Staff

Rev. Valerie L. Jackson : Senior Pastor

Rev. Valerie L. Jackson

Senior Pastor

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19 (NRSV)

Pastor Jackson joined the UPark faith community July 1, 2016. She moved to Denver from Augusta, GA in 2009, and became a member of the United Methodist Church in 2010 via Park Hill UMC. Pastor Jackson was born in Boston, MA, and reared in Boston and Mt. Carmel, SC. After several years in community development, she has served as Senior Pastor of First UMC Aurora; Academic Advisor/Adjunct Faculty at Iliff School of Theology; Preaching Pastor of Abyssinian Christian Church in Fort Collins; and Director of Christian Education at Beulah Grove Baptist Church in Augusta, GA. Pastor Jackson is committed to “life to the fullest” for all people, and is described as a bridge-builder; as such, she serves as a voice and a board member for The Center for Health and Hope, The Colorado Religious Coalition of Reproductive Justice and as a faith spokesperson for the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado.

JoAnn Gudvangen-Brown : Director of Music/Organist

JoAnn Gudvangen-Brown

Director of Music/Organist

“Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise.”
Psalm 66:1-2

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.

Rahdearra A. Paris Woods : Director of Journeys in Faith

Rahdearra A. Paris Woods

Director of Journeys in Faith

Liza Stoltz Hanson : Director of Young Adults

Liza Stoltz Hanson

Director of Young Adults

Hannah Westra : Assistant to Christian Education

Hannah Westra

Assistant to Christian Education

Bethany Hader : Director of Wholeness and Healing at The Evanston Center

Bethany Hader

Director of Wholeness and Healing at The Evanston Center

Renae Gudvangen : Assistant Organist/ Pianist

Renae Gudvangen

Assistant Organist/ Pianist

Tamiya Mickelsen : Chorister Director

Tamiya Mickelsen

Chorister Director

Sandy Schumm : Bookkeeper

Sandy Schumm

Bookkeeper

Kevin Flomberg-Rollins : Administrative Assistant

Kevin Flomberg-Rollins

Administrative Assistant

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