Pulpit Supply

What is Pulpit Supply?

Pulpit supply is a ministry that helps your local church fill your pulpit in times of need, such as when a minister is on vacation or has an emergency. Churches, the ministers listed below are available for pulpit supply. Please contact them directly.

Each church and Pulpit Supply Minister may negotiate their own compensation. A typical honorarium is $125-250 per Sunday, depending on the size of the church and the number of services required.

Don Grant
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. He has been approved for ordination pending call.
Ralph Datema
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The Rev. Dr. Ralph S. Datema has been an ordained UCC Clergy since 1970 and has had his Standing in the RMC since 1982. He is a Diplomat in the AAPC (American Association of Pastoral Counselors – now a part of ACPE – Association for Pastoral Clinical Education – ACPE), is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in Colorado (LMFT), and is a member of AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists). He 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 “Congregational Health.”
Jerry Eslinger
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John V. Gaudreau OEF
Having been ordained for the past 28 years in the UCC, I have served three churches, three as senior pastor and one as Minister of Pastoral Care and Community life. My focus in my work and in my Sunday reflections has always been spirituality and the care for others in relationships. Topics such as, loving others as we are loved by Christ and seeking reconciliation wherever possible. Being an Ecumenical Franciscan for the past 21 years has only furthered my awareness and care for the sick and the dying. I would welcome the opportunity to serve if the occasion arises.
Rev. Cal Kemper, M.S., AAPC
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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.
Mark Lee
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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?
Beth Robey Hyde
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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.
Pat Slentz
Recently retired to Fort Collins, I am a member of Plymouth Congregational UCC where I facilitate a contemplative prayer group and serve as a certified labyrinth facilitator. Before relocating from the Southwest Conference UCC, I served as a UCC Commissioned Minister in a multi-denominational church, then spent seven years as a hospice chaplain and five years as a hospital chaplain. I enjoyed doing frequent pulpit supply for PC(USA) churches in northern NM and have enjoyed serving as pulpit supply in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming UCC churches. I work as a Spiritual Director certified through Stillpoint at Ghost Ranch, NM. I am available for pulpit supply within 90 minutes of Fort Collins.
Cheryl Swing
Cheryl is an ordained clergy woman in the Metro Denver Association. She is a Chaplain in Residency at Littleton Adventist Hospital and a former Hospice Chaplain. Cheryl also served National Jewish Hospital and the New York Health and Hospitals System as a TeleHealth Chaplain during the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cheryl is a graduate of Iliff School of Theology with an MDiv and was awarded the 2018 as the Ronald E. Sleeth Preacher of the Year. She has completed 7 units of CPE through ACPE/CPSP. Cheryl is available for pulpit supply, special requests, and workshops. She is an experienced Preacher, Chaplain, Spiritual Life Coach and Workshop Facilitator and has shared her gifts throughout the UCC, Presbyterian and Methodist communities in Colorado. Outside of her regular chaplaincy obligations, Cheryl is a Writer, Wedding & Funeral Celebrant, Spiritual & Pastoral Counselor, Life Coach, Workshop facilitator, Authentic Motivational Speaker and Curator of Sacred Spaces (www.illuminationcss.com). Cheryl currently is in the final stages of a book grounded in personal stories and lessons that have shaped her as she seeks to live and serve through Embodied Wholeness. Cheryl is a member of Columbine United Church and a mother to a teenage daughter, Jaida.
Sara Weatherman
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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 5 smaller congregations.
Jenny Whitcher
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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.
Tracey Perry
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I am an ordained Minister and I have an M.Div., from Wesley Theological Seminary. I love to preach, teach and serve God’s people. I have been in Ministry for eight years. I have served as a Senior Pastor, Bible Study Teacher, Ministry Associate Pastor, Retreat Leader, and Keynote speaker for Women’s events. I am an anointed, Holy Spirit filled woman of God. My Ministerial strengths are – Preaching, Teaching, Prayer, Biblical Knowledge, Pastoral Care, Mission/Outreach, Storytelling. I preach on social justice, loving Christ and each other, peace, Salvation, redemption and other biblical texts. The Bible verse that speaks to my ministry is, Ephesians 4:11-12 – So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. I serve norther Colorado to Downtown Denver.
Elizabeth Vincent
An ordained UCC minister, Elizabeth has served churches in Rhode Island and western Colorado. She currently lives in Colorado Springs, where she provides chaplaincy services to persons residing in assisted living facilities and tutors in math, English, ESL, science, and music (piano). She is a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ and serves as a Stephen Minister, member of the Minister in Discernment Committee, and coordinator for the Visitation Ministry. This past summer she filled the role of Interim Associate Minister through the three-month sabbatical of their Associate Minister. The call to ministry first came to Elizabeth in her teens, but it was not until her early retirement from a 30-year career in engineering consultancy that she finally answered that call. She earned her MDiv from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, MA, served as the Associate Minister at Newman United Church of Christ in Providence, RI, and as a chaplain at the Massachusetts State Psychiatric Hospital in Worcester, MA. In addition to her ministerial service, Elizabeth has developed and led women’s and youth retreats and service projects, citizen participation programs, and focus group discussions on white privilege, as well as professional experience in teaching, project/program management, business development, contract management, and project correction efforts. She is deeply interested in issues related to social and environmental justice. On the personal side, Elizabeth enjoys reading, writing, painting, hiking, camping, golfing, skiing, and traveling (time permitting). She is incredibly grateful for her three children, their spouses, her eight grandchildren, and having had the opportunity to live, work, and experience the people and cultures in nine states and three other countries. Elizabeth is available for pulpit supply and interim assignments on Colorado’s front range and Utah.
Taylor J Dabney
Taylor Dabney has an MDiv from Candler School of Theology, where she also got a Women in Theology in Ministry Certificate and a Justice, Peace, and Conflict Transformation concentration. She is a transgender woman and a skilled preacher, and is able to take Bible stories and tell them in a new way that keeps them fresh and brings out something for us today. She has a passion for talking about the unconditional love of God and social justice issues. Taylor is an MID in the Platte Valley Association. Taylor lives with her fiancee, Virginia, and their dog, Selah, in Aurora. Taylor enjoys performing music, playing multiple instruments including her voice. She also loves to go for hikes and long walks outside, and she loves to play volleyball. She also likes TV shows, especially animated ones, and books.