Gray Ewing: Lead Pastor
I'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
I 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
Hi all! My name is Erik Coonce, I'm married to Shannon and we have one son (for now!) named Gus. We moved from South Carolina to Phoenix in 2016 immediately after being married (our "return" flight from the honeymoon went straight to the Phoenix!). Shannon has an MA in Counseling and I am studying for an M.Div. in Biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary. Phoenix often feels like a transplant-heavy city with people moving to the valley from all walks-of-life. Our church is seeking to be your home in the heart of the city. It's our hope that we can find community and common ground in worshiping our creator together. Please join us for worship!
Carolyn Hunt: Administrator
I 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.