Our Pastors


How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Isaiah 52:7 (NKJV)
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Pastor Steve LoVellette
EFCGV Senior Pastor
Raised in Oklahoma, I was in line to be a third-generation-in-a-row dentist in Tulsa, but God had other plans. Through a youth pastor in high school, I became serious about the Christian faith and went to Wheaton College, Moody Bible Institute and Dallas Seminary to prepare for the ministry. Later I completed a doctorate at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. A career in ministry has included a multi-racial internship at Circle Church, in downtown Chicago as well as an internship at Fellowship Bible Church of Park Cities, in suburban Dallas. After seminary, I’ve served the First Evangelical Free Church of Wichita, Kansas, Faith Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and since 2012, have been Senior Pastor here in Green Valley. Barbara and I have been married forty years and have three grown sons and eight grandchildren. Barbara enjoys teaching women’s Bible studies at the church and joins me in leading small groups within our home.
After 35+ years in the business world, God called me into the ministry. I left the business world the end of 2010 and started in the ministry in February 2011. I attended Moody Bible Institute, on-line, to get my master’s degree. Jean and I have been married since June 1977, and we have two married sons, Matt, an architect, with two children, and Todd, in the army, with two children. Todd after 12 years in the army is now in seminary to become a Chaplin in the army. I am Pastor Steve’s main backup when it comes to preaching sermons, attending meetings and the like. I also head up the PODS Small Group ministry and lead the Sunday night service. Jean has helped lead the social ministry and also the mental health group, Fresh Hope.
Pastor Jack Capen
EFCGV Assistant Pastor
Pastor Bruce Van Sickle
EFCGV Associate Pastor
was born and raised in Longview, Washington. He began church time in the nursery and never stopped going. “I became a Christian when I understood that I did things that were wrong and needed to be forgiven at the ripe old age of 5 through Child Evangelism Fellowship.  Even at a young age I shared my faith with others.” A Bi-Centennial graduate of high school, Pastor Bruce ventured off to Seattle Pacific University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education K-12 and a Master of Arts in Church Music and Worship. He met his wife, Karen, at Seattle Pacific and have three children and 5 grandchildren.  They have lived in Washington, Oregon, Kansas and now Arizona in their 41 years of marriage and ministry together.  Karen serves the church with her passion for playing piano and teaching. Pastor Bruce oversees Worship and Church Planting ministries and part of the Touch Local outreach here at EFC Green Valley.
Pastor Ron Jacobson
EFCGV Assistant Visitation Pastor
Bruce Van Sickle
Associate Pastor
Jack Retzer
Visitation Pastor
Jack Capen
Assistant Pastor
Ron Jacobson
Assistant Visitation Pastor
Bill White
Church Plant Pastor