Rev. Dr. Brooke Isingoma,

Senior Pastor

Pastor Brooke was born and raised in Arizona. After living and serving in different parts of the world, she is happy to land at St. Matthew with her son. Pastor Brooke enjoys playing racquetball, being outside (when it's not too hot!) and time with family and friends. She is convinced of the value of corporate worship to shape us into individuals and a community that loves God, loves one another, and extends hospitality to the stranger. Pastor Brooke can be reached at brooke@stmatthewmesa.org

Andrew Ponder Williams,

Office Manager

Andrew relocated to Arizona from Newport Beach, California. In California Andrew served local United Methodist Churches as a Youth Director, Campus Minister, Office Manager, and a Consultant. Andrew has been an active leader in the United Methodist connection from a young age. He has served on the Board of Directors for the General Board of Church and Society in Washington, D.C., chaired a subcommittee at General Conference, and Chaired the Rules Committee for the South Central Jurisdiction. Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Rockhurst University, a Jesuit University in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri and a Certificate in Religion, Activism, and Social Justice from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. Andrew is married to Ashton, who is a manager with Albertsons grocery stores. They live in Scottsdale, Arizona and enjoy movies, music, and traveling. Andrew is a vegetarian of 18 years, enjoys writing, hiking, and swimming. Andrew is thankful to be a part of the ministry and community of St. Matthew and can’t wait to meet you and learn about what you love about your church.

Tonia Smith,

Coordinator of Children and Youth Ministries

Tonia is an Arizona native who loves to travel the globe. Some of her favorite destinations are Paris, India and Washington, DC. She has many years of experience in service to youth, in a variety of roles, including being a big sister to 10 younger siblings. Her two greatest passions are education and music, which she has been blessed to turn into ministry. In her spare time, Tonia enjoys reading and scrapbooking. Tonia can be reached at tonia@stmatthewmesa.org.

Ben Shafer,

Director of Music

Mr. Ben Shafer, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music and Choral Music Education. He received his master’s degree from Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona. Ben was appointed Sanctuary Choir Director at St. Matthew Methodist Church in Mesa in July 2015. Ben is now also Director of Music. He and his wife and four beautiful children have lived in Chandler for the last 10 years. Bringing with him a traditional background as a chorister, musician, and choral music director, Mr. Shafer proudly upholds the integrity of music in sacred church worship. He has served in many capacities in church music from Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley and Victory Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ. In addition to directing the sanctuary choir he teaches Music at Central High School in Phoenix Arizona where he directs 4 choirs and also teaches guitar and music methods. When he is not busy with music he enjoys camping hiking and traveling across the beautiful state of Arizona. Ben can be reached at ben@stmatthewmesa.org.

Steve Edman,

Organist & Pianist

Steve has been playing the piano and organ at St. Matthew soon after joining the church in 1985. He is a retired band director and helps school employees plan for their post retirement occupation. When time allows he enjoys writing and arranging new anthems for the choir and other special church occasions. Steve is an accomplished and creative piano and organ player and is often accused of not playing the notes as written on the page! Steve can be reached at sedman3@cox.net.

Anne Anderson,

Bell Choir Director

Anne Anderson is the Director of the Bells of Joy Handbell Choir at St. Matthew UMC. She was born and raised in Apache Junction, Arizona where she grew up singing and ringing in the United Methodist Church. Anne recently graduated with her Bachelor of Music Education: Choral degree from Northern Arizona University. While at NAU, she served as Bellmaster and President of the Harold M. Harter Memorial Choir. Anne is an accomplished choral singer, handbell ringer, and soloist across the East Valley. In her spare time, she teaches private piano and voice lessons from her studio at home. When she's not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and Shitzu, Henry. Anne can be reached at anne@stmatthewmesa.org