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. Beverly Piro

Interim Pastor

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, she sensed her call to ministry at age 15 during confirmation instruction. Of course, girls weren't allowed to be pastors in those days, but lucky for her, by the time she graduated from college, they were! Beverly graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana and attended Christ-Seminiary-Seminex in her hometown.

Her first call was as Education and Youth Pastor in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Her husband, Rocky, grew up in north Denver. In those early days, Rocky taught German and Latin at Machebeuf High School just down the street from Messiah. In the mid-eighties, they moved to Seattle for further education and jobs. Since coming back to Denver in 2013, she served a short interim at Lord of the Mountains in Dillon and then was called to St. Andrew in Arvada in November 2013. That interim is now over and her interimship begins here at Messiah.

She is looking forward to leading Messiah through an intentional interim period. There is a lot of work to be done and we will do it together to the best of our abilities and with careful listening to the Holy Spirit and discernment about what God is calling Messiah to be and to do in the next period of our ministry.

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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