Pastor Anthony Whitlatch

I was born and raised in AZ (Chandler/Gilbert), and accepted Christ as my savior at summer church camp in 6th grade. In 2012, I graduated from Grand Canyon University (GCU) with a BA in Christian Studies. Shortly after graduating (9 days), God gifted me with a wife, Karissa. Karissa and I have been to 9 different countries doing international missions. We spent thirteen months in Vienna, Austria with Surge International (soccer based missions organization). While in Austria (2012-2013) I played professional soccer for FS Elektra in Oberliga B and we partnered with a local church in Vienna. After returning, Karissa and I are both graduated from Phoenix Seminary, Karissa (2016) with her Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) and me with a Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Biblical Communication (2018). In 2019, God blessed us with a baby boy, Archer. The verses God used to call me to ministry are 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty things raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…”

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Pastor Roger Ball

Roger is our Senior Pastor. He began attending FBC in August 1983 as an associate pastor and became Senior Pastor in November 1990. In addition to his pastoral duties at FBC, Roger also teaches in the various Masters’ and Doctoral classes at Phoenix Seminary and has served as Director of Mentoring at Phoenix Seminary. Local, national and international ministry for Roger has included school boards, compassion ministries, para-church work, conference speaking and Bible teaching. In the last couple of decades many men and women were launched into full-time ministry by FBC-Tempe through various training programs called Pastor-in-Training, Leader-in-Training and Missionary-in-Training. Any willing person can serve God. See our Mentoring Leaders web page. Roger and his wife, Dianna, have two daughters, Sharon and Sharmon. Roger is an Arizona native and enjoys carpentry, fishing and dreaming.

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