Meet the Congregational Leaders of Tree of Life
Meet Rabbi Jack & Rebbetzin Sandie Zimmerman
Rabbi Jack Zimmerman was born and raised in Brooklyn in a Jewish home. He earned his BA in Radio-TV broadcasting and journalism from Brooklyn College and worked for years in radio and TV. In 1987, his Jewish mother introduced him to Sandie. She turned out to be a practicing Christian and showed Jack Messianic prophecies in his Jewish Bible that described Yeshua. After wrestling with the gospel, Jack finally embraced Yeshua as his Messiah in 1988. The Zimmermans moved to Phoenix and founded Tree of Life Congregation in 2000. Jack is an ordained rabbi through the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America and also ordained through the Church of the Nazarene. He serves as the staff evangelist for Jewish Voice Ministries International for whom he speaks in churches and at conferences worldwide.
Rebbetzin Sandie Zimmerman was raised in Philadelphia in a practicing Christian home. Growing up, she attended a Bible believing church that professed love for Israel and the Jewish people. In her 20s, she struggled as a single mom, but built a very successful mortgage business. After marrying Jack and leading him to Yeshua, the couple felt called to ministry in 1997. She partnered with him to establish and lead Tree of Life Congregation.
Jack and Sandie led Tree of Life until 2019, believing it was time for them to retire. However, God called them back into congregational ministry! In 2022 they returned to continue leading the community. They have served in Messianic Jewish ministry for over 26 years, seeking to reach the Jewish people for their Messiah Yeshua, and teach the church about its rich Hebraic roots. Jack and Sandie have 3 children; Jordan, Ryan, and Casey; and 2 grandsons, Avriel, and Leovani.
Meet Associate Rabbi Stan & Jacqui Meyer
Stan was born and raised in a Reform Jewish home in San Antonio. His mother embraced Jesus when Stan was nine and led him to follow the Messiah. However, their family was upset leading Stan to become a secret believer throughout high school. He became public about his faith in college. After graduation, he served with Jews for Jesus, during which time he and his wife, Holly, adopted their daughter, Carrie, from China. Sadly, Holly passed away in 2011, and Stan continued raising Carrie as a single dad until 2014 when he married Jacqui. He began co-leading Tree of Life with Josh in June 2020. Stan has an MA from Fuller Seminary in Intercultural Studies, a PhD from Biola University in Intercultural Education, and is an adjunct instructor at Grand Canyon University.
Jacqui was born and raised in a Reform Jewish home in Los Angeles. She began her spiritual search in high school, during which time she embraced Jesus. Her family was upset about this and sent her to see a rabbi and then a psychiatrist. Both professionals told her parents there was nothing wrong with her. But as a result, she went on to study psychology and became a licensed clinical social worker. Jacqui first met Stan through Jews for Jesus and later married him after Holly died. She served with Jews for Jesus, and in June 2020 became an elder with Tree of Life. Jacqui has a B.Th. (bachelors in theology) from Life Pacific University, an MA in social work from California State University Long Beach, and is a social worker at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.