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Speaker Bios – Vitality Summer Series

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Rev. Taylor Burgoyne

Taylor is the Senior Pastor at Eastside Covenant Church. Taylor has a B.A. in Political Science from Seattle Pacific University as well as an M.Div from North Park Theological Seminary. Taylor also holds a Master’s Certificate in Congregational Vitality from North Park Theological Seminary. Taylor is passionate about building God’s Kingdom through the transformative work of the local church. Taylor is active in interfaith conversations, as well as with local immigrants rights networks.

Rev. Dan Johnson

Dan once served as the pastor of Eastside Covenant Church. He also helped start Grace Community Covenant Church in Tucson, as well as an Hispanic Church in Indianapolis. He is presently engaged in cross cultural ministry to migrants and refugees in Tucson. He also helps lead John 17 discipleship weekends as well as Tucson Ministry Alliance events. He grew up in Minnesota but has become a desert rat–he loves the sunshine so he can play tennis, golf, and bike. He and his beautiful wife Sue love to travel.  They are doing an RV road trip to Canada this summer and head to Costa Rica in January to immerse themselves in Spanish. They take great joy in their kids and grand-kids.

Rev. Judy Behnke

Judy is a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is a graduate of University of California Berkeley and holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction from North Park Seminary. She has been a member of Methodist, Presbyterian, Reformed Church of America, and now has found her home in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

She has been a follower of Jesus since she was 25, and always called to be his disciple. Over the years she has served in in whatever capacity she was called, in whichever church she served. She is now preparing to be ordained as a Pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church at the Annual Meeting in Minneapolis in June 2018.

Judy’s passion for ministry is for people to know the truth of the gospel as part of their everyday lives. That they would know the joy Jesus gives in the midst of all sorts of life experiences. That they would come to understand that he’s not just an historical person, or a nice set of life ideas; he is real and interested in each one of their daily lives. He will walk with them, guide them, be with them throughout all of lives experiences if they will let him – if they will take him seriously.

Judy is married to Don Behnke. They live in Sierra Vista where Don is very involved in ministries that distribute food to the hungry. He also has an abiding interest in seeing homeless people helped to find suitable housing.

Judy is our resident Spiritual Director at Eastside Covenant Church.

Dr. Toby Travis

Toby currently serves as the Headmaster (i.e. Superintendent) of Desert Christian Schools in Tucson, Arizona. Previous school leadership roles include Head of School at Colegio Menor Campus Samborondon and Academic Director at the Alliance Academy International. His passion and expertise is in the development of trusted school leadership teams through the use of the TrustED School Leader 360 Assessment and the TrustED training modules for leaders and teachers (see www.trustedschool.com).

Toby also serves as an Executive Consultant with the Global School Consulting Group. As a consultant, trainer, and presenter, he has had the opportunity of assisting schools and universities throughout the USA, as well as in Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, Wales, Poland, Germany, India, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Paraguay, Haiti, and Ecuador. In every setting he endeavors to inspire and develop stronger research-based strategies for trusted leadership and classrooms – so that schools are able to authentically and effectively accomplish their unique missions.

Conor Johnson

Conor graduated from North Park University with degrees in Biblical Studies and Spanish. He is the Owner and Director of a sports performance training program in Tucson, and competes throughout Arizona as an amateur cyclist. He counts as a proud moment the night he shut down a taco truck in Morelia, Mexico by eating all their tacos. When not riding his bike or eating tacos, he’s spending time with his wife Susannah and their two girls, ages 9 and 6. 

Frank Kunkel

Frank Kunkel grew up on an apple orchard in  eastern Washington. He went to college at University of Washington where he met his wife Lily. Shortly after, Frank joined the Air Force and found himself newlywed on his first assignment in Tucson, AZ. He and Lily found themselves a home at ECC after looking around for a local church. After 3 tours in Iraq, Frank got out of active duty  and became involved in education. Currently, He and his wife have 2 boys, Jasper and James (8 and 5) and still love coming to ECC. Frank has served on the leadership team, been a delegate for ECC to the Annual Meeting, and currently is a Vice Principal at La Paloma Academy.

Kirsten Phillips

Kirsten is a graduate of Northern Arizona University (NAU) for both her undergraduate and graduate studies. Kirsten is also currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at North Park Theological Seminary. Kirsten teaches Spanish at the Paulo Freire Freedom School-University, as well as at NAU. Kirsten formerly worked with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and was on staff at a local Vineyard Church in Tucson.