About Our Elders

Charles DeBenon

Charles was born in Longview, Texas and lived in Arlington and Beaumont until completing high school. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona and attended Arizona State University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Masters Degree, and has done advanced work toward a Ph.D. degree. Charles taught school in California and Arizona. He was a math teacher, a coach, an Assistant Principal, a Principal and an Assistant Superintendent. Charles has been actively involved in the Lord’s work teaching and being involved in many ministries of the church. He and his wife Pat have been part of the West Olive family since March of 1999. Charles has served as a Deacon and an Elder. He became a part of the West Olive eldership in May of 2001.

Bob Milstead

Bob was born and grew up in Dallas, Texas. Anne was born in Lubbock, Texas and lived most of her growing up years in various Central American countries where her parents, Casey and Virginia Fine were working with the US AID program. Bob and Anne were married in 1974 and both graduated from Abilene Christian University, they have three children, Jim, Virginia and Rob, and all are faithful Christians and active in the Lord’s work. Bob retired as Director of Retail from TaylorMade-Adidas, Ashworth Golf and is currently serving the congregation on a full time basis. He and Anne lived in Texas, New Mexico and California before moving to Arizona. Anne taught school in a bilingual program in California before their move to Arizona and is now retired from the Tolleson school district. Bob and Anne have been active in teaching Bible classes over the past thirty-five years. Bob also served as deacon in the Ridgecrest, California Church of Christ. Bob has served as an elder at West Olive since 2000.

Steve Sior

Steve and Colleen were born in Wisconsin and their families moved to Surprise about the same time in 1967. They grew up together but did not become close until after Steve graduated from DeVry Institute of Technology. Colleen obeyed the gospel August 27, 1978 at the El Mirage congregation. She introduced Steve to Christ when they started dating. Steve was baptized on January 1, 1984 in Oscoda, Michigan. Four weeks later, Steve and Colleen were the first couple married at the West Olive building. They have two sons, Steven and Preston.

Steve has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology and a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering. Steve loves to sing, share the gospel, teach Bible class, and serve others. Steve has been active in Leadership Training for Christ since 1995, serving on the LTC – Southwest Region Board of Directors between 2004 and 2012. Colleen currently serves on the Board. Steve and Colleen have served as LTC church coordinators since 2009. Steve served as a deacon at West Olive from the early 1990’s through 2012 when he was installed as an elder. He has been serving as an elder since 2012.

Steven Tucker

Steven was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, and raised in the Church of Christ where his grandpa served as an elder. After attending the University of Michigan for three semesters, he moved to Arizona to be near his grandparents and to finish college at Arizona State University. Graduating in 1997, he began teaching high school mathematics at Peoria High School. Steven met and married Yolanda at the El Mirage Church of Christ in 1987. Yolanda has been in the senior care field since 1984 and is currently the executive director for a memory care facility. Steven and Yolanda have been members at West Olive since 1992 and Steven has served as deacon and treasurer since 2000. They have two children, Christopher and Alina.

Steve Christensen

Steve, born in Indiana in 1958, and Karen, born in Arizona in 1962, have been married since 1982. They have two children, Sarah and Casey, both faithful Christians with faithful Christian spouses. Sarah and Ian live in Phoenix, and Casey and Emily and Tate their grandson live in the Dallas area, all healthy and happy as they pursue careers and Christian living. Arrow, a Brittany spaniel and the family dog, is now Steve and Karen’s pride and joy and is considered to be one of the family.

Steve and Karen operated their own T-shirt screen printing and embroidery business in Payson for 22 years, selling it in 2010. Karen now has her own contract mail route in the beautiful Rim Country. Steve has his own woodworking shop and builds custom cabinets and furniture. Steve and Karen currently reside in Payson.

Steve has served for more than 20 years as a deacon both in Payson and previously at West Olive. Both he and Karen have taught Bible classes for years and have led in numerous works serving in the Lord’s kingdom. Steve and Karen always try to put God at the forefront of their lives and answer His call to service. They ask for your prayers as they strive to do their best, working for the Lord and serving in the Kingdom.