our elder team

Jim Lain 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: Jim Lain, Doug Boyd, and Grady Root.

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Lead Pastor: 

Grady Root

Grady is the Lead Preaching 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 18 years and he has four children from the age of 18 to 26. His three older children Devon, AshLynne and Cody live in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Bailey, the youngest, lives here with Jim and Amber. Amber is also on staff as our Administrative Assistant. Email: jim@maricopasprings.com

Worship leader: 

Leanne Root

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Administrative Assistant: 

Amber Lain

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. 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

Rick Soltes - Men's Bible Study EMAIL