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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@thebridgeaz.com

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. 

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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 Brazilian 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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JASON CHAVEZ

WORSHIP DIRECTOR

jchavez21@cox.net

Jason and Erin along with 5 incredible kids make up the Chavez family. Jason has been a musician for most of his life. While playing in bands all throughout his teens and 20's, he aimed his gifting towards worship and has never looked back. He has led worship teams of all sizes and backgrounds. Jason has even passed a worship lifestyle down to his kids, and one shares the main stage with him as they worship God on Sunday mornings!

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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JAMES HUNTER

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

YOUNG ADULT DIRECTOR

james@thebridgeaz.com

James and Ashley got married on December 5th 2021! James has served in ministry since he was 15 years old, played college football, and is a phenomenal drummer. 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 is also overseeing our youth and worship ministry, and new guests to our church. His favorite saying is "PULL UP".

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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. 

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SHANA MCGRATH

OUTREACH DIRECTOR

outreach@thebridgeaz.com

Shana was 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. 

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AARON & OLIVIA 
KIRKBY

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 earning 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 have also both been key leaders on our Sunday morning worship team.

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ERIN RATHIER

BRIDGE GROUPS DIRECTOR

groups@thebridgeaz.com

Erin is a mom of three incredible kids who all love Jesus, a wife to Mike who runs sound and plays bass at our church, and the heartbeat of all of our Bridge Groups. In under 2 years she has grown our groups from 30 people per week to over 180. She has served in church leadership for many years in many roles. If you are wanting to know what groups are all about, Erin is your person!