Pastor Rick Rinde

Rick and Candee Rinde recently moved to Arizona from New Mexico, and are originally from San Jose, CA. They have three grown children and 2 grandchildren, all still living in NM. Two of their children are in college. Their oldest daughter, Shanalynn, lives in northern NM with her 2 children, Ryan (age 4) and Alanna (age 2). Their son, Shane is a junior at Eastern NM University, and their youngest daughter, Shaylee, is a sophomore at NM State University.

Rick has been a pastor since 1998. After several years in the ministry and seeing our young men go off to fight in war, God moved Rick’s heart to join the military and serve alongside other soldiers who would give their life to defend our country. In 2006, at God’s leading, he joined the army. He first deployed to Afghanistan for 15 months as an airborne infantry soldier and was stationed in Vicenza, Italy. He then went on to become an EOD tech (army bomb squad), was stationed at Ft. Campbell, and deployed again to Afghanistan for 13 months. When his contract with the army ended in 2013, God called Rick back into the ministry. Rick’s passion is to lead believers into a deeper relationship with God, to help members discover, develop, and exercise their spiritual gifts, and to help the church accomplish God’s current mission for the congregation. 

Candee was a Substitute Teacher for 13 years, a homeschooler for 3 non-consecutive years, enjoys digital scrapbooking and has a passion to serve the church. Then for 5 years she was the Executive Secretary for the Cimarron, New Mexico Chamber of Commerce, and businesses called on her to design their websites, flyers, and brochures. She recently resigned her position as the receptionist at the Desert Pines Baptist Association in Snowflake, AZ in order to come and serve at Sonoita Hills Community Church.