presenting God's grace to every race
The Church at South Mountain (CASM) is a multi-racial Christian Bible church. Our vision is to magnify the glory of God by proclaiming the Gospel of grace to every race and preparing believers through clear Bible teaching to impact their world.
We believe that as the leadership goes, so goes the church. Leadership must model Christlikeness for the flock. Leadership must also equip the saints for the work of ministry. We unashamedly follow the biblical model of godly, qualified male leadership.
Marvin R. Knight
Marvin R. Knight is the Pastor/Teacher of The Church at South Mountain (CASM). He received his education from Arizona College of the Bible, graduating with degrees in Pastoral Ministry and Theology in 1988. He also holds a Certificate in Ministry from Knox Theological Seminary. He served as an Associate Pastor for seven years at North Phoenix Baptist Church under Dr. Richard Jackson before planting CASM. Pastor Knight is originally from the Phoenix area. Marvin was the athlete's chaplain at Grand Canyon University in 1993. He served on the Board of Arizona College of the Bible in 1996. He is also a certified church planter with Urban Evangelical Mission. In 2004, he was selected to participate in the Expositor's Institute with Dr. John MacArthur. Knight is also the author of over 100 study guides, booklets, and pamphlets aimed at explaining theological truth in an understandable way with a view towards application. Marvin and his wife, Mary, have two sons: Jordan and Joshua.
Pastor Andy Lack
Andy serves as the Pastor of Missions and was ordained to this role in 2013. He has been attending the church since 2005. Andy is originally from Wichita, Kansas, and grew up in Charleston, Illinois. He received his BA in Anthropology from the University of Illinois and his MA and PhD in Anthropology from Arizona State University. He currently works as a Ceramic Analyst for the Gila River Indian Reservation Cultural Resources Management Program. Andy and his wife, Sara, have two children: Stephen and John.
Robert has been attending the church since 2007. He was ordained as Deacon in 2010 and Elder in 2016. Robert is originally from Roswell, New Mexico. He received his BA in English from Grand Canyon College and his M. Ed in School Leadership and Supervision from Loyola College. He is the Director of Support and Innovation with the Arizona Department of Education. Robert and his wife, Nicole, have two children: Gabriella and Alberto.
Julien attended the church from 1994 until 2009. He then moved to Washington State for work, returned to CASM in 2012, and was ordained as Elder in 2013. Julien is originally from the Island of Trinidad and works as a pipefitter/welder for CB&I. He and his wife, Lori, have three children: PJ, Elijah, and Samuel.
Ray has been attending the church since its conception in 1994. He was ordained as Deacon in 1997 and Elder in 2010. Ray is originally from Phoenix and works full-time as an Engineering Technician for the City of Mesa. He and his wife, Hope, have six children: Robert, Lina, Mike, Danielle, Jessica, and Antonia.
Rodney has been attending the church since 1994. He was ordained as Deacon in 1997 and Elder in 2013. Rodney is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He works full-time as a Firefighter Captain for the Phoenix Fire Department. Rodney and his wife, Bernadette, have eight children: Abram, Valencia, Nadia, Aysha, Alily, Saul, Davin, and Dairion.
Mark has been attending the church since 2001. He was ordained as Deacon in 2008 and Elder in 2015. Mark is originally from Bloomington, Indiana. He received his BA in Journalism from Indiana University and works full-time as a software analyst. Mark and his wife, DeeDee, have two children: Benjamin and Luke.