Pastors

Michael P. Sanders
Senior Pastor

Pastor Mike joined Village Meadows as our Senior Pastor in July 2021 after having served as the Senior Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Pikeville, Ky. for 10 years.

He is passionate about all things related to Leadership and connecting with people. One of his favorites things to do is spend a few minutes catching up with someone over a McDonald’s tea (because Milo’s isn’t always available on the run). A native of Alabama, college football isn’t too far down the list either…. ROLL TIDE!!!

He has been preaching for more than 30 years and along with his wife, Christy they have been in Vocational Ministry for more than two decades. Christy is passionate about women’s ministry and together they have a strong desire to encourage other couples in the amazing journey known as marriage. They also homeschool (really Christy does) their three blessings (a.k.a. Children) (1 just graduated high school last year)

Zac Crothers
Youth Pastor

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Gale Trow
Discipleship Pastor

Gale came to Village Meadows in 2002 as Administrator, Small Group leader, and Children’s pastor. He retired to part-time Small Group Pastor a few years ago. He enjoys quiet walks on the beach with Brenda (we have lots of beach but not that much water here in Sierra Vista) and making sawdust while building things out of wood. Gale Trow has been married to Brenda for fifty years. They have one son, Jonathan, who has one wife (Susan) and one son (William or Will for short). That adds up to one wonderful grandson who lives near Washington DC. 

Mark McEuen
Intergenerational Pastor

Pastor Mark McEuen joined the staff of VMBC in January of 2022.  Previously, he pastored in Missouri and Arkansas, served as interim Worship Pastor at VMBC (2019 & 2020), and taught in the public schools for several years, most recently at Leman Academy of Excellence in Sierra Vista.  He and his wife, Gretchen, have been married for over 40 years.  The McEuens have 5 adult children and 9 grandchildren (so far).  Pastor Mark reported, "I am wonderfully blessed to get to serve the Lord with the people and ministry team of Village Meadows.  It is exciting to see the things that the Lord is doing here." 

Brian Claassen
Mission Action Pastor

Brian was born into a missionary family.  His parents serve the Lord with Wycliffe Bible Translators and have been doing so for over 50 years!  Missions is in his blood and he knew it from an early age.  After marrying Becky in 1995, Brian left his construction job and South Carolina National Guard position and entered active duty in the Army.  Both of their children were born while they were stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas.  They left active duty in March of 2001 and Brian entered the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in July of 2001.  Brian was assigned to the Sonoita Border Patrol Station and was there until his retirement in April 2022.

The Claassens began attending Village Meadows Baptist Church around January of 2002 and quickly found a place to serve in the youth group on Wednesday nights.  They also taught the young married Sunday school class for a while before they moved over to teaching in the youth group on Sundays as well.  Since then Brian and Becky have served in the youth group and taught various small group classes.  Becky has served in the youth group, Vacation Bible School, and the pre-school.  After teaching high school math for many years Becky is now happy to go on mission trips with Brian and continue to help with the youth group and pre-school.

In September 2004 Brian was ordained as a Deacon and served in that position until he was ordained as a Pastor in June 2021.  Brian has been on staff as the Mission Action Leader and then Mission Action Pastor since January 2021.

Brian and Becky have two children, Caleb is on active duty in the Army, and their daughter, Abi, is married to a soldier.  After almost twenty six years serving our country Brian is now excited to be serving the Kingdom! 

Meet the team.

Eric Gorden

Worship Leader

Christine Henry

Pre-School Ministry Director

Emily Rodriquez

Children's Ministry Director

Daryn Sulzer

Tech Ministry Director

Sharon Burks

Church Administrator

Debra Hall

Financial Administrator

Carla Meyer

Ministry Assistant

Terry Gniech

Facility Director