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Lead Pastor

Pastor WinterElk Valencia, was raised on the Salt River Pima- Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale, AZ and has a large supportive family. Pastor WinterElk is the son of Jann Ray and the late Johnny Valencia. Two praying Grandma's on both sides of his family were instrumental to his faith journey. Pastor WinterElk accepted Christ as a youth, graduated from Mountainview (Go Toros!) and received his Pastoral Ministries degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, TX.  He met his wife Jayne at SAGU, married after graduation, then moved to MA for WinterElk to attend Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.   Pastor WinterElk and Jayne prayed throughout their marriage for direction and believe God placed it on their hearts to minister to Oo’dham and Piipaash people of Salt River. Pastor WinterElk also works as Manager for Social Services (LEARN).  They have five beautiful children, three girls and two boys.



Director of Children's Ministry

Jayne Valencia, the wife of Pastor WinterElk, was born in CA and raised on their family farm in MO, where her parents currently live.  Jayne was raised in the Assemblies of God since she was five, going through Missionettes, Stars, Bible Quiz, Kids and Youth Camps in Northern MO. Jayne also has fond memories of being involved in short term college missions trips to South Carolina, Poland and the Philippines. Jayne received her Bachelors degree in Counseling from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie TX and recently completed coursework in Recreational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin. Jayne has a background in Mental Health Crisis, having experiences at a youth shelter, a Crisis Stabilization Unit, and a Psychiatric Center. Jayne had the privilege of being involved with vacation bible school and partnering with C2 church in Columbia to reach out to her neighborhood. Jayne enjoyed working as an assistant teacher at Great Hearts with her children as she has been in AZ.  

The Team

Secretary: Trecia Johnson

Board Members:  Delma Smith, Warren Waters, Trecia Johnson

Worship Leaders: Jon Upshaw, Athavan Rajasundaram, Santhana Rajasundaram 

Men's Ministry Leader: Warren Waters

Women's Ministry Leaders: Trecia Johnson, Precious Proscovia

Children's Ministry Director: Jayne Valencia 

Children’s Ministry team: Santhana Rajasundaram, Sabina Rajasundaram, Trecia Johnson, Alta Aldana, Delma Smith, Jewel Waters, Jann Ray

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