Meet Our Staff


Rev. Dr. Mark Lansberry

Senior Pastor
While I was born in Idaho in 1950, my family moved to Tempe when I was two years old so Arizona is really the place that I call home. I grew up in Tempe, graduated from Tempe High School in 1968 and Arizona State University in 1982. As you can see from the dates, my journey through the university was not typical. I took a four-year break from 1970-74 to serve Uncle Sam in the United States Navy where I was blessed…  Read More


Aviry Christy

Director of Family Ministries

Aviry Christy comes to Christ Church with a background of teaching, leading church youth groups and going down class four rapids in canoes.  His background in churches and camps gives him solid experience in knowing the value of flexibility.  In the past he may have spent the morning life-guarding, the afternoon teaching an outdoor botany lesson and the evening planning curriculum for Bible Study.  At Christ Church this ability…  Read More


Stanton Usher

Director of Praise Team

Stanton Usher taught 18 years in the public schools of metro Atlanta, Georgia. He held positions as Minister of Music at Butler Street C.M.E Church and Westside Community C.M.E Church, as well as Director of Choral Activities, taught AP Music Theory and Theatre Arts, served as Fine Arts Department Chairperson, named 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year, and was always a member of his schools leadership team…  Read More


Janet Tolman


Janet Tolman has served as organist/accompanist at Christ Church United Methodist since March 2009. She founded and directs the Christ Church Concert series, typically thirty-minute concerts that follow church services each month and present various soloists and ensembles from within the church and from the Tucson musical community. She also participates with the Christ Church Ringers, the church handbell…  Read More


John Neve

Director of Handbell Ministries
John Neve comes from Vinton, Iowa, where he was raised and educated. He received his degrees from the University of Dubuque (Iowa), and it was there that he began his musical conducting experience by directing church choirs and the University‚Äôs Male Glee Club. He began his full-time Ministry of Music at a Presbyterian church in Chicago, and then moved to the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, where he served…  Read More