Chris came to Spirit of Hope in July of 2014. He grew up in Texas, went to college and seminary in North Carolina, and started as a minister in the United Methodist Church in 1998, serving churches in Colorado and Wyoming. Along the way he has spent time working with homeless people, former offenders, and as a substitute teacher. These experiences have given Chris a fresh perspective on the place of the church in the world.
For many people today, the church is no longer seen as a significant institution. In a very real sense they are correct, with many congregations lapsing into an inwardly focused survival mode. Chris has a passion for helping followers of Jesus reconnect with the world Jesus loves. It may seem sort of paradoxical, but involvement and investment in the community allow church people to rediscover their own reason for being. And that is a church that non-church people may find more interesting!
Kevin has been caring for the property at 3885 South Broadway for 12 years, first with Englewood UMC as custodian, and now with Spirit of Hope as building manager. He is in charge of maintenance and scheduling, working closely with members and the many community groups that use the building. Kevin’s work goes far beyond bricks, mortar, and grounds, however. He is often the face of SOH, and shows the love of Christ in concrete ways time and time again.
Laurel started as Office Manager with Spirit of Hope late in 2016. She brings a wealth of experience, a caring presence, and a fun sense of humor to her work. When you call the office, it is most likely Laurel’s voice you will hear.
Marc is the Music Director for Spirit of Hope, leading singing in worship, directing the choir, and offering his gift of music as a soloist and occasional accompanist. Marc leads SOH in glorifying God through music, and understands his ministry as far more than producing a performance. Music has been highly valued by Methodists from the beginning as an instrument for connecting with God in ways that words alone cannot. Marc’s ministry incorporates any and all persons, regardless of ability or technical expertise.