At the end of 2001, my wife Sallie and I felt God calling us to plant a church in Colorado Springs, so we moved from Littleton to do so. What began with just me, Sallie, and our sons Mark and Will soon grew into the thriving, vibrant community known as IAC. Now a bishop, I travel to oversee churches across the west while still being rooted in my home church here at IAC. I seek to love and serve God and others in everything that I do — this includes making some outstanding barbecue and green chili and playing with my delightful grandchildren, Audrey and Milo.
I came to IAC in 2015 after serving as an Assistant Pastor at an Anglican church in Denver. Spiritual influences include my believing parents, the small middle-Tennessee Methodist congregation I grew up in, the Presbyterian Church, the Navigators Christian ministry, and Denver Seminary. (Yep, I’m a bit of a mutt.) However, God has been faithful through every twist to draw me closer to the heart of the gospel: it’s not about what we can do for God, but about what God has done for us. When I’m not writing sermons or keeping coffee shops afloat with my black tea addiction, I’m spending time with my wife Sarah and my daughters Zoe (3) and Livvy (1). And eating chocolate chip cookies. Lots of chocolate chip cookies.
I came to Colorado Springs in 1966. Over the next 18 years, my relationship with the Lord deepened. In the years following, my lifelong concern for the welfare of others became my ministry. Whether the elderly in the church or a family in the homeless shelter, there was work to do. In 2004 I was ordained to the diaconate. I continued to work with local agencies, volunteer, and support others. In early 2007, I walked through the doors of IAC and found my new home. I serve on the Congregational Care team and I try to be a local community resource person. My husband Luther and I have a blended family of six children, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. IAC has been a place of restoration and life for me. I am humbled to serve at the Lord’s Table as we share life and journey together.
I began attending IAC with my family in 2009. We instantly felt welcome in the family atmosphere. We joined a small group and began to learn about what it meant to worship God in an Anglican tradition. The more we got to know the church, the more we felt at home. When I learned about the role of deacons, I was instantly intrigued, and began to investigate the process and the position. After about two years, I was ordained and joined the staff team. My wife Christa and I have three daughters.
My wife, Sarah, and I have been married for 47 years and we have three children and four grandchildren. Involved in the Rwandan Anglican movement since 2001, we became part of IAC after our move to Colorado Springs in 2011. I have served as an inner city pastor, a general contractor, Membership Director of the Christian Booksellers Association and VP of Sales and Marketing for Integrity Music. I am now semi-retired and work part time for IAC. My passion is to see the Kingdom of God come and reign in the lives of each person. Sarah and I try to walk regularly and I love to build things…recently remodeling our home kitchen, transforming a tool shed into an office and building a bedroom addition on my brother David’s cottage.
My wife Sarah and I have been a part of IAC since 2009 and we have since bumped our contribution to the body up by three beautiful little girls. We were drawn from the very beginning by the depth of community, the health of the church and the heart for worship and teaching. One of my passions is investing in and journeying with young people and I have gratefully been able to serve IAC as the Youth Pastor since 2010. With a previous 10 years of student ministries experience, it’s been a joy to encourage our young people towards learning to hear the voice of God and developing the courage to pursue His dream for their lives relentlessly.
I recently joined the family at IAC as Children’s Pastor. My family moved to Colorado Springs about 6 years ago. Prior to moving to Colorado Springs I was a Bible teacher for middle and high school students and then a chapel coordinator for a Christian school. I can say that throughout the years, my heart swells when I have the opportunity to teach and lead people toward Jesus. It is what God has designed me to do, and this role of Children’s Pastor combines my lifelong passions for Jesus, Bible teaching, children, and missions. My husband of 13 years, Paul, and I have 5 children: Soren (8), Kyra (6), Bri (6), Langham (4) and London (3). It is a huge blessing for us all to make IAC our new church home, and I am excited to see how God will flourish our children’s program in the coming months and years!
Ministry leaders serve IAC by leading teams to implement the church’s mission and vision in partnership with the clergy.
Art & Faith Ministry: Tara Owens and Amanda Jolman
Children’s Ministry: Christy Penley
Connections Team: Michelle Weed
Missions Team: Beth Battersby
Rwanda Team: Regina Hopewell
Small Group Ministry: Megan Wesolowski
Worship Team: Cisco Tercero
Youth Ministry: Jeff Norris
About International Anglican Church
At IAC, we want the gospel of Jesus Christ to define who we are and shape what we do. We are rooted in the sacred traditions of the church, passionate about the Scriptures, and utterly dependent on the Holy Spirit. We were planted in America by the Anglican Church of Rwanda and have been uniquely shaped by that relationship.
Service Times & Location
We now have
9am & 10:45am
1305 N. Union
Colorado Springs, CO 80909