Our Staff

Dale Gray

Senior Pastor

Dale Gray came to Rock Church on Easter Sunday in 1995 to serve as Senior Pastor. He has a BA in History with a minor in Economics and Business from the Centre College of Kentucky and a Ministerial Studies degree from Global University. He married his wife Darla in 1982 and they live in Gilbert, Arizona with their four children. Dale is a self-described ‘popcorn freak’ (he loves to eat popcorn) and enjoys anything outdoors… fishing, hiking, camping, golf, jeeping, shooting, etc. Oh, did we mention he loves the outdoors.

Lawrence Hernandez

Associate Pastor

Lawrence grew up in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Arizona in 2002. He married his High School “sweet heart”, Gina, who he met in their youth group and have been together ever since. Their family consists of, Lawrence, Jr. (25) and his wife Angelica (25) their son Isaiah (5) and one on the way, Isabella (23), Steven (18), Marcus (15), Matthew (14) and Grace (13). Lawrence is an Ordained minister with the Arizona Ministry Network., and also serves on the Arizona Network Men’s Ministry team. Lawrence has a passion for people, and he loves being in the “great outdoors”.

Steve Skolrud

Children's Pastor

Steve and his family moved to Arizona in 2005. He has been married to his wife, Jill, since 1990 after meeting at a Snow Camp in OR, where they were both youth pastors. They have three children, Ashley, Joel, and Caleb. Steve is an ordained minister. He has served in ministry in children, youth, worship, as well as a senior pastor during his ministry tenure. However, his passion is for reaching children and laying that firm foundation so that they will always follow Jesus for their entire life. He works as a para professional at a local school and you’ll often see him in various positions an evening or two a week at a Harkins theater in the area. He enjoys reading, video games, and watching the Diamondbacks and Arizona Cardinals.

Jill Skolrud

Staff Pastor - Children's Leader

Jill loves Jesus, her family, reading, and coffee (in that order). Her and her husband, Steve, met as youth pastors at a camp in OR and knew immediately from God that they were going to get married. They have three adult children who people will often see involved in ministry with them. She is an ordained minister and graduated summa cum laude from Vanguard University with a BA in Pastoral Ministries. Additionally, she is a full-time public school teacher certified in Music and English. She uses her teaching ministry in many areas in the church as well as oversees the Kids Ministry Teams training and scheduling. She also directs the annual Christmas musical.

Tina Mwanzo

Youth Pastor

Tina began attending the Rock Church as part of a college ministry internship in May of 2016. She soon graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Church Leadership. She currently serves as youth pastor. Tina was inspired by the compassion and support of her youth pastor when she was in youth group and strives to inspire youth to live out an authentic, flourishing relationship with Christ.

Christian Smith

Young Adult Pastor

Christian has been attending the Rock Church as part of a college ministry internship since 2016. He is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He serves as young adult pastor. For more information about young adults ministry at the Rock click here.

Tim Hamrick

Worship Leader

Tim married his high school sweetheart at the Rock Church in 1991 and they have been here ever since. Over the years Tim has been involved in several areas of service including Royal Rangers, Deacon Board, Website, Couples Ministry, and the Worship Team. He started on the worship team as a trumpet player and did that for several years. The bass player at the church invited him to be part of a Christian Rock band as a singer and keyboard player. That band later became the fill in worship band and eventually transitioned into the Sunday morning worship team. He has been the worship leader for several years now and has had the opportunity to play with some great people. If you are interested in becoming part of the worship band, he would love to talk to you
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Paul Niles

Advisory Council

Paul retired from the US Army in 1992 and also from the Post Office. He has been working at Food for the Hungry for the last 6 years. He has been married to Claudia for the last 51 years and they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Paul has had the privilege of serving on the Deacon Board and Advisory Council for the last several years. He has also helped with the Men’s group and has a deep passion for helping young men get to know who they are in Christ. Paul and Claudia have also helped young couples with marriage counseling and have walked several through some rough spots in their relationships. They love serving at the Rock Church in whatever area they are called to help. Paul also loves playing golf whenever possible.

Noah Lowder

Advisory Council/Men's Ministry Team

Noah came to the Rock Church in 2012 right before he graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He married his wife, Allison Lowder, in the fall of 2013. He now serves as treasurer on the church Advisory Council and on the Men’s Ministry team.

Noah is passionate about seeing those in the church equipped for the work each of us has before us. He enjoys working with computers both as work and as a hobby.

David Rolan

Advisory Council

David has been blessed being married to his soulmate for the last 30+ years. They have two amazing adult children and many wonderful friends. He has been involved in ministries at several different churches over the last 35 years, including Youth, Men’s, and Music & Puppetry. David’s current calling and passion is with Junior and Senior High Youth as well as Children’s Ministries. Both David and his wife love the beauty of God’s outdoors. David also serves on the Advisory Council. He looks forward to the Coming Blessings of our Lord, Jesus Christ. David hopes that everyone can experience God’s blessings!

Jonathan Veliz

Men's Ministry Team - Head Of Security - Advisory Council

Jonathan (Jon) is married to Arlissa Veliz, and father of Scott, Nicholas and Paul. He serves with others by helping to coordinate the men’s events. The team usually organizes 3-5 events each year as well as hosting a men’s breakfast on the second Saturday of the month. He also leads the security team which sets up fire exit routes, ensures the fire extinguisher are maintained, and locks up after everyone has left. He’s usually the first person you’ll see when you arrive and the last person who leaves. If you have any questions, comments, prayer requests, or just want to talk, he’s willing to help.

Joshua Hamrick

Royal Ranger Senior Commander

Joshua has been involved with Royal Rangers for years. First as a Straight Arrow ranger kid and for the last few years as a commander. He graduated from Grand Canyon University with a degree in exercise science and is newly married to his college sweetheart. He has a passion to reach, teach and keep boys for Christ.

Meaghan Ward

Girls Ministry Coordinator

Meaghan has been attending the Rock Church since the fall of 2016. She has been involved with Girl’s ministry since it was called Missionettes back when she was a kid. She has been serving with the girls at the Rock Church and was recently appointed as coordinator. She is currently working toward a BS in Mathematics from ASU and is hoping to teach at a local high school after graduation.

Leticia Hoelscher

Women's Ministry Team

Leticia is married to her wonderful husband Eric. They have 3 children, Gabriel, Natiley and Braden. The Lord brought them to Rock Church in 2011. She is one of our leaders of our women’s ministry called Women Engaged. She encourages all women to come to their monthly meetings where they will surely be blessed!

Arlissa Veliz

Women's Ministry Team

Arlissa and her husband, Jonathan, have 3 boys, Scott, Nicholas and Paul. They have been coming to Rock Church since the end of 2011. She is one of our leaders of our women’s ministry called Women Engaged. She also  works in our nursery and is on our prayer team.

Deanna Clute

Women's Ministry Team

Deanna and her husband Dan have been blessed with 3 children, Michael, Shiloh and Jacob, along with 4 grandchildren.   The Lord brought them to AZ from Washington state, although originally from Montana which holds a special place in their heart.   They have made the Rock Church their home church since 2014.   She is one of our leaders of our Women’s ministry called Women Engaged, and encourages all women to be a part.

Alex Hamrick

Young Adult Leader

Alex has lived in Arizona all his life. He is 23 and has grown up attending The Rock Church all his life. He has been involved in many different ministries including the Worship Team, as the full time drummer, as well as being the Young Adults leader. He is newly married to his beautiful high school sweet heart Tyler, who also sings on the Worship Team and is helping him lead the Young Adult group. Alex went to film school at Scottsdale Community College and is now a full time Video Editor. Alex seeks to use his gifts and abilities to serve God and his church in any way he can.

Ned Shumard

Prayer Ministry Leader

Ned felt the Lord calling him to the Rock Church in the late 90’s and experienced the strong presence of Christ in the services and saw a community of believers in love with God — it continues on today! Ned also met his wife, Yvette, here as well! Divinely, she actually started attending the Rock exactly the same time as he did. They believe strongly that a life style of prayer is crucial for a personal relationship with Jesus, and as children of God we need to be talking to Him to claim we are walking with Him. Ned and his wife lead a weekly intercession meeting where they focus their prayers on the requests of our Pastor and other leaders. It is a great time to focus attention on the Holy Spirit to direct prayers through scripture and the prophetic revelation and see those prayers answered. They hope you will experience His Presence as they have! Contact

Yvette Shumard

Prayer Ministry Leader

Yvette has been a part of the Rock Church family since 1998. She believes it has been a great place to grow in the Lord and serve in the different ministries. She has been involved in our Children’s Ministry over the years. She has a passion to teach kids to pray or ‘talk to Jesus’. In May of 2009, she and her husband, Ned, were commissioned by the Rock Leadership to be the Prayer Ministry Leaders. She stated, “We keep praying until something happens!” They have witnessed the power of prayer for healing and restoration. Please join them for Sunday morning prayer at 9:00 A.M.

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Stephen Griffin

Multimedia Coordinator

Stephen came to the Rock Church when he was young, starting off in Royal Rangers and then transitioning into youth. He has been our team leader of the multimedia coordinator for four years and his goal is to train others to operate and maintain the system we use at Rock Church. If you are interested in learning and serving, please contact him. He would love to have you join the team.

Marcy Hamrick

PLACE Ministry Coordinator

Marcy has been a part of Rock Church since 1990. She is our PLACE Coordinator. PLACE is Marcy’s PASSION…..She stated, “I enjoy being a part of what God is doing in others and seeing how they are being used by Him!” PLACE is a process of moving our members into meaningful ministry, inside and outside the walls of our church. She loves seeing how we are all uniquely designed with a PURPOSE. Ephesians 2:10. PLACE helps us understand how our personality, gifts, abilities, passions, and life experiences can best serve God and His Purpose. Psalms 139:13-16. Outside of PLACE, she is a wife of 27 years to a great man, Tim, and is a mother of three wonderful children – two handsome boys (25 & 22) and one beautiful girl (18). Grandmother to one. She is also a Licensed Pastor and business owner! It is more than enough to keep her busy and on her toes. Although she wears many hats, she sincerely enjoys serving her family, both home and church as well as serving her community. She certainly has a love for God and a love for People! – Contact

Katie Jackson

Accounting Coordinator

Katie has been living in Arizona for over 23 years. She moved here from the state of Washington where she grew up. She stated, “Accounting has been my bread-and-butter for the last 40 years.” She has been working at the Rock Church as our bookkeeper for over 18 years. She has had the privilege of bookkeeping for several ministries in her life, and enjoys the team she works with here at the Rock Church.