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.
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: www.revealingspiritthroughnature.com.
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.
Karen, who has been on the staff since August 2001, works closely with the pastors to provide direction and support for building the congregation as a community. Her responsibilities include supporting and nurturing the youth as they continue to grow in Christ, Wednesday Night Life mid-week Family evenings, Faith Formation (age 3 – 12th grade), and helping plan and create a variety of worship styles. She is also involved in developing and coordinating ways to support families as the primary faith educators for their children.
Karen received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. Her many years of service throughout her life and volunteering in a variety of areas within the church have led her to the position of Ministry Partner. Karen is married to Dave and they are the parents of 2 daughters, Lauren (son-in-law, Jayson), Kristin (son-in-law, Daniel) and grand parents of Payton and Landon. She is excited to be a partner in ministry with the community of Holy Shepherd – “to walk with Christ on a pilgrimage toward God”.
Barb Suder, a native of Denver, came to Holy Shepherd April 1, 2008 as Parish Nurse. She is responsible for promoting a holistic health care ministry to the Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church community. This includes educating and informing members of HSLC regarding health care issues in cooperation with HSLC Health Ministry Team. She is also responsible for providing leadership in identifying and assessing health education and counseling needs of the HSLC community. Additionally, Barb visits with HSLC members in their homes, while in the hospital, care centers etc. She works closely with the Pastors as well as Karen Novess, Ministry Associate. Barb finds Holy Shepherd a very warm & supportive environment in which to work.
Professionally, Barb has been a Registered Nurse for 28 years in the Denver area. She received her RN from Arapahoe Community College in 1986 and her Bachelors of Science from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois in 1996.Her nursing has provided many different experiences for her over the years.
Barb is married to John. They have 3 sons and 7 grandchildren. They love to RV, snow ski, snowshoe and hike when they’re not working. She is happy being a part of Holy Shepherd and looks forward to growing in the community.
Mary joined the staff of Holy Shepherd in November of 2006. She began her tenure at Holy Shepherd as the Secretary, and then in October of 2013 Mary was promoted to Office Manager. This busy little church office keeps her hopping on a daily basis. Mary is always ready and happy to assist the pastors and staff, the congregation and community.
Mary is a lifelong Lutheran and came to Holy Shepherd after working in theatre and costume design. She has also been an Education Coordinator for the Colorado Symphony Association. Mary is enjoying her 3 grown children and new granddaughter. When not in the church office she enjoys weaving, sewing, knitting, gardening, travel, and bicycling.
Donna started October 1, 2015 as part-time secretary at Holy Shepherd. She has been a member of Holy Shepherd since May 1990 and has been involved in a variety of ministries since that time.
Donna, a native of North Dakota, received her Bachelors of Arts from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She recently retired as a manager from a large corporation after 26 years of service. She is pleased to be part of the staff and the opportunity to serve the community of Holy Shepherd.
In her spare time, she enjoys taking walks, reading, sewing, watching baseball games and time with nieces and nephews. Donna is married to Mike and together they enjoy hiking, biking and time with Maggie, their boxer mix, and Sadie, their rescue dog.
Dana has been a member of Holy Shepherd as he was growing up. Many changes have occurred over the years, but one consistent item has been the quality and importance of music in the church community. He has been organist at Holy Shepherd for more than 35 years. He graduated from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS and studied with Lambert Dahlsten and Dr. Walter Pelz. He actually has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, but prefers to fall back on his music education as he thoroughly enjoys playing the organ and piano.
Dana’s full time employment is with Plantek Distinctive Interiorscaping and has been in the interior landscape business for over 35 years. He is married to Lisa, who also is a Bethany graduate, and they have a daughter, Clarissa.
Dana believes Holy Shepherd is a wonderful church in which to be part of the music ministry, as we worship with many different musical forms to praise our Lord.
Dave is the Chancel and Handbell Choir director. He brings not only his directing talents, but also his composing and arranging experience. Dave has directed church music since 1992 and joined the staff at Holy Shepherd in the fall of 2002.
Dave holds a Bachelors of Music Education from Colorado State University and a Masters Degree in Choral conducting from University of Northern Colorado. He has taught public school vocal music at all levels during his career, and is presently the vocal music teacher at Green Mountain High School in Jefferson County. Dave is currently the Colorado All-State Choir Chair.
Dave has had some exciting musical experiences, such as singing at St. Peters in Rome for the 2000 Millennium Christmas Eve Mass, a two-week tour singing in the cathedrals of Spain, and singing in Berlin with the Cabrillo Chorus of Santa Cruz, California, premiering Eric Whitacre’s opera suite from the new opera “Paradise Lost.”
Music plays an important role in the life of Holy Shepherd and Dave enjoys being a part of this fine music tradition. He also loves Holy Shepherd’s very active, supportive, and friendly congregation.
Diane Klinkerfues is the director of the Praise Team and helps plan and prepare the contemporary worship service.
Diane has been a HSLC member for over thirty years, including her Jr. and Sr. high years. When she returned from Colorado State University she took an active role in the church, first singing with the Chancel Choir as well as working with the Jr. & Sr. High youth in activities ranging from musicals like “Godspell” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to accompanying for the Jr. & Sr. High choir.
Diane has taught in the Jefferson County Public Schools since 1991 and currently teaches elementary vocal music at Devinny Elementary in the Green Mountain area. She most enjoys the energy and enthusiasm of the Praise Team and feels very blessed to be a part of such a terrific church family with its multi-faceted supports and talents and looks forward to its on-going ministry.
Ron Skabo became director of the Prime Time Choir shortly after he and his wife, Verona, joined Holy Shepherd in 2009. In addition to the Prime Time Choir, they both sing in the Chancel Choir.
Ron has directed a number of choirs, going back to his college days. Music has always been a part of his life, singing in church choirs, community choirs, and men’s choruses. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and recently retired from CH2M HILL, ending a 50 year career in the field of corrosion control.
Directing the Prime Time Choir is very exciting, with the goal to continue to sing praises to God with gospel and favorite old hymns.