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Leadership at Manitou Community Church

The best church leader is a team. At Community Congregational Church, we’re blessed with an outstanding group of dedicated paid and volunteer leaders who conduct services, run events and keep our community on a clear spiritual path.


Rev Heather McDuffee


Let me introduce myself. I’m Reverend Heather McDuffee. I began ministry more than 20 years ago in Boulder, CO. I have been an Associate Minister in Boulder, CO and in Canton, Ohio and a Lead Pastor in Colorado Springs. I am passionate about social justice ministry and action, from racial justice ministry to food and healthcare equity. Other than ministry, I live with my wife, Brandy, and my two smart and sassy teenage girls. I love singing, talking about the Enneagram, looking for art for my next tattoo, hiking with my Chihuahua, listening to '90's hip hop, refinishing furniture and trusting God with it all.




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Yep, that's me! You're probably wondering how I got here. Well, Let me tell you!  I specialize in making things pretty, strategic planning, project management and American Sign Language Interpretation. I focus on providing opportunities for career and life skills, financial freedom whilst doing the work on the inside and recreating the "whole" person. Lets go, Lets grow! 

I believe diversity, equity and inclusion must be integrated into the fabric of an organization in order to transform how staff, volunteers and community create inclusive work environments and high impact program strategies. I love glitter, Jesus, comfy clothes, stilettos, and most of all adventures with my little friends. 

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Jerry McCauley


One of Colorado Springs’ most beloved and prolific Music Directors, J. Chang-Tablada is known for his work with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Theatreworks, and Millibo Art Theatre. He also served as Music Director for the Colorado Theatre Guild’s 16th Annual Henry Awards in Denver, Colorado in July of 2022. An accomplished entertainer in his own right, J frequently takes the stage himself, most recently in performances at 54 Below in New York City and in his “Sing-a-long with Jerry McCauley and Friends” concerts featured at the Green Box Arts Festival.

Julie Wells


Paola Garcia



Lyn Ettinger-Harwell


Council for 2024

Moderator:  Lyn Ettinger-Harwell 

Vice-Moderator:  George Whitt 

Secretary:  Arlene Penman 

Treasurer: Robin Kovats


Council Members:

Betty Armstrong 

Jan Hinkley 

David Wild

Linda O-Riley

Laura Ettinger-Harwell

Tina Hudson

Maribeth Peiniger

Cathy Karr


Trustees Board Members:

Andy Kovats
Linda O’Riley
George Whitt

Robyn Firth


Standing Committees

Community Outreach: Danny White

Clergy/Congregational Relations Committee: Deb Bornholdt, George Whitt, Jan Hinkley

Nominating Committee As Needed

Finance Committee: George Whitt, Andy Kovats, Rich Baker

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