Leadership Team

Pastor Brian

Pastor Brian was called to serve at Spirit of Joy in 2016. Before moving to Arizona he served in Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin– Stevens Point, where he received his  B.S. degree in Business Administration. Prior to going to seminary he enjoyed a career in contract manufacturing sales and product development and marketing.  Pastor Brian earned his Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and truly loves the energy and dynamics of life and service in God’s church! Pastor Brian is blessed with 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren and enjoys spending time with his wife and family. His primary hobbies include carpentry, gardening, biking, hiking and skiing whenever possible as an alumni member of the National Ski Patrol.

Carolyn Walstad

Office Administrator

You will often hear Carolyn say, “God is good!” Carolyn  joined the Spirit of Joy team as the Office Administrator in 2014 and she is quick to note that each week brings new blessings, new faces, and opportunities to serve our SOJ family and community.  Carolyn received her BA degree in Psychology in 1995 from ASU and has a  background in the mental health and family ministry.  Her lifelong hobby has been landscape design and all things connected with the great outdoors.  Originally from Canada, then Minnesota, her family relocated to Arizona over 30 years ago and they love the heat.   Carolyn and her husband Steve have three married children with beautiful families of their own. Our children, their spouses and grandchildren are a great source joy. “The wonderful people that minister and worship here at SOJ are truly my inspiration.”

Chris Mack

Director of Music / Choir Director / Hand Bell Director

Chris feels he has been blessed beyond measure and thanks God for all things good. Chris has served as the Director of Music at Spirit of Joy since 2007. Chris is the Counseling Department Chair at Gilbert High School and has a rich background in music. Born and raised in Chicago, music was a huge part of Chris’ life. As a kid, he remembers seeing groups like the Benny Goodman Orchestra, Count Basie, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, and many others. He received a master’s degree in Choral Music from Arizona State University, and his bachelor’s degree from DePaul University. Chris was one of the first principal vocalists with the Phoenix Vocal Jazz since 1992. Chris also works with Music Serving the Word to share God’s love through Jazz. Chris has two boys and enjoys his time spent with his family. He is grateful to his wife for being his biggest fan, and his Mom and Dad for the best upbringing a kid could ask for!

Darin Shryock


Darin Shryock has been serving as pianist at Spirit of Joy since 2013. He feels blessed to continue his decades-long musical partnership with director, Chris Mack. In addition to his responsibilities at SOJ, Darin has been the Director of Choirs at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe since 1992. Under his direction the MdN Choirs have won numerous awards performing throughout the country. Favorite performances include the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall and Pearl Harbor. He is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator and pianist for various Arizona choral festivals and honor choirs. Mr. Shryock is the 2017 Arizona Music Educator of the Year and is highly active as a member of the Arizona Music Educators Association. He has been honored by the Tempe Union High School District, the Tempe Diablos and the Military Order of World War Veterans for his work as an educator and conductor. Darin performed and recorded with Phoenix Vocal Jazz, performing as featured artists with the Phoenix Symphony, opening for Rosemary Clooney and releasing 2 CDs. Darin graduated with a B.S.Ed. from Black Hills State University (1986) in Spearfish, South Dakota and earned the M.M. Choral Conducting from Arizona State University (1989). When he’s not at the piano or in front of a choir, Darin can be found on the golf course or in the kitchen. He and his wife, Connie, are most proud of their 2 sons. The eldest is serving in the US Army (Ft. Carson, CO) and the youngest is an ROTC Cadet at ASU

1159 North Greenfield Road
Gilbert AZ, 85234-2845


Pastor Brian Cain makes learning about the Lord fun and easy to understand. Absolutely love going to church at Spirit of Joy. The 10:30am service is filled with great people and just an all-around amazing experience. Recommend it to anybody.

Paul S.

Gilbert, AZ

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