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Chad, a graduate of Manhattan Christian College, founded The Refinery Christian Church in March 2008. He has been in ministry since 1993 throughout Arizona, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Indiana. His preaching style, which delivers truth, knowledge and humor, helps members feel equally comfortable and challenged. Chad, a diehard Oklahoma Sooners fan, is married to his high school sweetheart, Malisa, and they have three grown children – Paden (married to wife Autumn), Peri and Presley, and one precious granddaughter, Reah. When he has spare time, Chad loves to golf, go to the movies and travel with Malisa.
Email: Chad Goucher
Michael (“Bailey” to those who know him best) has been on staff as Executive Director since 2013. As Executive Director his responsibilities include HR, finances and facilities management, including overseeing the new building project. He is a California transplant and attended Pepperdine University, but he counts his wife, Kelly, and children (Kendall & Tyler) his greatest blessings, next to the gift of Jesus Christ. He credits Sushi, family, and the beach as the things that will always bring great joy.
Email: Michael Bailey
Aaron joined The Refinery staff in January 2012 after retiring from the Air Force (2006) after 20 years of service. Aaron earned his Master of Christian Ministry from Wayland Baptist University in 2007, and a MA in Management and Leadership from Webster University in 2015. Married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy, they have three children and ten grandchildren. With any spare time he enjoys spending it hiking or off-roading in the mountains.
Email: Aaron Mckee
David is a summa cum laude graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University in Applied Ministry and also has an M.Div. in Biblical Languages from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. David is married to his high school sweetheart, Kimme, and together they have served in ministry for 25 years in major cities all across the nation — cities like Wichita, New Orleans, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. They also planted three churches before entering into the creative arts. Together they have two adult children – Joshua and Elizabeth who are artists in their own right. David loves all things Disney, movies, and music.
Email: David Cowan
Matt Flagg has served in public education and ministry since 2005 as a teacher, principal, a Kid’s Pastor and now in newly created role as our first Next Gen Pastor overseeing Ministry for Birth to Young Adults. Ordained in ministry in 2013, he joined The Refinery staff in 2017. Matt attended Oregon State University earning two degrees, and completed his Graduate Degree at ASU. He married his wife, Cory, in 2003 and they have a beautiful daughter – Ryann.
Email: Matt Flagg
Joe Grana is a native of Waukegan, Illinois and graduated from high school there in 1966. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Christian Ministries from Lincoln Christian College in 1970, his Master of Divinity in New Testament from Lincoln Christian Seminary in 1973, and the Doctor of Ministry Degree at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in 1978. He then earned a Master of Arts from Pacific Christian College (Hope International University) in 1988. In 2001 he received a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Lincoln Christian Seminary.
Joe and his wife, Linda, have been married since 1969. They have four adult children: Jolynne, Joey, Julia and daughter, Keenan; son-in-law: Joey Aszterbaum, grandson Kyler Anthony, granddaughter Josie Love, grandson Ethan Elliot and granddaughter Ellison Mae. And grandchildren Semeia, Zion Asha and Kinzey.
Email: Joe Grana
An Arizona native, Lindsey knew in high school she was being called into ministry and has been serving at The Refinery since November 2008. She graduated from Hope International University in Fullerton, California, and moved to Phoenix where she met her husband, Tim. They have one son – Alex. Fiercely competitive, Lindsey is always up to the challenge when it’s game-time.
Email: Lindsey Harden
Shea Hill was born and raised in Missouri, but moved to Kansas to pursue a ministry degree at Manhattan Christian College. In the summer of 2018 she interned at The Refinery where she learned all about the heat of Arizona summers and her love for ministry. She graduated in May of 2019 with a degree in Worship and Spiritual Formation and was ordained later that month. Shea joined the Refinery team in July 2019 and married her husband Drew in January 2020.
Email: Shea Hill
Kenny has been a pastor in the West Valley for over 30 years, including several years as a lead pastor. He joined The Refinery as Men’s and Missions Pastor in October 2014. Kenny and his wife Janet have two sons – Bobby and Blake. Bobby and his wife, Sara, are the proud parents of Kenny’s granddaughters, Molly and Ruby. Blake is currently attending Grand Canyon University. With a strong passion to lead people further in their walk with Jesus, Kenny thrives on building and cultivating meaningful relationships.
Email: Kenny Koger
Lanni joined The Refinery staff in November of 2008 holding various roles during her tenure here. She stepped away from working at Refinery for a little over a year, and then returned as the Receptionist and Administrative Assistant and transitioned to serving in Communications and Online in early 2020. After nearly 20 years in ministry, Lanni was ordained as a Pastor in November 2020. Together with her husband, John, Lanni has three grown children, Jacob and Brenna, who is married to Caleb. Her home is kept in line by two German Shepherd rescue dogs. This So Cal girl loves to cook, entertain, write, and encourage others.
Email: Lanni Willson
Emily Coyle joined The Refinery Staff in June 2019 as the Kid’s Assistant. She previously taught early childhood and elementary education for 15 years. She and her husband Mark moved to Arizona from Iowa in 2004. Together they have two children, Liam and Kaley. In her spare time Emily enjoys crafting, watching her children play sports and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs.
Email: Emily Coyle
Born in Anaheim, California, and raised in Las Vegas, where he would meet his wife and have their first child, Zion, Matt Biel has always been surrounded by the impact that music can have on life. Utilizing his years in music and production, Matt Biel joined our staff in July of 2021 to help create the culture and standard of our worship experience. There’s not much else Matt enjoys outside of music, other than spending time with his family. His experience serving in Las Vegas has helped mold him as a worship leader as well as a husband and father. He hopes to be able to create a distraction-free atmosphere for anyone and everyone to encounter God and everything He is.
Email: Matt Biel
Nikki and her family are originally from California and moved to Arizona in 2015. She joined The Refinery team in December of 2019 as an Administration Assistant for Adult and Student Ministries and now serves as the Student Ministry Director. She and her family have been part of The Refinery Christian Church since 2015. Ministry has been a long-term passion for Nikki and she’s very excited to be a member of our staff; pursuing her dream. She and her husband, Wes, have three amazing children; Connor, Parker, and Faith. They love watching family movies, spending time at the ballfields and serving The Lord as Kingdom Changers.
Email: Nikki Mattison
Carla, who joined The Refinery team in February of 2018, began ministry accounting in 2000 and has worked with several churches and non-profit agencies during her career. Carla and her husband, Al, have been married since 1974, and together they have three children and four grandchildren. When not crunching numbers, Carla enjoys paper crafting and off-road riding.
Email: Carla Boardman
Amy joined The Refinery staff in December 2019. She and her husband Chris have been married since 2006 and have two children, Luke and Olivia. They moved from California to Arizona in 2017. For fun, Amy loves spending time with her family, golfing, and going to Lake Havasu.
Email: Amy Withrow
Tyler Sutton was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. After spending nearly 10 years as an Associate Pastor at two different churches in the Midwest, he and his family returned to The Valley of the Sun in 2015 when Tyler became an Area Director for Man In The Mirror. A year later, Tyler became the West Regional Director, coaching and leading Area Directors from California to Alaska. He is also a Startup Coach and faculty trainer, helping new team members across the U.S. get launched quickly and effectively. Tyler and his bride live in Peoria, AZ and have two incredible kids. He is a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals and University of Arizona Wildcats fan, and he thinks the Burger King guy is really creepy.
Email: Tyler Sutton