The Rev. Jim Gonia
(303) 970-0264 (Yvonne)


Rev. Barbara Berry-Bailey
Special Assistant for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Deacon Sarah Bjornebo
Assistant to the Bishop for Synod Life
(303) 970-0259
  • Events
  • Communications
  • Grant Writing
Rev. Quirino Cornejo
Minister for Multicultural Witness (shared position with the Episcopal Church in Colorado)
Jon Johnson
Finance Manager
(303) 970-0363
  • Finances
  • Staff Support
Miss Kinna Nordstrom Kemp
Faith Formation Coordinator
  • Faith Formation
Tina Kvitek
Assistant to the Bishop for Generosity
(303) 970-0246
  • Mission Support
  • Development
  • Stewardship
  • Technology
Rev. Diana Linden-Johnson
Assistant to the Bishop for Rostered Ministry
(303) 970-0366
  • Candidacy and First Call
  • Rostered Minister Support
  • Global Church
  • Outdoor Ministry
  • Campus Ministry
Andrew Nakatani
Communications Assistant
Rev. Dana Peterson
Director for Evangelical Mission
(303) 970-0261
  • Vital Right Shaped Ministry
  • New Congregations
  • Renewing Congregations
Yvonne Wilken
Administrative Assistant for Leadership
(303) 970-0264
  • Roster Management
  • Candidacy Support
  • Transitions Support
  • Bishop and Synod Council Support

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry

Kurt Rager
Director, New Mexico
(505) 242-2493
  • Advocacy Ministry in New Mexico
  • Border Servant Corps
Peter Severson
Director, Colorado
(303) 970-0243
  • Advocacy Ministry in Colorado
  • Bishop's Staff Liaison to Social Ministry Organizations
    • Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
    • Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center (Brush, Colo.)
    • Urban Servant Corps (Denver, Colo.)
  • Bishop's Staff Liaison to Lutheran Disaster Response

Congregational Transition

Deacon Janice Zimbelman
Transition Ministry Director, in collaboration with Grand Canyon Synod
  • Transitions (Call Process, Interim Ministry)
Rachel Line
Transitions Administrator (in collaboration with Grand Canyon Synod)
Janice Ladd-Horkey
Associate for Candidate Identification
Rev. Mandy Achterberg
Transition Coach
Rev. Will Johnson
Transition Coach
Rev. Pam Stofferahn
Transition Coach
Flip Wilson
Transition Coach
Rev. Elizabeth "Libbie" Reinking
Transition Coach

Excellence in Leadership

Rev. Sarah Moening
(303) 970-0245
Dana Anderson
Program Manager

3E Lilly Grant

Rev. Michael Tassler
Program Director

Messiah Mountain Retreat Center

Jen Engquist & Matt Bishop
Center Site Managers

ELCA Ministry Partners

Rev. Janice Kibler
Mission Investment Fund - Regional Manager
  • ELCA investment opportunities for individuals, congregations and ministries
  • ELCA loan opportunities for congregations and ministries
Andrea Arey
Portico Benefit Services
  • Resources for events
  • Benefit information
  • One-on-One Meetings
  • Council Meetings