Elder

rickvarner@icloud.com
602.803.1014

How did the Lord save you?

I grew up in southern California and was blessed to be part of a Christian church as far back as I can remember. As a child, I attended Grace Community Church in Sun Valley California long before John MacArthur became their pastor. When I was 5 years old a Sunday school teacher shared the gospel with me and the Holy Spirit placed in my heart a desire to love Him, serve Him, and repent from my sin (as best as a 5 year old could understand). He has continued to keep me in His grip ever since.

What do you enjoy most about the ministry at Northwest Community Church?

I love the people at NCC and have developed valued relationships that have lasted for decades. I truly appreciate that God’s Word is focal point and that it is taught expositionally in the pulpit and classrooms every Sunday.

How long have you served here?

My family and I have been attending NCC for over 37 years. I have served in roles from child care, worship co-leader, Small Group leader, Growth Group co-teacher, men’s Bible study, Men’s Ministry, counseling, one-on-one discipling, and providing premarital counseling with Romina. Presently I am serving in the Welcome Center, will be leading a Small Group in Anthem, providing premarital counseling as needed, and discipling one on one.

What is special about Northwest Community Church?

NCC is one of only a handful of churches in the valley where God’s Word is revered and faithfully exposited.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in southern California. I had the privilege of attending Grace Community Church for 23 years, 10 of which were under the teaching of John MacArthur. I moved to Arizona in 1979, and shortly thereafter became a member of NCC and have been involved ever since.

Are you married? How many children (and grandchildren) do you have?

Shortly after moving to Arizona in 1979 from southern California, I married Romina and now have 4 adult children: Rich, Nicole, Aaron, and Adam. Rich and his wife Queli and 2 girls and a boy, Aaron and his wife Erika and their 2 boys, and Adam and his wife Maria and their daughter all attend NCC. Nicole and her husband Anthony and their daughter attend Grace Bible Church in Phoenix. All my children and their spouses love and serve the Lord.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I am an entrepreneur and currently own a nutritional supplement company and beauty products company selling in the US and UK. I have been an Arizona Licensed Real Estate Broker since 1981. I am an instrument rated pilot and in my spare time enjoy snow skiing, road biking, mountain biking, dirt biking, and golf.