Friendship Community Church in Ahwatukee is getting only its second senior pastor since it started in Ahwatukee in 1995.
The Rev. David A. Deputy is taking over at the church, 9807 S. 48th St., moving here from Baker City, Oregon, and replacing retiring senior pastor and founder Randy Cook.
Deputy, married and the father of three children, brings with him a philosophy “to produce and unleash Christians whose lifestyles express Christ to their communities and beyond” and a goal “to develop Christians to be biblically based, family centered, socially responsible people of integrity who are evangelistically courageous.”
“This is achieved through expository preaching. Small-group ministry, community outreach and events, leadership development and discipleship,” he told the congregation in his resume.
A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in speech communications, Deputy earned his master of divinity degree in 2003 from Denver Seminary with an emphasis on youth and family.
He had been pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Oregon since 2009, and as part of his work served as a volunteer chaplain for the local police department.
“In this capacity, I built relationships with the officers and assisted officers in certain tasks, including counseling, death notifications and ride-alongs,” he said.
He had been associate pastor of the Oregon church prior to that after joining it in 2004, coming there from a nondenominational church in Palmer Lake, Colorado, where he served as youth pastor from 1998 to 2003.
Deputy said his parents and a brother already live in the Queen Creek area, and other relatives live across the Valley.
“In a lot of ways, it is coming home for me, but it will be a new adventure for the rest of the family, as they have only visited over the years,” he said, adding:
“We decided we wanted to be closer to family, and so when the opportunity arose, we pressed into it to see where God would lead, and it led to Ahwatukee.”
The church is associated with the Conservative Baptist Church of America.
Deputy said Friendship “has not been very active in the association, but that is something that I would like to see us move toward.”
He said that in Oregon, he found that Calvary Baptist is a close association “and the benefits of doing so are great. I hope to bring that mentality with me.”
Deputy married Allison the same year Friendship Community was founded. The couple’s three children range in age from 18 to 23.
Friendship Community has about 150 members with an average age in the 50s, according to a church profile. Its Sunday service is at 10 a.m.
It sponsors a number of regular activities, including Awana, men’s and women’s ministries and other groups and supports seven missionaries, an evangelism project in Jamaica and an annual service project in Nogales, Mexico.
Information: 480-598-9985 or Friendshipchurchonline.org.
Deputy also isn’t losing any time reaching out to the community: He plans to be in the Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club Easter Parade, driving “The Beast” – his 1971 International Travelall.
“It may be the greatest car I have ever owned,” he said. “It is old, rusty, it guzzles gas and is so fun to drive. It is a project car for my son and I … we are working to restore it together and we have a long ways to go … but we have the time.”