Pinnacle Presbyterian Church


Pinnacle Mission Group offers Alternative Gift Market


This year we are approaching our Christmas mission a little differently. As Presbyterians, we are a people rooted in the grace of Jesus Christ. It is our gratitude for God's grace that moves us to join in God's mission in the world as well as our communities closer to home. Click here to learn more.

Strategies for Tax Effective Annual and Legacy Giving

Sunday, October 7 | 11:30 am | Sanctuary Room 2
Presented by: Maggie Harmon, Ministry Relations Officer, Presbyterian Foundation

• Timing our gifts wisely based on new IRS tax laws and income expectations

• Multiplying our generosity through IRA gifts (70 ½ R.M.D. & Legacy)

• Stewardship: our response to God’s grace and commitment to Pinnacle’s  financial sustainability

• Donor Advised Funds: get your family involved

• Charitable Trusts: share the connection

Brought to you by Pinnacle’s Stewardship Committee and Pinnacle Presbyterian Church Foundation

Support Hurricane Florence Victims


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has already arrived in the Carolinas to provide immediate aid to those affect by Hurricane Florence. Please consider a donation to help their efforts.  Give through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance directly, write a check to the church with PDA in the memo line or make an online donation via Pinnacle here.

2018-19 Concert Series Tickets Now on Sale


Pinnacle is pleased to celebrate the twentieth season of outstanding performances of the Pinnacle Concert Series.  This year the schedule includes a variety of musical styles and performers for all ages.  Beginning with the return of the enormously popular Phantom of the Organ, featuring guest artist Kristen Hertzenberg, the series will also include such perennial favorites as Celebration of Christmas and the Messiah. We will introduce some new performers this year, such as renowned composer of AZ Opera’s hugely successful Riders of the Purple Sage, Craig Bohmler and Friends, in concert, as well as The Phat Pack, in a powerhouse show of Broadway favorites. Returning this season are the boys of December ’63, featuring the music of Franky Valli and the Four Seasons.  We are featuring two evenings of exquisite choral music with three of Arizona’s own choruses: The Shrine of the Ages Choir from Northern Arizona University, Helios: A Modern Renaissance combined with the Phoenix Girls Chorus. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit

Harmony Ministries Port-au-Prince School Near Completion

The Harmony Ministries School in Port-au-Prince Haiti is getting closer to completion.  In preparation for students to return in September the doors, windows, and room dividers have finally been completed.  While their classrooms are simple, students are able to learn to read and write, discover math and science.  Most importantly that God loves them and wants them to learn!

Your donations and support have provided for this opportunity for these Haitian kids to learn and grow.  We are hoping that before school starts they will have new benches for each student and teacher desks.  Check out the pictures of all the work that has been completed this summer! Imagine each room with benches and smiling students ready to learn. Please keep the students and teachers in your prayers. 

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Pinnacle welcomes Evōk Chamber Choir from Houston, TX on June 24. The group will sing during 10:00 am worship in the Sanctuary and perform a concert at 1:00 pm in the Chapel. FREE

Evōk: Eclectic Voices of Kingwood
In the fall of 2012, a new and unique chamber choir was formed in the northeast area of Houston, Texas. In residence at Lone Star College-Kingwood, the choir was intentionally designed by its founder, Dr. Todd R. Miller, to be eclectic in nature, both in terms of choristers and repertoire. 

Evōk is made up of 14 singers from the Lake Houston area. By design, a small portion of the ensemble’s singers are music professionals excelling in their chosen area; the rest of the singers are exemplary voice students attending Lone Star College-Kingwood, a two-year college. This diverse mix of voices creates the unique sound of Evōk. Together, they sing an array of challenging vocal music, including Renaissance madrigals, sacred classics, secular art songs, and entertaining arrangements of popular music from different eras.  A majority of the music is sung a cappella, making Evōk a versatile ensemble for many events and venues, from the concert hall to churches and house concerts. In addition to its seasonal community concert performances, Evōk was recently the invited back-up chorus for Josh Groban’s sold-out concert at the Hobby Center in Houston.  

Evōk has toured widely in the US, including trips to South Carolina, Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as Texas.  They look forward to their upcoming tour of Arizona in June, 2018, where they will perform in Scottsdale, Sedona, Prescott and Glendale.  

Arizona Tour Themes and Repertoire:
In August of 2017 Hurricane Harvey destroyed or damaged a large swath of Houston, including the greater Kingwood area, where over 5000 homes were flooded.  Lone Star College-Kingwood encountered over 30 million dollars in damage, and six of its nine buildings were flooded or damaged. 

In light of this devastating event Dr. Miller has chosen repertoire built largely around the theme of water.  Water is powerful and necessary for life; it is also a destructive force.  Water is also a symbol of life and love, and the collective love demonstrated by the community through this tragedy has brought hope to an entire city even as it still struggles to recover.

Music for this tour includes modern choral arrangements of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge over Troubled Water, Dolly Parton’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning, Carly Simon’s Let the River Run, and the classic Somewhere Over the Rainbow.  Also included are new settings of various sacred texts, including O Vos Omnes and 1 Cor. 13 (Love Bears All Things).   Sacred and secular pieces are woven into smaller sets to create a narrative arc.   A sample of composers/arrangers whose music will be performed on the tour include:  Kim André Arnesen, Ēriks Eŝenwalds, Ola Gjeilo, Blake Henson, Craig Hella Johnson, Claudio Monteverdi, Stephen Paulus, and Joan Szymko.   

Pinnacle Announces Mission Outreach to Create Academy


Pinnacle’s Mission Ministry Group recently extended its mission outreach to include Create Academy, a two-year-old tuition-free public charter school serving low income families. Kelly Horn is Principal of the school and was formerly Director of Children’s Ministry at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.

Create academy is a K-5 tuition free, public charter school with 137 students located in Phoenix off Highway 51 just east of Children’s Hospital. The school is dedicated to arts integration, project-based learning and social justice. Between 80-90% of the students are below the poverty level.  Some students live at UMOM family homeless shelter.

Through an arts integrated curriculum anchored in project -based learning, Create Academy aims to prepare all students for success in college, career and society by teaching students to collaboratively invent, design, and implement creative solutions that address society problems and injustices. Research shows arts integrated programs of study increase student achievement, decrease discipline problems, and increase student attendance across multiple schools and school districts. Another goal is to equip students with the basic academic and social skilled needed to succeed in a public middle school.

Pinnacle members will have an opportunity to make a difference at Create Academy through volunteering at the school, financial assistance and prayer support for teachers and students. Please look for the Arizona Public Education Tax Credit envelopes in the pew racks beginning Sunday, April 22. Bring your donation envelope on Sunday, April 29 or drop off in the church office no later than Friday, May 13.

We encourage you to support this important local mission project.  Help us build an emotional and spiritual relationship with the children and staff members at Create Academy.

Pinnacle Director of Elementary & Youth Singing Choirs Receives Award in Urban Education


Pinnacle's very own Katherine Talley, a 5th-grade teacher at Echo Mountain Intermediate School and demonstration teacher for the Center for Teacher Development, is the recipient of the Sontag Prize in Urban Education. The Sontag Prize in Urban Education is awarded to excellent teachers from across the nation. Congratulations, Katherine! Click here to read full article.




The Spiritual Art Commitee Needs Your Help!

We are gearing up for a very exciting new project that involves ecology and recycling of non-bio-degradable plastics. This project calls for as many CLEAN 16 oz water bottles as we can gather, including plastic tops from other bottles and containers.

Please see the guidelines for collecting bottles and bottle caps below:

  1. Please empty all water bottles before placing them in your kitchen size garbage bag (all bottles must be collected in garbage bags).
  2. Please remove and save all bottle caps (see below).
  3. Please save all colors of caps and tops from JARS AND BOTTLES (ie: mayonnaise, peanut butter, fruit juice bottles, soda bottles, etc.). We will use them to create colorful signage for the ecology project. Caps and tops can be tossed into a smaller bag for collection.
  5. Collect your bottles and keep them at home! Watch the bulletin for the date when you are able to bring them into the church. We are building a “Bottle Corral."

Thank you so much for your help in collecting supplies for this project!

Help Pinnacle Equip the Kitchen

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We're making good on a commitment made in 2012 to meet the dreams of families, cooks and gathering-minded folks for a church kitchen. Previous donations from the Tending the Promise campaign and those close to the project have already funded nearly two-thirds of the project. Construction has been completed. You can help us finish strong and equip the kitchen by pledging to underwrite the cost of specific equipment or with a cash donation. There are several items on our needs/wish list, please click the here to view the various ways you can help.

Park Center to Partner with Princeton

Pinnacle is pleased to announce a new partnership with External Princeton Theological Seminary (XPTS). Princeton has asked the Fran Park Center to be their proof of concept for a brand-new program called Certificate of Theological Seminary (C: TM + Online.) Eventually there will be many XPTS campuses throughout the country, but Pinnacle is the first.


The FPC is forming small cohort to participate in this online program which begins at the end of January, 2018. It’s a 14-week self-paced, online class that is a ‘peer-to-peer concept.’ This means that one does the course work online, but there is an open discussion among the group. Along with the online course work, there is a weekly ‘live class’ hosted by a Princeton Theological Seminary professor on one of four topics, but all four will be covered:

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Theology
  • World Christianity

The last part of the C: TM + Online program is the hypothetical case study that is part of the weekly module. This case study is also discussed at a meeting with the cohort on Sunday afternoon following worship. The ultimate goal of the C: TM + Online is completely in line with the Fran Park Center goals.

Please download the following pdf to learn more about this exciting partnership,
Certificate of Theology and Ministry Course Overview 2018

or log onto:

Making a Difference Informational Meeting

Pinnacle invites you to an information meeting on to learn more about this interfaith, three-day workshop for lay and ordained persons in ministry.

Wednesday, January 17 from 5:30-6:30 pm
Chapel Library

Ministry today requires the ability to inspire others to participate and to be involved, and the strength of mind to respond in new and difficult situations in a changing world. These challenges require that a minister listen and lead in new and creative ways.

Making a Difference: A Course for Those Who Minister provides you with new tools that empower you to deal effectively with those issues that are most basic, most urgent—the daily business of ministry, the spirit and heart of fully living out your calling, making thoughtful choices, relating powerfully to others, and having your life and ministry make the difference you want them to make.

This workshop is presented by The Mastery Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne McDowell and/or Dorothy Stingley at

David Allen Named Director of Ministries in Music and Arts


Following a year-long national search, Pinnacle is delighted to announce that Mr. David Allen will be joining Pinnacle as our new Director of Ministries in Music and Arts in late January, with his first Sunday leading music to be January 28. At their November meeting, Session reviewed and affirmed the recommendation from Dr. Wesley Avram and the Music Ministry Search Committee, chaired by Susan Forrest.

A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, David is currently the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Kingwood United Methodist Church in Houston, TX. David is also the associate conductor of EVŌK, a semi-professional chamber choir in residence at Lone Star College-Kingwood. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Education from the Cline School of Music at North Greenville University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina.

David is a French horn player, conductor, and singer. Prior to a full-time ministry, David was the Director of Bands at Blue Ridge High School in Greenville, SC. Under his direction, the Bands of Blue Ridge won two back-to-back state championships in marching, and scored superior in all state and national concert events. Before coming to Texas, David was the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Bethany United Methodist in Summerville, SC where he enjoyed the revitalization of a music program that became a flagship program for traditional churches in the state.

"We’re blessed by his enthusiasm to join us, and I know that you’ll soon see what I and the search committee saw in him." commented Dr. Avram.

Many thanks to our search committee: Susan Forrest (Chair), Steve Crosby, Carrol Svedeen, Erin Boyd, Marilyn Sorenson, Kim Schaller, Mike Hegeman, Jacque Olmert, Nancy Schamadan, Christine Kilbridge, and Jennifer Wood.  Special thanks also to Dr. Sharon Hansen, Interim Director of Music and the Arts and Brandon Burns, Interim Organist for all they did to assure success in this search.

Watch for details to follow as we plan celebrations to thank Sharon for her work among us, and welcome David.

Brandon Burns | Doctoral Organ Recital


Our very own, Brandon Burns is having his second doctoral recital next Tuesday.  Please see event details below.

Brandon Burns | Doctoral Organ Recital
Featuring Olivier Messiaen's La Nativite du Seigneur
December 5 | 7:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
100 W Roosevelt St., Phoenix
Parking available in the garage behind the church

Operation Christmas Child


Join the Children’s Ministry Committee in sponsoring a child this year with Operation Christmas Child.  Boxes will be available October 22 and all boxes are due Nov 12.  You will choose to pack for a girl or boy, ages 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 and then a suggested list of items: wow item, personal care, clothing and accessories, crafts and activities, toys and a personal note.  Contact Hillary Mackowski.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Relief Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance—Hurricane Response Information

As the floodwaters in Texas only begin to recede, new devastation has arrived in the Caribbean, with Hurricane Irma closing in on Florida and additional storms developing in the Atlantic.

Members of PDA’s National Response Team are currently in Texas and the Gulf region, assessing damage, providing aid, and offering spiritual and emotional care for those impacted by the devastating winds and floods of Harvey. Even in the midst of that aftermath, PDA is working with its partners to provide relief to those in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and reaching out to networks in its path. This category 5 hurricane carries sustained winds of 180 mph, and is expected to remain a category 4 or 5 storm as it proceeds through the Caribbean, toward the United States. As people in Barbuda, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Florida and other areas nearby begin digging out from the storm or bracing for this storm’s impact, PDA is already engaged.

Support Presbyterian Disaster Assistance’s emergency response and long-term recovery work in the areas affected. Gifts can be designated in two ways: Hurricane Harvey (DR000169-Harvey) and Atlantic Regional Hurricanes (DR000194). You can also give with a credit card by visiting, by phone at 800-872-3283, or through Pinnacle by check in the offering plate with PDA Relief in the memo field.

Watch for future hands-on opportunities through our Mission Ministry Group how you can help.

God, our Shelter, in the challenging days to come, work through us to bring relief and respite, comfort and hope to those who grieve the loss of family, home, and safety. Give us and those we serve faith to walk on through weary days of rebuilding. May our generosity in prayer and in tangible signs of support overflow more than floodwaters, to sustain your work of healing and rebuilding and to bring comfort and strength to those who suffer. Amen.

Hillary Mackowski Joins Pinnacle Staff

Pinnacle is delighted to welcome Hillary Mackowski as new acting Director of Children’s Ministry. Hillary most recently served as Director of Children Ministries at Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church for three years and as a preschool teacher at CASY for four years. She is a graduate from Missouri State University and began her Masters of Business Administration at Drury University. She also served as VP of Human Resources for Springfield ReManufacturing Corp. in Springfield, Missouri.

"I’m thrilled to combine both my love for Jesus & “littles” into this full-time position and looking forward to follow the Lord’s call to build His kingdom," said Mackowski.

"My love for children and Jesus and his constant Grace lead me to this position and I could not be more thrilled! My goals are very simple; to continue the tremendous work that has been done and to engage families and staff to see how we can create new events to promote further success of Pinnacle Presbyterian’s Children’s Ministries.  I’m honored to join your community and looking forward to meeting you all." Hillary continued.

Hillary and her husband, Scott, have four children, Ellie 17, Ethan, 16, Eli 14 and Emily 13.



Let’s create a magical “Back-to School” experience for area school children by bringing the following supplies to church as part of the annual Vista Del Camino program. Let’s pack the “Magic School Buses” located at the exits of the Sanctuary and the Chapel. Donations can also be dropped off in the church office. If you prefer to donate money, do so through the church office and clearly note that the contribution is for the “Back to School” Ministry.

DEADLINE: July 16.
Questions? Contact Jenni Eisel at


  • Backpacks, all sizes (large especially needed)
  • Three-ring binders (1-inch, 2-inch, 3-inch & 4-inch)
  • Spiral notebooks, ruled paper (both wide- and college-(150 sheets)
  • One-subject notebooks, wide-rule and college-rule (70 sheets)
  • Composition books, wide-rule and college-rule, pocket folders
  • Highlighters, colored pencils, 10-pack pencils (sharpened), 10-pack blue and black pens, 24-pack crayons, 8-pack colored markers
  • Glue sticks, rulers, pencil pouches for 3-ring binders
  • Socks and underwear for all youth, young adult sizes (XS to XXX)

Please note that our summer office hours are Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm and Friday 8:00 am - Noon. Summer hours run June 16 - September 1. As always, the pastor on call is available for pastoral emergencies after hours by calling the office at 480-585-9448 and follow the prompts.

Fran Park Center is going to the Holy Land

Join Pinnacle pilgrims for an authentic experience in the land of Jesus' ministry.  The Holy Land is often called "the fifth gospel," as it tells the "on the ground" story of Israel, Jesus, and the encounter of world religions.  We will walk ancient stones, meet "living stones," and learn of God.  This unusual opportunity will be over the New Year's holiday, giving us a chance to celebrate the passage of a year in one of the most storied and beautiful places on earth.  learn more