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 high 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 Administration and Discipleship Pastor since 2008. As the Administration Pastor, he's responsible for the business aspects of the church, including human resources and budget and financial administration, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws. He's also responsible for the general upkeep and oversight of the church property. As the Discipleship Pastor, he's responsible for leading and overseeing the adult discipleship ministries of our church, which includes Connect Groups (small groups) and Discipleship Groups.
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 grown children. Before coming on staff as our Administration and Discipleship 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.
Noah Battles joined the team in June of 2022. As Worship and Media Pastor, he oversees all of the aspects of worship, media, and technology in the church. This includes Sunday morning services, special events, and our online church ministries.
Noah grew up in Hartselle, Alabama where he was actively involved in church and came to know Jesus as his Savior at a young age. He graduated from Athens State University in Athens, Alabama in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a Minor in Religion/Biblical Studies. After over 10 years of ministry experience, he followed the call to help plant a church in Buckeye, AZ in January of 2020. He met and married his wife, Elsa, here in Arizona. They are expecting their first child, Nathaniel, soon. Noah then surrendered to the call to join the team at 22nd Street Baptist Church and is excited to raise his family in Tucson.
Kendyl Buell is our Children’s Ministry Director. She was born into this church in 1995 and has volunteered in children’s ministry since 2010. She joined our staff in December of 2021 and plans and oversees all KidZone events and programs.
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona she is a proud Wildcat. In 2017 she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and in 2018 received a Master of Secondary Education degree. Kendyl taught middle school for three years before she decided to stay home and raise a family. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Seth and their six month old daughter, Tatum.
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.