Meet our staff here at AJ First! We would love to meet you in person!
Dallas serves as Lead Pastor here at AJ First. He is a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and a true man of God. He is whole heartedly committed to reaching the lost in need of a Savior. Being Kansas born and raised he comes from a long family line of pastors within the Assemblies of God denomination. Dallas was ordained in 1992 and has faithfully served in church ministry in Kansas, Texas, and Arizona. His educational background includes Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Evangel University. Dallas has been married 36 years to his wife Lisa and they have 3 adult children, Paige, Morgan, and Drew. Last, but not least, Dallas is an avid Cowboys football fan and loves to grill/cook for family and friends!!!
Pastor Bob came to Christ after a long life of alcholism. He soon felt the call of God to preach the Gospel and began pursuing Biblical education with a passion. He is now an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He and his wife Gloria enjoy serving in the church in various capacities, including visitation, H.O.P.E. ministry, and the G.E.A.R. Station outreach to name just a few.
He is also a Racers for Christ Chaplain at Arizona Speedway and loves to play golf.
Mary June is a third generation minister ordained with the Assemblies of God. Her grandfather was a Methodist circuit rider and her mother was an ordained Assemblies of God evangelist. She is a native of Tennessee and has a distinct southern drawl and likes to say "Ya'll!"
She serves as the assistant Women's Ministries leader and loves music. Pastor Mary June and her husband Jim also have a ministry at a convalescent home.
Nic and and his wife, Britt, have a passion to see the youth of this generation walk in the fullness and wholeness found in Christ. Nic graduated from Western Bible College with a B.A. in Pastoral Studies, interned with the youth ministry of Desert Springs Church for a year and a half, and is currently pursuing licensing credentials through the Assemblies of God. He is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, and loves local coffee shops.
Odis and his wife, Valora, have been attending AJ First for three and a half years. Odis is an ordained Assemblies of God Minister with over forty years of pastoral and missionary service.
He enjoys leading small groups where he can help equip people, through the word, to find their full potential in Christ.
Pastor Odis also is officiating AJ First's Wednesday Day Service.
A sought-after worship leader for conferences and concerts, Robin is a gifted singer and musician who plays several instruments. Her passion and energy for God is evident as she faithfully ushers the congregation into His presence each week.
Her musically talented family includes husband John, who plays a mean trumpet, and three kids Jadon, Allison, & Skylar.
Leann and her husband, Kevin Rogers, have been a part of Apache Junction First Assembly for three years. Previously she attended Red Mountain Christian Center (Via Church) with Pastor Jeff Peterson. Leann accepted the Administrative Assistant position after she worked with Arizona Ministry Network for 6 years. She is a mother of two grown children, named Aaron & Rachel. She also enjoys hiking and being in the great outdoors!
Marv and his wife Lana have been attending AJ First since April, 2013. Previously, they attended Red Mountain Christian Center for 12 years. They have been married for 39 years and have two grown children, their son Smokie resides in Raleigh, NC and daughter Melissa in Union, MO. Marv holds a BA in Business Administration from Lindenwood University and has done post graduate work. He retired from the Boeing Company after a 35 year career primarily in Procurement. He retired from the US Army as a Chief Warrant Officer Three with 23 years combined active duty and reserve duty. Marv was ordained in an independent church in 1978 and has served as a teacher and pastor through the years.
Rachel serves as the Media Ministries Coordinator. In addition, she also serves at the Community Thrift Store. Previously she has partnered with several Assemblies of God churches in their communications department. Also she has worked at Western Bible College, where she received her BA in Biblical Studies. Rachel and her husband, Travis, have 2 pittbull labs named Smokey & Rocko, and a tuxedo cat named Ross. She enjoys movies, coffee, and anything chocolate!
Julia will be serving as our fundraising director. Julia is a passionate, and driven individual. AJ First is excited to have Julia on board to lead the fundraising at AJ First!
David and his wife Kayla have been a part of AJ First Assembly since January 2014 when they relocated here from West Des Moines, Iowa. They have a daughter, Marisa, who is attending ASU in her Junior year.
David retired from Hy-Vee, Inc., a Midwest regional grocery store chain after a 42-year career, the last 25 years working in the corporate real estate department acquiring locations for new stores, developing sites and securing city approvals for construction. He was also responsible for disposing of excess real estate within the company.
Since retirement, David stays busy heading up our ushers and greeters and helping in other capacities around the church. He is also the President of his Home Owners Association and serves on the Architectural Control Committee of the HOA. David and Kayla work with OCJ kids and are involved with Sacred Journey, a group home for young girls.
Teresa Heiselt, originally from Ohio came to Arizona in 1980. She was born into a christian home and came to know Jesus as her personal savior at age 14. She has been a Registered nurse for 40 years and now does respit work.
She is the nursery coordinator and with a passion for quilting, helps lead the Patchwork Prayer Quilters Ministry.
Having been a widow since 2005, she has 2 grown sons, Joseph and James with his wife Gabby and 2 young grandchildren, Elora and Dax. At home she lives with her two dogs Nicky and Cassie.