Pastor- Rev. Jay Deskins

Pastor Jay has served as Pastor of Chalice Christian Church since January 2024. Jay is a lifelong member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis). He has served several congregations, non-profits, hospice chaplain, and even a cave tour guide! He and his wife, Kelley, moved to Arizona in the fall of 2017, and have loved calling this beautiful state home. Jay and Kelley are both from Kentucky, and that is where all of our family is. Kelley is also a pastor, she serves Saguaro Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tucson. Together, Jay and Kelley have two amazing dogs, Maybelline and Canela. Jay lives in Tucson and has a second job, but is still available if you need to reach him! 

Jay loves serving Chalice because of the commitment made to welcoming and affirming all who wish to be a part of this progressive community. He also loves the people, the questions, and that people don’t check their brains at the door. 

Music Director & Keyboard

Originally from the Midwest, Kelly Pearson graduated with a bachelors of music in piano performance from Wartburg College. In 2000, Kelly moved to Arizona and began teaching piano privately at The Music Store. She became the keyboardist at Chalice in 2003 and is currently serving as the Music Director as well. On Sundays, you will find her at the piano playing and leading congregational singing, along with her husband Scotty on Guitar. Their two cute kids are usually nearby.

Guitar, Scott Pearson

Administrative Assistant, Liz Nelson