Meet our Pastors
Rev. Phil Grotenhuis
Phil hails from the Midwest. He was born in Iowa and was reared in a Christian home. His “bio” is a testimony to covenant succession. His grandfather was a minister in the Reformed tradition (Protestant Reformed Churches). His father was a college professor at a Reformed Christian college (Dordt College). Phil was provided a Christian education in Reformed schools and eventually graduated from Dordt College and Mid-America Reformed Seminary.
Phil met his wife Joy at Dordt. Joy majored in piano and vocal performance and has been involved in multiple children’s choirs. Joy also had the privilege of growing up within the Reformed tradition. Her father pastored in the Reformed Church in the U.S. Joy and Phil married in 1986 and have four children: Erin, Jonathan, Aria, and Brielle. Prior to seminary, Phil and Joy served on the mission field in Montreal, Quebec. Following seminary, they have served in Toronto, Ontario and Lynden, Washington. They were also involved in church planting in Springfield, Missouri before coming to Phoenix.
Phil loves Jesus, Reformed theology, air-conditioning, and is an admitted Starbucks junkie. Joy also loves Jesus, theology, coffee and Bach. They readily admit that God is profoundly good and thank Him for using them in the ministry. They and their family look forward to serving the Phoenix United Reformed Church and are excited about the possibilities of proclaiming Christ and His Lordship in one of the major metropolitan areas of the United States.
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Rev. Michael Spotts
Michael discovered Christ through a radio ministry at age ten. Soon, his parents began taking the family to church and grew in faith.
For ten years prior to his pastoral call, Michael was a commercial photographer. He earned degrees in biblical and theological studies (M.Div, WSCAL), serving as a foreign missionary and at several churches before coming to Phoenix URC.
He and his wife, Ashley, find joy in gathering people into loving and thoughtful communities. They camp whenever possible and like cooking and woodworking. But nothing gives Michael greater joy than preaching Christ and preparing the next generation of disciples.
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