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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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?
Nancy is an ordained clergy woman in the Metro Denver Association UCC. She is available for pulpit supply, vacations, sabbaticals, and interim work in the RMC. She is an experienced preacher and hospice chaplain. Sermon topic specialities include tying in sacred text with end-of-life, justice, wilderness, grief and loss, and the last week of Jesus’ life. She has frequently preached on her experiences as a hospice chaplain. She is the community chaplain and founder of Anoint, an entrepreneurial health care ministry in the United Church of Christ. Anoint is committed to end-of-life care and grief support through the ancient practices of anointing. Nancy is also available to teach the UCC’s seven-week (or condensed version) of the “Faithfully Dying” Lenten Study. She is currently a Doctorate of Ministry student at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK where she is studying how white ancestors of faith can inspire parishioners in white churches to dismantle white silence on racism and white supremacy to show up, speak up, and stand up for people of color. Nancy is a member of Washington Park UCC in Denver.
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 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.
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 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 5 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.