Our Pastor - rev. chuck carlson

Born in 1947 to a clergy family, Chuck began his ministry in college at North Dakota State University and continued in campus ministry with the Navigators in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Iowa. Later, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity International University in Chicago, and has pastored in five other churches. He most recently served the congregation at Sonoita Hills Community Church for 13 years, a church he helped start in 2000.  He retired from that church in 2015. He began his ministry at Sierra Vista Community Church in October, 2016.

Chuck is married to Elaine, a counselor at Buena High School, and they have two children, Reid and Rachel. Chuck has served with various civic and religious groups, including president of a local ministerial, as chairman of the Jail Ministry board, as a member of the Crisis Pregnancy board, and is member of the Sierra Vista Kiwanis Club. He prays regularly with other pastors in the community. He also volunteers as a regular chaplain at the local hospital.

About the Family -

Elaine was raised on a farm near Waunakee, Wisconsin and earned her B.S. at University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has a Masters in Counselor Education from Iowa State University, and an administrator’s degree from Univ. of Arizona. She taught Psychology and Human Behavior in the High School classroom, served as vice principal, and now serves as a counselor Buena High School. In addition, she was an adjunct professor for University of Phoenix. She is also a terrific "chocolate ministry" year round.


Their children are grown. Reid graduated from Trinity Western University near Vancouver, B.C. and now lives and works in Tucson, married to Laura. They have three children. Rachel is a graduate from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, now married to Mark, and living in  Australia. They have three children.


Besides keeping their home fully functioning, as well as the two casitas they rent to travelers, he relishes his day off to play golf.  He and his wife also love to travel for short trips to the White Mountains of Northern Arizona.