Our Staff

Dale Gray

Senior Pastor

Dale Gray became Senior Pastor of Rock Church on Easter Sunday in 1995. He earned a bachelors degree in History with a minor in Economics and Business from Centre College of Kentucky and a Ministerial Studies degree from Global University. He is married to his college sweetheart, Darla, and they have four children aged 20-29.  They currently reside in Las Sendas in Mesa,Arizona. Dale is a radical University of Kentucky Wildcat Fan and enjoys doing anything outdoors… fishing, hiking, camping, golf, jeeping, shooting, etc.

Lawrence Hernandez

Associate Pastor

Lawrence grew up in Los Angeles and moved to Arizona in 2002. He married Gina, his high school sweetheart, whom he met in youth group. They have 6 kids, a daughter in law and 2 grandkids and have a great passion for children who have been placed in the foster system. Lawrence is an Ordained minister with the Arizona Ministry Network, and left his position as the Royal Ranger Network Commander to serve as Associate Pastor here.  He also serves on the Arizona Network Men’s Ministry team. Lawrence has a passion for people, and he loves doing anything 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. His hobbies are hiking, fishing, traveling and reading. 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. In addition to music, he enjoys going to the gym and spending time with his family. He has been the worship leader for several years 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 currently works for Food for the Hungry. He has been married to Claudia for over 50 years and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Paul currently serves on the Advisory Council. 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 also mentor young couples where they can have healthier marriages. 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 married to his wife, Lynn, for over 30 years.  They have two adult children.  David has been involved in ministry over the last 35 years, including Youth, Men, Music & Puppetry. David currently serves on the Advisory Council.  He loves the outdoors.

Jonathan Veliz

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

Jonathan is married to Arlissa and together they have 3 boys. He currently serves on the Advisory Council and  is the leader of the Men’s Ministry.  He also heads up the Security Team and leads the New Believer’s  Class at church.  Jonathan loves the outdoors and is an avid cook!  He enjoys  smoking meats and cooking on the grill.

Claudia Niles

Girls Ministry Coordinator

Claudia, has been married to her husband, Paul, for over 50 years and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Her passion is to see young girls grow in their relationship with Jesus and to become the powerful women God intended them to be. She has been at the Rock Church since 1993 when she started the first Rock Church Girl’s Ministry group. Claudia hails from North Carolina and began working with girls when her own daughter was in what was then called “Missionettes,” and she has continued helping teach girls and train leaders for over 40 years now. Claudia is currently the Girls’ Ministry Coordinator and would like to speak to you if you have an interest in teaching girls.  Her hobbies are reading and visiting with her 3 grandchildren.

Leticia Hoelscher

Women's Ministry Team

Leticia is married to Eric and together they have 3 children. Leticia is a stay at home mom.  The Lord brought her family to Rock Church in 2011.  She is currently a Team Leader of our Women’s Ministry and leads book studies twice a month.  She also serves the church by decorating for special occasions, serving in the nursery and participating on the Count Team.  Leticia loves getting together with other women, decorating, crafting and being outdoors.

Arlissa Veliz

Women's Ministry Team

Arlissa and her husband, Jonathan, have 3 boys. They have been coming to Rock Church since 2011.  She works full time for an orthodontist.  Arlissa is currently a Team Leader of our Women’s Ministry and leads a book study twice a month.   She also serves the church by decorating for special occasions, serving in the nursery and participating on the Prayer Team.

Deanna Clute

Women's Ministry Team

Deanna and her husband Dan have been blessed with 3 children and 4 grandchildren.  The Lord brought them to AZ from Washington state. They have made the Rock Church their home church since 2014.  Deanna is one of the Team Leaders of our Women’s Ministry and has a passion to connect with and disciple women.  She leads the outreach to a girls’ group home here in Scottsdale.  Deanna also serves the church by running the Café, cleaning the church, greeting and serving on the Count Team.  Her hobbies are reading, camping and being outdoors.

Alex Hamrick

Young Adult Leader

Alex is 26 and has been attending The Rock Church all his life. He has been involved in many different ministries including the Worship Team, and Young Adults. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Tyler, and they have 1 son.  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 began attending Rock Church in the late 90’s and also met his wife, Yvette, at the church. He believes that a life style of prayer is crucial for the church. Ned and his wife lead a weekly intercessory prayer meeting where they focus on the requests of the Pastor and other leaders by focusing attention on the Holy Spirit to direct prayers through scripture and the prophetic revelation.  Ned also serves the church as a drummer on the worship team.  Contact

Yvette Shumard

Prayer Ministry Leader

Yvette has been a part of the Rock Church family since 1998. She serves her country in the military as well as her church.  She has a passion to teach kids to pray or ‘talk to Jesus’. She and her husband, Ned, currently are the Prayer Ministry Leaders.  Yvette also serves the church by helping in Children’s Church, and by being in the Circle of Friends for Women’s Ministry.  She is the liaison between the church and many parachurch ministries working to provide ministry, clothing and toys.

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Stephen Griffin

Multimedia Coordinator

Stephen is a product of Rock Church first coming to the Rock Church when he was 12 and participating in our children’s and teen ministries. He has been the multimedia coordinator for four years and his goal is to train others.  Stephen loves animals, and enjoys being a part of the Young Adults at church. If you have an interest in serving on the multimedia team, 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 currently our PLACE Coordinator. She is married to Tim and is a mother of three wonderful children, and a grandmother to one.  She holds credentials with the Assemblies of God and is also a business owner. Her hobbies are exercising, crafting, and DIY projects at home. – Contact

Katie Jackson

Accounting Coordinator

Katie has been living in Arizona for 20+ years and has been at Rock Church just as long.  She moved here from the state of Washington where she grew up. She has been the Rock Church bookkeeper for over 19 years, and enjoys the team she works with here at the Rock Church. Katie has worked with many parachurch ministries and has a passion for those needing a fresh start in life.  She enjoys traveling, hosting guests in her home, cooking and reading.