Staff and Elders
Senior Pastor: Jim Howard
Assistant Pastor: Mark Hill
Administrator: Jude Mitchell
Children’s Ministry Director: Julie Andrews
Student Ministries Director: Stefan Seeling
Food Bank Director: Mike Kermode
Facility Care: Cheryl Bristol
Elder Board Chair: Tim Seeling
Elder Board Treasurer:Jeff White
Elder Board Vice Chair: Rick Nelson
Elder Board Secretary: Rich Ferris
Elder Board Member: Rob Strode
Elder Board Member: Mark Wiliams
Elder Board Member: Loren Vawser
Elder Board Member: Brett Confer
2017 Elder Candidate Bios:
I Grew up in a pastor’s home in Oregon and graduated from high school in Bend, Oregon in 1963. I came to know Christ at age five and have attempted to follow his leading faithfully since that time. I graduated from a Christian liberal arts college in Nampa, Idaho in 1967. I married my wife Donna in 1968 (so she could put me through medical schoolJ). We have enjoyed a wonderful love and friendship for 49 years. We have three married sons and six grandchildren with a seventh due this August.
I Graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University with my M.D. in 1971, then a year of internship in Kansas City 1971-72. I am Board certified in Family Medicine. I served my military time on a Native American reservation in Toppenish, WA 1972-1976.
Donna and I have been involved in ministry for most of our marriage. We served in a large mission hospital in Swaziland, Africa 1976-1985. We then moved to Kansas, where we lived in Olathe and Lenexa from 1985-2015. We then moved to Summit County full time August 2015.
I have served greater than 40 years on various church boards involved with church governance. Throughout this experience, I have learned that God through the Holy Spirit wants us to have a joyful walk with him and he enables us to increasingly defeat sin in our lives as he continues to teach us his way.
My husband, Vern, and I moved to Dillon in July of 1970 after his graduation from dental school. We both feel privileged to have had the opportunity to establish a dental practice and raise our 3 children in this active beautiful place. We have seen many changes in the county and also within DCC over these many years. One thing that has never changed is the commitment DCC has always had to spreading the truth about Jesus to the community and to the world.
Having been brought up Catholic in a home with Christian values I don’t remember ever not believing in God, but the knowledge that a personal relationship with Jesus was available to me came through a group of women from DCC who invited me to a study on Colossians in the early 70’s. God used them back then and is still using the faithful in our church to tell people about him today.
As a member of DCC for 40 years, I am enthusiastic about increasing the size of the Board that governs our church and also about the possible inclusion of a “woman’s point of view” in leadership decisions that impact our people.
For most DCC attendees, I am probably best known as a regular usher. This is an engaging way to serve the church, and I encourage others to usher as there is always a need! My immediate family consists of my wife, Maggie, and daughter, Bella (13), both of whom are also familiar faces at DCC. Maggie and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary this year and Summit County has been our home for 17 of those years.
DCC has been a very important component of our family life for about a decade. Like many, I had become disconnected from my formative faith as I departed for college and spent my 20s in Washington, DC. Later, as parents of a young child, Maggie and I worried about how fast modern culture, peer pressure, TV, and the Internet envelopes children and teens. As we began to visit Summit County churches, we were drawn to DCC by the number of families with young children and the vibrancy of the children’s ministry. I am pleased to look across the congregation and see the same level of vibrancy today. Of course, the real truth is, I (and Maggie) needed to share in Christian community as much as—if not more than—our preschooler did.
Professionally, I am a Community Association Manager at Copper Mountain Resort. With a staff of 22-27 people, this position has enabled me to witness firsthand the struggles that many seasonal workers and longtime locals face in Summit County. There is an acute need for the gospel in our own community.
I have also been blessed to serve on the Silverthorne Town Council and as Mayor of Silverthorne for the past 9.5 years. As a volunteer, I am a member of the Rotary Club of Summit County, the Summit County Elks, and a board member of the newly formed Summit Musicians Relief Fund—which is tasked with raising funds for local musicians facing serious illnesses and high medical bills.
I am humbled to be nominated to serve on the Elder Board, and to presumably be entering service to DCC and its ministries with the first women elders. It is important to me to keep the redemptive power and strength of the gospel of Jesus Christ at the heart of everything that DCC does, for it is by grace we have been saved, through faith—not from anything we have done ourselves. It is the gift of God.
My husband Kevin and I moved to Summit from Vail in 1993, and started attending DCC when the church was involved in a Pastor Search. Impressed by the welcoming community of believers, we knew DCC would be our new church family. Over the years I have had the opportunity to be involved in a variety of church life at DCC: Children’s Ministry, Choir, Meals Ministry, and Women’s retreats. Currently I serve on the Missions Ministry Committee, lead the DCC Medical/Dental Mission Teams to Haiti (this year was my 9th trip) and belong to an awesome small group!
Personal Life: Married to Kevin for 31 years, raised 2 children – son, Scott (28) and daughter, Kelli (25) I loved my profession as an RN for 32 years (retired 2014 – Ortho Nurse Specialist for Vail- Summit Orthopaedics). I’m passionate about helping others find a healthy lifestyle/balance with diet and activity, I have been on Weight Watchers staff since 2002. My hobbies include hiking, skiing, travel and crafting!
My faith has always been the anchor in my not so perfect life! I have been praying for God to open new doors of opportunities to serve him, and I am humbled to be considered for an Elder position. I’m looking forward to what he has planned for DCC as we grow closer to him!