Leadership Team

Lester Packard

Matt Hecht

Gretchen Hecht

Children's Director

Gretchen is a married mother of two young daughters. She is a vivacious, outgoing leader who loves kids. She is also deeply committed to teaching fundamental biblical truths at a level the Canyon kids can understand and apply to their lives. She joined the team in 2013.


Sue Pardy

Administrative Assistant

An organized,creative individual with some perfectionist overtones, Sue joined the Canyon team in 2013. She assists Pastor Kent in the day-to-day operation of the church.


Kent Simmons


As a second-career pastor, Kent uniquely identifies with the challenges of everyday life. As such, his messages are crafted to spiritually inspire and to relate to a wide range of individuals. With a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts in Pastoral Leadership from Grand Canyon University, Kent teaches with an emphasis on biblical application. And, with a full quiver of grown children (and grandchildren to spare), Kent's commitment to faith, family and friends is contagious. Come and see for yourself!