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.

  • 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 administrator

    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 Board of Trustees for 2022-2023 are:

Front row: Sandy Palmer, Fellowship, Cheryl Smith, Worship; Karla Lalim, Mission; Laura Spolum, Education; Dan Larson, Treasurer; Back row: Rev. Cathy Northrup, Pastor; Robert Edwards, Technology; Darrel Brenner, President; Not pictured: Larry Pearson, Facilities; Rog Severson, Membership. 

Committee Leaders:

Education & Library - Laura Spolum  

Facilities/Landscaping - Larry Pearson

Fellowship/Secretary - Sandy Palmer

Finance - Ron Lowe

Maintenance - Glen Langenfeld

Membership - Rog Severson  

Memorial Garden - Bob Brabec

Mission -  Karla Lalim

Scholarship - Judy Mulvey

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

Worship - Charla Smith

Prayer Shawl Ministry - Cobe Frobes and Gloria Johnson

Pad Project - Jean Brabec

Performing Arts - Marti Justus

Historian - Bruce Frobes