- 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.
Inspired and empowered by God we seek justice, peace and
inclusion for all creation.
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 has a passion for social justice and social ministry and she has been able to lead congregations to act in concert with those passions. She immensely 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 controversial topics. She has gifts for and experience in creating positive inter-personal climates, conflict resolution, and active listening. She loves both children’s sermons and pastoral care. She has experience in ecumenical ministries, ELCA area ministry strategies, and sharing the church building for common ministries and worship.
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). They live close to Messiah.
Contact Pastor Inga
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.
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.
Meet the Council
President - Dick Chuvarsky
Vice-president - Craig Fischbach
Treasurer - Julie Chickillo
Secretary - Roger Miller
Karen Schimke (telephone only)