Moderator: Bob Carver

Church Council: Lori Nordstrom, Matthew Heath, Sharon Heath, Ethel Utter, Paula Teichman,

Harry Felker, Jim Ewing, Jim Durham, Ray Littleford, Shannon Maloney, Al Bravo

senior pastor

REv. Tom Martinez

Rev. Tom Martinez is the Senior Minister here at Desert Palm.  Prior to transitioning into the ministry he worked in a variety of mental health settings in the Pacific Northwest.  His lifelong academic passion is the exploration of the interface of depth psychology and religion and the relationship between spirituality and social action.  

Along the way he earned masters in both Psychology and Theology and is currently enrolled in Pacifica Graduate Institute's Depth Psychology PHD program, with an emphasis in community Ecopsychology and Liberation Psychology (Pacifica's CLE Track).  He has served churches in New Jersey, Brooklyn (NY), and Arizona.

ucc campus minister at arizona state university

& Youth Minister

andrew ponder williams

Andrew has been formed through meaningful  ministry experiences  from Capitol Hill, to the United Nations, congregations along the Pacific Coast, and churches in the Southwest. He has served United Church of Christ and United Methodist congregations. Here at Desert Palm Andrew shepherds our youth, young adults, and our UCC at ASU campus ministry. Andrew is a Member in Discernment and is working towards ordination in the United Church of Christ. 

Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Rockhurst University, a Jesuit University in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri and a Certificate in Religion, Activism, and Social Justice from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. Andrew and his husband Ashton, who he met while traveling for ministry work, live in Scottsdale, Arizona and enjoy traveling together. Andrew is a vegetarian of 17 years and enjoys writing and hiking.  

director of music

marc gaston

church administrator

maria deleon


claudia bloom

To love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves (Mt. 22)

United in Christ’s love, a just world for all.

United in Spirit and inspired by God’s grace, we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.