Pastoral Staff

Kevin Schaal

Kevin Schaal - Senior Pastor

Kevin Schaal graduated from Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. He then earned a Master of Divinity from Calvary Baptist Seminary of Lansdale, PA, in 1987, and a Doctor of Ministry from International Baptist College, Tempe, AZ, in 1995. He has served as the pastor of Northwest Valley Baptist Church since its beginning in 1987. The church’s mission outreach has planted five other churches, four in Arizona and one in Puebla, Mexico.Dr. Schaal teaches as an adjunct professor at colleges in the States and overseas. He also serves as an executive member and advisor on various ministry boards. Dr. Schaal and his wife Sandra have five children.
Mark French

Mark French - Administrative Pastor

After earning his bachelors and masters degrees, Pastor French has served in various assistant pastor roles in three different ministries since entering full time service in 1984. He joined Northwest Valley Baptist Church in June 2010 and assumed the primary ministries as administrator of Arrowhead Christian Academy and business administrator for NWVBC. He and his wife, Susie, have three children.
Jason Wermager

Jason Wermager - Associate Pastor

Pastor Wermager has served at Northwest Valley Baptist Church since 1998. He oversees outreach, college career, singles, and other various ministries. Jason earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from International Baptist College in Tempe, AZ after a short career in the United States Air Force. Jason is married to Tami and they have two children.
James Tilson

James Tilson - Youth Pastor

James Tilson has been serving as the Youth Pastor and Children's Ministries Coordinator since 2005. He teaches Bible and is the Athletic Director for Arrowhead Christian Academy. He is a graduate of Bob Jones University and Seminary (BA, MA, MDiv). He and his wife, Amy, have four children.

Support Staff


Caleb French - Director of Music

Caleb received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Bob Jones University in 2010. He went on to complete a Master’s degree in Church Music in 2014. He has had a connection with Northwest Valley Baptist Church since he served as an intern during the summer of 2008. After several more summer internships, Caleb eventually joined the staff at Northwest Valley as its director of music. Caleb also does some graphic design work for the ministry and oversees the music program of Arrowhead Christian Academy, where he directs choirs and teaches the Junior High Boys’ Bible class.
Susie French

Susie French - Worship Secretary

Susie French joined our staff in the fall of 2012 and is the wife of Pastor Mark French. She is the secretary for our music director, serves on the worship planning team, teaches the ladies' Bible study and is a help to her husband with the Newly Marrieds' Adult Bible Study class. She also helps at our school, Arrowhead Christian Academy, as discipline records secretary.
Linda Guthrie

Linda Guthrie - Academy Secretary

Linda has been serving as the secretary for Arrowhead Christian Academy since 2002. Prior to coming to ACA, Linda served on staff at Christian Family Care agency of Phoenix. She has also served as school secretary for other Christian schools in Arizona and Michigan. She and her husband, Dave, have one adult daughter.
Michelle Harmon

Michelle Harmon - Administrative Assistant

Michelle joined the support staff in June 2011. She and her husband, Mike, have been members since 1995 with Michelle serving in various lay ministry capacities: overseeing our Ladies Ministry, serving on the Missions Committee and Building Committee, as well as helping with decorating our facilities. Her 30 years working in various roles for the US Post Office has been a great help in preparing her for service here at NWVBC.
Tami Wermager

Tami Wermager - Church Secretary

Tami has been serving on the staff since 2006. She is the wife of Pastor Jason Wermager. She not only serves as church secretary, but also as wedding coordinator and in various capacities among the ministries of the church. Tami is a graduate of Lancaster Bible College of Lancaster, PA (BS). She and Jason have two children.