People Around the Church

Rev. Gaye Bosley-Mitchell

Minister

Deb Bornholdt

A message from Deb, Faith Community Moderator

As your Moderator I strive to serve as the volunteer lay leader of our church, responsible for the efficient and proper operation of all Church activities, and serve for 2017 and 2018. When I first came into this church a few years ago, I discovered it to be a special place that can meet and even exceed our needs for spiritual growth, fellowship, community support, and truly a living, breathing faith community.

I look forward to getting to know you, working with you to leverage all the programs of the United Church of Christ (UCC), and lead our faith community in this time of transition.

Thank you and God bless the work we do in His name,

Deb

I have lots of verses that I hold dear, but the one that I seem to fall back on a lot lately is:
Micah 6:8, “Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.” 

Linda O’Riley, Recent Past Moderator

A message from Linda O’Riley

I am your past moderator. If I can help you with your spiritual needs and concerns, please feel free to contact me on 719.597.5673 or email Linda

Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Stevie Astley

Sanctuary and Bell Choirs Director
I have been involved in music education for over 25 years as well as enjoyed performing for 15 years as a professional musician in a contemporary Christian band.  I have a degree in Music Education and Performance from East Carolina University and am classified as a soprano.  I also have a Master’s degree in Supervision and Instruction and principal licensure from UCCS.
I have a daughter who has 5 daughters and a son who says he is “off the hook” for providing me any more grand children thanks to his sister!  I teach private voice and piano and perform occasionally for various functions and events.
I’m looking forward to working with the young people in our church family for the youth choir as well as the ringers in our bell choir in an effort to provide them an avenue of participation where they can grow both musically and spiritually.
Stevie Astley has joined the staff of the church as director of the Sanctuary and Bell Choirs. 

Susan Doherty

Church Organist
I have loved music beginning at 2 or 3 years old when I was mesmerized by my mother’s piano playing.  I began piano lessons at age 6 and loved to practice…or was that simply because I preferred practicing to doing chores?  My parents bought a small electric organ and I was totally enamored with playing and using my feet too! In La Junta, CO high school I became my church organist, played alto sax in band and a school jazz band, sang in the concert choir, and accompanied the glee clubs.
Majoring in elementary and music education at UNC, Greeley, I switched from sax to bassoon, played in small ensemble groups, orchestra, and was lucky enough to study under organist and composer, R. Evan Copley and Mrs. Garlic, organist of a new million dollar pipe organ at a new Episcopal Church in Greeley which is where I gave my senior recital.
After graduation I taught 4th grade in Macon, Georgia, then on to Spokane, WA then to Colorado Springs where I taught elementary music in District 11 for 29 years.
In 1998, a friend invited me to this church in Manitou Springs.  I joined the choir with Marcia Mensing, choir director and organist. After not having played the organ for 28 years, Marcia invited me to come play on this wonderful pipe organ. I was thrilled and became the choir accompanist, filling in for Marcia on organ occasionally.  I became the organist in 2004 and am forever thankful to Rev. Hunting for the opportunity to regularly play the organ!
After 29 years of married life to Mike Doherty, a retired P.E. teacher, I now know more than I ever thought possible about football, basketball, soccer, baseball, and tennis!  We bike, cross country and downhill ski, and I work out nearly every day.  I love to read and do counted cross stitch and crochet.  We have no children but don’t tell our cats Sport, Murphy, and Missy that because they are sure we are their parents!
Susan plays organ and accompanies the Sanctuary Choir every Sunday. She works with the Music Director to deliver great music to the worship service and hasn’t missed but 2 Sundays since 2011! Thank you, Susan!

Patsy Adams

Church Secretary
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Patsy has been the church secretary for years of unbroken service.  Her ever present smile and Christian spirit are always on display.  If there is a question about who, where, what or when, this is the person to inquire.   Her kind voice and helpful soul are always in ready supply! Patsy is in the church office Wednesday – Friday.