Our Approach

  • We are a welcoming, progressive Christian community in the Lutheran tradition.
  • We welcome inter-faith and ecumenical dialogue and experiences.
  • We understand and celebrate the compatibility of religion and science.
  • We love and welcome children, striving to make their church experience positive.
  • As a congregation on a spiritual journey, we welcome your doubts and questions, your insights and experiences, without pretending to have all the answers.
  • We take the Bible seriously, not literally.

Mission Statement

Inspired and empowered by God we seek justice, peace and
inclusion for all creation.

Guiding Principles

We put God first in thought and action following Christ’s example.

We foster life-long spiritual growth and share our spiritual resources with the community.

We create a vibrant and inclusive community by opening our hearts and doors with compassion and courage.

We love, serve, and care for all God’s creation.

We make decisions through prayerful consideration of our actions and their consequences.

Meet the Staff


Rev. Inga Oyan Longbrake

Pastor - October 1, 2018

Pastor Inga is a South Dakota native who grew up in a small Lutheran church and received her Master of Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She also spent a little time at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa to complete her "Lutheran year" of study. After internship in in Limon, Colorado at Zion Lutheran, her first call was to be Associate Pastor at Lutheran Church of Hope in Broomfield, Colorado, where she spent three years. Pastor Inga then served as the pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Aurora for the ten years before coming to Messiah.
She has a passion for social justice ministry and also enjoys teaching and engaging groups of people in a range of discussions from Bible study, book clubs, new member classes, and adult forums that may include bringing people together to discuss difficult topics.  She has experience in ecumenical ministries, ELCA area ministry strategies, and sharing the church building as good stewardship.
Pastor Inga and her husband Wil have a little girl named Lucy and a dog named Charlie Brown (yes, unintentionally starting a Peanuts gang of their very own).

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Eric French

Director of Music

Eric is a native of Kansas but spent more than 12 years as a professional accompanist in the Detroit Public School system. He has toured with school choirs in the United States and abroad. He has a love for musical theater and has a broad background playing for shows as well as producing musical reviews. On top of that he is also the pianist for the Colorado Academy Spring musical, so he brings a broad musical background to our congregation.

He currently works for the City of Denver. He is an IT geek and pursues a degree. On his iPod, you can find Techno, Rachmaninoff, and contemporary Christian music. Eric believes in having fun and in motivating people through music.

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Leah Peden

Volunteer Coordinator

Leah is our very part-time volunteer coordinator. She was born and raised in Minnesota and met her husband Ken in college. They have two adult children and four grandchildren. She started her career teaching language arts in kindergarten and first grade but felt a calling to youth and education ministry.

She likes reading, gardening, the Everly Brothers, and playing with children and she is a firm believer that the Vikings one day will do it!

She is an important addition to our staff, her laughter makes rain clouds disappear. She is very interested in re-educational theology and spirituality groups. She believes in God's gifts of teamwork and networking.

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Meet the Council

Email Council

Executive Council

President - Dick Chuvarsky

Vice-president - Craig Fischbach

Treasurer - Julie Chickillo

Secretary - Roger Miller

Karen Schimke (telephone only)

Carolyn Smith

James Bonham

Laurel Karabatsos