Clergy & Staff
Rev'd Canon Timothy M. Dombek
In September 2016, the Rev'd Canon Timothy M. Dombek became Rector of Advent Episcopal Church in Sun City West, Arizona; he also serves very part-time as Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving for the Diocese of Arizona. Timothy and his family moved to Arizona in late 2007, when Timothy became Canon to the Ordinary for Bishop Kirk Smith, a position he held for six years before becoming Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving in 2013. Prior to arriving in Arizona, Timothy served as rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville, South Carolina.
In 2014, along with co-author Michael Durall, Timothy published the book, Making The Annual Pledge Drive Obsolete: How Churches Can Get Out of This Business Once and For All, available from VitalCongregations.com and for Kindle at Amazon.com.
From 1996 to 2000, Timothy served as school chaplain at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, a K-12 college-preparatory school in Columbia, South Carolina, while also priest-in-charge of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, in rural Jenkinsville, SC, one of the five historic African-American missions in the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. The Dombeks moved to Columbia in 1996 from Church of the Transfiguration, in Dallas, Texas, after Timothy served a four-year curacy as Family Life Minister. Timothy graduated with his Master of Divinity in 1992 from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, in Evanston, Illinois.
Before ordained ministry, Timothy, worked five years as a Certified Financial Planner, following a six-year stint in broadcasting as a radio announcer in his home state of Indiana. He and his wife, Beth, a retired Elementary school resource teacher, have been married since 1990, and they have one adult child, Jonathan.
Deacon Debbie Greenleaf started attending the Episcopal Church in Idaho in January 1996 and in 2002 joined St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Boise. She was at once drawn to join the Mission Committee at the church and became actively involved in their many outreach programs. In 2010, Debbie started the process to become a deacon. She wanted to not only help her community but felt the need to inspire others to go out and serve as well. In the fall of 2012 she attended the Utah Ministry Formation Program in Salt Lake City, UT and was ordained on December 6, 2015 in Boise.
Deacon Meg Lewis
The Reverend Dr. Janet R. Gooltz began theological studies while raising her four children. She is a graduate of Vassar College and Weston Jesuit School of Theology. She holds a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Now retired she was board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains.
She describes herself as being of “Missouri farm stock” and has a large backyard garden in which she grows much of her own produce. Janet’s four children, her deceased husband’s four, and her surrogate daughter have given her 21 grandchildren.Her user name is Retired Sorta!
The Reverend Janice Watts joined the Episcopal Church in 1998 after being a lifelong Catholic. She had always felt called to ordained ministry. She graduated in 2007 from Seabury-Western Theologial Seminary in Evanston IL with a Master of Divinity and spent 3 years at All Saints in Western Springs, IL. After ordination in 2010, Janice was called to All Saints of the Desert here in Sun City as the Associate and later spent six years as Assisting Priest at St. Andrew's Glendale. In October 2019, she and her husband Patrick joined Advent. They have enjoyed every day of serving and celebrating here in this wonderful community. Patrick and Janice have been married for 51 years. They have two grown children and a grandson in Denver Co.
Licensed Lay Pastoral Care Ministers
Sharon Mather is a "cradle Episcopalian". She is a graduate of Education for Ministry (EFM), serves as a lay minister, and belongs to the Order of the Daughters of the King, Clare of Assisi Chapter. Other parish involvement includes Advent's ACW, Helping Hands for Children in Crisis, Advent's Neighborhood Link Coordinator. She is licensed by the Diocese of Arizona as a Pastoral Care Leader and does pastoral home and hospital visitations offering the comfort of anointing, healing prayers and Eucharist.
Other Directors & Administrators
Eldon Wold, Jr., was raised on a farm in Ottawa, Illinois. In elementary school I began piano lessons and began playing for Sunday school services at our family Lutheran church when I was 10 yrs old. Organ lessons were added and I began playing for church services at age 13. I studied piano and organ through high school. I was in a spectacular high school choir. I've told many people, "I was in the best high school choir you've ever heard". While we sang mostly a capella, I received the Chopin Award given annually to an accompanist. I also played organ for my high school baccalaureate service. I continued organ and piano in college (Southern Illinois University), was a member of the Dean's College Scholar Program and completed a double major in Music Education and Piano Performance.
During my college days, I always knew that I wanted to retire to Arizona. After completing 35 years of teaching in Illinois......high school choir, elementary music and private lessons, I moved to Surprise in March, 2017. Last winter was the best winter of my life.
Last January I attended a service at Advent. Having spent 19 years in Episcopal churches (52 yrs total!)..... I enjoyed many things about the service and the acoustics of the church. Attendance was good and I felt there was definitely potential for some wonderful congregational singing. So: fast-forward nine months and I'm happy and excited about beginning a new adventure at Advent Episcopal.
Valerie Lynch is our new (2022) Administrative Assistant. Valerie is originally from New York, but also lived in California, Indiana and New Jersey before relocating to the Phoenix area in 2011. She has been in the “church business” for many years. She served as a Religious Program Specialist in the US Navy Reserve (with Marines), a Membership/Stewardship Assistant at Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in Indianapolis (10 years) and a Community Coordinator at Community Church of NY Unitarian Universalist (13 years). She is married to Nick Reachmack. She has 5 adult step-children, 4 adult grandchildren, and 15 “exchange student children” from all over the world.
David Booth is our new (2022) Sexton. David is originally from Waukegan, Illinois but moved to Phoenix in 1980. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 35 years of service. David is married to his wife Marygrace. They have 3 adult children and 4 beautiful grandchildren. He enjoys traveling and spending time with family.