Pastor Karen is a native to Phoenix and Pastor Mark moved from New York City to Phoenix as a newborn baby. They have been happily married for 33 years and have three grown children, Vanessa (30), Natalie (28) and Adam (25.) They also have eight grandchildren!.
Word Alive’s other pastors are:
Pastors Joe & Dana Hansen Pastor Matthew Clampitt Pastors Greg & Jaime Selgrath
Asst. Pastors & Children’s Pastors Personal Prayer Ministry Youth Pastors
Pastor Barbara Blevins Pastors Craig & Vanessa vom Lehn
Counseling EU/35 and Music Ministry
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Senior Pastors Mark and Karen DiBernardo bring a wealth of experience to Word Alive. They are the founding pastors and have over 27 years of full time ministry experience. They have traveled internationally to five of the seven continents speaking at conferences, churches and training seminars. Over the years, Pastor Mark has studied and prepared almost 3,000 sermons. Pastor Mark attended Grand Canyon University and Pastor Karen attended Arizona State University before earning Bachelor of Theology degrees from Christian International Bible College.
Who We Are and What We Believe
Word Alive is a non-denominational, Bible-based Christian church. Word Alive gets its foundation from two of the most recognized churches in the East Valley, Word of Grace (now City of Grace) and Living Word Bible Church. Senior Pastor Mark Di Bernardo has been on staff and worked closely with both Dr. Gary Kinnaman and Dr. Tom Anderson. This history has given Word Alive the same statement of faith as these two fine churches.
Simply put, Word Alive believes what the Bible teaches, and that the Holy Bible in its original Hebrew and Greek format is the perfect Word of God, incorruptible, infallible, completely and totally without error. We should love the Lord with all our hearts, souls and minds, and also to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. The only way to Heaven and the Father is through accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of all mankind and on the third day rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father.
We believe that Jesus is still changing lives and bringing people into a new life in Him that is more fulfilling, and more successful than a life without Him.
We exist to provide a place for people of all ages and backgrounds to establish a more fulfilling life in Christ and experience an existence full of rich,loving and lasting relationships.
Word Alive offers many programs for people of all ages and needs. Our Sunday service is held at our Mesa campus at 11am. Midweek services, group meetings and special events are available to help you connect with church members and grow closer to the Lord. Check out the Special Events page for details. Childcare is provided at each service for ages 0-12. Youth (grades 7-12) meet on Sunday mornings!
Other programs include:
Weekly sermons & Bible studies that bring transforming truths from the Bible which are relevant and applicable to the challenges and pressures people face in today’s fast-paced world.
Contemporary praise & worship at the beginning of each service. Praise and worship helps us prepare and focus our attention and hearts on Jesus. We sing modern worship songs from internationally known ministries such as Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, Hosanna, Matt Redman, Lakewood and more!
Multifaceted Programs Include:
- Little Lambs Nursery (ages 0-2)
- Soaring Eagles Preschool (ages 2- Kindergarten)
- Personal Prayer. Prayer is always available if you have a special need or would like some encouragement or support.
We are always looking for volunteers from everything to teachers, maintenance, dance, drama, music and more. If you would like to help, please let us know! These ministries have exciting events, annual trips to Six Flags, California and spiritual camps designed to bring them closer to Jesus!
Word Alive is temporarily meeting at our Mesa campus at 319 N. 64th St in Mesa while the sale of the property is in the works. Once the sale is complete, we will break ground on our brand new facility located at our Gilbert campus. The Gilbert campus consists of three acres of land in Gilbert with an active preschool, located at 13439 S. Val Vista Dr., just north of Ray Rd. We plan to begin construction of a brand new 11,000 square foot sanctuary and activity center in 2011.
The building will have a state of the art sound system and stage with professional theatrical lighting designed specifically for theater productions. The new facility will be multifunctional in that it will not only house church services, but conferences, banquets, luncheons, weddings, concerts and professional theater productions.