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PHIL KRUIS - Senior Pastor  pkruis@rinconpres.org
I'm way too young to be called "Sr." anything. Actually, I just turned 54 so maybe I qualify. But my wife--the love of my life--and my kids keep me feeling young. With two kids off in college and the youngest in high school they keep me hopping. I try to stay somewhat in shape (round is a shape, right?) by cycling and hiking as often as my schedule allows.

You'll usually find the radio in my truck set to 70's and 80's classic rock or sports talk radio and I am part of a rare breed: an Arizona Cardinals fan.

If you stop by the house, you'll get to enjoy my wife's great cooking, a nice glass of wine, my son's silly jokes, and a relaxing evening talking about life, theology and, of course, sports. Dutch is our massive but loveable pit bull mix and Misti, our border collie, will make you feel right at home after giving you the "sniff".

I love teaching about the grace of God and how the gospel transforms lives. Given my counseling background, I love doing that one-on-one, in small groups, or "counseling" from the pulpit.

Favorite quote? I don't know who said it, but it makes a lot of sense to me: "The hardest thing about life is that it is so daily." Thank God for his remedy: "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lam. 3:22, 23

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LUKE SMITH - Assistant Pastor  lsmith@rinconpres.org
I’m from a little town called Millington just north of Memphis, TN. My wonderful and eclectic wife, Joelle, is from Tacoma, WA just outside of Seattle and we both claim the other says certain words incorrectly. We have a little boy named Dale. Our family loves to cook and have people over for dinner, so it’s not uncommon to spend a few hours sharing a meal and diving into each other’s interesting stories.

I graduated from The University of Memphis with a B.B.A and M.S. in Accounting and spent five plus years working as an external and internal auditor before attending Covenant Theological Seminary. I’m a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, a lover of all things golf, and a supporter of the Manchester City FC. I like to listen to good indie music--you’ll typically catch me listening to the likes of Ryan Adams, Patty Griffin, or Ivan & Alyosha. Also, I’m always up for playing trivia games (it’s an outlet for me to employ my wealth of useless knowledge).

Although I love teaching and preaching, I find my greatest joy in ministry is speaking with others about how the gospel impacts (or should impact) our everyday lives in unique ways, no matter what our cultural background, season of life, or particular vocation.

Favorite quote? Writer Henri Nouwen remarked that the source for gospel-centered relationship is having a faith is anchored in the new life realized in Christ alone, and that only then "we can be free to let others enter into the space created for them, and allow them to dance their own dance, sing their own song, and speak their own language without fear. Then our presence is no longer threatening and demanding, but inviting and liberating."

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BEN CASTANEDA - Assistant Pastor  bcastaneda@rinconpres.org

I grew up in San Antonio, TX. I was born into a Christian family, so I heard about Jesus ever since I was little. As a teenager, though, I began having doubts about what I really believed and what it meant to be “saved.” I went through a couple years of asking some serious questions about God, heaven, hell, and faith.

It was during this time that I began to understand the depths of my sin and the heights of God’s grace to me in Jesus. As I started to realize just how good this Good News is, it sparked in me a desire to help others understand it better too. This desire led me to Westminster Seminary California, then to missionary work in Africa, and now to serving the youth and their families here at Rincon Mountain.

Along the way, God blessed me with a wonderful wife, Bethel (whose cinnamon rolls are to die for!), two incredible sons, Jonathan and David, and a daughter named Katrina. I love a good book but won’t say no if you challenge me to a game of basketball. Ultimate frisbee comes in a close second.

It’s hard to pinpoint a favorite quote, but one that has stuck with me over the years comes from a German pastor named Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die." Everything is secondary compared to following the One who gave everything for us.

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MARK LAUTERBACH - Assistant Pastor mlauterbach@rinconpres.org

I grew up in Pittsburgh, watched the Pirates win the World Series, and the Steelers win 4 Super Bowls. But most importantly, God sent a friend in high school to tell me about Jesus saving death. Early in my senior year, Christ invaded my life and changed everything. That change took on more meaning while in college. At Princeton University, I had my first sense of call to ministry and I met my wife-to-be (Rondi), who is from Memphis, TN.

Thirty eight years into marriage, we have lived mostly in the West where we both attended graduate school and where I have served churches in Oregon, Arizona, and California. Along the way we had 3 children, who are all married, and now we have 4 grandchildren. Most of all, we have learned to help God’s people see Christ more clearly.

When not working, you will find us hiking, working out, reading, enjoying friends, and traveling. Rondi is an author and a Pilates teacher. Mark plays golf.

Returning to Tucson is a return to a solar powered life. Our calling at this season is to take our years of ministry experience and use it to serve the next generation of church leaders. Mark will do that at Rincon and by coaching church planters. We will do that together serving the church in Serbia, in Southeastern Europe.

Favorite quote? By a pastor of long ago. I have taken all my good deeds, and all my bad, and cast them in a heap before the Lord, and fled from both, and betaken myself to the Lord Jesus Christ; and in Him I have sweet peace. — D. Dickson

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VICTORIA WATES
Director of Children's Ministry vwates@rinconpres.org

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BECCA BLUNK
Finance Office           finance@rinconpres.org

 

LEAH KLINE
Office Manager         office@rinconpres.org

 

KENDRICK WIERSMA
Audio/Visual & Technology

 

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