Meet our staff here at AJ First! We would love to meet you in person!
DALLAS R SATTERFIELD
Lead Pastor  
Dallas is a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and a true man of God. Being Kansas born and raised he comes from a long family line of pastors within the Assemblies of God denomination. His educational background includes Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Evangel University. Dallas is married to his wife Lisa and they have 3 adult children, Paige, Morgan, and Drew. 
 BILL HOUSLEY
Executive Pastor
Bill is a strong and dependable individual. AJ First welcomed him on the team in 2021. Bill has plenty of experience in the ministry and in business. We are so excited that he has joined the team!
BRENDA BRAKEMAN
Care Pastor
Brenda is our Care Pastor. Previously she served as the Community Thrift Store Director. Brenda has many years of experience in the ministry and is an A/G Licensed minister. She has been a part of AJ First since 2013 and has served in several different ministries. Including, the prayer team, and teaching. We are so excited to welcome Brenda on board!
DAVID GONZALEZ
Spanish Ministries Pastor
I am Tulio David Gonzalez and I was born in Guatemala. I moved to the United States in 2011. I got married with Belen Escobar in 2015, we have two children : James and Mercy (twins). I received the call from God when I was nineteen years old, I ministered in two churches as a Co-pastor about to four years, I went to de Bible Institute Assemblies of God in Guatemala City, also I got my diploma of missions, in the mission School Assemblies of God in Guatemala city. We planted Iglesia Manantial in Queen Creek/San Tan Valley in 2017. In August 2022, we became part of AJ first Asemblies of God as Spanish ministry. We are so glad to work for the Kingdom of God to reach the Spanish community in Apache Junction.
MICHELLE SMET
Worship Leader/Youth Leader
Michelle has been apart of AJ First since 2018. Michelle has a passion for Worship Ministry. She has served in many churches and we are excited to have her on board. Michelle also is our Youth Leader. She is very driven and wants to see change in Apache Junction’s teenage population. She is a great asset to our team!
 
 
LEANN ROGERS
Administrative Assistant

Leann has been serving at AJ First since 2016. Previously, she served with the Arizona Ministry Network as an credentialing assistant. Leann has been a part of the Assemblies of God since 2002. She and her husband, Kevin, have 2 grown children, Aaron & Rachel. Leann enjoys camping, hiking, and being outdoors.

 
 
 
 
 
RACHEL BIRMAN
Media Ministries Coordinator
Rachel has partnered with several Assemblies of God churches in their communications department, and has served at Community Thrift Store. Also she has worked at Western Bible College, where she received her BA in Biblical Studies. Rachel and her husband, Travis, have a daughter named Zoe, a son named Abel, 1 pitbull lab named Rocko, and a tuxedo cat named Ross. She enjoys movies, coffee, and anything chocolate!
JULIA BEALL
Office Assistant
 Julia graduated cum laude from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management and leadership, and She graduated from Capella University cum laude with a master’s degree in nonprofit management and leadership. Julia and her husband, Brian, moved from Indiana to Arizona to be close to family. Julia is passionate about nonprofits, fundraising, and sign language!
 
SUE RUTHARDT
LOVES Women’s Director
 Sue has been a member of
AJ First Since 2010. Sue became the LOVES Women’s Director in December 2020. She has served in Women’s Ministry at other churches for many years, and has many years of experience. She also has owned restaurants in the past where she served some yummy food! Sue is a wonderful asset to AJ First’s Ministry team, and we can’t get enough of her cinnamon rolls!
MARY JUNE FICARRA
Prayer Chain/Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study Leader
Mary June is a third generation minister ordained with the Assemblies of God. Her grandfather was a Methodist circuit rider and her mother was an ordained Assemblies of God evangelist. She is a native of Tennessee and has a distinct southern drawl and likes to say “Ya’ll!”.