Pastor Kari Reiquam, Head of Staff & Transitional Ministry

Who is Kari?

Kari arrived at Holy Shepherd on March 1, 2018 to serve as pastor in the “in-between” time. Pastor Rick Thompson retired in December 2017. The congregation is taking some time to rest , reflect and reevaluate its mission and ministry before it calls another pastor. Kari is serving as Head of Staff and Transitional Ministry Pastor in this opportune time.

Kari is a Colorado native. In-fact, she is from Lakewood! It is a weird and wonderful experience to be back in a familiar place and see it with new eyes! Kari has lived a few places in the meantime. She has served as a pastor since 1979 and has had a variety of positions in parish ministry as well as chaplaincy and has lived and served in Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and Hawaii as well as various areas of Colorado.

Kari and her husband Bryan have lived in Dillon, Colorado for 20 years. He is recently retired as a Psychologist and is taking time to get even more deeply acquainted with the fish he can catch on a fly! Kari loves hiking and skiing as well as reading and traveling. Kari and Bryan’s two children, Siri and Annelise, live nearby and they enjoy family time at art galleries as well as “making beautiful things” together.

Kari has loved her work in parish ministry, enjoying opportunities to build community as well as work in the arts. Holy Shepherd is her third Interim Ministry engagement . She enjoys this special time in congregational life that gives opportunity for a congregation to re-engage with its community and re-discover the old and new ways the Spirit is leading.

Pastor Michael TeKrony

Michael’s journey begins in eastern South Dakota, ventures to southern Nebraska then Colorado, out to California and then back to Colorado. He’s a proud alum of Wheat Ridge High School (Go Farmers!) and Colorado State University (Go Rams!). In 1988 he married his high school sweet heart, Linda (go Tigers and Ore Diggers!) whom he met at Lutheran Church of the Master in Lakewood. They have two children, Nicholas and Leah (Go Eagles!).

When Michael followed God’s call to ordained ministry, his journey took him to Iliff School of Theology in Denver and eventually out to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. Then, in 2003, Michael was called to his first pastoral position, here at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church and he’s been here ever since.

Pastoral care is one of Michael’s passions and he’s humbled to be invited into the holy moments in people’s lives. In times of celebration, sorrow, fear, and deep, deep sighs, God continues to shine with the good news that God’s love has NO boundaries, not even death. Yup, that pretty much transforms Michael’s life, every time and is eager to share that good news with you.

Michael is also passionate in utilizing photography as a spiritual practice. Through the lens, the Spirit reveals for Michael, the beauty, unity, life giving presence and transformational power of God. You can find some of these “revealings” on Michael’s web site:

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Michael and share some of your story. He’d love that and you may find yourself, invited to “Be still…” together with our God.