”KALEO PHOENIX STRIVES TO CREATE SPACE FOR PEOPLE TO PRACTICE THE WAYS OF JESUS, TOGETHER.
MEET OUR PASTORS
I graduated with a BA degree in Elementary Education from Rocky Mountain College, but was lured into student ministry and coaching high school basketball shortly after graduation. I went on to complete my Masters in Ministry Leadership from Portland Seminary and I am currently working toward my Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary (I love books!).
Kate and I have been married since 2007, and Kate is currently a resident physician in Emergency Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix.
In my role as a pastor I love the art of engaging with Scripture via story, crafting contemplative sermons, and all the books (always all the books). In my free time you can find me playing basketball (I put down the books for safety reasons), hiking with my wife and dogs, or drinking coffee somewhere only a bike ride away.
All through the Gospels, we witness Jesus sitting at tables surrounded by people. Jesus basically ate and drank His way through the Gospels. As apprentices of Jesus we are invited to follow His example by gathering around tables. Something as radically ordinary as setting a table can create space for people to experience the love of God and the hospitality of family.
Before meeting in sanctuaries, church buildings, or cathedrals, followers of Jesus met in homes around tables, practicing the ways of Jesus by eating and drinking together. The practice of hospitality has unfortunately been neglected by followers of Jesus over the course of Church history. The simple act of eating and drinking together as brothers and sisters is being lost. We believe that a shared table is a shared life. Kaleo Phoenix seeks to create space around tables as the cornerstone of community.
As a church family, Kaleo gathers in homes around the table. But we also meet corporately in a church building. In the most hopeful sense, a church building is a symbol to the city that Jesus is alive and present. Tragically, more and more of these sacred spaces are closing their doors and being torn down. In this cultural moment church spaces are considered a part of the past, not the future. We are passionate about creating space in Central Phoenix that represents the life giving presence of Jesus and the future hope of God’s kingdom in our city, so we gather at Grace Lutheran Church (1124 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004) in a space that preaches the hope of Jesus. May it be in Phoenix as it is in Heaven.
God’s people have always been a people of prayer. We meet Jesus in the Gospels inviting us to join Him in creating space to become praying people, too. We witness Jesus prioritizing time to align His will with God’s will in spaces of intentional solitude, silence, and stillness. Jesus practices a faithful rhythm of prayer by contemplatively seeking the Presence of God before He moves on Mission in Spirit-led action.
Jesus is teaching His followers to do the same.
But prayer is not a solo endeavor to Jesus. Instead, He distinctly teaches His followers to pray together so that they can center their way of living with the way Jesus is going. The family of Kaleo is committed to practicing prayer in all of the ways Jesus and His church have modeled for us over the centuries. We will practice prayer in our Sunday gatherings, in our homes, around the table, and in spaces of intentional solitude for we believe prayer to be wholly transformative.