Sun Lakes United Methodist Church

Staff Members

Meet Our Staff Members

Sun Lakes United Methodist Church has a friendly and efficient staff who are here to make your day a little more pleasant. Meet our staff members below and be sure to come into our Administration Building during the week and say “hello”. We are very appreciative to all the many volunteers who donate their free hours to help the various Church projects efficiently.

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Marvin Arnpriester

Senior Pastor

Marvin joined SLUMC as Senior Pastor in July of 2015. He retired in 2011 after serving 41 years in Iowa. Pastor Marvin and Carolyn, his wife of 55 years, moved to Chandler, Arizona. He and Carolyn have two sons, two granddaughters, and two grandsons. According to Pastor Marvin, only one question matters, “Is this what God wants?” and if it is, “we must be about doing it!”

Dr. David Holling

Pastoral Care

David Holling is a retired United Methodist Pastor having served churches in Wisconsin, Georgia, and Iowa before coming to SLUMC in 2019. David and his wife Kathleen, a retired librarian, moved to Sun Lakes in 2014 from Indiana where he directed a hospital-based pastoral counseling center for 11 years. David and Kathleen have been married since 1972, and they have a son, daughter, and two grandsons.

Joan Loose

Stephen Ministry Coordinator

Joan became coordinator of the Stephen Ministry program in 2016. She and her husband Jim moved from Colorado to Arizona in 2002 and Joan retired from State Farm after 17 years. They have four children and six grandchildren.


Dr. Julian Pickens


Julian is a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed substance abuse counselor, and a board certified interventionist. He became a member of SLUMC in 1989 where he met his wife of 24 years, Marilyn. They have one son, one daughter, four grandsons, and one granddaughter. Julian teaches the SLUMC adult Sunday school and they are both members of the choir.

Mary Sievert


Mary is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). She has worked in the field of psychology in many different capacities, until she retired in 2016. Mary loves helping others, and was proud to join the Sun Lakes Counseling team in the spring of 2020. Mary also enjoys playing the piano, singing, and directing bells. She became involved with our SLUMC music in 2016. She and Scott also love spending time with family.


Cris Evans

Music Director

Cris earned a teaching degree from ASU and taught in public schools for 21 years, retiring in 2010 from Hamilton High School. Cris is a published composer and also the Director of the Sun Lakes Chorale. She has been the Music Director at SLUMC since March, 1999. Her husband, Bart, shares her passion for all things musical and is the Choir Director at Mesa Community College. Cris has three children and 8 grandchildren.

Mary Sievert

Bell Choir Director, Choir Accompanist

Mary loves music, and has been singing and playing piano her whole life! She started playing bells in high school and has been directing/playing bells ever since. Mary was a church pianist in Tempe for 25 years, and became involved with SLUMC music in 2016. As a licensed therapist, Mary’s “day job” has been in the field of psychology. In 2020, Mary joined our Sun Lakes Counseling team. She and Scott love spending time with their 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Caroline Brown

Organist, Choir Accompanist

I joined the music ministry team in February of 2015. Prior to our winter move to Sun Lakes, I taught public school vocal music, had been a community choral director, and church musician serving as organist, director, and accompanist. My husband Bill and I have two children and five grandchildren all living in South Dakota. Our summer home is in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Jean Nelson

Pianist, Organist

Jean started her career as a high school business teacher in South Dakota. In 1979, she and her family moved to Nebraska, where she worked at First National Bank of Omaha for 30 years retiring as Vice President of the branch. She and her husband, Gary, have two sons, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They moved to Arizona in 2015 to be near Jean's three sisters and one of her brothers. She feels blessed to have a close and caring family.


Jean Hamlin

Office and Communications Administrator

Jean comes from the business world, having served in marketing and communications, office management, and administration. She is a successful small business owner and graduate of the University of Phoenix. She enjoys online gaming, board games, and cooking. Jean lives in Chandler, has two daughters, and cares for her mother who lives in Ahwatukee.

Deanna Betz

Finance and Database Administrator

Deanna was born and raised in the Monterey Bay area of California and moved to Arizona in 1999. She and her husband Brian have been married for 37 years. Deanna is experienced in accounting, payroll, and human resources. She holds a certification from the American Payroll Association. She enjoys reading, movie date nights with Brian, and her two Chihuahuas. She loves the Sun Lakes area and is very happy to be a part of SLUMC.

Jackie Young

Administrative Assistant

Jackie was born and raised in Danville, Illinois. She and her husband arrived in Arizona 15 years ago, where her husband came to work. They have two daughters, Stephani and Taylor who both live and work in Chicago. Jackie likes scrapbooking, water and snow skiing.

Ken Schaffer


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