Real Stories from Real People

Come and hear fascinating life journeys as people share their stories live in an intimate setting. Sit back and relax in comfortable chairs as you hear tales from others about life, faith and God.  

Our next Storytellers are Rebecca Merritt, Emerson Randall and David McGahan.  


Seating is limited, reserve your spot today!   

Sunday, October 22, Fellowship Hall, 6300 E Bell Rd.
6:30 – Light Refreshments
6:45 – Storytellers

The event is free to attend.  A free-will offering will be accepted for the refreshments.

Direct any questions to Pastor Matt Knopf

The refreshments will be created and served by the legendary barista, JW Gaberdiel and and his wife Chelsea – storytellers themselves!

The Storytellers


Craig Culloton

Craig and Lorrie Culloton have been married for 39 years and have 2 children Kyle and Kelsey and recently had their first grandchild Carter.   They have attended La Casa de Cristo for over 30 years and have been Sunday School teachers and have also been blessed in participating in the same Covenant group for over 30 years.   Craig graduated from La Casa’s PHD program and is active in a Men’s Discipleship Group, Feed My Starving Children, Royal Family Kids Camp, VBX Camp, and Palomino School Uniform Clothing drive.  Craig was previous member of the Board of Trustees and High School Youth Leader.  Craig’s work experience has been in Corporate America and most recently a co-owner with his wife Lorrie in a business in Phoenix.  Craig and Lorrie are now retired and looking forward to becoming more involved in philanthropic and non-profit volunteer opportunities.  


Emily Staffo

Emily is 17 and a senior at Desert Mountain High School.  She is very active with the La Casa de Cristo Youth Group for over four years.  She serves as a Jr. High leader and is in both the High School and Jr. High Youth Band.  She participates in Girls’ Night and only missed one time last year (because she was sick!).  She goes on all of the youth trips and  does so with a big smile!  She serves faithfully as a great volunteer.  Emily also works at local pizzeria.


Tracy Nadzieja

Tracy has been a north Phoenix resident since 1976 when her family relocated from the Chicago area.  She received her Bachelor of Science and Law degrees from Arizona State University and practiced law In Arizona for more than 25 years.  In 2018, Tracy was appointed to Maricopa County Superior Court becoming only the third transgender judicial officer in the United States.  She has been married for 25 years and has two children.  Tracy’s family became members of La Casa when the church met at Desert Shadows and after several years away she rejoined the La Casa family about eight years ago.