Step 1 Event 2016



Dates: Sept. 19-21, 2016
Location: Holiday Inn Denver East-Stapleton (map)
Hotel:  Online registration or call 855-914-1373 and use group rate: Rocky Mountain United Methodist Church
Airport: Denver International Airport


Event Registration (online)

Cost: $99



Step 1 is an event open to all who are curious about starting a new faith community.  This may be a traditional church, house church, messy church, or whatever church.  Existing pastors are welcome.  Those discerning a call to vocational ministry are welcome.  Lay people who want to lead something new are welcome.  Anyone interested in the future of the church will get something out of this event.

This will be an interactive event where you will get to both participate in and help lead various experiences in how new faith communities are reaching new people with the good news of Jesus Christ.



Jerry Herships, After Hours Denver (, Denver CO.

Rev. Jerry Herships is a storyteller, love monger, spiritual entrepreneur, and founder of AfterHours, an experimental faith and action community based in Denver, Colorado. Jerry and the rest of AH's rogue disciples helps feeds and give communion to 700 poor and homeless every week. They do church in bars all over the city that they call Happy Hours (their members are called regulars). He loves bourbon and God.  Jerry is also the author of Last Call: From Serving Drinks to Serving Jesus.  


Tiffany Keith, The Edge (, Colorado Springs CO.

 We are seeking God's Prevenient Grace through the stories we live. In a beautifully simple, but powerful way, we gather around a dinner table, listen to three personal stories, and together seek God's light, explore the places our stories cross, and live out of our shared experience.

It is amazing how vulnerable our storytellers are willing to be. Month after month we have everybody...from youth to older adult, from life-long Methodists to people that would never set foot in a church building...stand up in front of friends, family, and strangers and share some of the moments that broke their heart, their encounters with the Holy, and the hope that brings them to life. If that were the end, the night would be unforgettable. But it doesn't end there. As we see The Sacred at work in the lives of the stories we hear, we begin to see God in our stories, and in the stories of the people that surround us. It is in these moments of vulnerability, courage, and hope that life-changing connections are born.


Trey Hall, Urban Village Church (, Chicago IL & Birmingham UK.

Trey Hall is an urban church strategist, marathon runner, and failed improv comedy student. Since 2000, he has pastored churches in the United Kingdom and in Chicago, where he has led successful church redevelopment projects and most recently launched Urban Village Church – a radically inclusive Gospel community that has started four sites in six years, reached mostly Millennial and Gen X people, and has become one of the fastest-growing congregations in the city. As a ministry coach, Trey has also created a transformative training and coaching ground for young leaders called to engage cultural and church change. In addition to coaching planters in other contexts, Trey designed the Internship/Residency program at Urban Village, which has formed more than 30 leaders in the past five years, 30% of whom have gone on to launch new communities in different neighborhoods across the US. In 2016, Trey opened Epicenter’s first ministry office outside of the US, in Birmingham, United Kingdom, and helps coach and resource the church starting and church redevelopment movement in the Britain and Europe. He also coaches and teaches regularly in the United States, working to understand and interpret learnings from ministry in largely secular Europe for the increasingly secular American context.


Roberta Jantzi Egli, Messy Church (, Eugene OR.

The personal mission of Rev. Roberta Egli is to create welcoming space for all to engage with the Holy One in the daily messiness of life.  She lives her mission as pastor, spiritual director and retreat leader while balancing the ups and downs of daily life. In the fall of 2013, she led a team to start a monthly Messy Church at Trinity UMC in Eugene OR, where she serves as lead pastor.  Building and deepening relationships with neighborhood families of all shapes and sizes to share the love of Christ through activities, story, prayer and a shared meal is a basic tenet of the Messy Church worship experience.   She attended the first International Messy Church Conference in England with representatives from 30 different countries in May 2016.  She is the Greater Northwest (Pacific Northwest to Mid-west) regional coordinator for Messy Church.  


Zachary Kerzee, Simple Church (, Grafton, MA.

Zach Harrison Kerzee  is the founding pastor of Simple Church, a farm-to-table dinner church in Grafton, MA. Simple Church is a dinner church, which means that the weekly worship gathering is centered around a eucharistic meal. They do their best to keep it simple. They don’t own a space, and Zach works each week on an organic farm next to the parsonage in exchange for free vegetables. Simple Church runs an artisan bakery that sells bread at local farmers markets to fund the church apart from passing the plate. The bakery is run in partnership with the Grafton Job Corps, and trains at risk youth in old-world bread making practices. 

In the two years Simple Church has been meeting they have grown to over fifty members (or dinner guests), and have been featured in the Boston Globe and the New York Times.



Rev. Dainel Kim, Global Community Church (, Columbus, OH

Rev. Daniel Kim is the founding pastor of Global Community Church and an ordained Elder in West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. He received a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, Master of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from New York University. He was born in South Korea, but his parents immigrated to South America when he was six years old. He spent his formative years, between the ages of 6 and 12, in Paraguay. At the age of 12, his family immigrated to the United States. The diverse cultural experience has helped shape his global worldview. He is happily married to wife, Peggy. They have three children, Emma, Joshua, and Abigail




Lilian Perez, Global Community Chruch

As a graduate of The Ohio State University 2010 Fisher College of Business, with concentrations in Transportation & Logistics and International Business. Originally from Edinburg, Texas, Lily has then found community at Global Community Church in early 2011. She has been journeying at Global ever since, growing, and actively seeking for ways to serve the local refugee and immigrant communities in Columbus. She also serves as the Treasurer and Trustee of the church where she manages the financial activities of the congregation. She also helps coordinate and liaise logistics with all the local community organizations Global Community enters into partnership with.  





Cesar M Duran, Hispanic Ministry Developer Rocky Mountain Conference, Denver CO

Cesar M Duran has been a Methodist Pastor for 25 years, twelve of them here in the United Methodist Church. Cesar has experience in planting and ministering Latino churches using different models at Texas and Nebraska. He has being training and equipping Latino leaders and stablishing a connection between the United Methodist Church and the Latino/Hispanic community.

Cesar M Duran ha sido pastor Metodista desde hace 25 años, doce de ellos aquí en la Iglesia Metodista Unida. Cesar tiene experiencia en plantar Iglesias y pastorear ministerios hispanos usando diferentes modelos en Texas y Nebraska. Tiene también un fuerte llamado a desarrollar líderes Latinos y a conectar la Iglesia Metodista Unida con la Comunidad Hispana/Latino.


Bishop Karen Oliveto, Mountain Sky Area.

Newly elected Bishop Karen Oliveto, assigned to the Mountain Sky Area, will present her vision of where church in the 21st century is going.  She will share from her experience leading Glide Memorial Church ( and as an advocate for justice.



Monday, Septmeber 19th

Noon, Registration Opens
1-5pm, Opening Session
6-9pm, Evening Experience

Tuesday, September 20th

8:30am, Breakfast Provided
9:30-Noon, Morning Session
Noon - 1pm, Lunch Provided
1pm - 4:30pm, Afternoon Session
Evening on your own.

Wednesday, September 21st

8:30am, Breakfast Provided
9:30am - Noon, Final Session


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