Don is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. There, he directs a program that equips students to innovate solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems. He also directs a program for students pursuing careers in the helping professions that addresses the opportunities for and challenges of providing care. In addition to teaching and conducting research on work, inequality, climate change, and the place of spirituality in secular settings, he is actively involved in the Industrial Areas Foundations, the nation’s largest and longest-standing network of local faith and community-based organizations.
He is interested in creating spaces for the “spiritual but not religious” to produce new forms of faith, community, caregiving, and justice work. And he hopes to develop experiential education programs that expose and sensitize others to the plight of marginalized groups. He would welcome talking with congregations about these and related topics.
Ralph Datema has been an ordained UCC Clergy since 1970 and has had his Standing in the RMC since 1982. He is a Diplomat with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in Colorado, and is a member of the International Coaching Federation. He continues a private practice as a therapist, and has served numerous churches in the Conference as an interim pastor, served one UCC Church as solo pastor, and one Disciples of Christ Church as a solo pastor. He recently completed a two-year contract with the local Disciples region as their Interim Regional Minister. Dr. Datema is available for pulpit supply as well as teaching/facilitating courses, workshops, and conferences in “Healthy Congregational Environment.”
Recently retired after 23 years as pastor at Christ Congregational, I am available for pulpit supply in the general metro area or Colorado Springs. I was ordained in 1964 and have served churches in Iowa and Kansas before serving Christ Congregational (UCC) in southwest Denver for 24 years. I have been active in the Metro Association and the Conference, holding numerous positions of leadership. My interest is preaching and worship leadership, with a particular interest in defining what is a “progressive” application of the Gospel.
Rev. Nikki Frontz
Reverend Nikki Frontz is a Chaplain at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, and is ready to bring her energy and bold prophetic voice! She is also on the Leadership Institute Team of the UCC’s African American Women in Ministry; the RMC’s Personnel Committee; a member of Parkview Congregational UCC; and is an ordained UCC Minister with standing in the Metro Denver Association. She holds an M.Div from Iliff School of Theology, and is currently working toward her coaching credentials.
She is a Chaplain Assistant in the Colorado Air National Guard, and is working on becoming a Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
She has preached and/or presented in several locations to diverse audiences, including several Denver-area churches. Her specialties include leadership, coaching, creativity, worship planning, music, pastoral and spiritual care, curriculum innovation, and dynamic preaching. She is open to the many opportunities to minister that God has placed and will place in her path.
Rev. Cal Kemper, M.S., AAPC
Cal loves to preach, teach, and pastor in most any setting. He is also a professional pastoral counselor and has an energetic, entertaining, and personal style in serving our churches. Cal is ordained and has been a pastor in several different RMC churches. He currently lives in Thornton, Colorado. His background and talents include being an elementary and middle school teacher, a professional musician (saxophone, drums), a public school administrator, psychologist for public schools and mental health centers, a family counselor in private practice, a college psychological researcher, a daily radio talk-show host, contemporary worship leader, and new church start pastor. He is available for individual Sundays (or other worship days), Sunday series (more than one worship in a row), and will travel to RMC churches to lead worship, communion, and/or do pastoral care.
Rev. Russell “Russ” Kirby
Rev. Russ Kirby has been in ministry for over 25 years, serving churches of all sizes in Oklahoma, Texas, New York City, Connecticut and most recently Hawaii. He received his Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School in 2009 and was ordained a UCC minister in March of 2018. Pastor Russ shares life with his amazing Navy Husband, Ean Oliver, and their sweet lab mutt named Coulson.
Mark is the Director of Christian Formation for Adults at Plymouth UCC in Fort Collins. During the school year, his availability is sketchy; he is more available during the summer when there are not regular Formation events in his home congregation. He serves as the ONA Coordinator for the RMC, so has particular expertise speaking to ONA issues. The rest of the time, he is a dedicated lectionary preacher, who likes that the lectionary makes him grapple with texts he otherwise might avoid. His D.Min from Iliff focused on homiletics, and so he employs a variety of preaching styles. He also raises goats, stories of which often creep into his sermons! How come goats get such a bad rap in the Bible?
Rev. Wayne R. Nickerson
I am a recently retired (63-year-old) Presbyterian, PCUSA minister. Spent years in Campus Ministry (Carnegie Mellon University, Westminster College (PA) and the University of Northern Colorado.) I served as an Associate Minister in Pittsburgh, PA and finished my career pastoring the First United Presbyterian Church in Loveland, CO. I reside in Fort Collins and am a member of the Plains and Peaks, Presbytery. My preaching reflects the dictum: the heart cannot embrace what eludes the mind. Willing to preach: North Denver to Fort Collins
Rev. Nancy Niero
Nancy is an ordained United Church of Christ clergywoman, in standing with the Metro Denver Association. She is available for pulpit supply, vacations, sabbaticals, and interim work in the RMC. She is an experienced preacher and former hospice and hospital chaplain. Sermon topics include end of life, justice, wilderness, grief, and the last week of Jesus’s life. She has frequently preached on her experiences as a hospice chaplain. She is the pastor and community chaplain of the UCC’s newest entrepreneurial ministry, Anoint, a healthcare ministry dedicated to end-of life-care and grief support. Anoint supports hospices, palliative care programs, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. Nancy is also available to teach the UCC’s seven-week “Faithfully Dying” Lenten Study.
Rev. Dr. John T. Norris
The Rev. Dr. John T Norris is now a retired minister with the Metro Denver Association. First ordained by the UCC in 1977, he has served churches in Northern California (3), Colorado (1) and Hawaii (6) as well as being Executive Director of the Hawaii Council of Church and once under appointment by the Episcopal Bishop of Hawaii as Chaplain of the Episcopal Priory School of Girls, a K-12 school in Honolulu.
He also has ridden a motorcycle on three continents, spent 5 years in Africa, and ran a program for prostitutes out of a church parsonage.
Rev. Kevin L. Olsen, MDiv., DASD
I recently retired and moved to Pueblo, Colorado. I am a graduate of Pacific School of Religion and was ordained in the UCC in 2003. I am a vibrant preacher and teacher as well as a spiritual director and retreat leader. I have served congregations in the UCC, ELCA, and PCUSA. I’m willing to travel up to 75 miles (one way) from Pueblo.
Beth Robey Hyde
Beth is an experienced pastor available for pulpit supply In the Rocky Mountain Conference. She enjoys preaching adult sermons, children’s sermons and storytelling. She also loves to teach adult faith exploration and Bible studies, ranging from the light to in-depth series. Progressive Christians discover depth and breadth and gain valuable new insights from Bible study. And, it can be fun.
Deborah Roberts Tinsley
I am a retired UCC minister, living in Colorado Springs. I would be available to all Rocky Mountain Conference churches.
I am a Spiritual Director trained through Stillpoint at Ghost Ranch, NM. I have recently moved to Fort Collins, and am a member of Plymouth Congregational UCC. Before relocating from the Southwest Conference UCC, I served as a UCC Commissioned Minister in a multi-denominational church, before spending seven years as a hospice chaplain and five years as a hospital chaplain. I enjoyed doing frequent pulpit supply for smaller PC(USA) churches in northern NM, as well as playing organ. I am available for pulpit supply within 90 minutes of Fort Collins. I am also available to substitute as organist/pianist with lead time for practicing.
Cheryl Swing is a 2018 Master of Divinity candidate at Iliff School of Theology. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Human Resources from the University of Nebraska. After 10 years in Sales & Marketing Management and nearly 20 years in Risk Management and Personal Liability Claims, Cheryl left the corporate setting to follow her passion by helping to build and renew communities to represent the magnificent diversity God intended. Cheryl is the founder and Managing Director of illumination, inc., a newly formed non-profit created to raise critical consciousness, build bridges of understanding, and create a culture of belonging.
In addition to her theological studies, Cheryl is the 2018 recipient of the Ronald E. Sleeth Outstanding Preaching Award; Iliff SIFR Scholar; two-time UCC Brown Scholar; two-time recipient of the William Johnson Scholarship; two-time ESTARL Scholar; recipient of The Alexander Foundation Scholarship; two-time UCC representative for Iliff Student Senate; co-creator of Iliff Core Values; member of Iliff’s Strategic Planning Task Force; Iliff Student Ambassador; former Youth Ministry volunteer; on call (reserve) Chaplain at Columbine United Church; former Pastoral Intern at Sixth Avenue UCC; Non-Profit Founder; Motivational Speaker; Leadership Instructor; Workshop Facilitator; and Life Coach.
Cheryl is married and has a beautiful 11 year old daughter.
Available for pulpit supply in Southeastern Association.
After 40+ years of educational ministry in a wide variety of settings (I am a Commissioned Minister), I “retired” in 2011. Since then I have enjoyed doing worship leadership, especially providing meaningful and accessible worship for people of all ages. I have always loved exploring the Scriptures; putting my reflections and ponderings into a sermon is my new learning edge. I have also served as an interim in 4 smaller congregations.
Whitcher is a relational community organizer committed to supporting the prophetic reformation of the Christian Church. She is the founder of Juniper Formation, an ecumenical ministry that collaborates with local churches, communities, and denominational leaders toward a collective, missional-focused, and prophetic approach to reimagining and co-creating the Christian Church.
Whitcher returned to church ministry after 15 years of working in higher education, and in support of affordable housing and eliminating homelessness. She is an MiD with the Metro Denver Association, and in care at Sixth Avenue UCC. Whitcher previously served as the Faculty Director of the Office of Professional Formation and Term Assistant Professor of Religion & Public Life at Iliff School of Theology. Before that, she served as Iliff’s Director of the Master of Arts in Social Change and Director of Service Learning. She has a Ph.D. in Religion and Theological Studies from Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver.
She is able to travel and is available for single or series preaching, worship leadership, education/training, and consulting. She is most interested in talking with congregations about the prophetic and hope-filled future of the Church. Full bio, CV, and example sermons are available on her website, JennyWhitcher.com.