Our Staff & Leaders

Kelley Hand Desert Palms Church Pastor

Kelley Hand

Senior Pastor
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Pastor Kelley is a graduate of Southern Illinois University. He completed his theological training at Covenant Theological Seminary and received the Master of Divinity degree. While at CTS in St. Louis, he met Vicki and they married before their last year of seminary. While in seminary Pastor 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 three sons and a daughter. 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 enjoy the outdoors and regularly explore the many hiking trails that Arizona has to offer.

J.C. Baysinger

Associate Pastor

J.C. Baysinger grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife Elizabeth started dating in high school and were married after they graduated college. They have two boys, Caleb and Micah. J.C. has a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Desert Palms Church, he was a Pastoral Intern at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC. He was drawn to DPC because of the opportunity to minister to youth and young families. He was ordained and installed in February of 2014. Together the Baysinger’s love going to sporting events, exploring the Valley, and watching action movies.

Dave Lambert

Ruling Elder

Bio to come.

Dale Harpster Desert Palms Church

Dale Harpster – Deacon Chair

Deacon - Mercy

Born in Montgomery Alabama at Maxwell AFB, Dale had 11 addresses by age 6, finally ending up in the San Francisco bay area. Dale worked 30 years in the electronics industry building microwave devices and systems for military and space use, before joining U-Haul International in 1995. Dale married 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.

Stephen Banta

Deacon

Stephen was born in Bozeman, Montana and grew up in Payson, Arizona as the son of a pastor. He studied agriculture at the University of Arizona and managed livestock facilities before graduating from the University of Arizona law school in 2000.  He has been a practicing attorney in Arizona since 2000 and currently works at Anderson Banta Clarkson, PLLC in Mesa.  He has been married to his wife Joanna since 2001 and has two children.

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 his hometown of Boise to attend Boise State University, majoring in political science.  After college he turned to more a more practical profession – computer engineering – which he has made his career since 1979.  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 – both of them happily on their own leaving them “empty nesters”.  Karen and Andy have been members of Desert Palms Church since 2013.

Matthew Moyer

Deacon

Bio to come

Joanna Banta

Choir Director

Joanna Banta was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to the valley in 1984. She grew up in Chandler, AZ and studied piano and voice at Arizona State University on a full academic and music scholarship. She graduated from the Barrett Honors College and went on to complete her Master’s Degree of Music in Vocal Performance.  Mrs. Banta is also the Valley Christian High School Choral Department Accompanist and Assistant; she teaches a full private piano and voice studio. In addition, Mrs. Banta performs regularly at local churches and retirement homes and senior adult communities.  Mrs. Banta is a wife of 15 years and has 2 children, John  and Rebecca.

Dora Pearch

Office Admin
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Dora most recently worked with a local missions ministry that has missionaries all over the world. A graduate of Arizona State University, she has lived in Arizona most of her life. Dora spends her time teaching women how to study God’s Word, writing books, and organizing things. She lives in Mesa with her husband, two young adult children, two cats and a dog.