New pastor’s ministerial ‘Epiphany’ discovered at age 12

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The Rev. Hunter Ruffin, new pastor of Church of the Epiphany in South Tempe, remembers the day he told his family he wanted to...

West Chandler experiences influx of entrepreneurial initiative, priests, in nod to globalization

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When Dr. A. J. Chandler settled in the Arizona Territory in 1891, he couldn’t have known that one day in the future, the city named for him would host a gathering of African-born clergy.

Seton teen’s mission of mercy for second-chance moms lets him define a cause

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It was more than just getting ready for school: He was on a mission of mercy.

Easter offers an inviting time for newcomers

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For those who haven’t grown up Catholic, the prospect of actually joining the 2,000-year-old church might seem a bit daunting.

From refugee to Vatican–and now pastor of Tempe church

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In an era in which the word “amazing” has become cliché, the newly installed pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tempe has had a life’s journey that captures the true sense of the word.

Bulldozers pave way for church’s future

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Pastor Troy Schmidt of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Tempe keeps a hard hat on his desk.

Pastor’s Corner

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“God did not intend that you leave your brain on the doorstep of the church.”

Eye-catching red doors at St. James Episcopal Church designed to welcome

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In an era characterized by both the contradictory elements of mega-churches and the waning influence of Christianity, South Tempe is home to a longstanding Episcopal congregation led Pastor Susan Wilmot, a native of Britain, who arrived in Tempe four years ago.

Pastor’s Corner: Reaching young families

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Have you heard? Young people are leaving the church in record numbers — never to return again. Or so we are being told.

Day of Healing for those wounded by divorce, separation

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Barb Lishko, the marriage preparation coordinator at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Chandler, spends her days helping couples prepare for their happily-ever-after.
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