Pastor Gregg Cantelmo has been active in Christian ministry for more than 35 years. He was involved in youth leadership and rural evangelism as a teen at Church of the Open Door in downtown Los Angeles under the ministry of Dr. J. Vernon McGee. As a college student, he served in leadership at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA under Dr. John MacArthur. Pastor Gregg graduated from UCLA with a degree in philosophy and then received his Masters of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary. While in seminary, Gregg taught Bible and theology courses at Logos Bible Institute, later serving as Dean of Students and Academic Dean there. He then taught Bible and theology at The Master's College in California. As an associate pastor he served on the Elders' Marriage Council and spoke at a number of Shepherd's Conferences at Grace Church. Committed to personal discipleship, leadership training, and team ministry, Pastor Gregg next served faithfully for almost ten years as Senior Pastor of Monroe Community Chapel in Monroe, Washington. He saw the church grow and develop to become the largest evangelical church in the area. In 1995 he accepted a call to pastor in Arizona where again discipleship and leadership training were key factors. With a strong commitment to biblical teaching and team ministry, Pastor Gregg is excited to see members of the body express their giftedness in serving and caring for one another. His leadership style is one of influence, and along with truth, highly values grace and mercy. Committed to missions, Pastor Gregg is also an adjunct missionary with JARON Ministries International, and teaches "personal purity" seminars and spiritual development to pastors and church leaders in countries all around the world. Pastor Gregg studied for his Doctorate of Ministry degree at Phoenix Seminary where he has taught classes in the Christian ministry department. A few of his articles on biblical and theological topics can be found at www.bible.org. Pastor Gregg has been married since 1976 to his best friend, Kim. They have three children: Anthony, Sarah and Ashley, and eight grandchildren.
Les has been married to his lovely wife Nan for 22 years. He grew up in New Mexico, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico, and came to Phoenix in 1989 where he and Nan met while working in the airline industry. Les earned a master's degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and has held senior level education and training positions in the financial services industry since 2001. Les and Nan came to Bridgeway in 2014 when they were seeking a biblically-based church in their community and very quickly knew God had provided them with a new church home. They enjoy being involved in several ministries at Bridgeway including communion set-up, annual church picnic, Bible studies, church décor, men's annual fishing trip, annual church retreats, and volunteer activities. They encourage everyone to use their spiritual gifts where they can. "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms", 1 Peter 4:10.
Born in CA in 1957, I've lived most of my life in Arizona, where I met my wonderful wife, Alfie, and continued developing my musical talents, gifts from God. We currently have two children and two grandchildren - all wonderful as well! The start of my walk with the Lord began in 1980 when I heard the message of salvation at a memorial service for my brother-in-law. I can vividly remember saying to God, "Certainly Your intent was to speak to the person behind me, because my life requires a lot of cleaning up to do before I'd be presentable to You." The cleaning up of my life has been continual as He molds me to be more like Him; I'm a work in progress. My desire is to live a simple life in Christ, to please Him, and learn to W8ONHM (see my vehicle)!
Lori and I have been attending Bridgeway Community Church for about ten years. We will have been married 43 years this December. We sort of grew up together in a church in Phoenix, she a transplant from Michigan and myself a Phoenix native. God has blessed us with 5 children plus a plethora of foster children over the past 43 years. We are also the proud grandparents of 6 grandkids! I look back to an October in 1959 as my 'born again' birth date. God's love and my sin were shared with me by the pastor of our church in my living room. One of my favorite pastimes is studying God's word and sharing the truth of His word with others. Teaching has always been an encouragement to me and I pray to others. Philippians 3:10 is one of my favorite verses: That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.
Though born and raised in Tennessee, Margaret has lived in Arizona since 1987. Widowed in 2017 after Ed's going home to the Lord, Margaret has 3 grown children and several grandchildren who are great blessings to her. Bridgeway has been her church home since 1997, and she has served as Ministry Assistant since 1998. She loves the variety of working behind the scenes in administrative work, as well as participating in the lives of people here. She has a passion for short-term missions and teaching women's Bible studies at Bridgeway and in Mexico, Peru and southern Africa.
Cheryl is our bookkeeper. She has been attending Bridgeway since 1996. She and Russ have been married since 1989 and have two grown boys (Shaun, married to Amy, with two sons, Ethan and Alex and Dylan, currently single & attending college). Cheryl also works full-time as the Assistant Controller for Golfland Entertainment Centers, Inc. and has been with them since April, 1999. Cheryl has also been involved in Worship Ministry since first coming to Bridgeway.
Amy and her husband, Guy, have been attending Bridgeway since 2003, shortly after they moved here from Indiana. Amy has been a speech language pathologist, but has put that aside to home school her three boys. She was hired to oversee Children's Ministry in 2014. She has a desire not only to communicate Christ's love to children, but to equip parents to be the primary spiritual leaders for their children.
Kris is the new leader of Women’s Ministry. Kris has led the Women’s Book Club for 5+ years and is also showing us how to creatively journal in our Bibles at monthly Biblical Journaling events. Kris is a three-time graduate of the University of Minnesota – Physics, Cell Biology and Metallurgy. Through a series of engineering positions, Kris came to Phoenix 25 years ago from St. Paul, Minnesota by way of a 16-month stint in San Diego. She retired from Medtronic in Tempe in 2008, after a 30 year career in Quality Management, and is currently working her dream creative job as a Floral Designer and craft teacher at our local Michaels. Kris, and her husband of 21 years, Jack O’Neal, have been attending Bridgeway for about 10 years, and serve together as greeters. They have two children (Kris is a stepmom), and 5 grandchildren – all of whom live in Gilbert. "My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 because I know it to be too true that God had a plan for me that was so much better than what I envisioned!!"
Todd and his wife Wendi (high school sweethearts) have been married since 1985, and they have two grown children, Spencer and Ashley. Todd and his family have been a part of Bridgeway since his job with General Dynamics brought them from California to Phoenix in 1996. Since then Todd has enjoyed being involved in worship & music, discipleship, and missions ministries. Todd is currently leading the Worship & Music Ministry.
Bill and Sue Alkema have been married for 27 years and have been coming to Bridgeway Community Church for twelve years. They have two grown children, Kevin and David. Sue, a transplant from California, has been a Christian since her teenage years and Bill accepted Christ over eighteen years ago. They have lived in California, North Carolina, Virginia and now Phoenix, AZ. While out of work a number of years ago, Bill filled his time serving the facilities at the church. Through God's abundant grace, Sue and Bill did not have to relocate when new employment was found, and Bill has continued to serve as he is able. Besides overseeing maintenance of the church facilities, Bill has led a team to feed the homeless for years, and is on the Finance committee. Together Sue and Bill are Sunday Morning Greeters out in front, and Sue participates on the Meal Train ministry.
Steve has lived in Arizona with his family since 2000. Prior to that he and his family lived in "cold places" (Illinois, Utah and Minnesota). He started coming to Bridgeway in May of 2010 and has been joyfully serving the Lord here since then! Steve is a software developer and loves developing and maintaining our website. Steve also has a great passion for the study, teaching, promotion and practice of Christian Apologetics. There are many verses in the Bible where we are commanded to be prepared to defend our faith (e.g. 1 Peter 3:15; Jude 3; 2 Timothy 2:23-26; Colossians 4:5-6, and many more) as well of many examples of Jesus and the Apostles practicing apologetics (e.g. Acts 2:32; Acts 18:4; Acts 19:8 and many more). Steve strives to be obedient to the Lord's command to be ready to give a reason for his faith and to encourage others to do the same!