Our staff

Meet our City Church Staff!

Russ Smith - Lead Pastor

"Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established." - Proverbs 16:3

Russ Smith is our Lead Pastor and has been pastoring for over 20 years. The Smith family moved to Arizona from Missoula, Montana and are the founding Pastors of City Church. City Church started in June 2016 in the living room with 27 people. Pastor Russ and Traci were married in July of 1981. They have six adult children, eleven grandchildren and a Golden Doodle. Besides family they enjoy traveling, coffee, and the Boston Red Sox.

Kelly Morris - First Impressions Director

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and give you hope." - Jeremiah 29:11

Kelly Morris is a founding member of City Church and manages our front line volunteers. Her team ensures that you feel welcomed and at home at City Church. Kelly has years of staffing and management experience and brings solid leadership to our team. Kelly and her husband, Moe, have been married for 13 years and have 6 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 dogs. Besides spending time with family they enjoy playing softball, bow hunting,

and exploring the vast landscapes of Arizona.

Laura Girone - Children's Ministry Leader

Laura Girone manages the Sunday morning worship for our City Kids Ministry. She has been teaching in our Surprise community for 16 years. Laura and her husband Erich of 15 years, live in Surprise. They share 3 kids together who keep them busy with school and soccer. Besides spending time with family, Laura enjoys traveling and outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and swimming.

Abel Livas - Weekend Experience Director

Abel Livas is interim Musical Director and oversees our team of musicians and worship leaders. He is responsible for all aspects of music, including training and development.

Abigayle Young - Worship Leader

"One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple." - Psalm 27:4

Abi Young is a graduate from Texas A&M. She has also studied at WorshipU (Bethel), DIVE Creative (Rita Springer), and continues worship training under Rick Pino at Bethel. She loves coffee, baking, reading, traveling, missions.