Conference Office Staff
Rev. Sue ArttConference Minister
As Conference Minister, Sue has responsibility for guiding, leading, and encouraging the Conference to live out Christ’s call to service, mission, and ministry here in the Rocky Mountains. Alongside the RMC Board, Sue has helped the Conference complete the re-visioning process begun at the June 2013 Annual Meeting, and led us to plant Mission Seeds in 2015. In January 2016, Sue was nominated jointly by the Board and Search Committee for settled Conference Minister of the Conference. On Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Sue was voted unanimously as Conference Minister by the voting delegation. She was installed on August 20, 2016 at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center in Black Forest, Colorado.
Rev. Erin GilmoreAssociate Conference Minister
Rev. Erin Gilmore began her new ministry with us on May 15, 2017, and was installed as Associate Conference Minister on June 9, 2017, at our Annual Celebration in Cheyenne, WY. Prior to joining us, she served as Senior Pastor of Loveland UCC in Loveland, CO, and as Senior Pastor of Holladay UCC in Holladay (Salt Lake City), Utah. Working with other Conference leaders, Rev. Gilmore was instrumental in re-imagining and reshaping the RMC’s Annual Celebration to be the generative event it is today. Going forward, her main priority will be nurturing the vitality of our churches, especially those furthest away from the Conference Office in Denver.
Daryl SchreiberManager of Communication and Databases
Daryl joined us in May 2018. Daryl holds a BFA in Communication Design and has worked in UCC communications at the local level for several years, so she knows what’s up! Her responsibilities include creating Conference messaging, web updates, the Connected at Our Roots Newsletter, managing social media, marketing and promoting upcoming camps and events, and founding the Co+Create Network for church admins and communicators. She’s doing everything she can to ensure that the RMC and its churches are Radically Connected!
Janice TravisFinancial Associate
Janice started with us in April 2018, and hit the ground running! Previously a full-time retiree, she has a long and experienced financial career behind her, and wanted a role in which she could work part-time doing something she loves for a cause she believes in. In her role, she oversees everything financial, managing all funds coming in and out of the Conference Office. Janice is in the office all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Melissa McCarlOffice & Digital Administrator
Melissa joined us as our part-time Office & Digital Administrator in January, 2019. As an active director/actor in the Denver theatre community, Melissa brings an energetic flair, along with experience in nonprofit administration.
Boards & Teams
The Rocky Mountain Conference Board Of Directors
The Board of Directors (BOD) represents the Conference as a whole. They are charged with making decisions for the good of the whole Conference. Their primary responsibility is the achievement of the mission and overall outcomes selected by the Conference. The BOD is empowered to create the structure needed to accomplish the mission and to change the structure as conditions or resources change. At the beginning of every program year, they review and (if necessary) revise their Core Purpose and Values, which are included in every BOD Meeting Agenda to remind them of the scope and impact of their work.
The Finance Committee develops and oversees the operating budget of the Conference. The committee meets 4 to 6 times per year, with the help and guidance of the Treasurer, to monitor the Conference’s financial circumstances and to make recommendations to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors regarding financial decisions. The Finance Committee reviews Conference financial policies and makes appropriate recommendations through the Executive Committee; they also work with the Endowment Fund to encourage generous giving, as well as responsible use of those gifts.
The Nominating Committee is made up of the Vice Moderator and one representative from each of the 5 Conference Associations and elected at the Annual Meeting. The committee is responsible for submitting nominations for all Board of Director positions and the 3 administrative committees of the RMC.
The Personnel Committee, a committee of the Board of Directors, recommends personnel policies to the Board; creates and maintains (together with the Conference Minister) job descriptions of employees; to aid in the preparation of the annual budget; and, on behalf of the Board, conducts annual reviews of staff performance. The committee insures that the personnel policies are fairly administered, are updated as necessary, and that the policies reflect the ethics and the goals of the Conference. The committee conducts supportive interviews with staff and seeks to resolve any staffing conflicts and job-related concerns as they arise.
In the wake of Annual Meeting 2016 in Salt Lake City, there emerged a need for a new Conference Leadership model more fully in line with the needs of our churches and capacities of our staff. One priority we identified was the need to further develop our non-staff/non-BOD leadership, so that these leaders can assemble short-term teams to tackle important projects in the RMC. These teams, known as “So-That” Teams, have thus far been assigned to Outdoor Ministry, Church Technology Standards, and Church Best-Practice Sharing—with more projects on the horizon. These teams necessitated the creation of a new Board Member role, “So-That Team Support Coordinator,” a position currently occupied by Judy Ballie (SE). For questions about “So-That” Teams, please email Judy.
Ad Hoc Teams (Not Elected):
Global Partners is a partnership between the Rocky Mountain Conference United Church of Christ (UCC), the Rocky Mountain Disciples of Christ (DOC) and the Evangelical United Pentecostal Church of Venezuela (UEPV). As far as we know, we are the only Partnership through Common Global Ministries wherein the UCC and DOC work together with a third partner. Together we represent about 200 churches in western Venezuela, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.
Conference Inclusion Team
The Conference Inclusion Team (CIT) is a ministry team that works to raise awareness about and acceptance of people living with disabilities and/or mental health challenges. The CIT works to support and promote the mission of the UCC Disabilities Ministries (UCCDM) toward inclusion of people with disabilities within our ministry, as well as the mission of the UCC Mental Health Network (UCCMHN) to reduce stigma and promote inclusion for people with mental illnesses/brain disorders and their families. Individual CIT team members work with their local churches and associations to help spread the news of inclusion; team members also offer resources and programs to churches who wish to serve all people in their congregations, 20% of whom live with a disability.
CIT members provide assistance to churches who would like to achieve the Accessible to ALL (A2A) Designation. The team conducts quarterly conference calls to coordinate its efforts and provide support and ideas for its team members.
To help congregations, Associations, and Conferences become A2A, the UCCDM Board of Directors has created the “Any Body, Every Body, Christ’s Body” guide, which you can view and download here! As explained on the UCCDM’s “How to Become A2A” page, the guide is designed to be used in conjunction with the Accessibility Audit and A2A checklist.
For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Pettit, CIT Chair.
Endowment Fund of the RMC Board of Directors
The RMCUCC Endowment Fund was established at the 34th Annual Meeting, in June 2008. At the Conference level of the UCC, Planned Giving is essential to complement and support multiple types of giving by providing education, management processes and the establishment and management of an endowment fund.
La Foret Board of Directors
La Foret Conference & Retreat Center is the outdoor ministry site for the Rocky Mountain Conference and is located in the Black Forest, 20 minutes northeast of Colorado Springs. Given by Alice Bemis Taylor to the Congregational Church in 1944, it contains multiple historic buildings, two of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it provides sanctuary for guests to consider the transcendent issues in their lives. La Foret in particular has been pivotal in the formation of many clergy and lay people now contributing in many different roles within the UCC and DOC. The board is a working board and exists to ensure a foundation of long term stability and viability for La Foret, and the mission of the RMC. The board consists of nine members including three ex officio and six appointed by the RMC Board. La Foret is a subsidiary corporation of the Rocky Mountain Conference, the ultimate owner.
Archway Housing and Services
Twenty-four years ago, members of the Rocky Mountain Conference recognized a serious need for affordable housing in the Metro Denver area—and thus, Archway Housing and Services (formerly Rocky Mountain HDC) was founded.
Today, Archway provides quality housing in 563 units whose residents include more than 1,000 families and children. As of July 2018, there are 10 total Archway facilities (eight in the Denver area and two in Fountain), and two more being developed (both in Lakewood, CO). Archway’s continued dedication and growth truly underscores the importance and need for affordable, quality housing in Colorado.
The Rocky Mountain Conference is honored to be in partnership with Archway, and we are proud that Archway’s ministry makes us a leader in affordable housing among regional United Church of Christ conferences.