The Rev. Dr. Larry R. Norris

Senior Pastor

Senior Pastor of Velda Rose United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona since 2015
BA and PhD degrees from Michigan State University,
MDiv degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Two-year clinical internship with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).
25 years at Cook Native American Ministries in Tempe, Arizona as counselor, chaplain, instructor in religious studies, academic dean, and for five years, President
21 years experience in Associate and Senior Pastor positions for five churches

Daniel Gómez

Associate Pastor

Daniel completed his course of study program at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX.   Daniel has a passion for worship, pastoral care, community outreach and evangelism.  He is an avid soccer fan and enjoys walking and tasting foods from different parts of the world. 

Mary Ellen Loose

Music Arts Director

Appointed to her position in January 2020, Mary Ellen is Collaborative Pianist, Organist, Composer and Arranger.

Sixteen years on the Music Faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Studied Piano and Organ Performance at Brigham Young University

Private Piano Studio for over 40 years

Published and recorded piano and choral works which have been performed nationally.

Robert Richter


Doug Benton

Director of Bells & Voice

Doug joined us in December of 2019. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Organ Performance,  Cum Laude 1992 Northern Arizona  University

Over fifty years as a professional church musician in the Phoenix area.

Previously served as 

Served on State, Area and National Boards of the Handbell Musicians of America

ASCP award winning composer/arranger of music for brass, choir, handbells, orchestra, and organ

Previously Director of Music Ministries for Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona.

Jessica Brooks



Bernice Sanchez


Marcus Bentley

Facility Specialst II