About Us


Our Identity –

“We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.”

Our Story

Capilla del Sol Christian Church has served in the Northwest area of Tucson over 30 years. The Church is associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a fellowship of Christians whose roots go back to the beginning of the 19th century as a movement to unify Christians. The leaders then decided that the unity of Christians was of central importance and proposed that all believers unite on loyalty to Jesus Christ and the authority of the Bible for defining faith and practice. The emphasis was that on those elements essential to salvation, as plainly revealed in Scripture, there could be unity. In all other matters there should be freedom of belief with the emphasis upon love for all. The Church understands itself to be a part of the timeless, universal Body of Christ that embraces all who acknowledge Jesus as Lord. We often say, “We want to be known as Christians only, but fully realize that we are not the only Christians.”

We affirm that our mission includes the following: to glorify God in worship and life; to proclaim by word and deed the Good News about Jesus Christ that others might find new life in Him; to nurture believers into a mature faith; and to promote healing service to the community and to the world.

We invite those who are not Christians to join with us in a pilgrimage of faith, exploring what it means to know Jesus as Savior and Leader of life. In Jesus there is opportunity for a new beginning in life for he grants us forgiveness of our sins. He gives to us the Spirit of God to enable us to live the Christian life. He grants to us the promise of eternal life. We invite those who are believers and seek to find a community of faith where they can worship, explore, serve, have fun, and experience all that life in Christ can offer, to join with us.


Rev. Elizabeth Smith, Interim Pastor

Rev. Elizabeth Smith began serving as our Interim Pastor in February 2021. She is a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and active minister member of the Presbytery de Cristo. Prior to coming to Capilla del Sol, Elizabeth served at The Holy Way Presbyterian Church in Tucson and Second Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, VA. Elizabeth believes that periods of transition can be a rich time of discovery and understanding and is honored to walk with Capilla del Sol during this season.

Elizabeth can be reached by email at pastorelizabethsmith@gmail.com.

Jess Edelbrock, Music Director

Jess graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.M. in Choral Education and Piano in 2013. While attending NAU, she served as the music director for the Lutheran Campus Ministries. After graduating and teaching high school choir for a year she decided to come back to Tucson to get married to and start a life with her husband, Tom. She is an Associate Conductor and PR Director with the Tucson Girls Chorus.  Jess and Tom have one son, Sebastian.

Joyce and Wayne Anderson, Custodians

Joyce and Wayne have been active members of Capilla Del Sol since August 1997 and are tasked with keeping our facilities clean and maintained. They have five children and nine grandchildren, only a few of whom are in Tucson, with most living on the East coast.