All appointments and those named to serve in a supply capacity are finalized at the Annual Conference Session in June.

Appointments that have been announced are posted here.

This page includes:


Current Church Openings

The following churches have been identified as clear openings by the RMC Cabinet. A clear opening means churches that have had their appointed pastor either retire or be appointed to another ministry setting. If you believe God is leading you to service in one of these communities, please contact your current District Superintendent.

  • Newcastle
  • Palisade/Fruita
  • Wray

2015 Appointments by Bishop Elaine Stanovsky

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky has announced her intention to make the following appointments, effective July 1, 2015:

Charles Murry, currently serving as Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church, Fort Smith Arkansas, to First United Methodist Church, Fort Collins, Colorado, as a Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist-Lead pastor.

Jeff Rainwater, currently senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Laramie, Wyoming, as Superintendent, Wyoming District, Mountain Sky Area. Read the press release about this appointment.

Burry Bessee, currently serving Gillette United Methodist Church, Gillette, Wyoming, to Burlington United Methodist Church, Burlington, Colorado.

William D. “Mac” McGrew, currently serving Christ United Methodist Church, Casper, Wyoming, to Aldersgate Community United Methodist Church, Brigham City, Utah.

Dale Beck, trained interim pastor, to University Park United Methodist Church, Denver, Colorado.

Jeff Kanost, newly licensed Local Pastor, to Epworth United Methodist Church, Denver, Colorado.

Sandi Dillon, currently serving Grace United Methodist Church, Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Washington Park Community United Methodist Church, Denver, Colorado.

Debra Olenyik, currently serving as District Superintendent, Wyoming, Mountain Sky Area, as Transitional Ministry Developer, Mountain Sky Area. Read the press release about this appointment.

Thomas R. Towns, currently serving First United Methodist Church, Cortez, Colorado, to Estes Park United Methodist Church, Estes Park, Colorado.

Richard F. Carpenter, currently serving First United Methodist Church, Dove Creek, Colorado, and Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, Dolores, Colorado, to Fort Morgan United Methodist Church, Fort Morgan, Colorado.

Jasper Peters as associate pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, Colorado. Jasper will be appointed as a Provisional Elder pending the Clergy Session action at the 2015 Annual Conference.

Michael Jarrell as associate pastor of Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church, Monument, Colorado. Michael will be appointed as a Provisional Elder pending the Clergy Session action at the 2015 Annual Conference.

Paul Kottke, currently senior pastor at University Park United Methodist Church, Denver, Colorado, as Superintendent, Metropolitan District. Read Kottke's thoughts and vision for the appointment.

Calob Rundell, currently serving Wiley/McClave United Methodist Churches, to First United Methodist Church in Salida, Colorado.

Steve Easterday-McPadden, currently senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Fort Collins, Colorado, as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Grand Junction, Colorado. Rev. Blaine M. Scott, current senior pastor, is exploring extension ministry.

Steven K. Goodier, currently serving as District Superintendent, Metropolitan District, Rocky Mountain Conference, to First United Methodist Church, Loveland, Colorado.

 

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky has announced her intention to make the following appointment, effective May 1, 2015:

Rev. Larry Paulson as Interim pastor of First UMC, Fountain, Colorado. Current pastor, the Rev. Greg Borden, will return to retirement, effective April 30, 2015.

 

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky has announced her intention to make the following appointment, effective April 1, 2015:

Charles Stephens, currently serving 1/2 time in Extension Ministry at the Institute for Life and Care to 1/4 time Extension Ministry, Institute for Life and Care and 1/2 time to First United Methodist Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky has announced her intention to make the following appointments, effective Jan. 1, 2015:

Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen, currently serving Bethany United Methodist Church, to Brentwood and Bethany United Methodist churches (3/4 time).

Leslie Sue Wood, currently serving Pikes Peak United Methodist Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado, to the United Church of San Juans, Ridgway, Colorado.

Deanne Sharp as pastor (1/2 time) of Pikes Peak United Methodist Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Andy Dunning, currently serving as Development Director at Denver Urban Ministries, to St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, as executive pastor.


2015 Cross-Conference Appointments

The following clergy have been appointed to another conference within The United Methodist Church.

Jane Youtz Riecke, currently serving as Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church, Loveland, Colorado, to University United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as Senior Pastor, effective July 1, 2015.

Amy Michelle Seifert, currently serving Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, St. George, Utah, to Havelock and Eagle United Methodist Churches, Eagle, Nebraska, in the Great Plains Conference, effective July 1, 2015.


2015 Retirement Announcements

The following clergy have been approved for retirement, effective June 30, 2015. Our Conference is appreciative of their many years of faithful Christian service. There will be an opportunity to greet them and wish them well at the 2015 Annual Conference session.

Susan Denker

Richard Evans

Char Elliott

Kathryn Britt Graff

Pam Graham

David Moorman

Donna Patterson

Nancy Peacock

Rhonda Plinske

Linda Wells

Karen Lowe (As of Feb. 28, 2015)

Miriam Slejko (As of April 30, 2015)

Retiring from another conference or denomination

Norm Stott

Greg Borden


Assignments by District Superintendents

District Superintendent Margaret Gillikin has announced her intention to make the following appointments, effective Nov. 15, 2014: Mike Spahr, as certified lay minister (1/2 time) to the United Church of Walsenburg, Walsenburg, Colorado. Bobby Barnhill concluded his ministry at the United Church of Walsenburg on Nov. 11, 2014, but continues as a part-time local pastor at Trinidad United Methodist Church, Trinidad, Colorado.

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