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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 (who is married to wife Autumn), Peri and Presley. 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 eight grandchildren. With any spare time he enjoys spending it hiking or off-roading in the mountains.
Email: Aaron Mckee
Daniel, who grew up in a small farming community in southern Illinois, has been with The Refinery since May 2014. Daniel and wife, Jordan, moved to Arizona after graduating from Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. Together they have three little boys, Juddson, Paxton & Roman, who not-so-secretly wish they were dinosaurs, but the real wish for Daniel is that he can take a solo motorcycle trip across the US.
Email: Daniel Baker
Blake just joined The Refinery staff in August 2018 but has been working in Student Ministry since 2010. From Oklahoma City, he and his wife Taryn have two kids – son, Colt, and daughter, Colbi and a third on the way, coming October 2019. He loves Boston Red Sox baseball, and the OKC Thunder. His true passion, however, is teaching and leading students to a deeper walk with the Lord.
Email: Blake Gunter
Matt Flagg has served in public education and ministry since 2005 as a teacher, principal, and now a Kid’s Pastor. 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
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
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
Shea Pearson 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 on the west coast. She graduated in May of 2019 with a degree in Worship and Spiritual Formation and was ordained later that month. Since then she has gotten engaged to Drew Hill and has joined the Refinery team.
Email: Shea Pearson
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 and Asha.
Email: Joe Grana
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
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
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. She and her family have been part of The Refinery Christian Church for 4 years. 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
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. Together with her husband, John, Lanni has two grown children, Jacob and Brenna, who is married to Caleb. She also has two German Shepherd rescue dogs, and an old cat. This So Cal girl is a health enthusiast who loves to cook, entertain, write, and encourage others.
Email: Lanni Willson
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