Pastor

Pastor

Pastor John Sprain was born in Douglas, Arizona, where his father Roger Sprain served as pastor.  After growing up overseas in the Caribbean and schooling in Wisconsin, he entered Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Thiensville, Wisconsin.  He spent his practice year as a vicar at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Algoma, Wisconsin.  Pastor Sprain earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Northwestern College and a Master of Divinity degree from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.  In May of 1988 he was assigned as an Assistant Pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tempe, Arizona, working with teens and young adults.  On Novermber 3, 1997, Pastor Sprain accepted the call to be the Mission Explorer in the Surprise / Sun City West area and moved to Surprise in late 1997.  He and his wife Vicki have five children.

 

The exploratory mission eventually became Shepherd of the Valley, and Pastor Sprain now preaches and teaches from our beautiful church building which began hosting services in August, 2000. 

 

 

 

Pastor Kirby Spevacek, Retired, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern College and Master of Divinity degree from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.  He has been a world missionary in Africa, Russia, Albania, and Bulgaria, also serving congregations in Milwaukee and Cibecue, Arizona.  For six years he was the principal and professor of the Arizona Bible Institute in East Fork, Arizona.  He has seven daughters and is married to Charity.  Pastor Spevacek continues to be involved by leading bible classes, assisting with Holy Communion, and is still active in the mission field.