Meet Our Team

Joshua Perlman

Lead Pastor

I love being known as a husband to Barbara and a father to my four children.  There is no better gift than to be loved by my family and to love them... well there is one more - to be known and loved by Jesus! Coming to faith in Jesus in elementary school and growing in that relationship throughout high school and college, I discovered the call Jesus had for my life to be a pastor.  I've been serving in ministry since 1998 and I was ordained in 2012 at Calvary Community Church.

Favorite Movie: It's A Wonderful Life
Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 2:22
Favorite Food: Salad
Favorite Pastime: Baseball

Ivan Jasso

Worship Arts Director

Born in San Bernardino CA, raised in San Diego started singing in church from age 11 and haven't stopped since then. Love the production world of music! Love my family of four and hope to inspire and motivate others through music.

Favorite Movie: Brave Heart
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 4:23
Favorite Food: Cambodian
Favorite Pastime: Movies with My Wife

Kristin Ahlstrom

Communications Director

I am a fun-loving individual who loves to spend time with my husband, friends, and Shield youth group. I love to lead, train, and disciple.  My passion is to see the people I pour into grow in their faith while applying their God-given gifts and talents practically in life and in serving Jesus.

Favorite Movie: The Lion King
Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 1:9
Favorite food: French toast
Favorite Pastime: Traveling with Shad, my husband


Kristal Tanner

Administrative Assistant 

I am a wife and mother of three beautiful children. My world currently revolves around trusting Jesus as I learn to train up my three littles. I love Jesus and his church. Daily I see how God can change hearts and make the impossible possible. My passion is to share the love, that God so graciously pours out for me, with all those I encounter.

Favorite Movie: The Last Song
Favorite Bible Verse: Exodus 14:14
Favorite Food: Steak and Mac n Cheese
Favorite Pastime: Trips to the Beach

Caleb Emma

Tech Coordinator

The “big kid”, the “boy scout that never was”, and the ‘neer (cause I’m not quite an engineer yet). I’m the guy that hides behind the sound board. I’m also the crazy guy at youth group going wild in every youth group game! I’m also the guy that has grown up in church and has been serving in ministry in some form since I was 13. From the junior high worship team to now leading worship in youth group plus serving in the media ministry. My greatest joy is sharing the hope and love I’ve found in Jesus through serving and helping people.


Favorite Movie: Lone Survivor
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3: 5-6
Favorite Food: Too Many
Favorite Pastime: Hiking and Camping

Garret Foster

Video Coordinator

I was born in the state of Washington and moved to Arizona with my family in 2015. I immediately fell in love w/ the art of film making and video editing in my high school TV Broadcasting program and have been creating ever since. I love creating vids for The Refuge, working with the media team, and using my talent to glorify Jesus.

Favorite Movie:  Only the Brave
Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 54:17
Favorite Food: Mac & Cheese
Favorite Pastime: Editing Videos

Kevin Michels

Kid's Life Coordinator

I graduated from Arizona Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Ministries. I have been serving in various ministries over the last 20 years. My desire is to share God's love with everyone, and see adults and children grow in their relationship with Christ.

Favorite Movie: A Knights Tale
Favorite Verse: Ephesians 6: 10-18
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Pastime: Family Time

Monica Michels

Kid's Life Coordinator

I love serving the Lord with my husband. We have 2 amazing children, a wonderful son-in-law and 3 awesome grandchildren. I am a special education teacher and have been serving in children's ministry off and on for over 20 years. I have a passion to teach all children in a fun and creative way about the love of Jesus, and to see families united because of God's great love..

Favorite Movie: The Notebook
Favorite Verse: Philippians 4:13
Favorite Food: Street Tacos
Favorite Pastime: Family Time

Elders and Deacons

In the Early Church elders were appointed in order to provide example, guidance, and spiritual oversight to the churches (Acts 14:23). Their primary focus was the spiritual health of the church (1 Tim 4:14) (1 Tim 5:17-22) (James 5:14). They were chosen for their leadership,  exemplary lifestyle, and willingness to serve. (Titus 1:5-9) (1 Peter 5:1-5) 

Jerry Perlman

Favorite Food: Hamburgers
Favorite Verse: Philippians 1:21
Favorite Movie: Bogart in Sahara

Saverio (Sal) Barbera

Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Verse: Psalm 37:4
Favorite Movie: Gladiator

Mike Rodriguez

Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Verse: Philippians 4:13
Favorite Movie: Undecided

Bill Bender

Favorite Food: hash browns, with eggs, cheese, and meat all fried together.
Favorite Verse: John 3:16
Favorite Movie: Princess Bride

Mike Larson

Favorite Food: Solid
Favorite Verse: Romans 8:28
Favorite Movie: Forest Gump

Terry Kelly

Favorite Food: Prime Rib
Favorite Verse: Romans 8:28
Favorite Movie: TBD

Vince Alonzo

Favorite Food: Thai
Favorite Verse: Psalm 23:1-6
Favorite Movie: Breaking Dawn Part II

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