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Rev. Dale Beck, Senior Pastor
The interim ministry year for University Park is intended as a bridge between a very fruitful 20-year ministry of an outstanding pastor to the new pastoral leadership that will begin in July, 2016. Dale Beck is being appointed to the church after over 30 years of ministry in the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference and two previous interim ministry positions in Brighton, Colorado and Hope UMC in Greenwood Village. Beck is a graduate of the University of Illinois (BA), Iliff School of Theology (MDiv) and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (DMin). His last 15 years on ministry in Illinois were spent in campus churches. He retired to live in Estes Park in 2008 and has enjoyed hiking, skiing and trying to grow things in the Rocky Mountains, singing in the choir at the Estes Park United Methodist Church and serving as treasurer of the Estes Park Salud Foundation Board. Last year he developed a ministry of worship-hikes in the national park from which he will take a hiatus for the ministry at University Park. He has also worked with the Estes Park Restorative Justice Committee. He is on the Church and Society ministry team of Rocky Mountain Conference.
“I am particularly interested in how as Christian disciples we can work with persons of other faith traditions and cultures to be agents of wholeness and healing for our society and the world. I believe that we are at the front edge of what I call ‘The Second Great Reformation’ – a time when we move beyond the divisions of doctrines and embrace the essence of sacred relationships. This is truly an exciting time to be a congregation in ministry to each other and to the world.”
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
MaryAnn Buys, Wedding Coordinator