Over the past year the Central Assembly family has been in prayer, seeking God’s direction for a senior pastor . . . a shepherd . . . one specifically chosen for our congregation. In the providence of God, He has chosen such a person. On Sunday night, March 28, 2010, Rev. Jeff Peterson was strongly elected to serve the congregation of Central Assembly.
For almost 18 years, Jeff has been the senior pastor of Red Mountain Christian Center in Mesa, Arizona. Under his leadership, the church has experienced significant growth, reaching out to the lost, both locally and globally. Red Mountain is a body of believers that desires to bring glory to God in worship, prayer and daily living in an authentic, scripturally balanced manner.
As we have journeyed the road of losing a beloved pastor, the Central congregation is praying for the Red Mountain family as they begin their search for a new shepherd. We know God orders our steps and time is in His hands.
Jeff and Carla Peterson were both born in Chicago, where Jeff’s dad was a pastor. However, they didn’t meet until almost 20 years later. Jeff attended Central Bible College, graduating in 1983. He moved to the Phoenix area and began working with Tommy Barnett at Phoenix First Assembly, where he stayed until 1992. During his tenure, he served as youth pastor, then college pastor. Carla’s family moved to Phoenix in the ‘70’s. Carla’s mom wanted her to meet the “new youth pastor” at Phoenix First Assembly. It was soon evident that Jeff and Carla were meant to be together.
In August 1992, Jeff Peterson became the Senior Pastor of Red Mountain Christian Center in Mesa, Arizona. For almost 18 years, RMCC has experienced significant growth and expansion of ministries.
Jeff’s dad, who served as district superintendent of Kansas for many years, modeled strong godly leadership qualities for his son. Jeff is active in district work and has served as sectional presbyter, member of the World and Home Missions Committees, and has participated on the American Indian College Board of Directors. He currently represents the Arizona District as General Presbyter, in addition to his pastoral ministry.
Jeff and his wife, Carla, have been married 25 years and have 3 beautiful daughters. Whitney (21), is newly married to Caleb Williams and is completing her B.A. in Interior Design from Northern Arizona University. Mikaela (19), is in her first year at the James River Leadership College. Aubrey (17), is a junior at Highland High School.
Jeff is passionate about seeing life-change in people of all ages and backgrounds. He lives a lifestyle of worship, loves the Word of God, revels in the expansion of Kingdom work through missions, and believes authenticity and a missional-focus are keys to effectiveness for today’s church.
Some of Jeff’s sermons can be accessed on the RMCC website: www.redmountain.cc
We are ever grateful to the Lord for sending us His very special gift . . . Pastor Jeff and Carla Peterson!