Pastor Brian was born in Kansas City, grew up in Central Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin, earning a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology. After graduating, he lived in Wisconsin and had a career in contract manufacturing sales, product development and marketing. He earned his Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and has served parishes in Wisconsin and Arizona. Pastor Brian is a passionate and visionary leader who loves serving in God’s church and helping people grow in their faith. Pastor Brian has had experiences in Lutheran Outdoor ministry, law enforcement Chaplaincy, and is an alumnus of the National Ski Patrol. His passions continue to include his family, nature, carpentry, and biking.
How may I help you? Nancy started volunteering at Spirit of Joy in early 2018 and joined the ministry team in late 2018 as the Office Administrator. Nancy truly brings abundant gifts to the ministry and is a compassionate ministry leader who helps guide the ministry of Spirit of Joy. Nancy is always willing to help and might even share some ideas through her creative thinking and passion for ministry.
Chris has been serving as a church musician since he was 16 years old. He has had a love of worship ever since. He received a Master's degree in Choral Music from Arizona State University, and his Bachelor's degree from DePaul University. Chris was one of the first principal vocalists with the Phoenix Vocal Jazz between 1992-2013. Born and raised in Chicago, music was a huge part of Chris’ life. In addition to serving as the Director of Music, Chris works as a high school guidance counselor at Gilbert High School. Chris and his wife have two boys and they enjoy their time spent with their family. He is grateful to his wife for being his biggest fan, and his Mom and Dad for the best upbringing a kid could ask for! Chris feels he has been blessed beyond measure and gives thanks to God.
Darin Shryock is originally from Spearfish, SD. Darin is the Spirit of Joy accompanist, part of the praise band, and provides expertise, leadership and direction in creating excellent and spiritual worship.
He is currently the Program Director and Music Director for Mesa Community College Music Theatre, having taught high school choir and music theatre the past 32 years. He was choral director at Marcos de Niza High School for 27 years. His choirs consistently earned superior ratings at festivals throughout the U.S., performing at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
His music and theatre experience spans over 4 decades as a performer, pianist, touring musician and music director. The Arizona Music Educators Association named Darin the 2017 Arizona Music Educator of the Year. Darin has mentored many young performers and educators, a number of whom have worked on Broadway, National Tours and in Regional Theatre. He is a frequent adjudicator at festivals and is President-Elect of the Arizona Music Educators Association. Darin has been a church musician for decades, serving congregations in South Dakota and Arizona. Darin graduated with a B.S.Ed. (Voice) from Black Hills State University (1986) and earned the M.M. Choral Conducting from Arizona State University (1989).