North Bible Elders

Dennis Bugge

Dennis and his wife, Kathy, became Christians in 1973 at Calvary Temple in Colorado. Personal/prayerful investigation of the scriptures at the subsequent churches they attended have provided the basis for spiritual growth throughout their lives.  They have been at North Bible Church since its inception. Dennis serves in a variety of ways such as children's ministry, elder, and small group leader. Dennis retired in July 2010 from approximately a 40 year career in the food industry, including almost 30 years as a partner in a food brokerage sales and marketing company. Dennis and Kathy have two grown children and two wonderful granddaughters. 

Dustin Drago

Dustin has been around or in church most of his life. His personal relationship with Christ began in 2006 when he had the opportunity to work with a youth group at Desert Springs Bible. He met Jesica there shortly after in 2007. They both served at Scottsdale Family Church in the children’s and youth ministries. They have been blessed with two amazing kids along with good jobs and much grace. Dustin is Director of Operations at Grimaldi's Pizzeria. Finding North a few years ago was definitely by His design. They have formed lifelong friends and feel very fortunate to surround their two children with such godly love. Dustin has served in men's ministry, the meal ministry, and MOPS childcare.  

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 Sacks Tierney P.A. 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.

Brandon Miller

Brandon grew up in a Christian family that attended Camelback Bible Church. He received salvation at an early age and became more involved in church and his faith in college. His wife, Heather, and he met in the college group at Scottsdale Baptist Church and were in leadership there. Brandon led Bible studies and ran the sound for the band. Brandon and Heather currently serve in children's ministry, teaching the 4th/5th grade children. He is also involved in KOZ and men's ministry. He has learned through being a leader, he must be a servant first and seeks to pursue God's glory in all that he does. This is just as true in his position as Safety Manager for a national contruction company. Brandon and Heather have one daughter, Natalie.   

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.