Aaron Pennington

Founding & Lead Pastor

Aaron is originally from Kentucky where he graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science.  After selling his ownership in a health club he pursued full-time ministry which led him to Central Christian Church in Arizona. There Aaron served has a Sport’s Pastor for 2 years and the Queen Creek Campus Pastor for 5 years. He recently got his Masters in Ministry from Hope International University in Fullerton, CA. He and his wife Emily have been married for 13 years, are obnoxious Kentucky basketball fans, and they have 4 children: Lillie, Jonathan, Avery, and Madison.

Below is a quick note from Aaron in his own words…

I’m a big fan of life transformation, probably because I am product of it myself. You see, I’m the last guy who would have thought that being a pastor was God’s call for my life. After spending my youth and early adulthood partying hard and finding myself in jail a few times, I considered myself lucky to make it to 21. I eventually cleaned up my life, literally, got a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, and became a partner in a health club at a young age. For all intents and purposes, I was on my way to the American dream…but God! In fact, this is actually a phrase you’ll hear a lot around Trace Church, “but God.” So many of us set out on our own path, but God oftentimes has something dramatically different for us if we will look to Him. I lived the majority of my younger life in what many would call the luxury of sin, but on this side of the cross I can tell you that sin offers nothing compared to what the Spirit can. Maybe you are the next life transformation we can celebrate, but it starts with you accepting my invitation to come join us at Trace. We hope to see you soon!

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