Rev. Jim Ek
Associate Pastor, Retired
Rev. Jim Ek is the Part-time Associate Pastor appointed in retirement. Jim preaches occasionally; assists with Bible studies and provides coverage/visitation when Pastor Joan is not available. Married to Patty Ek, their passion is music, family and fun. Jim can be reached at email@example.com.
Director of Children Ministries/Youth Consultant
Becky oversees the design and implementation of Christian programs, activities and events for children ages 2-18 years. Becky is a life-long United Methodist. She has been in ministry with children and youth for over 25 years. Becky is married to Steve. They have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. Becky can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Music/Sanctuary Choir Director
Mr. Ben Shafer, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music and Choral Music Education. He received his master’s degree from Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona. Ben was appointed Sanctuary Choir Director at St. Matthew Methodist Church in Mesa in July 2015. Ben is now also Director of Music. He and his wife and four beautiful children have lived in Chandler for the last 10 years. Bringing with him a traditional background as a chorister, musician, and choral music director, Mr. Shafer proudly upholds the integrity of music in sacred church worship. He has served in many capacities in church music from Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley and Victory Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ. In addition to directing the sanctuary choir he teaches Music at Central High School in Phoenix Arizona where he directs 4 choirs and also teaches guitar and music methods. When he is not busy with music he enjoys camping hiking and traveling across the beautiful state of Arizona. Ben can be reached at email@example.com.
Organist / Pianist
Steve has been playing the piano and organ at St. Matthew soon after joining the church in 1985. He is a retired band director and helps school employees plan for their post retirement occupation. When time allows he enjoys writing and arranging new anthems for the choir and other special church occasions. Steve is an accomplished and creative piano and organ player and is often accused of not playing the notes as written on the page! Steve can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Ministries Coordinator
Eric received his Certification in Youth Ministry from Southern Methodist University in 2014. He served on the staff of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church for seven years. In addition to working with youth, Eric is an accomplished musician and has a background in both acoustical engineering and foster home management.
Belle joined the team at St. Matthew Mesa in April 2017. She comes to us as Northern Arizona University Alumni, having graduated in 2012 with a bachelors degree in Advertising and a bachelors degree in Public Relations. Though Belle was born in Lima, Peru, she considers herself a native of Arizona since she has lived in the valley since she was a child. She now lives in Mesa with her husband Gerard and their two pups Chico and Pixel. Belle and her family enjoy regularly taking drives up north, exploring new restaurants around town, hanging by the pool and spending time with family! Belle can be reached at email@example.com.
Director Bells of Joy Handbell Choir and Instrumental MusicCoordinator
Originally from Houston, Texas, Dr. Cullan Lucas has lived in Phoenix, Arizona for the past four years while finishing his doctoral degree in orchestra and opera conducting from Arizona State University. Prior to that, he lived in South Carolina and Texas. He was recently appointed the director of the Bells of Joy Handbell Choir and instrumental music coordinator at St. Matthew in 2017. In addition to this capacity at St. Matthew, he is also to Assistant Conductor of the ProMusica Arizona Orchestra and Chorale in northern Phoenix and an adjunct music faculty member at Paradise Valley Community College. Aside from music, Cullan enjoys spending time camping with his wife in Sedona and hiking throughout Arizona. Cullan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor Denny Silk comes to us out of retirement, having served churches in London, England, and throughout Nebraska. He has also served as interim pastor at Creighton United Methodist Church in Phoenix. Denny's son and family live here in the metro area. He enjoys movies, watching sports, and playing golf.