Meet the Congregational Leaders of Tree of Life
Meet Josh & Jenny Morris
Josh is a third generation Phoenician and is Jewish through his mother’s family. After high school, Josh embarked on a search for spiritual answers to existential questions. His search led him to Hollywood where he pursued acting but then returned to Phoenix. Josh studied at the Culinary Art Institute, worked as a sous-chef, and then a theatre costumer. When he met Jenny and learned she was a Christian, he unloaded on her his existential questions, and to his surprise she had some answers. Josh embraced Jesus as his Messiah and began studying the Bible as well as exploring his own Jewish heritage. After they married, they began attending Tree of Life Congregation in 2015 and learned under the founder, Jack Zimmerman. When Jack left the congregation in August 2019, Josh took over as the congregational leader. He continues working as a costumer while leading Tree of Life. Josh is a student at Arizona Christian University.
Jenny is a native Phoenician and was raised in a Christian home. She has always been intrigued with the Jewish roots of her Christian faith. She attended Arizona Christian University where she studied Bible, theology, and music. Jenny has a BA in Christian ministry and voice. At Tree of Life, Jenny leads liturgy, sings, teaches the Bible, and keeps the staff inline. Jenny also serves on staff at Arizona Christian University.
Meet 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.