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Randy Youngblood

Lead Pastor

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I previously served for 5½ years as Associate Minister of the Missouri Valley Christian Church (1984-1989), where I also coached AYSO soccer, freshman boys and girls basketball, and started a Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

I am the Founding and Senior Pastor of Thunder Mountain Church.  My wife Kim and I came in 1989 from Iowa to join with a few families who were looking for a different approach to doing church and reaching this generation for Christ. Eventually, I started coaching softball and teaching algebra in the local public high school, but God used that experience to transform my life and ministry.  He opened the door for me to return to Thunder Mountain, and this time not to grow a church but to grow people and to see salvation not just as something that occurs when we die, but a blessing to live out daily as citizens of the Kingdom of God!

A trial emerged late in 2011 when a growth in my tongue was discovered to be a malignant tumor.  Approximately 40% of my tongue was removed and rebuilt using the tissue from my wrist.  Two other tumors were removed from my neck in the initial surgery and another was discovered after the completion of radiation and chemo requiring a second surgery on July 2, 2012.  Initially, the doctors said that it might take a year to be able to speak clearly again, but I preached on the first Sunday of February 2013 and returned in April to regular preaching duties.

Kim and I were married in 1984. We have two grown and married daughters who serve the Lord with their husbands, and three grandchildren.

I received my bachelor of arts in Pastoral Ministry from Nebraska Christian College and my master of arts from Cincinnati Christian Seminary.

 

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Justin McPeak

Executive Pastor

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Before coming to Thunder Mountain in January 2012, I was a 9th grade Social Studies and English teacher at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson.  I first got involved in Student Ministry and Worship Arts Ministry back in 2005 in Tucson when I started leading a small group and playing guitar on Wednesday nights.  I held a variety of jobs over the years ranging from frying chicken, making sub sandwiches, scooping ice cream, preparing coffee as a barista, and running an after-school program for 7-year-olds.

Currently, I serve as the Executive Pastor. In this role, I lead our Engage classes, Connect Groups, and partner with our Next Gen. Ministry Pastor to create environments where people can experience the transforming love of God!  I also teach at our weekend gatherings about once a month.

My beautiful wife, Eileen, is a scientist and middle school teacher turned stay-at-home mom with our son, Levi, and daughters Grace and Mykah.  We met in a high school history class in 11th grade and were married back in 2008.

I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2009 with my bachelor of arts degree in History for Secondary Education.  I also received my Master of Arts in Ministry Studies from Grace College and Theological Seminary in 2014.

 Fun Facts:

  • I play an assortment of stringed instruments including the guitar, ukulele, and mandolin.
  • I own enough plaid, snap button western shirts to wear for 3 weeks consecutively, without repeating.

 

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Jared McCormick

Creative Arts Director

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Before I came to Thunder Mountain, I served as the Creative Arts Director for a church in Indiana. 

Currently, I serve as the Creative Arts Director at Thunder Mountain.  I lead the worship, experience, and story teams, to engage with our community and the world with the awesome and life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ using the vessel of the arts. 

My wife, Andrea, is a stay-at-home mom and we have two fun and energetic boys, Jackson and Eli!

I have been involved specifically in worship ministry since I was in high school. My journey in ministry and love for music have pretty much grown simultaneously. I attended Indiana State University and studied Recreation and Sports Management. Early in my college career, it was clear to me that I felt a calling to ministry.  Throughout my college years, I was heavily involved in a local college ministry. When I finished school, I served a year and a half in a full-time vocational internship at a college ministry in Illinois. 

 
Fun Facts:
 
  • I am a sports fan and specifically have to represent my home town team of the Indianapolis Colts. 
  • I have a motorcycle and really enjoy doing outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, and camping. 

 

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Joe Farmer

Stewardship Director

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Before becoming the Stewardship Director for Thunder Mountain, I was the principal at Buena High School for three years.

I feel strongly that giving to the local church is something we are commanded to do biblically and something that is a vital part of our spiritual growth and the growth of Thunder Mountain. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for Thunder Mountain Church.

I was born in Missouri as the fourth of six children.  My family moved to Tennessee when I was one, where I spent the next eighteen years before joining the Army.  I met my wife (Gail) at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts where we were later married.  I served just over twenty years in Army intelligence as a Morse code interceptor, retiring as an instructor from Ft. Huachuca in 2004.  I spent the next twelve years in teaching and administration at Buena High School and retired in June 2016.  

My wife and I have been in the area since 1997.  We have three adult sons and five grandchildren.

I have a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and a Master's in Education Administration.  

Fun Facts:

  • Although I have been bungee jumping and rode the Sky Coaster at Royal Gorge, CO, I am afraid of heights.
  • My wife and I recently purchased a used RV and hope to use it to travel and minister across the U.S. and Canada.

  

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Kristal Bartelds

Accountant

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Before coming to Thunder Mountain, I worked at Cochise College in the Business Office, where I had just reentered the workforce after taking a few years off to focus on my family.  Before that, I worked as a part-time accountant for 13 years at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, WA.  I also volunteered at my kids’ school, with their extra-curricular activities, and in our local church.

I am currently Thunder Mountain’s accountant, where I ensure timely and accurate processing and reporting of the church’s financial records. I am committed to maintaining confidentiality and helping the church be the best steward of the resources God has given.

My husband, Leon, and I were married in 1995 and have been blessed with 2 beautiful girls, Haley and Nessa. Family time is a necessity for us and we try to make sure we get enough of it with everyone’s busy schedule.

I graduated from Western Washington University in 1999 with my Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. 

Fun facts:

  • I enjoy hiking, running, walking, anything that gets me outside. Nature is my therapy. My family often gets forced to participate in my shenanigans.
  • I received the nickname, Crash, in high school, after multiple fender benders (one involving backing into a tractor in our driveway).  But, I’m happy to say my driving record has been free and clear of any accident since my teenage years...but don’t ask me about speeding tickets.

Go Hawks!

 

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Tessa Galindo

Assistant to Lead Pastor

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I have been blessed to be able to stay home with my kids ever since we had our oldest son. Before that I worked for a bank in Tucson, and I worked as an insurance agent. 

I am serving as the Assistant to the Lead Pastor.  As Pastor Randy’s Assistant, I make it my mission to help him stay on task and to accomplish every goal that he hopes to reach. My desire is to help him do everything that God has called him to do and to build the Church to be what God always intended it to be. 

I met my husband, Jorge, in college. We both grew up in Sierra Vista. He was a forest fire fighter for 10 years, and the last fire he fought was the Monument Fire here in 2011. He now works as a contractor at Fort Huachuca. We have 3 lovely children. Gabe, our oldest, loves math, legos, and gives the best hugs. Juliana, our middle daughter, loves gymnastics, swimming, and baseball. She has a true caretaker's heart. Jocelyn, our youngest, is our comedian. She has us laughing constantly. She loves music and dancing and gives great butterfly kisses. 

I have an associate's degree in criminal justice and plan to pursue my bachelor's soon. 

Fun Facts:

  • I love mint chocolate anything!
  • My older brother locked me in the grandfather clock when I was younger and reminds me of it often. 

 

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Caycee Bonbright

Communications Strategist

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I have been blessed to stay home and take care of my three daughters for the last 6 years. I love being the one to send them off to school every day and to be the one that greets them with a hug after a long day at school. Prior to that, I worked in the banking industry as a Teller and then was promoted to a Business Relationship Manager. 

As Thunder Mountain's Communications Strategist, I create communications that reflect our culture and our mission. Currently, I also work as a group fitness instructor at Summit Fitness. I thoroughly enjoy working out, as well as helping people to reach their fitness goals!

I have happily been married to my husband John for 11 years, and we have been blessed with 3 beautiful daughters: Caitlyn, Cylie, and Camryn. The four of them are truly my pride and JOY! 

I graduated from college at Washington State University in 2003 with my Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. 

 
Fun Facts:

  • I love coffee. I could not survive the day without it. 
  • I want to skydive! Skydiving is definitely on my bucket list. I
    am a true daredevil at heart! I love any kind of thrill, especially the scariest of movies!

 

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Anthony Gomez

Facilities Readiness Ministry Lead

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Before working at Thunder Mountain, I worked mostly retail. I worked my way up at Wal-Mart from a Sales Associate to Zone Manager and was the Safety Team Lead for the store. I also managed a couple of Circle K stores before that.

I spent some time doing a hotel renovation in Phoenix, AZ, which taught me a lot about general construction, groundskeeping, and plumbing.

As the Facilities Readiness Ministry Lead, I do anything in my skill set that helps to maintain and improve the church facilities. This includes setting up and breaking down any events held at the church and making sure that the buildings and grounds are clean and welcoming to any guest that decides to visit us.

I have a beautiful wife and four amazing children who never cease to amaze me with their kind, loving and generous hearts.

Fun facts:

  • I love Martial Arts and have been practicing Wing Chun Kung Fu for over a decade; teaching it from home since 2015.
  • I played the trumpet in high school and was in a marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, a mariachi band, and my youth church praise and worship team.

 

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Savannah Porter

Office Manager

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I have been a stay at home mom for the last 7 years, enjoying time with my family.

As Thunder Mountain's Office Manager, I am responsible for managing the day-to-day operations, as well as being a point of contact for the church. Currently, I am also a MOPS Ministry Coach with MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers), where I train and coach leaders in Southeastern AZ and New Mexico.

I have been married to my husband, Jack, since 2008. We have two amazing kiddos, Isabel and Jack III.

I gained administrative and office management skills working at a brokerage firm through college.

I attended California State University of San Bernardino to study Biology, with the hopes of becoming a nutritionist/dietician. I do plan to continue on the path to receive my bachelor’s degree.

Fun Facts:

  • I love to journal in my bible as a way to spend time with the Lord, and by journal I mean paint, stamp, glue and color!!
  • I am a Certified Pharmacy Technician and spent 5 years filling prescriptions.

 

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Caitlin Waterbury

Outreach Coordinator

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Before serving at Thunder Mountain, I was a student at a small Christian College in Southern California where I received my Associate's degree and attended a six-month Discipleship Training School abroad with Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

I am currently seeking God's next step for my life and serving where He has placed me now. I plan on continuing my education and training as I pray about when, where, and how that might happen.

I am engaged to a wonderful man and look forward to getting married to him this June! I am currently living with my parents Rick and Rachel, as well as my little sister Audrey. I love spending time with my family now that I am back home and we are serving at the church together!

I graduated from Life Pacific College in 2016, where I studied the Bible and attended missions trips to inner-city Los Angeles and France. I also attended missions trips in Mexico multiple times through Thunder Mountain's Strategic Partner, Casa Esperanza. Those experiences inspired me to further my training in missions with YWAM in Paris, France. I also did three months of outreach in Cambodia. 

 
Fun Facts:

  • When it comes to the arts, I am a geek! I love music, films, photography, drawing, painting, tattoos, architecture, home design, sewing, cosmetics, culinary, everything!

  • I love adventure and being outdoors, enjoying a nice hike or night camping, but I also love staying in with a nice movie and popcorn.

 

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Dalton Arnold

Student Ministry Coordinator

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Prior to serving at Thunder Mountain, I was a high school student and I was part of our Student Ministry. I started serving in a volunteer capacity, which brought me to where I am now.

My goal is to get students to have a faith of their own and not depend on their parents or legal guardian’s faith. I do what I do because the next generation is not the generation of tomorrow, but the generation of today.

My amazing, beautiful, and funny wife Melanie and I got married March 18th, 2017. We are living happily together and serving at Thunder Mountain as a team.

Currently, I am working on getting a youth certificate through a program called Youthsphere, while attending Wayland Baptist University to get a Bachelors degree in Christian Ministry.

Fun facts:

  • I have the same personality as Michael Scott (The Office U.S.) according to Myers-Briggs.
  • You will see me in coffee shops all around town, but I actually hate the taste of coffee...so, I will most likely be drinking a Venti Iced Chai Latte with 2 pumps of cinnamon dolce.