Leadership and Staff

Pastor Josh Hahne

Joshua J. Hahne is an ordained Pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America (P.C.A.). He received a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary and has a B.A. in Business Marketing with a minor in Religious Studies from Texas Christian University. Prior to starting King of Kings Church, Josh served in a variety of ministerial capacities including being an Associate Pastor for Church Planting at Fellowship of Grace in Peoria, AZ, completing a Pastoral Residency program at Christ the King in Conshohocken, PA, a counseling internship at Harvest USA, and a short-term missionary in Merida, Venezuela.  He presently serves as the Chairman of the executive committee of the Southwest Church Planting Network.

Josh and his wife, Melissa, along with their children, Lara, Christian & Mary, moved to the Southwest Valley in 2005 in response to God’s call through the church to establish King of Kings, P.C.A. Melissa serves as the Artistic Director of Southwest Ballet Theatre.  Josh enjoys reading, golf, and Crossfit workouts.

Pastor in Residence Bill Phillips

Born and raised in the Philadelphia, PA area, Bill Phillips was converted to Christ while a student at the University of Delaware. Upon graduating, he went to and graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1970. He and Carol, his wife, have been married for 48 years. They have two married children and 4 grandchildren. For 15 years he was on the Phoenix Crisis Pregnancy Board and has now served for 10 years on the Board of Compassionate Counselors, a biblical counseling ministry serving the greater Phoenix area.
Bill served as a full time pastor for 46 years before stepping down in October of 2016. He was the organizing pastor of Metro Presbyterian (now called Fellowship of Grace, PCA) in Peoria, AZ and served there for 33 years. In 2006 Fellowship of Grace called Josh Hahne to serve as Associate Pastor for church planting. After two years, Josh was ready with 18 people from Fellowship of Grace to begin a church plant (to be named King of Kings) in the West Valley.

Jennifer Carr, Office Manager

Jennifer Carr (Office Manager) and her husband, Eric, decided to relocate to Arizona in 2000, looking for sunnier skies. She grew up in Oregon where she received a Bachelors Degree from the University of Portland. After graduation, she worked as a contracts administrator at a software design firm. When she moved to Arizona, she decided to become a stay-at-home mom to her 3 boys: Ian, Ryan and Brayden. After many years of searching for the perfect job, Jennifer found the King of Kings’ Administrative position. When not working, Jennifer enjoys the many activities her three sons love, including soccer, cross county, track. Jennifer also plays handbells and does Crossfit.

 

Gail Howitt, Ministry Coordinator

Gail Howitt (Ministry Coordinator) was  raised in the Chicago suburb of Hanover Park. She came to Christ through the ministry of The Navigators and remained involved with them through her college years. She married her husband, Doug, in 1985. They have lived in Arizona for over 23 years and have four adult children and one grandchild. Gail enjoys ministering together with Doug and her family. She has taught for 23 years the last 10 in the context of Classical Christian Education. In her down time she enjoys reading fiction and spending time with her family.

Our Elders

Dave Campbell grew up in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Industrial Management. During his career, Dave worked in technical sales and marketing for several companies in the semiconductor industry and held significant positions in sales management and marketing. Dave retired and moved to the Phoenix area in the fall of 2006. He has four children and nine grandchildren that live in various parts of Northern California. While living in California, Dave and his wife Karen joined a local PCA church and became deeply involved, Dave as a Ruling Elder, a position he served in for almost 10 years, and Karen with the music team. Dave and Karen feel blessed to have been led to King of Kings where they continue to serve our great King, the Lord Jesus.

Doug Howitt  grew up in Norridge, Illinois. His parents came to the USA from Guelph, Ontario. While attending Western Illinois University his roommate, Fred Martin, explained the gospel to Doug and Christ transformed his life forever. During his college years, he was involved with the Navigators Collegiate Discipleship Ministry. There he met his future wife, Gail, the love of his life.  She is truly the best thing that happened to Doug, after his relationship with Christ. Doug and Gail married in 1985 and have 4 children: Ryan, Lauren, Ashley, and Elizabeth. Doug thinks that his kids are the funniest and most fun people he knows. They moved from Chicago to Phoenix in 1989 where God has been faithful in growing them in their faith and love for worshiping Him and serving others. Their family has been attending King of Kings PCA since 2008 and fell in love with the church’s worship and people. Doug is employed with the City of Glendale as a purchasing agent. He enjoys watching films with his family, bicycling, and listening to Johnny Cash and U2.  His wife Gail serves as Ministry Coordinator for King of Kings Church.

Dirk Uphoff was born and raised in Central Illinois, then moved to San Diego in 1985. Shortly thereafter, through the witness of a co-worker Dirk received Christ and his life was radically transformed. He began to attend a large church in San Diego where He met his wife Helen in the College and Careers group and they were married in 1988. In 1995, Dirk, Helen, and their four children, Derek, Samantha, Drew, and Devin moved to Mexico to become full time missionaries with Real Life Ministries. After 5 years in Mexico, Dirk wanted to finish his college degree and they returned to the US where Dirk earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministries from Bethel University. Dirk has worked in the Office Furniture industry in sales and sales management with a specialization in office ergonomics since 2003. He enjoys reading, movies, classic rock and working out at the gym. In January of 2013, he and his family became members at King of Kings in the merger with Emmanuel Covenant Church where he served as Elder.

Note: Within the Presbyterian form of government the session, which is the governing body of the church, is made up of both the pastor(s) and the elders. The word ‘session’ literally means “a sitting together” and describes Christ’s rule of the church through a plurality of elders (Acts 14:23; 20:28; Titus 1:5; etc.)

 

Our Deacons

Jamie Duval, JamieDuval was born in North Dakota and spent most of his early childhood there. His family then relocated to Burlington, CO and that is where he graduated from HS. He then moved to Seattle and started his early career in Restaurant management.   After 3 years of living there he relocated to Albuquerque, NM where he worked for Cracker Barrel and met his wife Cassie. They then moved to Phoenix in 2009. He currently has a career with Liberty Mutual. Jamie has been a member of King of Kings since 2012 and he was also baptized in this Church. He has three girls Isabella, Emma and Aubrey. He enjoys spending his free time with his family and golfing.

Nick Linares was born and raised in Phoenix and graduated from La Joya Community H.S. Nick and his wife Stacy started dating their senior year of High School and were quickly married in 2012. Together they were baptized in 2014 at their previous church in Tempe. They have two beautiful children, Nicholas ll and Emma Blue. Nick works for a Distribution Center as a Supervisor. He enjoys playing football/baseball with his son, camping and fishing.