Ministry Team

Rev. Wendy Williams
Senior Minister

A native of Wisconsin, Wendy came to Colorado following a six-year ministry in Flagstaff, Arizona. Through a strong shared ministry, that congregation grew in membership, commitment, and identity. Prior to entering the ministry, Wendy practiced law for 15 years. That experience is evident in her inspiring pulpit presence and commitment to justice. Wendy is passionate … Continued

Rev. Eric Banner
Associate Minister

Eric hails from Manhattan, Kansas, and lives in Denver with his wife, Emily, and his daughters, Olivia, Julia and Maia. His first career was an environmental scientist specializing in water quality. Prior to coming to JUC, Eric served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley, following an internship at another large and dynamic church, All Souls … Continued

Rev. Keith Arnold
Minister of Music

Keith has served at Jefferson Unitarian Church since 1997. Keith earned a doctorate in the history and performance of choral music from the University of Colorado. He has led Unitarian Universalist music ministry programs in Nashville, Tennessee; Boulder, and Golden..Under his direction, the JUC Choir was invited to represent Colorado in the Washington, D.C., National … Continued

Annie Scott
Director of Religious Education

Annie Scott is the Director of Religious Education for Children, Youth and Families. She grew up in Oregon in a close-knit Methodist and musical family. She didn’t attend a church from age 18 through 30 when she and her husband, Mick Mortlock, began attending a Unitarian Universalist church in 1990 to give their blended family … Continued

Kristen Psaki
Intern Minister

Kristen is a candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry and a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY. She has been a seeker of Wisdom and Justice her whole life. Finding a vocational home within Unitarian Universalism sits on the shoulders of a formative Christian childhood and an earnest adult search for the … Continued

Kim Mason
Intern Minister

Kim is a candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry and student at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Kim’s family moved a lot while she was growing up but eventually settled in Raleigh, NC. Raised Methodist, Kim walked in to a UU congregation on January 2, 2000 and found her spiritual home. Prior to seminary, … Continued

Rev. Robert T. Latham
Minister Emeritus

Robert is a native Texan, having been born in Wichita Falls. He grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition. He began preaching at the age of 13, was leading revival meetings during his mid-teens and was ordained at age 18. Robert has a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and two master of … Continued

Rev. Nadine Swahnberg
Community Minister

Nadine was ordained as a Community Minister by Jefferson Unitarian Church in 2000 and has served a ministry of pastoral counseling. She earned the Fellow level in American Association of Pastoral Counselors in 2006 and was honored for “spearheading the development” of the Code of Professional Practice of the UUSCM in 2005.

Music Ministry Team

Melissa Monforti
Music Ministry Intern

Melissa started singing and playing guitar in church as a youth, leading her first services at age seventeen. Growing up in New York in a family of amateur but passionate musicians and dancers, bursting into song was a natural, every day occurrence. She has been a music educator since 2007 teaching all ages from infants … Continued

Adam Revell
Pianist/Assistant Choir Director

Adam began playing the piano in 1978. He was trained classically and competed and performed throughout his childhood. He received his bachelor of music degree in piano performance in 2002 from CU Boulder, where he studied with Doris Lehnert, Robert Spillman, and David Korevaar. He went on to earn a master’s degree in jazz performance … Continued

Sarah Billerbeck
Director of Music for Children & Youth

Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Maryland. She also holds a Level III Orff Schulwerk certificate. Sarah has taught music to people of all ages from babies to adults in public schools and in various churches. She is the founder of the Whole Note Music Academy, which provides classes … Continued

Laura Lizut
Pianist

Mrs. Laura Lizut, MM, started taking formal piano lessons at age 9 and starting accompanying choirs in high school. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at Northern Arizona University and Masters of Music at Illinois State University. She has received scholarships, assistantships, and has won various awards during her studies. She is recognized as a … Continued

Staff

Carol Wilsey
Business Administrator

Carol Wilsey has been the Administrator since the fall of 2012. She joined JUC in 1995 and held many volunteer roles prior to being employed here (initially as the Assistant to the Administrator, part-time beginning in 2003). She has a master of nonprofit management degree from Regis University. Her prior career path was as an … Continued

Beth Leyba
Congregational Connection Coordinator

Beth is a Denver native who has long been involved in community activism. She is a writer and certified yoga teacher in addition to her responsibilities at JUC. In addition to writing and yoga, Beth enjoys reading, hiking, word games of all sorts (but especially Scrabble), and dancing. She is thrilled to join the JUC … Continued

Darcy Stanton
Communications Manager

Darcy is a Denver native who attended JUC with her grandparents as a child. After moving to the Golden area with her husband and two children, she became a member in 2012. She is overjoyed at the opportunity to use her experience in marketing and business development to further the mission of her beloved church … Continued

Annie Hedberg
Membership Coordinator

Annie has served JUC as Membership Coordinator for 16 years and loves her job. She and her husband, John, love being active outside, especially Nordic skiing and tandem riding. Together, they have led the Blue Mountain Meditation Group at JUC for many years.

Eric Pieratt
Caretaker

Eric has been JUC’s campus caretaker since 2008. The awesome coworkers and amazing members make it a joy to come to work every day keeping our beautiful campus in excellent shape. Eric came to us from the City of Lakewood where he was a Traffic Signal Electrician, so he is no stranger to using his … Continued

Julie Excell
Religious Education Assistant/Childcare Coordinator

Julie is a Colorado native who came to UUism at First Universalist when her daughter entered preschool and started asking those pesky existential questions.  She served on the staff at First Universalist for six years prior to a move to Oregon to teach theatre and writing at a community college. After a year at Starr … Continued

 

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