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Reverend Dr. John Ross: Interim Senior Pastor

John comes to Grace Presbyterian Church with tremendous Senior Pastor experience, having served as the Senior Pastor of congregations in Drexel Hill, PA; Pueblo, CO; and Green Valley, AZ.  He has also served in a number of Interim Senior Pastor roles,  including Kansas City, MO and Sarasota, FL.  Most recently, John and his wife, Tara, lived in Green Valley, AZ, but they have temporarily relocated back in Colorado in service to our church.  John and Tara have four grown children in the Denver/Metro area, along with six  grandchildren.  

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.


Kristen Samu: Director of Children’s and Performing Arts Ministries

Kristen was raised a PK (“preacher’s kid”) in the Lutheran Church, where she started singing at age 8.  Music led her to a career starting with St. Olaf College, followed by the Young Americans in L.A.  Since coming to Denver, she has performed in musical theaters such as the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Arvada Center, Boulder Dinner Theater, Aurora Fox Theatre, and The Littleton Town Hall.  In the church, she has been a music director, worship leader, children’s choir and arts director.  Kristen has written four Bible-based musicals for children, including the Go, Go, Go Jonah presented by our MAD Camp, and is also a contemporary Christian song writer and recording artist.

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Don Allayaud: Worship and Choir Director

Don is also 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.



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.