Meet the Campus Pastors
Pastors Jason and Kelli Anderson have a worldwide calling to strengthen families. Recognized authorities and authors on both parenting and marriage, they pastor The Living Word, a multi-site church that is committed to “Equipping families to win through acceptance, laughter, and love.” Pastor Jason Anderson is a co-host of WakeUp Daily Bible Study, viewed around the globe. He and Pastor Kelli have planted several family-focused churches in the United States and abroad, and Pastor Jason has led crusades in India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Mexico, and Uganda, preaching the Gospel to as many as 50,000 people at a time. He has authored Bible college curriculums and has been a certified Leadership Trainer for John Maxwell. He received a Bachelors of Science Degree from Arizona State University in 1992 and continued his training at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he learned to read both in Ancient Hebrew and Greek. Earlier in life, Pastor Jason was the voice of the nationally-syndicated Christian radio show Taking a Minute, which aired on Air1radio, as well as many other Christian radio stations in 48 states and over 900 cities. In the 2000s, he was the lead singer of CCM artist RE:ZOUND, charting three top ten hits in Christian Rock Radio. Pastors Jason and Kelli Anderson married in 1993 and have four children.
Pastors Scot and Holly Anderson are leading experts in personal development, who focus on “changing your outer world by changing your inner world.” They travel the globe teaching on parenting, relationships, finances and “being the best you can be.” Scot serves as one of the lead pastors in Mesa, has many books, seminars, audio and video resources, aand television spots, reaching thousands. Holly is the founder of Moms of Destiny (MOD), a group specifically designed for moms of all ages, encouraging over 300 moms to “stay the course.” They married in 1993 and have four amazing boys and a little princess.
Pastor Jeff was a founding member and lead guitarist in the CCM band RE:ZOUND. He was also the co-founder of VSR Music Group, which is now among the top recording labels in Christian music. He is known for his practical and down-to-earth teaching style. Pastor Tammy oversees the Ahwatukee women’s ministries where her vision is to plainly teach the Word and to encourage women to grow in their God-given destiny. They married in 1995 and have four children.
Pastor Paul & Christi Earle grew up in Mesa, AZ. On March 24, 1994, in his late teens, while attending Living Word Bible Church, Pastor Paul found Jesus and was radically saved from a life of drug addiction. Shortly thereafter, he met and married his best friend, Christi. Enrolling at Phoenix First Pastors College, Paul & Christi began training for ministry under the leadership of Tommy Barnett. They helped build New Life Family Church in downtown Gilbert, and becoming Lead Pastors in 2012. NLFC became Living Word Gilbert in 2018, rejoining Pastors Paul and Christi to their church home. The Earles have four kids, love the TOWN (not city) of Gilbert, and are passionate about seeing people fall in love with Jesus & keep that fire burning bright.
Pastor Mark is a graduate of Arizona Christian University and grew up at Living Word Bible Church. Pastor Holly a Scottsdale native is a graduate of Grand Canyon University and found God while attending Scottsdale Bible Church. They helped build New Life Family Church in downtown Gilbert since it started in 1999. New Life Family Church became Living Word Gilbert in 2018, rejoining Pastor Mark to his church home. Pastors Mark and Holly were married in 2000 and have two children, love the city of Scottsdale, and are passionate about seeing people fall in love with Jesus. In February 2020 Pastors Mark and Holly were installed as Lead Pastors of Living Word Scottsdale.
Pastor Raymond and Ruth Rios have served the Lord since a very young age. They have been working in the ministry for over 45 years in Mesa, AZ. At a very early age Pastor Raymond was called to preach the gospel so he received his theological education in a Bible school under the Assemblies of God in Mexico. He took his first steps as a minister as an apprentice when he was very young in the Mexican state of Sonora under the Assemblies of God. Pastor Raymond and Ruth’s ministry can be divided by different seasons, where they also founded Open Arms Church where he served for 30 years. Pastor Raymond has followed the legacy of his father, Pastor Ramon M. Rios, training leaders and pastors under the ministry Empresa Evangelica since its inception in 1985. Always dedicated to serving the Hispanic community with faithfulness and passion. God brought them to Living Word to direct the Hispanic ministry, because in their heart is the vision of blessing his people with the glorious message of hope.
Pastor Jeff McHatton has been connected to the Living Word Bible Church ministry since the beginning in 1987 under Dr.’s Tom and Maureen Anderson and has supported the ministry in leading worship, and counseling and prayer ministries. God brought Pastor Starla to Jeff in 2002 and they were married in 2004. Starla was raised up under the powerful ministry of Dr. Larry Lea in the 90’s and was a care pastor and intercessor for the ministry seeing many lives delivered by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pastors Jeff and Starla were ordained together to the ministry in 2005 and have pastored churches seeing the blessings and power of God miraculously impact lives. They received the call back to Living Word in 2010 and have enjoyed and benefited from the ministry of Pastors Scot and Jason Anderson through the flow of the revelation and thought provoking presentations inspired by the Holy Spirit. Jeff and Starla embody the life of Christ through the acceptance and love of people and believe that everyone can thrive in this life by experiencing the fullness of the love of God through Jesus Christ.
Meet the Founding Pastors
Dr. C. Thomas Anderson: Dr. Tom’s television program and resource ministry, Word for Winners, is a ministry that reaches the world with the message of Christ. He is the author of the best-seller Becoming a Millionaire God’s Way. Along with authoring other books, Dr. Tom is the founder of DTM a mentorship program based out of Living Word Bible Church to help you have the success that God desires you to have in every area of your life. Dr. Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Business Administration, a Doctor of Ministry, and a Ph.D. in Religious Theology.
Dr. Maureen Anderson established Women of Destiny ministries as a weekly Bible study. Today, Women of Destiny reaches over 500 women weekly with the love and message of Christ. Her best-selling books include Confessing God’s Word, Damaged DNA, Toxic Emotions, Making Impossibilities Possible, Releasing the Miraculous Through Fasting and Prayer, and her latest release A Marriage Beyond the Dream. Her television program, Maureen Anderson, is broadcast around the world and is number one in the Nielson ratings for local Arizona secular stations. Dr. Maureen Anderson resolved to leave an imprint for coming generations, Dr. Maureen is among the most respected and exciting women in Christian ministry today. As a best-selling author and international speaker, she writes from her own personal experiences and shares how God’s love, grace, healing, and prayer have led her to live an amazing life. Dr. Maureen has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, Doctor of Ministry, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies.