Peter Lopez, Senior Pastor

Peter Lopez, senior pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church, Peoria, Arizona, was born in McAllen, Texas.  He received his early schooling in public schools in Edinburg, Texas.

1988 was a turning point in Pastor Lopez' life.  It was then, at the age of eight years old, that he trusted Christ as his personal Savior.  Christian parents and a faithful pastor were the major influences helping him understand his need to receive Christ as Savior.  Upon graduating from high school, Pastor Lopez attended and played basketball for a public university in north Texas.  It was here that God began doing a great work within his heart.

Sensing God's call to ministry, Pastor Lopez ended up at Indiana Baptist College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible in 2003.  He received a Master of Ministry degree from Pensacola Theological Seminary in Pensacola, Florida, in December 2015.

Pastor Lopez was called to Maranatha Baptist Church in 2015.  He loves the church and desires a close-knit family atmosphere with a passion for serving others. 

Pastor Peter Lopez married the former Denise Maddox of Bedford, Indiana in 2001; they have two children, Petey IV and Josie.

For more information about Pastor Lopez, follow him on twitter or email him at plopez@mbcpeoria.com.

 

Gene Noel, Assistant pastor

Gene Noel, Assistant Pastor, has been married to Kelly for 40 years. Both received Christ as Savior through a mission to the military in the 1970’s in Okinawa, Japan. Gene served for 24 years in the US Air Force completing 15 of those years overseas. Kelly is a certified Respite Care Provider, homemaker, and now grandmother of 7.

Gene’s education began at Ohio State in 1976 and he earned a Bachelor of Science ‘cum laude’ with dual majors in Political Science and Psychology.  He also earned Master of Arts in Education from Chapman University in California and has completed 40+ hours in a PhD program.

Decades of Christian service began after salvation and being ordained as a Deacon in 1983 at Maranatha Baptist in Okinawa. Ministerial ordination was through Maranatha Baptist in Peoria and he has served Maranatha as Assistant Pastor since 2010.  Gene also serves as a Peoria Police Chaplain as he is nationally certified with ICPC and the Arizona State Chaplains Service.

Gene and Kelly have been Peoria residents for 24 years.  They have two sons, Daniel and Shawn who both live in the Phoenix area.

For more information about Pastor Noel, follow him on twitter or email him at gnoel@mbcpeoria.com.

 

Jon Kucik, Youth Pastor

Jon Kucik has served as Youth Pastor since 2012.  He and Diana have been married since 2001. They have three children, Landen, Lauren, and Rebekah.

Diana KUCIK, Secretary

Diana Kucik, Church Secretary, is an Arizona native.  She received her early schooling in public schools here in the valley.  She attended schools in the Peoria School District and is an Ironwood High School graduate.  After high school, she went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Business from Arizona State University. 

It was in her college years that Diana felt the Lord working in her heart.  In December 1999, under the preaching of Pastor Greg Iehl, former pastor of Maranatha, Diana trusted Christ as her personal Savior.  In 2000, she became a member of Maranatha Baptist Church and since then, she has served in several ministries including: Sunday School, Junior Church, church nursery, Awana, and VBS. 

In 2012, she began working as secretary in the church office.  She also currently serves with her husband, Jon Kucik, as leaders in the Youth Group, working with the youth in grades 7-12.  Diana loves her church family and desires to serve God in her family, her work and within her community. 

She was married to Jon Kucik in June of 2001 at Maranatha Baptist Church.  They have 3 children, Lauren, Landon and Rebekah.   

You can reach Diana at dkucik@mbcpeoria.com.

La Vonne clouse, secretary

La Vonne Clouse, Church Secretary, was born in Peru, Indiana.  Her father was in the Air Force and she has lived in several different countries since then.

Being raised in an alcoholic’s home and brought up in Catholicism, she did not hear the Gospel until she was 25 years old.  On December 14, 1987 in a small Baptist Church in Mountain Home Idaho she sat crying in her pew after a Sunday Morning Church service and accepted Christ as her personal Savior.

La Vonne has a two year Bible Certificate and 48 hours of classroom training for Biblical Counseling.  She desires to continue her education and obtain her Biblical Counselor’s certification so that she can increase her ministry of counsel to ladies.

La Vonne has been at Maranatha Baptist Church since September of 2014 and feels a real love for her church family and is grateful for the love they show her.

She has been married to husband Ed for 29 years; they have 2 adult children, one in Heaven and Rose who is 12.

You can reach La Vonne at lclouse@mbcpeoria.com.