Church staff

Our church pastors and ministry team leaders set vision and ministry directives, and manage the church’s day-to-day affairs and programs. Their role is to equip the people of Desert City Church to accomplish our mission.  Jared Doe launched DCC and serves as the Lead Pastor. Tyler Ells is serving as the Student Ministry Pastor.  Tim Stansell is our Worship and Creative Arts Pastor and Christine Altavilla is our Children's Director.  Read more about our Leadership team below.



Family: Marcie and Jared were married in 2004. They both grew up in Phoenix and love this city. They have four children, (Sophia , Micah, Ezra, and Lyla). Jared studied at Anderson University and Fuller Theological Seminary and Marcie is a Baylor Bear.  For fun they like to hang with their kids, play board games, go hiking, swim and have been known to binge watch shows on Netflix

Good Reads: Mere Christianity by CS Lewis, Surprised by Hope by NT Wright, Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr, Prodigal God by Tim Keller

Favorite Flicks: Tombstone, Field of Dreams, Star Wars, anything by Christopher Nolan

Top Tunes: U2, Simon and Garfunkel, Aaron Niequist, Johnny Cash, Arcade Fire

Favorite Food in Phoenix: Taco Guild, Crescent Ballroom

Life Verse: Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. – Isaiah 1:17



TYLER ELLS - Student Ministry Pastor


Family: Sarah and Tyler are both proud Arizona Wildcats (bear down) and were married in 2014. They genuinely love students and have spent the last 9 years in youth ministry. For them, there is no better way to spend time than with friends and family around a table with good food. They both love coffee in the morning, a good HGTV show, and being part of community that is intentional and genuine.

Good Reads: Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, The Reason for God by Tim Keller, Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Favorite Flicks: Forrest Gump, Batman Trilogy, Gladiator

Top Tunes: Jimmy Eat World, Boys II Men, Hall and Oates, Hillsong

Favorite Food in Phoenix: Goldies, Chick-fil-a, or any sushi restaurant

Life Verse: Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. – 1 Thessalonians 2:8



Tim Stansell - Worship & Creative arts Pastor


Family: Tim and Shauna grew up in different parts of New Mexico and met in college while serving together in Campus Crusade for Christ at New Mexico State University. They were married in 2004 and soon after moved to Phoenix to start a business and a family together. They have five kids, Simon, Eli, Kyla, Shiloh, and Jonas. They enjoy hanging out as a family, watching movies, playing video and board games, wrestling and singing together.

Good Reads: any CS Lewis books (Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce), The Oath, Blink, Desiring God

Favorite Flicks: Fight Club, Primer, Once, Rounders, Swingers, Back to the Future, Batman, The Sandlot, Stand by Me

Top Tunes: Bon Iver, Weezer, Bethel Music, Josh Baldwin, Shane & Shane, Explosions in the Sky, Jack Garratt, Phil Wickham

Favorite Food in Phoenix: Pizzeria Bianco, Windsor, Habeneros, Taco Guild, Cafe Rio

Life Verse: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. – 1 Peter 2:9



Christine Altavilla - Children’s Director


Family: Christine and Robert met up in Flagstaff while attending NAU and were married in 2004.  They have 3 children, (Luke, Drew, and Jane).  They both started out as teachers before Robert moved into administration as a principal and Christine left the classroom to advocate for vulnerable children around the world through World Vision.  Together they lead teams of runners and walkers to take on marathons and raise funds for clean water projects in Africa.  As a family they love traveling, swimming, movie nights, and sharing a meal with friends and neighbors.  

Good Reads: A Hole in our Gospel by Rich Stearns, The Glass Castle by Jannette Walls, Running for my Life by Lopez Lomong, Love Does by Bob Goff  

Favorite Flicks: Newsies, The Blindside, Life is Beautiful, The Shawshank Redemption

Top Tunes: The entire Hamilton Soundtrack, Jars of Clay’s first album, Hillsong United,  and all the good sing along 90’s music like Mr. Big and Counting Crows. 

Favorite Food in Phoenix: Luci’s at the Orchard, St. Francis, Postino, Restaurant Atoyac

Life Verse: By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35