Leadership

Gray Ewing: Lead Pastor

ewings smallI'm the Planter/Lead Pastor of New Valley Downtown.  I'm married to Bekah and we have 3 boys (so far): Caedmon, Rhodes, and Leland. Although my roots are in rural Mississippi, I attended college at the University of Nebraska earning a BA in History, with minors in Communication Studies and Judaic Studies. After college, I attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, receiving a Masters of Divinity (MDiv). Before coming to DT PHX, I was a worship leader for 10 years in various churches, worked as a Church-Planting apprentice in St. Louis, and spent several years as an Assistant Pastor at New Valley Church (Ahwatukee site). I love playing and listening to music, as well as going on outdoor "family adventures" nearly every Friday.  

 

 

 

Rob Withem: Elder and Worship Pastor

withem-familyI was born in southern California and my family moved to Yakima, WA, when I was a year and a half old. We lived there until 1989, at which point we re-located to Phoenix for my father to pursue a business opportunity. Both my mother’s and father’s sides of the family are full of devout Christians going back multiple generations. I was raised in the church, and for this I am grateful. My wife, Amy, and I (we met in youth group, naturally) have been married for 16 years and have five children. Early in our marriage I toured and recorded professionally in a band for many years while also working in the construction and remodeling field. I currently own and operate a remodeling business and serve part-time as the worship pastor at our Downtown Phoenix plant. I love pursuing the intersection of pastoral work and music through liturgy, as well as serving our people in community through sharing meals and talking about the implications of the gospel to every area of life.

 

Erik Coonce: Pastoral Resident

coonce.JPGHello, everyone! I was born in South Carolina and attended Anderson University where I received a Bachelor's in Mass Media Communication. I met my my wife, Shannon, soon after I graduated; and we moved to Phoenix after we were married in 2016. Exploring the diverse beauty in Arizona is something we enjoy spending time doing. Both Shannon and I are also students at Phoenix Seminary. Shannon is getting her Masters in Counseling, and I'm completing my Masters of Divinity. We love the community and fellowship at New Valley Church and are excited to be involved in ministry in Phoenix. 

 

Carolyn Hunt: Administrator

carolyn pic-1I originally hail from El Paso, Texas and attended New Mexico State University (go Aggies!) for college and grad school.  My husband, Drew, and I have been married for 5 years and met in college where we were both involved with Reformed University Fellowship.  We moved to Tempe in 2013 and were introduced to New Valley Downtown by our neighbors.

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