Justin Spurlock: Senior Pastor

Justin is very excited about the future of Grace Presbyterian as we bring grace to our neighbors throughout Highlands Ranch, Littleton, and Centennial. Passionate about the Bible, theology, and ministry since the age of 8, Justin has served in a wide variety of church staff and pastoral positions for the past 15 years in Indiana, Oklahoma, California, and Illinois, and for the past six years right here in Colorado. Justin has an M.Div from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, California, and a B.A. from Taylor University in Indiana where he met his wife Sarah. Sarah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with office locations in Parker and Castle Rock. Justin and Sarah, and their son Cayson, love restaurants and all things food. They thoroughly enjoy the Mountains, family friendly hikes, and the beauty of Colorado evenings. Email Justin.

David Van Deren: Temporary Associate Pastor

David graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in music before receiving his Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  David has served as a pastor and associate pastor at churches in California and Colorado.  As a Colorado native, David loves cycling, skiing, and watching the sunset at his cabin in Silverthorne with his wife Tiffany. Email Dave.

Sheila Chester: Celebration Band Director

Sheila grew up on a ranch in South Dakota where she learned to play guitar. She was raised in a small Lutheran Church where she was able to sing loud and proud. She has always enjoyed singing and sharing music with others, even pursuing open mic nights and producing her own CD. She has lived in the Denver Metro area since 2001 and has sang in several worship bands over the years.

Now as a mom, Sheila was ready to bring music into her life in a new way, and she found Grace. As the Celebration Band leader, she leads the 9 a.m. service in worship by bringing modern music to Grace. Email Sheila.

Rev. Carla Burnell: Family Ministries Coordinator

Carla coordinates our ministries to families – children, youth, and their parents. Carla takes an intergenerational and family centered approach to ministry. Carla brings extensive experience in ministry (she is an ordained American Baptist minister) and in child development (she is a School Psychologist). Email Carla.

Alissa Runnells-Kindall: Communications Coordinator

Alissa coordinates the communications ministries of Grace -bulletins, Powerpoint, website, and social media, and more. You will find her friendly face when you stop in the office during the week, as well as on stage at our 9am Celebration worship service on Sunday mornings as she sings with the Celebration band. Email Alissa.

Heather Goss: Finance & Business Coordinator

Heather coordinates business and finances of Grace. With an extensive background in bookkeeping and operations, Heather keeps Grace running efficiently and smoothly. Heather and her family live in the mountains and love Colorado. In addition to work behind a computer, you will find that Heather makes amazing food creations, and can wield a hammer and wrench with incredible skill. Email Heather.

Elders & Deacons

Elders – At Grace Presbyterian Church, Elders serve faithfully as members of the “Session,” which is the governing board of the church. Elders are elected to a three year term by the congregation. They are elected as persons of faith, dedication, and good judgment. They work together with the pastors to make good decisions (1) to insure the overall well-being of Grace Presbyterian Church, (2) to strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation, and (3) to encourage all in the worship and service of God. They are charged with good financial oversight, to oversee and care for the church buildings and property, and to responsibly direct the affairs of Grace Presbyterian Church.

Deacons – It is the calling of God for the Deacons to minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who are in distress. Grace is known throughout the community as a caring church. Each Deacon is assigned a Helping Hands Group. These groups cover the entire church; each family of the church is placed in a Helping Hands Group. The Board of Deacons sends many cards of love and concern to those needing our prayers and comfort in their lives; as well as helping to find people to assist anyone in need of minor repairs. They send out care packages to our college students and work with a committee of dedicated volunteer knitters and crocheters to provide shawls of comfort for those in need, as well as other special needs that may arise. The Deacons are also responsible on a monthly basis for arranging for snacks for coffee hour and they seek Sunday morning greeters from the congregation to welcome and greet those attending the worship service each Sunday.