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Rev. Paul Kottke, Senior Pastor
…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind…And the second is like unto it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Paul is a 1981 graduate of Iliff School of Theology and was ordained Elder in 1982. His passion is to find ways in which a vital congregation can build relationships within the surrounding community and the world. He believes that the gospel of Jesus Christ invites us in this 21st Century to overcome the divisions which religion so often inflicts on God’s children.
“I am particularly interested in how, as committed Christians, we might be in ministry with persons of other faiths as brothers and sisters within God’s incredible grace.”
Rev. Debby Lawrence, Congregational Care Pastor
Debby joined the staff of UPark in 1998 as Christian Education Director. She was consecrated a Diaconal Minister in 1999 and ordained Deacon in 2002. In January 2001 she became our full-time Congregational Care Pastor. Previous to working at UPark, she was a Stephen Minister and Leader, and Sunday School teacher at St. Andrew UMC.
Duane Buys, Director of Christian Education
Duane has lived in Denver for over 30 years and previously taught at Denver Christian Schools. He began work with UPark in 2001 and enjoys working with children of all ages. He coordinates the Youth Mission trips each year. In 2012 they worked in Los Angeles and in the summer of 2013, the Middle School group will be working at La Puente in Alamosa and the High School group will be going back to LA.
JoAnn Gudvangen-Brown, Director of Music/Organist
JoAnn joined the staff as organist in July 1989 and became Director of Music in 2004. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the University of Denver with degrees in Piano Performance and Choral Conducting. She is an active musician, teacher, and performer.
Diane Felt, Administrative Assistant
Angela Hudgens, Wedding Coordinator