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 have one son, Cayson, who is four years old and loves Mickey Mouse! Justin, Sarah, and Cayson love restaurants and all things food. They thoroughly enjoy the Mountains, family friendly hikes, and the beauty of Colorado evenings.
Matt graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Graphic Arts before receiving his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Matt was a Young Life leader in Seattle, where he met his wife Alyssa, a Denver native. Matt and Alyssa moved to Denver to be closer to her family. They have two darling daughters, Poppy and Penelope.
Don Allayaud: Worship and Choir Director
Don is a “preacher’s kid” and has spent many years in the Nazarene and Baptist traditions. He was originally trained as an engineer, with degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Colorado State University. However, God provided opportunities for Don to move into the music ministry, where he has served for over twenty-five years in multiple churches. Don is originally from Pennsylvania and his wife, Kathy June, is from Texas, but they met and married here in Denver and now reside in the Ken Caryl Area.
Keely Quinn: Communications and Planning Coordinator
Keely has a passion for local food, people and the church. As a go-getter, she doesn’t like being bored and enjoys learning new skills (including knitting, sewing and keeping houseplants alive.) She grew up in a Presbyterian church and firmly believes in the global Church mission. She understands the power of words and quality communication and is excited to join Grace to use those skills.
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.
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 Presybterian 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.
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. One of the Deacon programs of caregiving is called the Helping Hands Groups. The Deacons established the Helping Hands Groups as a way of showing care for members and friends of Grace by providing assistance and support in times of need.
Deacons work with volunteers to provide meals, transportation, encouragement and other forms of care to the Grace family. 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 arrise.
The Deacons added two new ministries and are now responsible on a monthly basis for arranging for snacks for coffee hour and they seek Sunday morning greeters from the congregation to “man” the doors to welcome and greet those attending the worship service each Sunday.
Pastoral support for the Deacons is provided by the Senior Pastor.