Our Mission

To share the love and the light of Jesus Christ so all people may know God

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." John 3:16
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations." Matthew 28:19
"You are the light of the world...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14,16
"This is my command: Love each other." John 15b


people to meet Jesus


to become more like Jesus


spread the love of Jesus


Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC)

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ is an association of congregations and individuals who are free in Christ, accountable to one another, rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions and working together to fulfill Christ's Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations.

See lcmc.net for more information about LCMC

Willow Creek Association

Light of the Desert is one of more than 7000 churches from 90 different countries, from many different denominations and backgrounds who are committed to a singular idea: that inspired, encouraged, and equipped Christian leaders create thriving local churches that redeem their communities for Christ. The centerpiece of the WCA is the annual Global Leadership Summit that brings together by satellite more than 100,000 leaders who want to become better leaders for the sake of the Gospel. Light of the Desert leaders have been participating regularly in the Summit since 1995

See willowcreek.com for more information about the Willow Creek Association.


Pastor Paul Witkop


Assoc. Pastor Michael Bailey


Tamra Duncan


Patty Robinson


Shawn Chappel


Church Office Contact Information:

Address: 33175 N Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Phone: 480-488-2716



9:00 am and 10:45 am

Adult Sunday School is at 10:45 am

Children Kindergarten through 5th grade are dismissed during a portion of the service for Children's Church.
On communion Sundays, the children return from Children's Church in time to participate in communion with their families.

Nursery is available during the worship service.

What to Expect

From the fall to the spring, we offer two services, which are identical to each other. We’re a pretty relaxed bunch here and our congregation bridges many generations so there is a place for you here. We offer a blended style of music, from traditional hymns to the current Christian contemporary music. After the music is finished, there will be a sermon focused on Scripture that challenges and encourages. We offer communion on the first and third Sunday’s of each month. No dress code required here, come as you are. Most people you’ll find here on a Sunday morning are in jeans and polo or button down or supporting their favorite sports team of the season. After our services you will find many of us hanging out in the lobby, enjoying donuts, lemonade, and coffee each Sunday. We hope to see you here soon!

Children's Church

Each Sunday we offer Sunday school called ‘Kids Kingdom’ for students from Kindergarten thru 5th grade. We also have a Nursery for children pre-school age and younger. Sunday school classes are held in Room 102 and the Youth Room.

Contact Shawn Chappel for more information:

Adult Sunday School

Sunday Mornings 10:45am

Contact John McGregor for more information:



Adult Sunday School

Adult Education - Open Class

Sunday Mornings 10:45am

Light of the Desert

Contact John McGregor for more information:

Men’s Ministry

Men's Bible Study - Open Class

Wednesday Mornings 6:30am

Rustic Café, 20811 North Cave Creek Road #104, Phoenix, AZ 85024

Contact Pastor Paul Witkop for more information:


Men’s Retreat 2017

May 4th thru 7th

Lake Powell, AZ

Contact Brian Ashmore for more info or to sign up


Men's Bible Study - Open Class

Thursday Mornings 9:00am

Light of the Desert

Contact John McGregor for more information:

Women’s Ministry

Women's Bible Study – Sign Up Encouraged

Thursday Evenings 6:45pm to 8:30pm

Room 101 at the church

Contact Patty Robinson for more information:


LOD Women's Retreat 2017

April 28th thru 30th

Contact Patty Robinson for more information:

New Generation Ministry

Our New Generation Ministry is geared to meet the spiritual needs of students from Junior High all the way through our Young Adult and Family groups. For more information on any of our groups please contact Pastor Michael Bailey:

House Group

House Group is our weekly gathering of Junior and Senior High students. Sunday nights from 5pm to 7pm our students gather to cook a meal together, share that meal, and then break out into Small Groups to study the Bible and for discussion. House Group runs during the school year, August to May.

Call or text Pastor Michael for the address @ 765-744-0628

College Ministry

Each year Light of the Desert sends care packages to our college students. All we ask is for the family to provide the address and a list of some of their favorite snacks that we can throw in the box. During the summer we offer occasional outings for our college students for them to connect and grow in their faith.


Family Nights

On the first Saturday of each month, New Generation Ministry offers Family Night. This is a chance for families to come to the church, share a meal, and we the provide childcare for families so mom and dad can have an adult conversation. Family nights are from 4:30pm-6:00pm during the school year, August through the next May. During the summer, we encourage our families to participate in Our House.

Our House

Our House is a ministry of Light of the Desert Lutheran Church in Cave Creek, AZ. We invite any family with kids to come and join us for our Wednesday nights over the summer for food, fun, and some learning about our faith. Most nights at Our House will look like this:

5:45 - 6:30 pm - Dinner! (show up any time and get fed)

6:30 - 7:45 pm - Children and Adults head to their respective areas for intentional time.

Our children’s time will focus on learning about Jesus, singing songs, making crafts, and playing games. Adults will be given space to relax for a bit, invited to discuss the topic of the evening, and be encouraged to explore their faith.



In Our Church

Donut Servers - Organizes our Sunday morning refreshments

Contact Patty Robinson for information:


Greeters and Ushers - Smiling faces with important info

Contact Peggy for information:


Communion Assistants - Helping on the 1st and 3rd Sundays

Contact Nancy for information:


Music - Play and sing on our music team

Contact Sarah Witkop for information:


Technology - Love tech? We’ve got a spot for you

Contact Jeff Duncan for information:


2017 Sermons:

2016 Sermons:

Special Features:

Click on the bars in the upper left corner of a video to show all videos in a playlist
To see older sermons, visit our YouTube Channel



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