Scottsdale Bible Church is governed by an elected board of Elders who volunteer their time to oversee the leadership, ministry, and activities of the church. Working in conjunction with SBC’s pastors and guided by the Holy Spirit, the Elders ensure the mission and ministries of the church are consistent with biblical directives and principles. The Board also approves the annual budget and supervises the disbursement of funds to support the ministries of SBC.
The men who serve are selected and interviewed by an elected nominating committee and then presented to the current Elder Board and eventually the members of SBC for affirmation by a formal vote. These men are members who have participated in leadership at SBC and have an exemplary reputation for being of honorable Christian character and integrity, possessing the biblical qualifications stated in Titus 1:6–9 and I Timothy 3:1–7. The nominating committee seeks to recommend men of various ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and skills or expertise, so that they can effectively represent and serve the congregation of SBC.
Elders serve four-year terms and are eligible for renomination after at least one year has elapsed from the end of their current term. Terms of approximately one-fourth of the Elders expire each year. The Board is composed of at least 12 and no more than 20 voting members.
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 Bailly LLP, a certified public accounting firm.
Scott Edwards | Vice Chairman
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.
David Kotter | Treasurer
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.
Michael Tooker | Secretary
Michael 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 Senior Vice President with Verra Mobility. In 1996, Michael married Christine, and they enjoy parenting their young-adult sons, David and Grant, who are both active at SBC. 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 has served as part of the teaching team for SBC’s Family Connections community group.
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.
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.
Rick Gray, MD
Rick 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.
Tim was raised by humble parents who had a deep and devoted faith in the Lord. He put his faith in Jesus at a young age but really committed his life to Him in his teenaged years. Around that same time, he met a girl named Darcy who had recently given her life to Jesus, too. They ultimately married and ended up having four children. Those kids are all now married and have given them nine grandchildren to love (so far). When Tim graduated from Dallas Seminary, he and Darcy moved to Arizona to become Scottsdale Bible’s first staff youth pastor from 1976-1980. Although he’s spent most of his ministry career speaking and writing books on Christian marriage and parenting, he and Darcy continued to attend and serve at SBC. Tim taught the Faithful Families class for 12 years. He’s also been a featured teacher at the Timothy Leadership Training, the SBC Men’s Ministry, First Five, and Common Ground. He’s also filled our pulpit on Sunday mornings many times over the years. Tim is the Executive Director of Grace Based Families.
Rick Kratche, MD
Rick 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.
Samuel grew up in a Christian home, accepting Christ at a young age. He was ordained in ministry and served in many volunteer roles including minister, elder, teacher, Sunday School director, youth leader, and church trustee. Samuel also led a Young Life high school team at Coronado High School in Scottsdale and served on Young Life Committee. He is the founder of Church And Race Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit ministry dedicated to racially unifying the Church. He has attended Scottsdale Bible Church since 2014. Samuel is a Timothy Leadership Training graduate. He has a BS in Economics from Arizona State University and a Master of Divinity from Phoenix Seminary. He is a VP for Morgan Stanley in the firm’s private bank. Samuel and his wife Janet have been married for 25 years. They have two children: Samuel and Samantha.
Winn 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 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 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.
David received Christ as his Savior in 1977 as a freshman at Bloomsburg State College in Pennsylvania. He began attending North Ridge Community Church in 2005 when his family moved to Arizona. He and his wife, Martha, have been married for 37 years and have two grown children–Kate (Cody) who also attend SBC North Ridge and lead a young married small group and Carson (Jessie) who live in Atlanta and have three children: Charlie, Patce and David. David has spent the past 40 years in the nonprofit sector with the Houston Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity International, Make-A-Wish America, Genesys Works and currently with a program serving those situationally homeless called Shelters to Shutters. David served three terms as a member of the North Ridge elder board and taught a Parents of Teens class.