OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
THE NEW TESTAMENT MODEL
The New Testament model for church leadership is a group of godly men who oversee the church and its spiritual development. These men were called elders, overseers and pastor/shepherds – all three terms refer to the same leadership position. While one or more of the elders often were primarily responsible for the preaching and teaching, all the elders had equal authority when it came to making decisions about the church.
THE THORNYDALE FAMILY CHURCH MODEL
At TFC we are committed to following this Biblical model of leadership. Our Elders seek God’s direction for our body as a group, so therefore, they operate on the basis of consensus, rather than majority rule.
The church meets as a body to approve the annual church budget and vote on other matters as required by our Constitution and Bylaws
PAT DAMIANI - TEACHING ELDER/PASTOR
Pat and his wife Mary are both Tucson natives and have been married since 1977. They have two grown children, Pam and Peter, and five beautiful grandchildren. Prior to becoming a full time pastor, Pat worked as a CPA, in land development and owned his own deli and catering business and also served as a bi-vocational church planter. I his spare time, he also officiates high school volleyball.
Mary ministers as an elementary school teacher and oversees the children’s ministries at TFC.
Pat has been at TFC since 2004 and is the elder primarily responsible for the teaching ministries of the church and teaches most weeks in the weekly gathering of worshipers.
JIM COPELAND - ELDER
Jim and his wife Sylvia have been married since 1989. Originally from Eugene Oregon, they relocated to Tucson in 2005 when Jim transferred into the position of Operations Manager for the Tucson Mall. Their quiver is definitely full with 6 children. Two grown children, Christopher and Daniel are Corrections Officers.
Sylvia is a stay-at-home mother, who continues to homeschool their remaining children, Abigail, Tamar, Lydia and Josiah. She is a certified leader with 4-H and actively serves Jesus through the Women’s Ministry and the Worship Team.
RYAN FREGOSO - ELDER
Ryan and his wife, Natalie moved to Tucson in 2009 from the Los Angeles area. Married in 2007, they have two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth and Gabrielle. Ryan works as a Human Resources Leader for a local resort. Natalie is a Legal Assistant at a local estate planning law firm. Natalie also serves as the Vice President and Treasurer for the non-profit organization that creates awareness for Gabrielle’s medical condition.
Ryan is a actively involved in the men’s ministry and provides support during the Sunday service. Natalie serves as the church clerk and also serves in the nursery
STEVE PONZO - ELDER
Steve and his wife Jennifer moved to Tucson with their families in the late 1990’s and are both graduates of the University of Arizona. They have been married since 2004 and have four children – Grace, Jonathan, Mia and Joseph. Steve is a commercial banker and has a strong passion for Bible study/teaching as well as music and leading worship. Jennifer is an RN at a local birth center and is involved in the children’s church ministry at TFC.
As an elder, Steve oversees finances, the Family/Couples small group, and has a leadership role in our worship/music ministry.