Staff & Elders

OUR STAFF:

Joey & Allison #2   Joey Dean– Senior Pastor
Over the past 12 years of ministry, the Lord has refined in Joey a deep desire to help churches become a place where people intimately connect with God and His people.  He has a particular passion to establish, restore, and maintain families that are Biblically founded and center around glorifying God.  Joey is a visionary leader who believes the foundation of any ministry lies in the integrity of its leaders, and places a high value on authenticity and relationships.  Over the past few years, God has launched Joey on an incredible journey, deepening his understanding of discipleship as the key to growth and sustainability of the church.  Joey’s central passion is building and equipping disciple-makers to start discipleship movements.

The Lord has blessed Joey incredibly by his wife, Allison, and his three wonderful children, Caleb, Hannah, and Carson.  Allison is a loving wife and mother, who strives to use her life/home to disciple other women, and help them see the Glory of God in their everyday lives.  Allison has a myriad of talents and interests, but she can often be found in the kitchen making delicious cakes and desserts.  Joey is an avid outdoorsman, as hunting and fishing are part of his family heritage; and he enjoys just about any outdoor activity.  Above all else, the Dean’s approach ministry as a family calling- intentionally integrating discipleship into their lives, hobbies, and home in a transparent way that helps them to connect with people on a deep personal level.


Jason & Heather Grand Canyon   Jason Rose – Worship Pastor
Jason, a native of Minnesota, and his sweet wife Heather, a native of New Jersey, met during their college years in the Denver area. Jason and Heather now have 3 wonderful children. Jason & Heather each started their journey with Jesus during their childhood years. Both Jason and Heather enjoy reading, being in the great outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. Jason has a heart for God and loves to lead His people in authentic and inspiring God-centered worship. Prior to Pagosa Springs, Jason led worship for several churches in the Denver area. Above and beyond the tremendous musical talent featured on his CD recording projects, Jason’s true gifting is to encourage and grow the Grace Family’s desire to delight themselves in the Lord, and to worship Him every day of the week. “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end.  They are new every morning! Great is your faithfulness O LORD!”  Lamentations 3:22-23

   

Mark & Kathy Faber   Mark & Kathy Faber – Lifeteam & Children’s Ministry Directors
Mark and Kathy have overseen the Children’s Ministry at Grace since the spring of 2008. They have a love for children and a passion for helping parents pass on their faith to their children.  The Fabers shepherd parents into greater involvement in their children’s spiritual growth and development, and oversee the children’s classes and activities at Grace. Mark and Kathy are long time residents of Pagosa Springs, and both have invested in the young people of our community in their work lives as well as through the church.  Mark is a popular coach and sportsman, and Kathy is a beloved Kindergarten teacher.

Scott & Jan Johnson   Scott Johnson – Financial Coordinator
Scott and his wife Jan have been attending Grace Church for several years as part-time residents of the area.   Upon retiring and relocating permanently to Pagosa Springs in 2011 there was an opportunity to become more active in the life of Grace Church when the elders asked Scott to assist in the budgeting process and financial coordinating.   The role of Financial Coordinator is God’s way of drawing on Scott’s administrative strengths developed during a 37-year career in the mining industry.

Scott and Jan have two daughters, and four grandsons; Stephanie Pham, a speech pathologist in the local schools, and her two sons, live in Pagosa Springs.  Theresa Anderson, her husband Buan and their sons, are TEAM missionaries in France and are supported by Grace Church.

 

 Nicole Cotts – Office Administrative Assistant

Nicole grew up in Pagosa and was so happy to move back “home” with her husband Billy and their three boys in 2010.  Both Billy and Nicole have hearts for service and have tried to instill that in their boys from a young age, so on a given Sunday they can be seen with their boys setting up and taking down for worship, playing and singing on the worship team, running sound, or stepping in wherever there is a need.  Nicole has a degree in Social Work and spent many years providing birth parent counseling and adoptive family casework for a Christian Adoption Agency.  She loves being able to draw on some of her social work skills in the church office and to serve her church family in this capacity.  Billy works at Pagosa Springs Medical Center and is very involved with community youth recreation, coaching and refereeing many different sports throughout the year.  When not in school, their three boys can usually be found on the golf course or the baseball diamond.  One of Nicole’s favorite verses is Psalm 143:8 “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”

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Amy Fair – Youth Coordinator

Amy recently completed her MA in Youth and Family ministries with a concentration in Counseling Ministries from Denver Seminary.  During Seminary, she co-directed a youth ministry of middle school and high school students, and prior to seminary, she was the youth director at Grace for three years.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, AZ.  Both ACU and DS provided her the opportunity to study God’s Word while working with youth. She also ministered to the high school students at Forest Home Christian Conference Center in Forest Falls, CA and was the director of the mountain outdoor education program of Mountain and Sea Adventures serving third through eighth-grade students.  Currently, along with her role at Grace, Amy is also the Principal of Pagosa Valor Academy (a University model School).  Her love for youth and camp began during her family’s ten-year experience as the directors of San Juan Bible Camp in Mancos, CO.  Amy has a passion and deep love for Jesus Christ and youth. The Lord has called her to serve Him by living out her faith.  he does this by walking through life with students and teaching them the truths of His Word.

 

 

 

OUR ELDERS 

Joey & Allison #2   Joey DeanRejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:4-7

 

Jason & Heather Grand Canyon   Jason Rose “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before Him in their worship. God is sheer being—Spirit. Those who worship Him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”  John 4:23-24

 

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Brad VanWormer – Brad and Kim have returned to Pagosa after first starting their lives together here in 1980.  Brad grew up in Montana and Kim is a Colorado native.  They are business owners of both Subway locations in Pagosa Springs.  Married 28 years, they have 2 daughters and a granddaughter, all living in CO!  With a love for physical activities and the outdoors, winter or summer, skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, and hobbies – music, jewelry making etc., Pagosa is home!  They love one-on-one, and small group discipleship time with others and the incredible discovery of coming to know Christ more intimately.  In Brad’s own words, “Now, life’s greatest fulfillment comes in walking with the Lord daily, starting the day out with Him and His word, talking with Him and submitting myself to His direction.  I am purposed to share my faith in Jesus Christ.  Sometimes it comes with saying something, other times it shows up through an act.  Of all the excitement and thrills I’ve enjoyed in various sports, nothing is more fulfilling than the adventure of following a spirit directed life, spending time helping someone new in their faith or someone who has been ‘sitting on the fence’ get off the fence.  God’s peace has become an incredible experience I have only enjoyed since turning my life over to Him.”

 

Clay Stolte –  Clay and Diane have become full time residents of Pagosa since relocating here in 2016 from the San Antonio, Texas area. They have both been active in various ministry capacities in several church environments during their twenty-five years of marriage. With a heart for people and the cause of Christ their mission is to encourage discipleship and prayer as the mainstays for a sound witness and testimony of their faith walk.

Clay completed a long career in business and administration prior to concluding his professional career as an educator and administrator in the public school system of Texas. Diane fulfilled her personal career goal of being a teacher in the Texas and New Mexico public schools with a special preference for teaching biological sciences and physical education. They both enjoyed a two year mission assignment as Apartment Life leaders focused on witnessing their faith and serving the needs of those living in apartment housing in San Antonio. They have also served as church plant start up leadership members.
The parents of a blended family of six adult children Clay and Diane enjoy family activities and time with their twelve grandchildren as often as time and geography permit. With a desire for the great outdoors they enjoy hiking, off-roading, and as much golf as is physically possible. Actively supportive of Grace life teams they thoroughly enjoy relationships with those sharing their faith in the risen Lord and intend to carry on the plan of “one anothering” as many people as possible.
Jon Forrest – Jon and his wife Kim have lived in Pagosa Springs for 40 years and have seen the many changes and growing pains of this amazing mountain community.  They have raised 4 children who have left and are all back “home” at this present time bringing some pretty wonderful spouses with them.  They also have 4 grand boys and 3 princesses at this time.
Jon started his career as a grade school teacher, but realized that the mountains (hunting) and working with his dad building in Colorado was too hard to resist, so he and Kim loaded Nicole and all their belongings and moved to the Rockies from Phoenix, AZ.  He now feels very blessed to own a family business “Forrest Construction – Bearfoot Garage Doors” with his two sons.  Kim retired from the Archuleta School District after 20 years and Jon was on the school board for 13 years.  Jon still delights in playing and watching basketball, especially when it involves his kids and now the grands.  Many years have been spent on bleachers.
You will find Jon mostly behind the scenes:  making breakfast, setting up and taking down for worship, praying, reading in his chair or out helping someone in need.  One of Jon’s life verses is “By the grace given me, I say to every one of you:  Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”  Romans 12:3