopher Sammons, and two grandsons, Ethan and Kyle Helbert.
David Scholl began attending Scottsdale Bible Church with his family in 2000 where shortly thereafter, he gave his life to Christ. David has served one previous Elder term and was a part of the construction oversight team for the Compelled By Grace campaign and construction effort. He continues to be active on the Building Facilities Council and in Men’s Ministry and small group leadership. David has been active in real estate development for more than 35 years in the Valley. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science and Arizona State University with a Masters in Business Administration. David has lived in Phoenix for 48 years and was blessed to be Cindy Scholl’s husband for 34 of those years. He is the father of three children and three grandchildren.
Mark Snyder accepted Christ as a child in 1975. Growing up, he attended Bethany Bible Church and then majored in Business Admin. at Azusa Pacific University. Mark is President of Snyder Nationwide Real Estate, Inc., specializing in hotels and resorts throughout the US. Mark began attending SBC in 1992 and has served two previous terms on the Elder Board. He currently serves on the Building Facilities Council and is a board member of the SBC Stewardship Endowment Fund. Mark is also a member of the CEO Forum, an organization that disciples CEOs, business owners and senior executives of major corporations so every employee might be influenced by a Christ-following leader. He previously built the buildings that resulted from SBC’s Enlarge our Hearts campaign and was involved in leading and implementing the Compelled by Grace capital campaign. Mark is a graduate of SBC’s Timothy Leadership program and is serving in the new program. He and his wife Robin have been married almost 20 years, and they have three children: Tee, Clara, and Jacob.
Michael Tooker accepted Christ in 2004, shortly after coming to SBC and attending the Faithful Families enrichment class. He earned a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Arizona State University. Michael spent the first 18 years of his career in the Financial Services industry followed by four years in full-time ministry with Family Matters. He has since returned to the marketplace and is currently a leader with American Traffic Solutions. In 1996, Michael married Christine, and they enjoy parenting their two teenage boys, David and Grant, who are both active in SBC’s Student Ministry. Michael and Christine have served in several volunteer leadership positions, including with Faithful Families, Soles for Souls, and Children’s ministry. Michael is a graduate of SBC’s Timothy Leadership Training program, a member of the Council of Elders, and currently part of the teaching team for SBC’s Common Ground community group.