TO SEE LIVES TRANSFORMED, LIVING OUT THE VALUES AND PRIORITIES OF JESUS
Community | Life’s better together.
Simplicity | Less is more.
Authenticity | Let’s be real.
Compassion | Tangible demonstrations of grace and mercy.
Intentionality | On purpose and with purpose.
We all long for a sense of purpose. We believe at Expedition that our life has no greater purpose than to live out God’s mission for this world… to live “on mission.”
The word Expedition is defined as “a journey undertaken by a group of people with a definite objective.” The definite objective is our mission: “Making disciples who love God and people.”
A disciple is someone who devotes their life to learning about and living for Jesus. To know and follow Him more and experience the life-changing joy of seeing others also follow him. This is the heart of Expedition… a group of people traveling on life’s journey, striving to live out the values and priorities of Jesus.
There is one God, the sovereign Creator and Ruler of the universe who eternally exists in three persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is holy and infinitely perfect.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the only Savior and Lord of humanity. He is fully God and fully man. He lived a sinless life, was crucified to atone for sin and rose from the grave giving evidence to defeating sin and death. He ascended to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us.
The Holy Spirit is the initiator and enabler for the Christian life. He convicts of sin and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
The Bible is the infallible and authoritative Word of God, the only rule of faith and practice and without error in all that it teaches.
Mankind is lost and sinful by nature. Therefore, salvation is by God’s grace, freely given through faith in Christ and not earned by any merit of man.
Expedition Church informally began when a group of families and friends gathered together to celebrate Christmas Eve on December 24th, 2007 at the then closed Oxbow Saloon. This was an important night that gave evidence to the fact that the town of Payson would benefit from a different expression of the local church.
From there, a small group of people gathered to study the Bible and pray as they sought further direction.
In July of 2008, Expedition officially launched in the former Julia Randall Elementary cafeteria. A diverse group of 70 people showed up to be a part of this new work. It was simple and unsophisticated, but sincere and authentic.
6 years later, in May of 2014, Expedition was generously gifted the facilities of First Southern Baptist Church.
Expedition continues to be a part of God’s kingdom work in Payson and around the world. Our best days are ahead of us!
Expedition is located at 301 S. Colcord Rd. in the heart of Payson.
We are two blocks west of Highway 87, just north of Bonita.
Donovan is married to his sweet and lovely wife Shelly. He also has two incredible sons, Caleb and Luke. He has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University and a Masters of Divinity from Phoenix Seminary. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, mountain biking and most sports. He also likes good BBQ, dabbling with photography and the word “wonky.”
Amanda is married to her best friend Matthew and together they are raising two very loved children, Connor and Kaylin. As a family they enjoy hiking, paddleboarding, camping and bonfires (as long as there are s’mores!). She has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University with an emphasis in Servant Leadership and a background in banking and finance.
Originally from the east coast, Philip moved to the Midwest to pursue a degree in youth ministry at Judson University. It was there that he met his beautiful wife, Taylor. Together they answered the call to move to Arizona and are loving their new home! You can usually find them hiking, eating Mexican food, checking out a new coffee shop, or… Sitting on the couch binging on a show on Netflix.
Shauna and her family moved to Payson in July, 2017, after living in Phoenix for 19 years. She and her husband, Darrin, were originally from small town Kansas where they married in 1992. Darrin is a software developer and enjoys hunting. Braden (21), is in the United States Marine Corps, and Tara (19), is studying Graphic Design at GCU. After raising their kids in the big city, they were happy to move to Payson and have their kids graduate from a small town school. Shauna has her Bachelors of Business Administration from Wichita State University. In her free time, she can often be found hiking a nearby mountain or trail.
Dave is married to his better half, Tanya and and is a father to his beautiful daughter Lennon and his two sons Liam and Layton. He is a graduate of the New Life School of Worship, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies and Worship Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Dave enjoys camping, fishing, “mechanicing”, reading, writing music and a good nap.
Lance champions opportunities at Expedition Church for discipleship and outreach. Part of his role gives leadership to our Life Groups and local and global outreach. He has a bachelors degree in music production. He and his wife Nichole have three young children. When he’s not hanging out with them, he’s usually enjoying time playing drums or riding his mountain bike.
Shelly is an Arizona native and can’t imagine living anywhere else. She has been married to her high school sweetheart Donovan for, well let’s just say, a long time. Her and her husband have two boys. They love playing games at home and watching movies together. Camping is a favorite pastime and traveling to new places to explore. Shelly has her Bachelors in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. Go Lopes! Her desire for the children at Expedition is for them to understand that God loves them and that they are an important part of our church family.
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