Meet our staff

Our Pastors

James H. Powell

Senior Pastor
James Powell, likes to be called “Jim” or “Pastor Jim” and has served as the Pastor of Palm West since February of 2019. Before that Jim served as Lead Pastor at Richwoods Christian Church in Peoria, Illinois for 21 years. Jim received his Masters’ Degree in Theology and Philosophy from Lincoln Christian Theological Seminary at Quincy University and was ordained by the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ in 1997 in Denver, Illinois.

Jim met his wife Stephanie through a youth group while in college. Stepanie, an educator now disabled, and Jim have two sons: Timothy, who is working and also attends college and Trevor, who will graduate from high school in 2022.

Outside of church Jim is an avid sports fan. He enjoys the swimming pool and playing golf. He also plays competitive pickleball and is a certified Pickleball Coach offering lessons in his spare time.

Brian Thomas

Associate Pastor – Pastoral Care
Brian Thomas joined the Palm West Pastoral Staff in early November of 2019 as the Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care. Brian is married to Cindy, and they have an adult daughter, Emma, and a teenage son, Luke.  Brian has served in a number of ministry roles through the years and is thrilled to now work alongside our Palm West church family.  

When not in the office, Brian can be found spending time with his family or exploring and trail-running the amazing back-country that Arizona has to offer.

Peter Kyhn

Associate Pastor – Worship, Music & Discipleship
Peter Kyhn is responsible for the worship and music ministry,  as well as overseeing technology that includes the live streaming of services. Peter says, "I am having the time of my life!" Peter has given a good deal of thought and study to the subject and theology of worship. He has served PWCC since 2011. He is married to Christine, who is also a music ministry leader and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

Outside Interests: Reading, gardening, and playing trombone with Bones Southwest, and singing with the West Valley Chorale.

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Jan Orrick Kliever

Jan Orrick Kliever began her ministry at Palm West on August 26, 2007. Jan  was married to Rev. Ken Kliever, former Associate Pastor at Palm West who passed in 2021. Jan received her B.A. in classical education with a secondary emphasis in piano performance from University of Northern Colorado. She went on to Bob Jones University where she earned a specialized diploma in evangelistic (sacred) piano. Jan has taught piano for over 50 years. Jan has a sweet servant’s spirit, recognizing in her early years that God had 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.”

Jan Turns

Jan Turns is a charter member of PWCC. She is married to Rev. Dr. Edward Turns, a retired American Baptist pastor. She has been active in the music program of PWCC for many years and is currently the keyboardist, a substitute organist, and pianist. Jan also sings in the choir.

Joyce Sopilnick

Church Administrator

Butch Wilcox

Facilities Maintenance Technician

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