Our Staff

  • Reverend Dr. Mary Catherine Northrup

    SENIOR Pastor

    Born in Maryland, but raised largely in Minnesota, Reverend Cathy Northrup is a graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, Georgetown University Law School, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia and Princeton Theological Seminary where she received her Doctor of Ministry degree. Prior to coming to Rio Verde, Reverend Northrup has served churches in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and most recently in Wichita, Kansas. Her ministry interests are broad and include preaching, teaching, pastoral care, Stephen Ministry, and outreach. Reverend Northrup is married to Michael Northrup, a graduate of Brown University and Gordon Conwell Seminary in Charlotte, N.C. They reside in Rio Verde with their rescue dog, Tawny, a pit bull, lab, and whippet mix. Reverend Northrup can be reached at the church office at 480-471-7239, via her cellphone, 480-322-0183, or email at cnorthrup@verdefaith.org.

  • Tom Wojtas

    director of music Ministry

    Tom Wojtas became the Director of Music Ministry in May 2009. Prior to that he served for ten years as the church organist. Tom attended Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois and earned his undergraduate degree with a double major in Music and History. In 1984 he completed a Master of Music degree at Arizona State University majoring in Piano performance/Accompanying. Tom taught music for 9 years as an adjunct faculty member at Mesa Community College and 7 years at Chandler Gilbert Community College. He also traveled the country as a musical director in professional theatre and in the corporate entertainment industry. He is married to Debby and they have two children, Tommy and Abby.  Tom can be reached at tomwojtas@cox.net.

  • Michael Northrup


    Michael is a native of Long Island, New York, attending Seton Hall High School, then graduating from Brown University with a Bachelors degree in Political Science in 1978. He worked in Human Resource Management for a large company until 1998, then leaving the corporate world to pursue ministry work. He worked as a Youth Director for Bethel Presbyterian Church (1998-2001) in Cornelius, North Carolina, before enrolling at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Charlotte, NC in 2001. He graduated in 2004 with a Masters in Theology, then relocated with his wife Cathy to Hilton Head, South Carolina, where he taught and coached high school for three years. While in Wichita, Kansas (2005-2011), Michael taught New Testament and Ethics at both Friends University and Butler Community College, and did volunteer prison ministry work with the Kansas Department of Corrections. He and his wife, Cathy, who have been married since 1995, relocated to Rio Verde in 2011. In addition to his Biblical studies, Michael also enjoys running, swimming and cycling. Michael can be reached at mnholy@sbcglobal.net or by calling 480-322-9294.

  • Judy Stansbury


    Judy was born and raised in Iowa. She had a career of over 22 years with Norwest/Wells Fargo Bank in a variety of positions, ending as Vice President of Learning and Development for Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan.  She relocated to Fountain Hills in 2004, leaving the corporate world behind to own and operate two franchise locations, one in Fountain Hills and another in Paradise Valley, until 2009.  She began working at Community Church of the Verdes in January of 2019. Previously she worked in the Alexander building in Rio Verde beginning in 2012.  Judy enjoys hiking and photography.  She has one son, a granddaughter, and three sisters who live in Iowa.  Judy can be reached at judy@verdefaith.org or by calling 480-471-7239.

  • carol foti

    Financial assistant

    Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1988 with her husband and 3 children.  Over time her 3 children married and she now has 7 grandchildren added to the family.  She has worked as a Business Office Manager for over 25 years and was responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll during that time. When she is not working you will find Carol either enjoying her family, riding her horse or on the golf course. Carol can be reached at carol@verdefaith.org. 

Our Governance

As an independent community church affiliated with the International Council of Community Churches, we are a self-governing congregation.  Each year at our Annual Meeting we elect Trustees who maintain fiduciary responsibility and management of the Church and its affairs and property.  More information about our governance can be found in the Resources section of this website.  

The Officers and Trustees for 2021-2022 are:

Bob Dietsche, President

Darrel Brenner, Vice President

Sandy Palmer, Fellowship & Secretary

Dan Larson, Treasurer

Laura Spolum, Education

Larry Pearson, Facilities

Rog Severson, Membership

Cheryl Wenthe, Worship

Open Position, Technology

Committee Leaders:

Education & Library - Laura Spolum  

Facilities/Landscaping - Larry Pearson

Fellowship - Sandy Palmer

Finance - David Ness

Maintenance - Glen Langenfeld

Membership - Rog Severson  

Memorial Garden - Darrel Brenner  

Mission -  Darrel Brenner

Scholarships - Open Position

Stephen Ministry - John & Carey Pasnau, Gary & Deborah Etcheson, Glenda Hage, Elaine Chance, and Karen Ritchie

Worship - Cheryl Wenthe

Prayer Shawl Ministry - Cobe Frobes and Gloria Johnson

Pad Project - Jean Brabec

Performing Arts - Marti Justus

Historians - Bruce and Cobe Frobes