Although originally from Dallas, TX, Tucson is really my home! I came to Tucson in 1985 and I am still here! I attended Desert Christian High School, and the University of Arizona where I completed my degree in Communications. I later received my Masters Degree in Christian Ministry through Liberty University. In 2003 I was blessed to join the staff at Christ Community Church. Over the course of my seventeen years on staff at CCC, I was privileged to serve as the middle school pastor, high school pastor, and do some preaching from time to time. In the summer of 2019, I pursued the opportunity to be the first church planter sent out by CCC to plant Living Branch Church in the Fall of 2020! I married my beautiful wife Kendrah in 2006. She is not only my best friend, but a tremendous partner in ministry, as she supports me so faithfully through the unique journey of church planting. In 2010 through our role as foster care parents, God brought our foster son, Henry, into our lives. In May of 2015, the Lord blessed us with our beautiful daughter, Hadleigh. When I have free time, I love to play golf, travel with my family, fish, run, attend any sporting event possible, hike, and be outdoors. I truly love the church, I love all of the amazing people I have the privilege of engaging with, I love God’s unchanging Word, and I love the opportunity ahead of us as we plant and launch Living Branch Church in the Vail community. While ministry has and continues to be a huge part of my life, my prayer is always that my public passion for Christ would never exceed my personal passion for Christ! I count it a great joy to be able to lead this incredible church, made up of an incredible people!
While I’ve lived here in Tucson for more than half of my life, Huntsville, Alabama is where I was born and spent my childhood. Since moving to Tucson, I’ve come to love Tucson’s beautiful desert scenery and its people!
After graduating from high school, I briefly attended the U of A before deciding that I wanted to get a ministry degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. For the past couple of years, I’ve been working on completing my Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and will graduate in May of 2020. My hope is to eventually acquire a Masters of Divinity and Clinical Counseling degree.
My young adult years were spent at Christ Community Church where Rob was my youth pastor. After graduating from high school, I returned to serve as a high school small group leader, as well as the summer intern during the summer of 2018. Last summer (2019) I had the opportunity to work for a youth ministry organization called LeaderTreks. My position with LeaderTreks allowed me to lead short-term mission trips for high school students in both Honduras and Costa Rica. Upon returning to Tucson in August of 2019, Rob invited me to join him in planting Living Branch Church. I’m so excited to be a part of this team and to serve with LBC in the Vail Community.
My close friends and family will tell you that I am an avid learner, at times, annoyingly so. I am an explorer at heart. I enjoy reading, listening to music and podcasts, wood-working, and being outdoors. I also love spending time with close friends and my girlfriend, Sandra.
Hello! My name is Tami Bonesteel and I have lived in Arizona my entire life. I have an older sister and two younger brothers. I love to hike and keep up with my two golden retrievers! I will always prefer mountains over the beach. I attended high school in the Vail School District and later after I graduated I became employed in the district. I have worked in the Vail School District as a preschool teacher for over five years and have a deep passion for children.
When I heard the mission and vision of LBC, I felt the Lord calling me to join the team! As the Kids' Director for Living Branch Church, I would love to have your child join us! The Bible says in Psalm 127:3 “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him” and that is seen everyday. It is truly one of the greatest blessings to watch them grow. My passion is to see children grow in Christ and develop close relationships with each other in a safe and loving environment. Every child is a precious gift and loved by the Lord and my desire is that our team reflects that in all that we do.
Community Engagement Team
Clint & Sara Westberry
Hey y’all! We are Clint and Sara Westberry. Our story started when we met leading freshman Bible study at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. We got married soon after we finished school and began our life together in Texas. During our time in college we had the great joy and opportunity to be a part of a recently planted church. After we got married, we stepped into a volunteer staff position leading the middle school and high school ministry. This was a great adventure learning how to love and serve students and do ministry together. In 2018, we prayerfully decided to move to Arizona to be closer to Sara’s family and her hometown. As we settled into new jobs and a new community in Corona de Tucson we started attending University City Church. This church has been a wonderful blessing to us for the past two years as a place to serve and grow and get to know our community. God laid it on our hearts to be a part of launching Living Branch Church after attending one of the interest meetings for the church plant in the fall of 2019. The clear vision of connecting people to Jesus within our community resonated with how we try to live our lives. We are so excited for the opportunity to lead the Community Engagement Team at Living Branch Church! In this role we hope to invite people to belong, find unique ways to serve people and make them feel loved, and ultimately connect people to Jesus.
The [Welcome] Home Team
Ricky & Delaney Morrison
Hey! We are Ricky and Delaney Morrison. We met while serving together at Elements City Church in Tucson, and in October of 2017 we tied the knot and committed our lives to one another, and to serving the Lord. Four days after our wedding, we moved to Illinois so Ricky could fulfill his active duty enlistment in the USAF. While in Illinois, we served in our small-town church and continued to grow a passion for connecting people to Jesus. We returned to Arizona in July of 2019 and reconnected with our church family at Elements. After much prayer and connecting to the vision and mission of Living Branch Church, we felt led to join the launch team. With continued involvement in leadership and launch team meetings, we are ecstatic to lead the Hospitality Team at LBC! Our desire for this team is simple. First, we want to connect with people by lovingly inviting them into the Living Branch family with a “come as you are” culture. Secondly, we hope to assist our new friends as they come on to campus by creating a welcoming and easily accessible environment and experience for everyone. Lastly, we hope to help connect people to Jesus by encouraging them to explore and experience the many opportunities that LBC has to offer! We are so excited to grow in community with you and look forward to meeting you soon!