our elder team

Jon Gellner and Doug Boyd serve on our Elder Team in addition to Grady Root, our full-time teaching Elder.  Maricopa Springs Family Church is an Elder-led church.  We strive to govern our church through a plurality of Elders.


From left to right our Elders are: Jon Gellner, Doug Boyd, and Grady Root.

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Teaching Elder: 

Grady Root

Grady is the Lead Elder of Maricopa Springs. He moved out here with his wife Leanne in 2009 to plant Maricopa Springs Family Church in the growing city of Maricopa. He previously worked at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington Illinois for 6 years before moving to Maricopa. Grady is also studying to earn his Masters of Divinity from Phoenix Seminary. Grady and Leanne have four kids (Aiden, Karis, Soren, & Briley) and absolutely love living in Maricopa!   Grady is unashamedly obsessed with Jesus and has a heart for everyone in Maricopa to hear about His grace and love. He strives to lead a church where people sacrificially take up their cross to give their whole lives in service for the kingdom of God. Email:  grady@maricopasprings.com

Student Pastor: 

Jim Lain

Jim is our Jr & Senior High Pastor. He has a passion for Jesus and sharing that passion with the Students of our church, in the city of Maricopa, in all of Arizona and anywhere in the world that God may have him go. Jim joined Maricopa Springs Family Church in 2011 after undergoing a radical life change; he is not shy about sharing his story when the opportunity presents itself. He loves working with Students teaching them about Jesus and watching as God works in their lives. In 2014, he started working with other youth pastors in Maricopa to build fellowship among the Christian Students as well as reaching out to those that don’t know or have a relationship with Jesus. Jim and Amber have been married for 16 years and he has four children from the age of 15 to 23. His three older children Devon, AshLynne and Cody live in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Baily, the youngest, lives here with Jim and Amber. She is part of the Crux Student Ministry and teaches in the Cove, our children’s ministry. Amber runs the book store and helps out with any other needs that come up. Email: jim@maricopasprings.com

Worship leader: 

Lynette Gellner

Lynette has been part of church worship teams for over 13 years, singing and playing acoustic rhythm guitar. She stepped into her role as Worship Leader at Maricopa Springs in February of 2012, and has loved every minute of it since! She truly enjoys leading worship each Sunday, and has a heart to help connect our congregation and lead them into the presence of the the Almighty King through worship. As a lifelong music lover, Lynette started learning different instruments in the 4th grade, beginning with piano, then moving to clarinet, and finally tuba in her high school marching band! Lynette was one of the first 2 female sousaphone players in the marching band, and helped encourage other girls to take on the challenge of such a large but fun instrument to play! When Lynette was 19, she taught herself to play guitar and began leading worship for a girls Bible study. Ever since then, she has been leading worship and feels that music is the way she connects with God the most.  Currently, Lynette and her husband Jon live in Gilbert, AZ with their 2 dogs/"kids", an English bulldog named Jack, and a boxer-mix named Rory. In addition to being on staff at Maricopa Springs, Lynette also works full-time as an accounting manager for her parents' construction company in Chandler, AZ. In her spare time, Lynette loves to spend time with her family, especially all of her nieces and nephews. And, if you hadn't already guessed, she is Leanne's sister and Grady's sister-in-law! Email:  lynette@maricopasprings.com

Children's director:

Erin Alling

Erin Alling is Maricopa Spring’s children’s director (ages 0-10). She has a passion for leading kids to Christ and discipling them in the faith. She wants to create a place where children can get excited about Jesus Christ. She sees that the work of children’s ministry plays a vital role in the future of the Church; because the kids are its future.  She has been involved in children’s ministry since 2007, and has served in such ministries as AWANA’s, VBS, children’s Bible camp, and American Heritage Girls. Erin was saved at a Billy Graham crusade in 1996. A couple years later she attended Bible college. In 2006 she married Mike and is currently homeschooling their two daughters; Faith and Hope. Email:  erin@maricopasprings.com

Administrative Assistant: 

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Amber Lain is the administrative assistant at Maricopa Springs Family Church. She was born and raised in California, lived in Colorado where she met her husband (youth pastor Jim Lain) and moved to Arizona in 2008. Amber has many years working in the community of Maricopa where she has had the opportunity to meet numerous people from all walks of life not only with businesses she has been affiliated with but also through MSFC. Amber and Jim bought a home in Maricopa Meadows and live there with their daughter Bailey, who is a college freshman this year and their daughter AshLynne who works here in Maricopa. She has been a volunteer from the very beginning, always willing to run any odd errands that needed to be done, helping wherever extra hands are needed and heading up our bookstore and information table before taking on the Administrative Assistant position in April 2017. We hope you'll get a chance to meet Amber when you visit our church on Sundays!

Email:  amber@maricopasprings.com

Support Staff

Shelly Boyd - Women's Bible Study  EMAIL

Mike Alling - Adult Sunday School Teacher  EMAIL