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Greetings Desert Streams Community,
My name is Jose Valenzuela, and beginning June 30th, we will be working together to prepare for the calling of your next pastor. I'm looking forward to learning about the exciting aspects of ministry that you have been engaged in over the years and how all of you have contributed greatly to its success. Over the next several months we will be working together to celebrate our history and start working for the future.
A little about me....
I grew up here in Arizona, actually, down the road in El Mirage. I've worked in different churches as far east as Brooklyn NY and as far west as west Phoenix. Right now I am the part time pastor of Vida Nueva Lutheran Church in Maryvale, and I also work part time as pastor of Alleluia Lutheran Church in west Phoenix. Prior to that I was the Director of Spiritual Care at Banner Estrella Medical Center.
I'm married and have 3 children. My wife Zetha works at Banner Del Webb. My daughter Eliana and stepson Zane will be seniors at Verrado High School in August and my son Diego will be a sophomore at Verrado. As a family we like to travel and try different foods together. Every Monday night my parents come over for dinner and all the kids are required to be present for a special family meal. We also like to spend time out doors.
Personally, I love be outdoors and my primary activity is cycling. I LOVE to travel and every other year, my wife and I take a trip to India.
In Christ's Service,