Staff and Leadership
Shortly after relocating to Sedona in 2014, Wendy and her husband Don arrived at SummitLIFE and knew they had found their tribe. Since then, Wendy has served in several areas of ministry.
January 2018, she came on staff full time as the Business & Marketing Administrator. After planting pastor David Parker’s announcement that he and his family would be moving from Sedona, Wendy and Don followed God’s call to pastor the community of SummitLIFE.
Pre-Arizona, Wendy was actively involved for more than 10 years in various areas of ministry at Crossroads Christian Church in Evansville, IN, and women’s ministry with various organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication, with a minor in writing from the University of Evansville in Indiana.
Wendy has never met a pair of shoes she didn’t like; loves to travel; and enjoys hiking, Jeeping, and fitness.
Don relocated to Sedona with his wife Wendy in 2014 to follow their long-planned dream to live among the red rocks. God led them to SummitLIFE the Spring of 2015, where Don began to serve in numerous areas of ministry.
When planting pastor David Parker announced he and his family would be moving on from Sedona the Spring of 2018, Don and Wendy felt called to lead the community of SummitLIFE into the future.
Before moving to Arizona, Don was actively involved for more than 10 years in various areas of ministry at Crossroads Christian Church in Evansville, IN. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and an MBA from the University of Evansville in Indiana.
Don is an experienced IT guy in his other life. He’s also an Army veteran, avid hiker, amateur Jeep off-roader, and struggling golfer.
Answering the call to pastoral ministry was a long and winding road for Valerie. Although serving, leading, and working in a variety of faith communities had been a part of her story from childhood, she only began seminary later in life. This led to her ordination as SummitLIFE’s administrative pastor in 2020. She originally joined SummitLIFE in 2015 after her son Aaron, a founding member, invited her to check it out.
Missions and outreach are Valerie’s passion, and she is active in a number of community outreach organizations including Faith Community Liaison for the Northern Arizona Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Interfaith Alliance for Hope House for homeless moms and kids, and Meals on Wheels, as a driver.
Valerie is an avid reader, loves gardening and growing things, hiking, and visiting national parks. She has four adult children who live in Arizona and Oregon.
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