The Vestry is the governing board of the Light of Christ with oversight of the temporal assets and governing policies of the church. To do so for a spiritual body, however, is to seek spiritual guidance in prayer and to be concerned with the well-being and spiritual development of the church members. Those who wish to serve on Vestry are asked to be men and women who are devoted to prayer and the study of scripture, to be active in the fellowship of TLC, and to be regular in worship. Five to 12 members are elected by the membership of the church to serve on the Vestry for a period of up to three years.
2017 Vestry Bio’s
I am Neil Peters and I have just completed my first year as Senior Warden on the TLC Vestry. I am humbled to have been asked to serve as your Senior Warden beginning in 2016. My wife Margie and I have been members of TLC since the merger with the Anglican Church of the Sprit (ACTS). I am originally from New Jersey but attended Colorado State University where I met my wonderful wife. We have been married for 47 years. It was in Fort Collins that we joined the Episcopal Church-my roots were in the Christian Reformed Church and Margie’s were in the Catholic Church. It was a change for both of us, but we have enjoyed the liturgy, spirit-filled worship and Biblical teaching at our churches, especially TLC.
We have two grown boys and three grandchildren. My career was spent in various human resource positions in state government and I continue to work in that field two days each week which gives me time to care for our granddaughter, work in my wood shop, ride my bicycle and travel. We also have two five-year old puppies adopted from the Dumb Friends League.
I have been involved in Cursillo, Alpha, and a number of Bible studies over the years including leading Precepts Bible Studies. I have been a Senior Warden at Christ Church Denver and ACTS. Currently I am a Lector, Chalice Minister and Prayer Minister at TLC. Our congregation is a great group of committed people and we are fortunate to have an anointed and loving Pastor and staff. I hope that we can thrive as a church and provide the monetary support for our clergy, staff, outreach and the programs that we value. My prayer for TLC is that we can be a vibrant, sprit-led, discipling church and to that end I would be honored to serve as a member of the TLC Vestry. I would add something I recently read, “It’s not how many people come to your church that’s important, it’s how much their lives have changed because they came.”
My name is Pam Munter. My husband Dean, and I, have been married for 26 years. We have been members at TLC since 2000. Prior to that, we attended St. Nicholas Episcopal Church.
We have two sons, Ethan (24) and Jared (23). I have worked for Thomson Reuters for the past 28 years in several positions, currently as a client manager.
I was a member of TLC’s vestry from 2005-2008. Currently, I serve as a Chalice Minister and run the soundboard at the early service. I am a member of the Women’s Bible Study Group and can’t express what a blessing their friendship, support, and spiritual wisdom have been to me over the years.
My faith has strengthened and grown since I came to TLC and I am constantly renewed and energized by the compassion and spiritual depth of this parish and its people. I would be honored to serve on the vestry and pray for continued growth, financial security, increased support for our current ministries, and for new ways where TLC can be the hands and feet of Christ in this parish, community and the world.
My name is Dean Ogawa. I have been married to Lisa (formerly Lisa Bailey) for about five and a half years. Lisa has been a member of TLC for the past fourteen years and I became a member after our marriage. I moved to Denver from Colorado Springs. While living in Colorado Springs, I was a member of Springs Community Church for about ten years. I have one son, Kris, who is twenty seven years old and currently living in Denver.
I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1975. I attended CU on an Army ROTC Scholarship. Upon graduation, I attended Law School at Gonzaga University School of Law. I was licensed to practice law in Colorado and proceeded to fulfill my military obligation. I was a judge advocate in the JAGC for four years. I then returned to civilian life and practiced law for twenty years. I then received my teaching license and taught on Fort Carson at Patriot Elementary School. I currently teach as a substitute in the Denver Public School system in the southwest area of Denver.
The Light of Christ has been my church home since moving to Denver. It is a perfect fit for me and fills my spiritual needs. Lisa and I have been working with the Karen families for almost two years through both TLC and Lutheran Family Services. We serve mostly as English tutors. I also drive one of the vans once a month bringing the children to Christian Education. From spring to fall, I help Keith Lusk and Kimo Hutton who take care of the lawn mowing needs of the church. TLC continues to help fill my heart with the love of Christ. It would be an honor to serve Christ as a member of the TLC Vestry.
My name is Mike Sorensen. My wife Anne and I have been married for 37 years. Anne and I moved from California to Colorado in the summer of 2011, and we’ve been attending TLC for a little more than two years. We were overwhelmed with the immediate acceptance, warmth, love, and prayer that we received, as well as the presence of the Holy Spirit that surrounded us. We feel very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful spiritual community.
We have a son who is 33, and a daughter who is 30. They both remained in California to continue living their own lives. Our daughter has been married for 2½ years – I had the honor and privilege of performing the ceremony– and we recently learned we have our first grandchild due in early July.
While this would be my first time serving on Vestry, I have served on governing boards for three other churches in the past. I currently serve as chalice bearer and lector, and I am looking forward to serving TLC as part of the Vestry. I also regularly attend the bimonthly men’s breakfast.
In my first career, I worked in restaurant management for more than 20 years. I went back to school to become a credentialed teacher and I am now in my 21st year as a high school science teacher. While the original move to Colorado was a relocation for Anne’s company, I was blessed to be hired at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch. I currently teach Biology to 9th graders, and Advanced Placement Biology to 11th and 12th grade students. It is amazing to be able to work at a place surrounded by others who share my faith, but I am also privileged to regularly speak directly into the lives of the students I see each day.
I love being a member at TLC, the encouragement – as well as challenge – of solid biblical teaching has been a wonderful support for me over the last two years. And the friendship, fellowship, and discussions that I find at the men’s breakfasts have also helped to deepen and grow my faith. I look forward to serving on the Vestry to the best of my ability, and will do my best to use all of the gifts that God has given me.
My name is Stacey Stillwell. My husband, Dan, and I have been married for 24 years and we have three children: Derek (19), Abby (19) and Thomas (15). We joined TLC in 2002, after leaving St. Nicholas Episcopal in 2000 to help form New Hope Anglican, which eventually merged with TLC. We have been blessed by all aspects of the church, including having our kids grow up in children’s Christian Ed and the Youth Group. I head up the Operation Christmas Child ministry, co-chair VBS registration, organize the Rockies Faith Day outing, and serve as a lector.
My education/first career was civil-environmental engineering, but I left that profession after being blessed with babies and opted for part time work instead. I’ve been an adjunct math instructor at Red Rocks Community College since 2001.
I am grateful for the teaching and leadership of the Clergy, Vestry, and Lay ministers at TLC, and I would be honored to join the Vestry to help promote TLC’s mission of making Christ fully known.