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Through practical training and real-world ministry experience, the Minister-in-Residence (MIR) Program of Scottsdale Bible Church prepares the next generation for full-time Christian ministry while completing a formal seminary education.

This program seeks to effectively affirm a call to ministry and to develop gifts and abilities toward more effective ministry. SBC’s high value of comprehensive theological training has led us to strategically partner with both Phoenix Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary to offer academic credit to our Ministers-in-Residence toward the achievement of an advanced degree.  

Learn more about our Church Partnership Residency with Dallas Theological Seminary here.

For more information about this program please contact Sonia Cleverly at 480.824.7271.

Meet our Minister-in-Residence team!

 


 

Dr. Kyle DiRoberts, MIR Program Chair

Kyle DiRoberts (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is department chair and associate professor of biblical and theological studies at Arizona Christian University (ACU) in Glendale, Arizona, as well as an adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. He also serves as the director of the Minister-in-Residence (MIR) program at Scottsdale Bible Church. Kyle is married to Lolly and the father of Kaden, Oliver, and Carson. In his free time, you will find him with his wife and kids—his favorite people—going to concerts, cooking, traveling, eating good food, and coaching his boys in golf and baseball.

Kody DeHart

I joined the MIR Program in 2023 and am married to an amazing wife, Aubrie, who is my favorite person ever, second only to Jesus! I graduated in spring 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in biblical studies and a minor in behavioral health. The following semester, I enrolled in Dallas Theological Seminary’s Master of Theology program, where I continue to study theology today. Someday, I plan to build God’s Kingdom overseas as a missionary or steward the church in America through teaching. The MIR program has helped me aspire toward these goals by providing key relationships, creating an eye for excellence in my professional life, and providing teaching opportunities in a wide array of formats.

Ashlyn DiNuto

I am in my first year of the MIR program and have been married to my amazing husband Michael for just over a year! I graduated college in May of 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in ministry leadership. Six months later I started this program and am currently pursuing a Master of Theology. I am working in the worship ministry and would love to someday be a worship minister. The MIR program has helped me so much to grow not only in my skills and professional abilities, but also spiritually and pastorally. I have been given experiences to explore my spiritual gifts and to apply what I am learning into my ministry.

Meghan Johnson

I’m happily married to my husband, Chello, and together we’re proud parents to our children Zofia and Rock. My journey in full-time ministry spans almost 17 years, with a significant chapter of 10 years spent as a missionary in Slovakia. Currently, I’m pursuing my master’s degree in Christian studies at Phoenix Seminary, and hope to further my academic journey at Dallas Theological Seminary, aiming for a PhD. Two passions drive my life: helping people connect with and love God’s Word, and highlighting the critical importance of discipleship—being mentored by others and mentoring others in turn. What I love about the MIR program is its hands-on approach to theology. We don’t just sit in a classroom learning about God; we actively engage in various church ministries, putting our theological knowledge into practical practice. It’s about being the hands and feet of faith, not just talking about it.

Michael Solano

My beautiful wife, Mariela, and I are both from Costa Rica and currently doing ministry and completing our graduate degrees in Arizona. I graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and I am currently finishing my Master of Divinity from Phoenix Seminary. My aspiration is to go back to Costa Rica and serve in the church through teaching and preaching Scripture as well as providing guidance and support in the administrative and logistical aspects of ministry. The MIR program has given me the opportunity to grow in my relationship with Christ, have a better perspective on what ministry really is, and develop in the practical aspects of an executive role in the church.

Steven Widger

I am a born and raised Phoenician and married to my wife, Tessa, a godly woman who challenges me to become more like Christ every day. I graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2020 with a double degree in Christian studies and business management. I am currently attending Dallas Theological Seminary and am looking to graduate in 2025 with my ThM (Master of Theology). I would love to help develop the next generation of resilient disciples by being an evangelist for the U.S. and being a “lighthouse” that rescues the lost and provides direction for the found. My time as an MIR has helped develop me into someone who can lead, teach, preach, and shepherd God’s flock. I have also benefited from the investment of pastors on staff whose investment of time and energy has helped me become the man of God I am today.

John Foster

John (or Johnny, as many know him) grew up at SBC and was a part of our internship program in 2022. Although, he tried to run from God’s calling, the Lord is gracious and landed him here and not in the belly of a whale. Since he was last on staff, Johnny has completed his degree in Marketing and Advertising from Grand Canyon University. He is a huge Suns fan and dog-lover, and his puppy, Gus, is a fan-favorite of his roommates. Johnny will begin his placement at Shea HSM under the supervision of Spencer Burnidge.

Sarah Landers

Sarah currently serves on staff as the Senior Coordinator of Staff Development. She tried to resist the Lord’s calling to the MIR program, but He was persistent! And we are so glad He was! Sarah has a Biblical and Theological Studies degree from Arizona Christian University, and she and her husband Dawson and their puppy are new(ish) homeowners. They enjoy hiking and traveling (the puppy may or may not be invited). Sarah will begin her program with a placement at Cactus HSM under the supervision of Ethan Clark.