Meet our Pastors and Staff

Rev. John Cheek, Interim Pastor

John began serving at Holy Way in June 2019. He is a native Arizonan who grew up in the small farming town of Elfrida, about 25 miles north of Douglas.  At the end of a 24-year police career, John began studying for ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree.  John also holds an AA degree in Police Science from Cochise College and a BS in Public Administration from the University of Arizona. John and his wife, Lou, are beginning but enthusiastic weavers.  John has 3 sons and 4 grandsons, all of whom are in Tucson. He served as an Associate Pastor at Northminster Presbyterian Church here in Tucson for 12 years, and has been serving as Transitional Minister at First Presbyterian Church, Silver City NM for 3 years.

Rev. Elizabeth Smith, Pastor for Growth & Development

Elizabeth began serving at Holy Way in October 2015. She grew up in Iola, Kansas, received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Prior to enrolling in seminary, Elizabeth served as a Young Adult Volunteer along the U.S./Mexico border in Nogales, where she lived for two years. Elizabeth is passionate about creating experiences where people can put their faith into action and loves walking alongside others on their faith journeys. Elizabeth is married to Bart Smith, who serves as pastor of St. Mark's Presbyterian Church. They love living in the desert and being the proud parents of a dog named Gumby.

Rev. Ed. Parsil, Parish Visitor

Ed has been our Parish Visitor since 1996. He grew up in Highland Park, New Jersey, received a BA Degree from Central College in Iowa, and Master of Divinity at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in NJ. He served as a missionary in East Harlem Protestant Parish in New York City, and pastored churches in Hoboken, NJ, North Brunswick, NJ and Tucson, before retiring in 1995. Ed and his wife Anita are active members of Holy Way and love the fellowship they find here.

Thomas Alcaraz, Director of Music

Thomas began serving as the Director of Music in August 2018. He grew up in Yuma, Arizona and moved to Tucson in 2011 to attend The University of Arizona. Since receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Thomas has taught music at public schools in Phoenix, Arizona and Visalia, California. Thrilled to be back in Tucson, he is now the Choir and Theater Director at Flowing Wells Jr. High School. Thomas is excited to continue his Christian walk of faith and looks forward to making life long relationships through his service as a teacher and church musician. Thomas enjoys getting outside and traveling to new places. 

thomas@holywaytucson.org

Kathy Walsh-Americano, Administrative Assistant

Kathy joined our staff as Administrative Assistant in April 2016. She grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, California, but has lived in Tucson for the past 14 years.  Kathy keeps things moving in the office at Holy Way, always with a smile on her face. She loves people and enjoys helping others out. She is also one of our Sunday School teachers, bringing joy to our children as she teaches them about God's love. Kathy is married to Raul Americano and they have a daughter, Alyssa, who also loves God. Their family cherishes moments together and playing with their two dogs, Chaos & Havoc, and a cat named Ivy. 

Astrid Chan, Pianist

Astrid Chan received her doctorate and masters degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Arizona.  Astrid has been teaching private and group piano lessons for all levels for over twelve years, and is currently the piano teacher at the Arizona State School for the Deaf and the Blind.  She also serves on the committee for the Tucson Music Teachers Association Ensemble concert and is the secretary for the Arizona State Music Teachers Association. Astrid's enthusiasm bursts through the piano keys as she leads our music every Sunday morning.

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4040 S. Bilbray Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85746

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