Dr. Bob and Carolyn Sawvelle are the founding and Senior Pastors of Passion Church. Bob functions as the primary teaching pastor, oversees curriculum and course development, leadership training, and church business affairs. Bob has Doctorate (DMin) and Master (ThM) degrees in Ministry and Theology and is ordained with Global Awakening ministries led by Dr. Randy Clark. His doctoral dissertation focused upon the validity of Christian healing ministry as it relates to evangelism and church growth.
His newest book, Our Eyes Are on You: Principles to Prevail in Faith and Prayer, is available from Amazon. He has written two books on healing ministry, Receive Your Miracle Now and A Case for Healing Today, and an encouraging book on living an extraordinary life, Fulfill Your Dreams: Seize the Day and Be Extraordinary, which can also be found on Amazon. To read Bob’s weekly blog articles and learn more about the books that he has written, visit BobSawvelle.com.
In addition to his pastoral duties and writing, Bob is a DMin doctoral mentor for the Randy Clark Scholars cohort at United Theological Seminary (UTS). He also serves as an adjunct professor teaching masters level classes in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting with the Global Awakening Theological Seminary (GATS), and he is an online course facilitator for Global Awakening’s Christian Healing Certification Program (CHCP) and Christian Prophetic Certification Program (CPCP).
Dr. Bob and Carolyn Sawvelle are the founding and Senior Pastors at Passion Church. Carolyn functions in several key roles in the church, overseeing the church office staff and functions, Life Group ministries, and assisting in leadership development. She also provides pastoral oversight for the marriage and family, inner healing, prophetic, youth and children, altar team, and prayer ministries at Passion Church. She is ordained with Global Awakening Ministries and has extensive training in prayer and intercession, the prophetic, healing, inner healing, and leadership. She has an AS degree in Computer Science. Carolyn loves spending time with Bob, family, and her Passion family.
Elizabeth is our Connect Pastor and her primary role at Passion is helping people get connected to the life of the church through Life Groups and Serve Teams. She has a heart for all of God’s people and genuinely loves seeing them transformed by the power of the Spirit! In addition to helping new people get plugged in, Elizabeth also assists with the administration of the church. She has a BS in Systems Analysis, an MA in Education, and attended seminary at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. Her ministry experience includes serving as a missions pastor in a large, Spirit-Filled church, as a care pastor at a smaller church, and serving as a missionary in Taiwan, South Sudan, and Bethlehem. Elizabeth is an adventurer and loves to travel.
Hannah & Tyler
Hannah and Tyler are the Passion youth pastors. As youth pastors, Hannah and Tyler oversee Passion youth meetings and events, and interacts with Passion parents and teens. Hannah also administers the social media department and assists with the development of the marriage and family ministry. When they aren’t working, you will find them loving on their kids!
Brittany is our Children’s Pastor and oversees nursery age through fifth grade classes. Her heart is for all children to develop a deep, genuine, and eternal heart after God. As part of her role, Brittany leads the volunteer team, selects and implements the curriculum, and loves on all of the Passion parents and children. Stepping into the call of ministry at a young age, she has various ministry leadership experiences. Alongside her husband, she was a youth pastor for 10 years and associate pastor for 3 years at her father-in-law’s church. As a wife and momma of three, her world revolves around her family, coffee and Jesus.
Life Group Pastor
Josh is our Life Group pastor; he provides pastoral support to Life Group leaders and their groups. He longs to see people encounter God’s presence and power through worship and prayer. As a Life Group leader himself, he encourages people in their walk with God and loves to see them awakened to the gift and call that God has placed on their lives. Before coming to Passion Church, Josh served as a Youth Pastor for 15 years and then as an Associate Pastor, both in his father’s church. He enjoys spending time in the great outdoors and with his family and friends.
Sam is our Wholeness Pastor. He oversees the after service prayer team and is developing the Passion inner healing ministry. Sam and his wife Margith love to see people healed in body, soul, and spirit, and set into their destiny and purpose in Christ. He and Margith direct the Southern Arizona Healing Rooms hosted here at Passion and they also lead a Life Group in the Green Valley/Sahuarita area. In the 1980s they were introduced to healing ministry under John Wimber and went on to become directors of two healing rooms. In 2005 they moved to Green Valley, becoming directors of the Southern Arizona Healing Rooms in 2007. After retiring from the software industry in 2019, Sam was ordained and joined the staff of Passion Church. When not at church, he enjoys getting out his telescope under the stars or off-roading with his wife.
Worship Team Leader
Ari is our Worship Team Leader. Her heart is to see every person encounter the Living Jesus through worship, to know the depth of love our Father has for us, and be transformed in and by his presence. As she leads our congregation in worship, she helps us step into our authority in Jesus to shift the atmosphere and bring breakthrough. Ari graduated from the University of Arizona in 2011 with a BS in Religious Studies. She has served on Worship teams across Tucson for more than 20 years, including 9 years at Passion before assuming her current role. She loves songwriting with friends, taking adventures with her husband, Trevor, and three kids, and nerding out over Legos and Star Wars.
Tabitha is one of our Administrative Assistants. She loves to serve in any way that she can so that others might get to know and truly experience the love of God! Apart from greeting you in the office throughout the week, you can find Tabitha serving in our children’s ministry, singing on the worship team, or running around behind the scenes on Sunday mornings! She has a BS in Foreign Language Education, and BAs in both Spanish and Latin American Studies from Miami University of Ohio. She comes to Passion with experience as a student secretary for her university, and she also taught high school Spanish for four years in Dayton, OH. Outside of the office, Tabitha loves anything creative and crafty.