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Sun Valley Community Church

Groups Pastor

Gilbert, Arizona

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 4.02.49 PM.pngAbout the Organization:

For over 25 years, Sun Valley Community Church has had the goal of creating a new brand of church – a church that would cause people to say, "There is just something about this place."  It was with that dream in mind that John and Kathy Snyder and Gary and Elaine Norton moved to Chandler, Arizona from California and opened the doors of Sun Valley on February 4, 1990.

Since its beginning, the mindset of Sun Valley has been, "We exist for those that are not here yet." Intentionally designing a church experience that appealed to the experienced believer, the church damaged attendee, and the first-time faith explorer has resulted in a beautiful mix of people from all sorts of backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, and social circles.  Each week, the attendees of Sun Valley are reminded that God’s word applies to their lives, no matter the circumstance. 

After John Snyder’s departure in 1998, Scott Ridout, the first Youth Pastor of Sun Valley, became the Lead Pastor.  For the first 13 ½ years of its existence, Sun Valley rented and borrowed facilities. This created many challenges when it came to accomplishing its mission.  The leadership team at Sun Valley had a dream of having a permanent facility as a base of operations from which to work. In 1999, they purchased 9.15 acres on Ray Road, near Lindsay in Gilbert.  For the next four years, the people of Sun Valley responded to this dream with time, talent, and treasure – funding as well as building the first worship center brick by brick.  In June 2003, at its first owned facility, Sun Valley opened the doors to the community.  When over 800 people showed up at those first services, it was apparent that God was doing something big.

In 2004, during this season of explosive growth, Chad Moore came on staff as the Pastor of Discipleship and began working closely with Scott.  The growing teamwork between Scott and Chad was obvious to everyone.  Then, in 2010, the announcement to have Chad Moore join Scott Ridout as co-Lead Pastor was met with standing ovations from the people of Sun Valley.  Scott Ridout left the team in 2014, after a long and fruitful ministry. At that time, Chad Moore became the Lead Pastor at Sun Valley.

Through the weekend services and an increasing number of small groups and focused ministries, lives were being transformed, marriages were being restored, and broken people were finding hope. People were coming to Sun Valley from every walk of life.  The continued generosity of the people of Sun Valley fueled this movement of transformation to the point that in 2008, in order to keep up with the growth, Sun Valley opened a new building with a 1,000-seat auditorium and an expanded area for children.  Within three years, those facilities were full, and the leadership of Sun Valley began to ask God what He had in store for them next.

Helping other churches launch has always been in Sun Valley’s DNA.  In 1993, John Snyder coached the starts of New Beginnings and Mountain Valley churches in Phoenix.  Then in 1995, Sun Valley began Mission Community Church and assisted in the start of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. Soon, these churches forged an alliance called Vision Arizona, with a goal of starting new congregations all over the state.  Today, 28 churches can trace their start directly to the people and ministry of Sun Valley, including Rock Point, Praxis (now Redemption-Tempe), Harvest, and Church of Celebration.

As Sun Valley moves toward the future, they are convinced that Sun Valley has a “culture worth reproducing.”  As a result of the limits of having one 9-acre campus, Sun Valley began to research the multi-site concept.  In September 2011, Bethany Community Church in Tempe merged with Sun Valley and became the first multi-site campus, adding great value to the ministry. In January 2012, Sun Valley's second multi-site campus launched in Casa Grande.  They have established a strong web presence by live streaming their weekend services, which reminds them of the power of technology, and puts a stamp on the belief that there are no limits to the impact of a church.  The church is not a box people sit in – it is a movement they are a part of.  As Sun Valley moves forward to the next season of ministry, the mission and vision of Sun Valley remain the same: “Helping People Meet, Know, and Follow Jesus.” 


Size: 7,500

Denomination: Converge

Location: Gilbert, AZ

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 4.01.58 PM.pngAbout the Position:

The Groups Pastor is responsible for helping people take the next step in their relationship with Jesus. This role would provide leadership over the many ministry environments to adults beyond weekend services with an emphasis on connecting people to relationship and responsibility. This position would be responsible for leading a team that small groups, bridge groups (larger ministry groups) and local outreach through groups.

What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Groups Pastor:


A bachelor’s degree in religious studies, ministry or a related field is required. Further theological training would be ideal for this situation but is not required.


Full time experience working in a church over 2,000 in a multisite context is required. Experience leading groups and building and sustaining systems that facilitate over 100 groups would be a plus.

Personal Characteristics

  • A deep, growing and vibrant faith in Jesus and a motivation and vision to see others come to know Jesus.
  • A theology and culture that fits with that of Sun Valley Community Church.
  • Commitment to alignment with the vision, values and doctrinal statement of Sun Valley Community Church.
  • Strong leadership skills, especially in shepherding their staff. The ideal candidate is a leader of leaders.
  • Strength in strategy, development and communication.
  • Relational intelligence and ability.
  • A proven track record for demonstrating these strengths in past or current ministry settings.
  • Self-motivated, independent, and people-oriented, and love to have fun living life with the staff and church.


Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 4.02.20 PM.pngAbout the Location:

Gilbert is located southeast of Phoenix, Arizona. Once known as the "Hay Shipping Capital of the World," Gilbert is currently the most populous incorporated town in the United States.

Gilbert began to take its current shape during the 1970s when the Town Council approved a strip annexation that encompassed 53 square miles of county land. Although the population was only 1,971 in 1970 the Council realized that Gilbert would eventually grow and develop much like the neighboring communities of Tempe, Mesa, and Chandler. This proved to be a farsighted decision as Gilbert positioned itself for growth in the 1980s and beyond.

With its proximity to Phoenix, Gilbert provides all the benefits of small town living with the appeal and amenities that come from being close to a major city.

As one of the largest and most popular wildlife preserves in Gilbert, The Riparian at Water Ranch features hiking and equestrian trails open to the community. The preserve provides a great opportunity for wildlife and bird watching and is considered the premier bird watching facility in the Phoenix metro region. Close to 250 species of birds have been sighted and many people come from different states and countries to see the beautiful and sometimes rare birds. The park boasts covered picnic areas, a dinosaur dig site, and campsites that can be reserved for a desert getaway. The preserve also has the only valley astronomy observatory.

Arizona’s weather–including some of the best winters in the world–make it one of the top locations for golf getaways in the United States. Freestone Park, an expansive park featuring sports facilities, athletic fields, playground, train ride, and picnic area, is also home to an amphitheater, as well as a skate park and the Freestone Recreation Center. The Freestone Skate Park is a free park with more than 22,000 square feet of space to challenge novice and experienced skaters alike. Additionally, Gilbert is home to the Central Trail System with more than 135 miles of marked and unmarked trails for hikers and bikers and areas for birding in Gilbert.

Most of Gilbert is zoned to schools in the Gilbert Public Schools area, while other portions are zoned to districts including the Chandler Unified School District, Mesa Public Schools, and the Higley Unified School District. Also in Gilbert are charter schools such as Edu-Prize (the first charter school in Arizona). The town is also home to Gilbert Christian Schools, a chain of private schools.

Gilbert also employs a majority of teachers and educators, as well as healthcare professionals. Gilbert has several large medical centers, including Banner Health and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.

Gilbert has been recognized nationally as, “The 22nd Best Place to Live in the US,” (Money Magazine 2014); placed 2nd as, “The safest places to live in the US” (Law Street Media); and is the 9th Best Places for Families.

With its low cost of living and high quality of life, Gilbert is undoubtedly a great place to live and raise a family.

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