Pastoral Team

Rev. Bruce Schipul, Senior Pastor (bio here)

Bruce began ministry with us in May, 2009. He served Transformation Ministries as Church Resource Minister for Arizona churches from May 1999 to April 2009. Prior to that he pastored First Baptist Church of Phoenix from 1993-1999, and pastored a church in Massachusetts (1984-1993) and Connecticut (1977-1984). He was ordained in 1977. He is married to Cristiane C. Schipul (MRE from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 1976) and is the father of three adult children – Allison, Joanna and Nathan.

Peter Kyhn, Associate Pastor: Worship, Music, and Discipleship 

(Bio here)
Peter joined the Palm West staff in March 2011. He has served congregations as Worship Pastor in Arizona, Colorado, California, and Washington state. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Western Seminary, Portland, OR,  a Bachelor of Arts in Music from CSU-East Bay and also had advanced studies in Worship, Private Voice, master classes in Choral Conducting, and has been a certified leader for Evangelism Explosion. Peter’s wife, Christine (married in 1977), has taught music in public shools. She served as  the Chair of the vocal music department at Rosie’s House Music Academy in Phoenix for nine years. Christine is also a professional accompanist on piano and organ and enjoys composing and arranging music. The Kyhn’s have three adult children and three beautiful granddaughters and two active grandsons.

Biana Grogg
Biana joined Palm West staff in June 2018 as our Faith Community Nurse to meet the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of our congregation.
Biana is a registered nurse who has served in various settings:
as a Public Health Nurse in CA, then sent as a missionary from her home church to serve as Deputy Executive Officer and Hospital Administrator in Nigeria, Africa; then as Director of Public Health Nursing in Madera, CA; and most recently Deputy Executive Officer of Faith Alive Foundation in Nigeria, Africa.

Dr. David Gallagher, Pastor Emeritus 

(bio here)
David Gallagher (Mary Ann) served as pastor from October 1997 until February, 2008. He was instrumental in increasing church growth, and to lead in the completion of our Worship Center.  He returned in 2013 to serve three years as our Associate Pastor of Pastor Care, retiring in April, 2016. They are active members of Palm West.

Support Staff

Music Team:

Jan Orrick Kliever, Pianist

KLIEVER-JanStaff223-jpg (1)Jan Orrick Kliever began her ministry at Palm West on August 26, 2007. Jan is married to Rev. Ken Kliever, retired Associate Pastor at Palm West. Jan received her B.A. in classical education with a secondary in piano performance from University of Northern Colorado, then went on to Bob Jones University where she earned a specialized diploma in evangelistic (sacred) piano. Jan has taught piano for 50 years and is currently teaching 22 students. Jan has a sweet servant’s spirit and recognized in her early years that God has blessed her with a special gift. Jan accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior when she was 11 years old and states, “I have always felt the Lord gave me the talent, then asked me to give it back to Him as a ministry.”

Elaine Smetters, Organist

Elaine Smetters joined the Palm West music staff on Easter Sunday 2018. She came to us with a Bachelor and a Master degree in music with extensive study and experience playing the Organ. Elaine has served churches in the Greater Chicago and Phoenix areas as organist. Her personal faith in Jesus, love of the Bible (studies in N.T. Greek), and love of hymns informs all she does at the Organ console.

Jan Turns, Keyboardist

TURNS-ED-45Jan Turns is a charter member of PWCC. She is married to Dr. Edward Turns, retired American Baptist pastor. She has been active in the music program of PWCC for many years and is currently keyboardist, a substitute on the organ and piano and a member of the choir.


Administrative Team

Church Administrator –  Joyce Sopilnick

Secretary/Receptionist – provides part-time support each weekday.


Facilities Maintenance Technician 

We welcome Gary Biancini to our staff.