our elder team

Jim Lain and John Wiltberger 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.

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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

Children's Ministry Director:

Tricia Barbaglia

Originally from upstate New York, my family and I moved to Arizona in 2011. We came west seeking better job opportunities, great weather, and to spend time with family. My husband, Chris and I married in 2000 and we have two fantastic children, Macayla and Ethan. I have a degree in elementary education and I have spent my career (more than 20 years) working with children in a multitude of capacities, including: teacher, administrator, trainer, and mentor. I most recently worked for a non-profit organization in Phoenix, helping to improve the quality of childcare throughout Arizona. The Lord led us to Maricopa Springs in 2014 and I quickly became a dedicated volunteer in the Cove for three years. In 2017, the Lord called me to make ministering to children my full-time focus. I have dedicated my career to ensuring children are growing and developing with strong, healthy foundations. I believe that the love of Jesus is instrumental in their developmental foundation. I love helping children discover who Jesus is and find their purpose and identity in Christ. I am excited to be able to share my knowledge and experience with the families at MSFC and I thank you for your trust with your most precious gifts. I invite you to share your feedback as well as any suggestions you may have for the children’s ministry. I look forward to getting to know each of you and your children. 

Email: tricia@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 since 1999 and he has four children from the age of 19 to 27. 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

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

Worship Leader: 

Leanne Root

Leanne was born in Iowa, but was raised in Arizona. She has been in Maricopa since June 2009.

Leanne is married to our Lead Pastor Grady. They met in Chicago and decided to move to Maricopa when she and Grady were starting their family, in addition to feeling a need to start a church in the area. Both the nearness of family, the affordable housing and such a tight community of people were what drew them from Chicago to the growing city of Maricopa. They now have 4 children, Aiden, Karis, Soren and Briley. They started Maricopa Springs Family Church on 4/4/2010. Leanne has filled many roles other than Pastor’s wife for Maricopa Springs but most recently, in 2018 began her role as Worship Leader. She does it because she loves Jesus and He is the center of our worship.  Though it is important to our entire team to play and sing skillfully to the Lord, it is equally important that our hearts remain fixed on Him. Music is such a powerful way to declare the majesty of our God.  It is both a corporate expression of our love for Him when we gather together on Sunday mornings, and an intimate way to express our love for Him individually.

Email: leanne@maricopasprings.com   

Technical Director:

John Wiltberger

John was originally born in Illinois, but moved to Mesa, Arizona when he was 13. He then moved to Maryland after college. John and his wife Kim moved to Maricopa in August of 2015. They moved to be closer to family and settle down to start a family of their own. John and Kim started attending Maricopa Springs in October 2015. They currently have one daughter and are expecting a son in Dec 2018.

Grady had asked John if he’d be interested in helping with the sound team some time back, because he is a technology guy. Although he didn’t have any experience with audio, he was excited to learn. John is a project manager for his full time employer, leading a technical team there, so it kind of fit well with being the tech team lead for Maricopa Springs.  John says that by no means is he the most skilled or knowledgeable audio person for Maricopa Springs, but that's why we're a team!

Email: john.w@maricopasprings.com

Women's Ministry Director:

Shelly Boyd


Shelly was born in California, but moved to Alaska in 1965.  Other than a short stint in Finland (exchange student), Germany (where her and Doug got married when he was in the army) and Alabama (still in the army), she spent 1965 to 2007 in both Southeast Alaska and Southcentral Alaska before moving to Arizona in April, 2007. They left Alaska because Shelly was tired of the dark, snow, cold, tired of the isolation of living in Alaska after more than 40 years.  Their kids and grandkids were spread from Nevada to Tennessee, so in order to be closer to them, she convinced Doug there was life outside of Alaska.  They looked at various places, but there was work available in Doug's field in Phoenix, so they settled in Maricopa.  They wanted to stay with the small town feel rather than the metropolitan area, so Maricopa seemed a good fit. Shelly and her husband Doug have been at MSFC for 7 years.

Shelly has been married to Doug for 44 years.  They have 4 daughters, 3 sons-in-law, 1 son, 1 daughter-in-law, 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild with another great grandchild due in December!

Along with directing our Women’s Ministry, Shelly is also our bookkeeper and is always joyfully ready to do whatever else needs to be done.

Email: shelly@maricopasprings.com


Facility Lead:

Aaron Foote (Captain Chaos)

Aaron was born in Poughkeepsie, NY and spent his youth and young adulthood in different rural towns of upstate NY.  He married April in 2009, and they moved to Arizona in 2010,  eventually finding their way to Maricopa.  Aaron and April began attending MSFC in 2014.  Today, Aaron leads the crew that sets up and tears down before and after each service, as well as completes various blue-collar type projects.  He is grateful for his time serving here, and has grown in his love for Jesus while serving.  Aaron lives in Hidden Valley with his wife and their son, Ashton, as well as with April's parents, Chuck and Gail.