Serving in full or part time ministry since 1991, Ashley Evans served in Student Ministries and Church Planting before becoming our Pastor in November of 2011. As Pastor, he's responsible for setting the vision for the church while helping the church embrace it and live it out. In addition, Ashley loves to teach God's word through sermons and small group discipleship settings. He also loves building relationships and ensuring our people are being cared for.
Ashley spent most of his childhood, teens and college years growing up in different parts of Florida and Alabama. During his high school and college years, he lived in Mobile, Alabama where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Mobile. He attended seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas where he earned his Masters of Divinity. He and Briggette were married in 1993 and have three wonderful kids ranging from college to middle school. While Ashley is thankful for the experiences and challenges of moving around frequently while growing up, he's glad his family has found a place they love and they're excited to see their kids grow up in Wildcat country.
Ashley’s inspiring mentors are some of the great men of God he has gotten to know in the churches he has served. He loves southern style cooking and Gulf Coast seafood. Ashley also enjoys smoking briskets and pork butts, watching NASCAR and college sports - especially his beloved Florida State Seminoles. He loves reading and learning from the great church leaders of today as well as those from our past.
Shawn Lippert has been attending our church since 2004 and has been our Associate Pastor since 2008. As Associate Pastor, he assists the Senior Pastor in serving the needs of the congregation and oversees the Administration and Discipleship ministries of the church.
Shawn grew up in a small farming town in California’s Central Valley. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University-Stanislaus and a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He and his wife Gina were married in 1989 and have four children ranging from college to high school. Before coming on staff as our Associate Pastor, Shawn served as an Officer and Pilot in the Air Force where he and his family lived in Oklahoma, Montana, England, Illinois, Washington and Arizona. His hobbies include flying, reading, and spending time with his family. Most people don’t know Shawn owns an experimental airplane that he and his Dad built called an RV-4.
Aaron Petre is our Worship and Youth Pastor. He joined our staff in April 2012. Aaron has been in the ministry since 1998. In 2001, he graduated from the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center and work as a police officer for TPD. In 2009, Aaron has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Leadership from Florida Christian College and a Masters of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. As the Worship Pastor, he helps plan and oversee all preparations for our services with emphasis on the Worship Team. As the Youth Pastor, he plans and oversees all events with Contineo, our youth group.
Born and raised in South Florida, Aaron moved to South Korea as a missionary kid and graduated high school there. He then moved to Tucson in 1994 where he met is wife Martha and the couple were married here at our church in 1997. They have three children ranging from middle to college. Aaron enjoys: helping with his kid's marching band, playing video games, experiencing music, and mentoring other musicians, worship leaders, and youth leaders. Aaron plays many instruments, of which drums is his first with over 30 years experience.
Beth Godoy is our Children's Ministry Director. She joined our staff in October 2016. Beth has volunteered in children's ministry since 2000 and has attended our church since 2013. She plans and oversees all KidZone (our children's ministry) events including VBS and AWANA.
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona she is a proud Wildcat. In 2003 she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona. After a few years in the classroom Beth spent time renovating houses and making floral arrangements for a family run business. She and her husband Juan were married in 2006 and have five children ranging in age from elementary to newborn. Beth likes to spend time with her family and helping the kids do what they love. Currently they are into sewing, baseball, drawing and swimming.
May Bowers has been our Financial Secretary and Staff Assistant since 2012. She has been attending our church since 2004 and was the Interim Administrator from 2007-2008. As Financial Secretary, her priority is to accurately account for all monies received by the church and distribute them accurately, in a timely manner. As Staff Assistant, she's responsible for: office public relations, the prayer guide and the Sunday Worship Guide. She also does general office work and keeps things from falling through the cracks.
May married Kevin in 1993. They are blessed with two boys ranging from high school to middle school. May was born in Maine and has lived there, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, Japan, England, and Arizona. After transferring from Judson College (a Baptist Women’s College), she received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from Troy State University in Alabama. She completed her Master’s degree in Management from Troy State University Pacific Region while in Japan with a 4.0 Grade Point Average. She has a key chain collection numbering over 300. She enjoys spending time with family and sneaks in reading, cooking, scrapbooking, and crafts. Her favorite book is Christy by Catherine Marshall. She enjoys watching University of Alabama college football, Atlanta Braves baseball, and her two boys playing any sport. Her favorite vacation spot is Oahu, Hawaii after spending 10 short days.
Jeff Vanderford is the Pastor and church planter of Authentic Life Church. Jeff and his family moved to Tucson, AZ from Kansas City, MO in January of 2014. He and his wife, Jessica, were married in 2004 and have a son, Jaxton, born in 2012. He is a sports fan, but loves his Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas City Royals, and Kansas City Chiefs.
Jeff answered the call to plant a church near I-10 and Kolb. Jeff, Jessica, and Authentic Life have a desire to reach the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, build relationships with those in the community, and train up disciples. Feel free to contact Pastor Jeff with any questions or needs. He would love to connect with you and talk Authentic Life.