North Bible Elders

Don Baltzer

Don came to know Christ through VBS when he was around 8 years old. He was raised in a Christian home but it was later as an adult that he decided Christ needed to be the center of his life. Don worked for 25 years in the telephone industry with Mountain Bell/US West/Qwest, serving in many different departments, ending his career as the Director for the Executive Development Program. After retirement Don was hired by SBC as AVL Tech Director and then Director of Administration. Although he and his wife, Susan, were part of the original church in a box at North, they were able to return to North after he retired from SBC in October of 2012. Don and Susan have been married since 1997 and have six children and 9 grandchildren between them. Don participates in a small group, on the prayer team, tech team, and photography team.

Jon Cline

Jon accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was 11 years old, rededicating his life to the Lord in high school. His walk continued to blossom through his high school years and into college where he met his wife, Amy. He and Amy had the great privilege of being baptized together in January 1994. God continues to bless his relationship with Him as he has given him four beautiful mirrors to reflect his strengths and shortcomings in his walk. He continually strives to grow closer to God with the expectation that He will bless those around him. Jon is Vice President of Shared Services of Alliance Defending Freedom. He and his family have attended North Bible Church since April of 2009, serving as part of the tech team for FX, Worship Team, and VBS. He has been an elder since 2013.

Greg Gillis

Greg grew up in the Methodist church and as a result was baptized as an infant and confirmed in middle school. He was raised in a Christian home and attended church all his life. Despite being baptized and confirmed, his personal experience with Christ happened in middle school following a Corrie ten Boom movie entitled: The Hiding Place. He has been a believer ever since. His faith was tested when his youngest daughter, Kelsey, was diagnosed with cancer at age 8. It was a time of complete reliance on God. The experience helped to shape not only his faith, but also the faith of his entire family. Greg is an attorney with Nussbaum, Gillis and dinner, P.C. In the past Greg has served the church in a variety of roles from adult Sunday school leader, high school youth leader, chairman of the board of trustees, and currently is in a small group with his wife, Betty. Greg and Betty, have two adult daughters, Krista and Kelsey.

Tony Kissee

Tony was introduced to the Lord while in college by a guy from Campus Crusade for Christ. Tony knew immediately that he needed to have Christ in his life. After college, he and Chris moved to Scottsdale and were married. They began looking for a church and decided to attend SBC. Pastor Darryl was preaching on the Ark of the Covenant and started talking about Indiana Jones and Tony was hooked. Both Chris and Tony were baptized at SBC. He and Chris began attending North when it was planted. Tony has been involved in a number of ministries at North. He traveled to Tanzania on a mission trip, played the character of Vinny for KidzStuf for years, and is currently involved in the KidzStreet program. Tony is an IT Professional for American Express. He and Chris have three children, AJ, Tanner, and Jordyn.

Steve Neely

Steve was partially raised by a loving grandmother and an aunt because both of his parents worked. With their love and guidance, he accepted Jesus Christ as his resurrected Savior at a Southern Baptist Church when he was 12 years old. He strayed from his walk with Jesus through high school and adult life but never lost his belief in Jesus Christ. In 2004 Dale and the kids visited North Bible Church. When they came home that day, both kids were so excited. They told me that they had found a place where “kids could take their parents to church”! It was at that point that Jesus began talking to me. He made me realize that I had my priorities misaligned and that He was giving me a second opportunity to be part of my family’s spiritual life. Committed to Christ and North, Steve and Dale currently meet with two small groups. Steve is also involved with a Forum of Four (Five) men’s group. Steve is currently semi-retired after having worked from 1979-2013 in heavy commercial/highway construction. In his work career, he started at the crew member level. He was promoted to lead man, crew foreman, assistant superintendent, Superintendent, General Superintendent, and finally Field Operations Manager. Steve and Dale have been married since 1978 and have four adult children, Roxanne, Paul, Elizabeth and Michael.

Rick Kuster

Rick and his wife, Lee Ann, have been married since 1978. Even though Rick grew up in a Christian home, he really didn’t come to the Lord until he met Lee Ann. Her faith was what made him understand what a true relationship with Jesus Christ should be. Rick is an account executive with Event Rents. Together he and Lee Ann serve on the hospitality team and are active members of a small group. They have three adult children, and one grandson – with another on the way.

Steve Szoradi

Steve was born and raised in Scottsdale. Having grown up in the Baptist church he accepted the Lord into his life in 4th grade and was baptized several years later. His walk with the Lord had many ups and downs and he found himself becoming “lukewarm”. It wasn’t until his wife, Janice, suffered a minor stroke that he began working on a consistent walk with God. He was able to see that his relationship with God needed to be more focused and began consistently reading God’s word, listening to various sermons and Christian music, and praying with his wife. Steve and Janice serve in the children’s ministry together and are also in a small group where they truly do life together. Steve and Janice have been married 37 years and have three adult children, and 6 grandchildren. Steve is IT Manager for Maricopa County Office of Enterprise Technology.

Jim Taggart

Jim accepted Christ as his Savior on September 3, 1972 with his parents leading him through the prayer of salvation. He was baptized shortly after. In ninth grade his youth pastor took a personal interest in his spiritual growth, along with 3-4 of his buddies, and discipled them in what it meant and looked like to be a Christ-follower. It was then that he began to have daily devotions and memorizing scripture. The majority of those verses God still uses and recalls in his life today. Jim has gone through the Timothy Men Training Program, held a variety of leadership positions in church and business, served as a Bible study and Sunday School teacher. Currently he coordinates and participates in mission trips, serves in the high school ministry and is in a small group. He and Kelli have been married since 1994.