Our Staff & Leaders

Kelley Hand Desert Palms Church Pastor

Kelley Hand

Senior Pastor

Pastor Kelley is a graduate of Southern Illinois University. He did his theological training at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. While at CTS , he met Vicki and they married before their last year of seminary. In May of 2001 they both graduated with an M.Div. While in seminary Kelley completed two summer internships with an Orthodox Presbyterian Church congregation. Before coming to Desert Palms Church he was Associate Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. Kelley and Vicki have been at DPC since 2006. As a family they were drawn to the West, and the Valley in particular, because of the many opportunities to be a part of the expansion of God’s kingdom. The Hands have three sons and a daughter. As a family they enjoy the outdoors and regularly explore the many hiking trails and beauty that Arizona has to offer.

Mike Finley

Ruling Elder

Mike Finley was born in Marysville, CA. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley and moved to Arizona when he came to work for Intel. He is now with Microchip Technology Corp. He is married to Jackie and they have three daughters and four grandchildren. He enjoys growing plants, especially from desert regions from around the world.

 

Dave Lambert

Ruling Elder

Dave was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he lived the first 28 years of his life. Upon graduation from the University of Cincinnati in 1980, Dave moved to Chandler, AZ to work as an engineer. in the semiconductor industry, He retired in 2014 and now spends his time with his family, working at church, and pursuing his hobbies. He and his wife Carol married in 1982 and currently reside in Tempe, AZ. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Dave and Carol have been members of Desert Palms Church since 1994.

Pete Rasmussen

Ruling Elder

Pete was born in Denver, but lived most of his life in the south. He has a degree in Ocean Engineering, and am trained as a machinery engineer specializing in the oil and gas industry. He is semi-retired still practicing engineering. Pete and his wife Sally have been married 46 years and moved extensively with his career. They are blessed to have three sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. Two of their sons live in the Phoenix area, the other one in Texas. They settled in Gilbert six years ago to be near family and enjoy the sunshine. They have been members of Desert Palms for five years. They are also a family of twins: Sally has a twin sister in Chandler and they have twin grandsons in Queen Creek.

Dale Harpster Desert Palms Church

Dale Harpster – Deacon Chair

Deacon - Mercy

Dale was born at Maxwell AFB, in Montgomery Alabama.   With his father in the Air Force, Dale had 11 addresses by the time he was 6, finally ending up in the San Francisco bay area.   After 30 years in the electronics industry building microwave devices and systems for military and space use, he joined U-Haul International in 1995.   Dale was married to his wife Pat in 1967 and they moved to Chandler in 1978.   After watching Desert Palms Church grow from bare land to the beautiful facility we have now, Dale & Pat began attending DPC and joined in 2011.

Andy Wilson

Deacon

Andy was born in Boise, Idaho where he spent the first twelve years of his life. In 1968 he moved with his family to the San Francisco bay area where they spent a year before picking and moving to Buffalo New York. After graduation from high school in New York Andy returned to Boise to attend Boise State University, majoring in political science. After college he began his career in the software industry. His work took him to Chicago where he met his future wife Karen. Andy has spent over 35 years in the software industry which eventually took Karen and him to the Valley of the Sun. They have a son and a daughter as well as grandchildren in Chandler, Arizona and Fairbanks, Alaska. Karen and Andy have been members of Desert Palms Church since 2013.

Matthew Moyer

Deacon

Matthew is from Lancaster, PA, where he lived until joining the Marine Corps. After the Marine Corps, Matthew and his family moved to Arizona. He is a graduate of Grand Canyon University and assists with Christian Education at Desert Palms. Matthew enjoys writing music, editing audio and being physically active in his free time. He currently lives in Casa Grande with his wife, Jessi, and son, Waylon. They have been members of Desert Palms Church since 2012.

Chris Adams

Deacon

Dora Pearch

Office Admin
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Dora is a graduate of Arizona State University, and has lived in Arizona most of her life. She spends her time teaching women how to study God’s Word, writing books, and organizing things. She lives in Apache Junction with her husband, two young adult children, a cat and a dog.