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 MEET OUR TEAM 

"WE EXIST SO THAT PEOPLE CAN CONNECT TO THE LOVE OF GOD AND MAKE AN ETERNAL DIFFERENCE"

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ERIC VANSCHOONHOVEN

LEAD / FOUNDING PASTOR

Eric, Meagan, and their son Samson make up the Van Clan. Pastor Eric attended Masters Commission in Orlando and graduated from Southeastern University in 2007 in Biblical Studies. Eric has Pastored full time since 2007 in Youth Ministry and Associate roles. Meagan attended TCU and Southwestern University. Eric and Meagan have been married and lived in Arizona since 2012. In 2016, their first baby, Samson, arrived. They love to laugh, explore, and try to find a way to incorporate football into most situations. 

eric@thebridgeaz.com

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JOSH BOLTON

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

josh@thebridgeaz.com

Josh, Andrea, Alexandra, Ariana, and Ezekiel are the Bolton family. Josh was saved at an early age and is grateful for how God has guided and protected him. He joined the Air Force in 2002 and served as an instructor for 11 years. God called him out of the service and into full-time ministry in October of 2013. He has served in children's, youth, and associate pastor roles. 

Josh and Andrea have been married since October of 2010. They love to connect with other parents as they take their kids to the pool, the park, and jiu jitsu classes. They look forward to serving you at The Bridge Church and are excited to see what God will continue to do in and through His church. 

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BRITTNEY CLARK

BRIDGE KIDZ DIRECTOR

brittney@thebridgeaz.com

Brittney has served in kids ministry for nearly a decade. She is married and has 3 boys and one daughter. She believes that making disciples begins at a young age, and with partnership from parents, kids can know Jesus and make Him known now! Brittney is also a gifted painter, using her gift to illustrate the power and majesty of God. 

JAMES & ASHLEY
HUNTER

YOUNG ADULT DIRECTORS

mr.jamesjhunter@gmail.com

James and Ashley got engaged on December 5th 2020! They will be getting married exactly a year from that day, December 5th, 2021. Ashley has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Grand Canyon University and James has served in ministry since he was 15 years old. They both have a heart for the Young Adults of this generation, and are sold out to seeing Young Adults use their unique gifts and callings to impact the kingdom of God. James and Ashley’s heart to serve spreads throughout the church as Ashley also leads our Connect Team and James facilitates as the MD of the worship band. 

MEAGAN

VANSCHOONHOVEN

BRIDGE GIRL DIRECTOR

meagan@thebridgeaz.com

Meagan is the wife of Eric our lead Pastor, but she is much more than just a shared last name. She is the creative genius to most things that happen. In addition to that, she leads our women's ministry, Bridge Girl. This was a far fetched idea many years ago. Meagan was content doing behind the scenes exclusively. Then God started to give and affirm giftings in her life that forced her to explore leading out front. It has been a transformative process in her life, as well. Meagan loves a few things in life - Jesus, family, and bean and cheese burritos. 

JEANETTE

HAMILTON

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

info@thebridgeaz.com

Jeanette serves as Administrative Assistant at The Bridge Church.  She met her husband, Justin, while they were both serving in the US Air Force in Omaha, NE and got married in September 2004.  They moved to Phoenix in February 2008 when they separated from the AF and after their first child, Elizabeth, was born.  With the birth of Isabel-just 13 months later, then Mathias, and Autumn, they knew their family was complete.  Now they are a very active family who enjoys spending time together.

DEREK WELLS

WORSHIP DIRECTOR

drock1243@yahoo.com

Derek was born here in the Valley but raised in Odessa, a small town in West Texas. After moving here days after he graduated High School in 2000, he has made the Valley his home once again and married his wife Jaymi Wells in January of 2010. He is also a dad to two awesome sons Gavin and Carter. Derek has a heart of worship and desires to see everyone have an encounter with God through worship, resulting in life change that can only come through surrendering completely to Christ. 

REBECCA NAIR

PRE-SCHOOL DIRECTOR

rebecca@thebridgeaz.com

Rebecca was born and raised in the West Valley. She was born into a Christian home and learned the importance of a personal relationship with Christ from a young age. She's been happily married to her husband, Ivan since 2009 and is blessed to have two sons, Isaac and Jonah. Rebecca desires to reach children with the Gospel from a young age so they can know Jesus as Savior.

AARON & OLIVIA 
KIRKBY

YOUTH DIRECTORS

akirkby97@gmail.com

Aaron and Olivia were married in March of 2020! They were both youth students in Pastor Eric and Meagan's youth ministry through high school. Aaron is earned a Christian Ministries degree at Grand Canyon University, and Olivia graduated from GCU in counseling and now has a career in social work. Aaron and Olivia are also both key leaders on our Sunday morning worship team.

SHANA

MCGRATH

OUTREACH COORDINATOR

shanamcgrath21@gmail.com

Shana was radically saved 5 years ago and has an intense desire to reach those who have been forgotten, left out, and abandoned by the world. She is the mother of 3 beautiful girls. She was one of the first people to say yes to our church when we started meeting in a home in 2018. She served as BridgeKidz Director until 2020 when she moved into Outreach. Fun fact: Shana is usually the loudest person in the room, if you think that you're louder, just challenge her and see.