Serving Sunland Village East and the East Valley


Pastor Richard Koerselman

Pastor Richard Koerselman -- Welcome to the Website of The Village Chapel at SVE, in Mesa, Arizona. The Chapel is a non-denominational ministry, that serves SVE residents and the surrounding community. Since 1990, the Chapel has been providing weekly worship services, seasonal Bible studies and daily prayer and support for the ill and for those grieving the loss of loved ones.

My name is Richard Koerselman. I have been an ordained minister for over 40 years and have served as pastor of the Chapel since 2012. I grew up in Northwest Iowa, and have served churches in New Jersey, Texas, and right here in Gilbert and Mesa. I have a wife, Faye, and together we have two children and five grandchildren. I am delighted to serve the Chapel and look forward to meeting you. May God bless you with his love and peace.



Dave Tohlen

Dave Tohlen -- Greetings! My name is Dave Tohlen and I am the Moderator for the Chapel’s Executive Committee. The Moderator leads the Executive Committee and assists the Pastor in the leadership of the Chapel ministry. I've served on many church committees and councils as a member of the United Methodist Church. I retired as an Officer in the Air Force after 27 years, then completed a second career as a Department of Defense contractor. Most recently, I served on the board of directors for two nonprofit organizations providing life-essential assistance to military veterans and their families. My wife, Diana, and I are from Colorado Springs and have been seasonal residents of SVE since 2015.






Leila Jo Wiebe

Leila Jo Wiebe -- Hey there! My name is Leila Jo Wiebe, LJ for short. I am the Vice Moderator for the Chapel's Executive Committee. I’ve served on many roles in the churches I have attended, starting with Youth staff member, Singles coordinator, to Small Groups coordinator, and Project Manager. I'm excited to serve the needs of the Chapel in support of all the members of the congregation.

While leading the Singles ministry, "that man" came into my life. On our 1-year anniversary, we moved to Arizona. We moved to SVE in 2013, and my husband passed away after 24 years of marriage. Retirement from the State of Arizona came shortly afterwards. I enjoy the activities of the SVE community and love getting to know my neighbors.


Chapel Executive Committee -- The Executive Committee meets monthly to address the Chapel's needs and to plan and execute actions, on behalf of the congregation, to enhance the Chapel ministry. The Executive Committee members and positions are:






The Village Chapel supports a number of missions:




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