matt-syrdalMatt Syrdal: Associate Pastor

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.

 

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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.

terrieTerrie Dean: Finance Secretary

Terrie grew up in the Oklahoma City area, the daughter of an engineer and homemaker and the eldest of two girls.  She took math and computer science classes at Oklahoma Christian College, now known as the Oklahoma  Christian University.  While there, she met and later married her husband, Patrick, of 34 years.  They have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.  They moved to beautiful Colorado in 1993.  Shortly thereafter, she took accounting classes at Metropolitan State College in Denver.   Terrie is excited about being our Finance Secretary!  She will be in the office Monday through Friday, 8:30am-11:30am.

 

 Beth Lockwood:  Office Administrator

Originally from Wisconsin and Illinois, Beth moved to Denver in 1981.  She continued with her career as an office administrator and executive assistant, with a break from 1984 to 1988 to get her BA Degree in English with a minor in French from the University of Colorado at Denver.  Beth has worked for a number of Owners and/or Presidents of companies in various industries, including software development, financial advisories, and dry haul trucking.  Beth has one daughter, a son-in-law, two granddaughters, and a brother and sister-in-law in Denver.  She is very happy to be working at Grace and sharing her experience in our office.  She will be in the office Monday through Friday, 9:00-3:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

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.  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.