Our pastors and leaders are passionate about Jesus, they love people, and they do whatever it takes to accomplish the mission of the church.

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Pastors Tom & Arlene Rakoczy
Lead Pastors

Pastor Tom and Arlene Rakoczy have been the Lead Pastors of CFA since February, 2000, coming to Chandler, Arizona from Indianapolis, Indiana. They love serving, encouraging, and bringing enthusiasm to everyone they meet. Pastor Tom also has a counseling background and enjoys helping people to be healthier in their relationships, especially with Jesus! They have two adult children.

Email: tom@cfalife.org

Pastor James Brown
Senior Associate Pastor

James serves in the church office performing administrative duties, as well as leading our Life Groups, Serving teams, and Young Adult ministry. He and his wife Kathy have one adult daughter.

Email: james@cfalife.org

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Pastor Steve salvidge
Youth Pastor

Steve serves as the pastor over our student ministries grades 7-12. He leads and encourages our students to live out their faith in Jesus Christ. He and his wife Sasha have three daughters.

Email: steve@cfalife.org

Pastor Tyler Vafakos
Children’s Pastor

Tyler leads all of our kids ministries from birth to 6th grade. It is his responsibility to provide a safe and fun environment for every child that checks in. He and his wife Chloe are newlyweds and serve together in ministry.

Email: tyler@cfalife.org

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Pastors Stephen & Jill Valentine
Pastors to the deaf & hard of Hearing

Stephen and Jill lead our ministries to the Deaf and hard of hearing, which include Bible studies, a coffee house, craft days and more. They also serve as the state Directors for Deaf Ministries at the Arizona Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. They have two adult sons.

Email: deaf@cfalife.org

Being in the ministry for 45 years has been the joy of our lives. Our two greatest desires for the church are to see people come to a saving knowledge of Christ and to see our families grow in the knowledge of His Word and the power of His Spirit.

We believe that our Life Group (small group) ministry is a key that opens the door for people to connect together and build relationships that bring support (encouragement and motivation) along our spiritual journey together. We all have something to share, and God’s wisdom and spiritual gifts bind us together with a cord that cannot be broken.
— Pastors Tom & Arlene Rakoczy