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.

Duane Buys : Director of Christian Education

Duane Buys

Director of Christian Education

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11

Duane has lived in Denver for over 30 years and previously taught at Denver Christian Schools. He began work with UPark in 2001 and enjoys working with children of all ages. He coordinates the Youth Mission trips each year.  In 2012 they worked in Los Angeles and in the summer of 2013, the Middle School group will be working at La Puente in Alamosa and the High School group will be going back to LA.

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.

Liza Stoltz Hanson : Peniel Service Leader/ Foundation Campus Ministry

Liza Stoltz Hanson

Peniel Service Leader/ Foundation Campus Ministry

Denton Hanson : Peniel Service Leader

Denton Hanson

Peniel Service Leader

Hannah Westra : Assistant to Christian Education

Hannah Westra

Assistant to Christian Education

Bethany Hader : Youth Assistant

Bethany Hader

Youth Assistant

Marilyn Stranske : Evanston Center Administrative Assistant

Marilyn Stranske

Evanston Center Administrative Assistant

Renae Gudvangen : Assistant Organist/ Pianist

Renae Gudvangen

Assistant Organist/ Pianist

Ana Spadoni : Chorister Director

Ana Spadoni

Chorister Director

Sandy Schumm : Bookkeeper

Sandy Schumm

Bookkeeper

Josh Rousis : Custodian/ Resident Caretaker/ Building Liaison

Josh Rousis

Custodian/ Resident Caretaker/ Building Liaison

Jessica Carmer : Administrative Assistant

Jessica Carmer

Administrative Assistant

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Worship

8:30am in Wasser Chapel

11:00am in the Main Sanctuary

Please stay for fellowship and refreshments in the Lobby following the service.