Imam Mahmoud Soliman has served as the religious leader of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix (ICCP) since 2002.

Kevin Later

Imam Anas Hlayhel
Anas Hlayhel is a free-lance Imam currently serving the South East Valley community.  Along Friday sermons, he teaches classes in Islamic self-help and Quran exegesis, and conducts some youth coaching.  He's also a contributing author to Muslim Matters, one of the most popular Muslim blogs in English.  In the past, Anas served the CAIR-AZ chapter for 6 years​, 3 of which being its chairman.  Anas was also the Imam of the ICNEV (aka Scottsdale Mosque) for 7 years.  Anas studied Islamic theology and jurisprudence in the traditional method under several scholars and has an Ijazah (a certification to narrate) Hadith.  Other than his religious and community activities, Hlayhel is an electrical engineer at Intel.  He's married and has four children

Karolyn Benger is the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council.

​Pastor Erik Jones
Eric Jones is the Founding and Senior Pastor of Evident Life Church in Gilbert, Arizona.  Driven by his zeal for the Lord, Eric is passionate about sharing God’s Word and lifting up the name of Jesus both inside and outside the church. Eric holds a BBA from Baylor University, a Masters of Science Degree from University of Texas in Arlington, and a Masters of Theology from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary.


In addition to his leadership in the local church, Eric is always heavily engaged with the community serving on the Board of Directors for AZCEND, and sitting on many government councils, panels, and committees at the local, state, and national level. Furthermore, Eric is also actively involved in planting churches and encouraging Christian growth in Ghana Africa through partnership with local pastors and churches.  Eric and his wife, Velvet, have been married for 27 years and are blessed with one daughter and three sons.

Karolyn Benger

Reverend Ozetta Kirby
Rev. Kirby has dedicated her life to serving and ministering to others – throughout her 39-year career as a teacher and principal, and currently, as Senior Pastor of Holy Trinity Community AME Church, in Mesa, Arizona. She and her husband of 40 years, Prentiss Kirby, are blessed with 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. 

Her gracious demeanor brings peace in tumultuous situations. She knows how and when to stand for justice while speaking the truth in love, and has helped encourage unity and peace in the East Valley. Over her years in Arizona, Reverend Kirby has served on many church, education and community committees, including serving as East Valley NAACP president, and currently works with  the East Valley NAACP’s legal redress and the Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, and Tempe Police community forums, Chandler Gilbert Community College’s Advisory Committee, and Chandler Human Relation’s committee.

Imam Mahmoud Soliman

Kevin Larter was recently a youth pastor for 11 years, and now is the Pastor of the Central Leadership Institute Residency Program, Central Christian Church. 

Thanks to our 2018 event speakers!

Fr. Sheunesu Bowora was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, and is currently serving at his first assignment  as the Parochial Vicar at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chandler Arizona.

Father Shea Bowora

Rabbi Mendy Deitsch
Rabbi Deitsch is a graduate of Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch Rabbinical Seminary in Brooklyn, New York. He has majored in Kabbala and Jewish Mysticism, has traveled to Bangkok, Singapore, Central America, Russia and Australia teaching Kabbala and Jewish mysticism. He serves as Rabbi of Chabad of the East Valley.  He is the Director of Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life and the Chabad of the East Valley. He is married and is the father of nine children.

2019 East Valley Mayors' Prayer Breakfast