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Pastors

  • Dr. Melanie Rosa
    Dr. Melanie Rosa
    Lead Pastor

         Dr. Melanie Rosa was appointed Lead Pastor in 2017. She comes to First Church after serving in a variety of churches large and small, urban and rural. She also worked as a Campus Minister at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Most recently served the Rocky Mountain Conference as a District Superintendent with oversight for 40 churches in Denver and Colorado Springs. She holds a Master of Divinity and Doctorate from the Iliff School of Theology and has a passion for reaching new people with the liberating love and hope of Jesus Christ. Melanie has served in mission in Haiti, Guatemala, Romania, Mexico and the U.S. She is married to Fred and they are the parents of Mark and Katie.

  • Rev. Cynthia Paquette
    Rev. Cynthia Paquette
    Executive Pastor

 

Deacons

 

Education (Children, Youth, Adults)

  • Barb Grauberger
    Barb Grauberger
    Interim Director of Children's Ministry
  • Rebecca Dunagan
    Rebecca Dunagan
    Director of Youth Ministries

         Rebecca Dunagan is our Director of Youth Ministry.  She and her family moved from PA to Fort Collins in July.  While coffee is her fuel, connection and community are her passion!  She is dedicated to building up leaders who make a difference in the lives of youth through deep commitments to connection and service. A candidate for ministry in the United Methodist Church, Rebecca is currently attending United Seminary and will earn a Master's of Divinity in May.  She and her husband Sean have four sons, Owen, Teddy, Patrick and Fin. 

  • Rev. Scott Grantland
    Rev. Scott Grantland
    Wesley Foundation Director
  • David Reid
    David Reid
    Director of Adult Faith Formation Director of Northern Colorado Faith Library
  • Laura Lechtenberg
    Laura Lechtenberg
    Preschool Director
  • Gail Farnum
    Gail Farnum
    Mom’s Day Out Director
  • Barb Grauberger
    Barb Grauberger
    Childcare Director

 

Music department

  • David Adkins
    David Adkins
    Director of Music Ministries/Print and Digital Communications

         David Adkins holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Master of Arts degree from Samford University with an emphasis in choral conducting, a Master of Science degree from Samford University in secondary education and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver with an emphasis in organizational leadership and human resource administration. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Since 1984 David has served  as the Director of Music and Arts for churches throughout Alabama, Florida and Colorado in churches from 300 to 3,000 members.

         David currently works full-time as Director of Music & Communications at First Church.  His hobbies include home improvement projects, stained glass and studying organ.  He lives in Fort Collins with his spouse of 22 years, Dr. Greg O’Barr.

  • Karen Stoody
    Karen Stoody
    Associate Director of Music Ministries and Organist
         Karen Stoody has been the organist at First Church since fall of 2003.  She and husband John moved to Fort Collins in June of 2003 because she had been hired as a staff accompanist at Colorado State University.
     
    She was rehearsal pianist for Opera Fort Collins for ten years, and after retiring from that and CSU, added the duties of handbell choir director for First Church.
     
    Karen studied organ and piano at Colorado Women’s College and Adams State College, and has a BA degree in organ performance.  She has been a church organist since the age of 14. She has directed handbells for 15 years, and  had a large private piano studio for 35 years.
     
    In addition to music, Karen loves outdoor activities like bicycling, hiking, and motorcycling with her husband.  Her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter live in Greeley; and her daughter lives in Seattle.
  • Anthony Weber
    Anthony Weber
    Director of Children's Choir

 

Administrative Staff (Office, Facilities)

  • Henry Reyna
    Henry Reyna
    Facilities Manager
  • Elise Harkey
    Elise Harkey
    Office Manager

         Elise Harkey and her family moved to Fort Collins in 2010 after many years of dreaming of living in Colorful Colorado. She enjoys outdoor pursuits including running, biking, hiking, camping, backpacking, and skiing. When indoors, she likes to read and cook. Elise has a long history of working in churches in ministry and administrative roles. Her favorite work project was administering a yearly  mission trip to Chihuahua, Mexico for 180 youth and young adult participants. Elise earned a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of Oklahoma. Brett and Elise have been married for 25 years and are raising three lovely young ladies ages 17, 15, and 12.

  • Scott Schroeder
    Scott Schroeder
    Business Manager
  • Sarah Rathbun
    Sarah Rathbun
    Financial Secretary
  • Jim Doser
    Jim Doser
    Worship Technology Lead
  • Catherine Pawlikowski
    Catherine Pawlikowski
    Membership Secretary & Volunteer Coordinator

 

 



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