The Rev. Len Silvester, Pastor (Interim)
Pastor Len joined us in September 2019 following the unexpected death of Pastor Sam Sawitski.
He was raised in Massachusetts, went to college in Pennsylvania, and returned to the Boston area for seminary. Ordained by the United Church of Christ in 1975, he has served churches in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Arizona before retiring in 2015. In two of these ministries he was the founding pastor.
Len lives with his wife, Liz, and their chihuahua mix, Olive Oyl, in Scottsdale. Their daughter and her family, including two grandchildren, live in San Jose, California.
He loves to meet new people, and looks forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Desert Garden UCC!
Annette Strangman, Business Manager
Annette asumed the position of Business Manager in August of 2019. She has been a member here since 2017. She is originally from California where she raised Arabian horses and also taught computers for many years at Christian Academy. She has vast bookkeeping experience and brings excellent management skills to our office.
Dennis Marsollier, Music Director
Claudia Marsollier, Organist
Dennis and Claudia Marsollier lead our music ministries. Dennis is the Music Director and handles all those duties except the direction of the handbell choir. Claudia is our organist and handbell director. Together with their children Eric and Gisele they have been part of our church for a decade. You will be inspired by their talent and dedication.
Joy Fanning, Administrative Assistant
Joy came to our office in November of 2019 and is a delight! She lives with her husband in Sun City, and retired after a career in the banking industry. She loves learning new software, and she enjoys the varied challenges of working with our church, helping people, and creating our many documents.
Duane Scholler, Custodian
Duane Scholler is a guy who can do anything. Not only does he keep the Desert Garden Church buildings and grounds in ship- shape condition, he can handle most maintenance activities. Duane has a special skill in overseeing projects to completion. We are so pleased that Duane found our church and we found him. Duane and his wife, Ann, come to Arizona from Minnesota where Duane worked managed the buildings and grounds for Boise Cascade.