Meet our Pastors

Rev. Phil Grotenhuis

Senior Pastor

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Pastor Phil Grotenhuis originally 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.

Contact Rev. Grotenhuis

pastor@phoenixurc.org

Rev. Michael Spotts

Associate Pastor

Rev. Spotts was first in his family to profess faith in Christ. At age ten, he asked to baptized in a broadly Evangelical church he discovered on the radio. Shortly thereafter, his father converted and went on to serve as an Elder. 

After High School,
Rev. Spotts completed his A. A. in Biblical Studies (2004) and served as a missionary for a year in Australia and Catalina Island. At age twenty, he began to embrace Reformed theology through the writings of Calvin, Whitefield, and others. For the next ten years, he studied under Rev. Daniel R. Hyde at Oceanside URC, while running a commercial photography business and attending seminary. In 2016, he completed a four-year degree at Westminster Seminary in California (M.Div, 2016) and was soon after ordained at Phoenix United Reformed Church.

He and his wife, Ashley, love the outdoors. They camp whenever possible and have visited nearly a dozen National Parks. In fact, when he was twenty-five, Rev. Spotts completed a solo-bicycle ride from Port Angeles, WA, to San Francisco, CA, traveling 1500 miles and camping sixty consecutive nights! Ashley enjoys endurance racing and has participated in Ragnar. They have one son, John Donovan, and a feisty cat, Angel.

Nothing gives Rev. Spotts greater joy than preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helping to prepare the next generation of Christian disciples.

Contact Rev. Spotts

rev.spotts@phoenixurc.org