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Staff Directory


The Rev. Jim Gonia

Assistants to the Bishop

The Rev. Kent Mueller
Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership Support (half time)
  • Support for Rostered Ministers
  • Administration & Finance
  • Technology
  • Part Time Ministry Network
The Rev. Sarah Moening
Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Life
  • Transitions (Call Process, Interim Ministry)
  • First Call Theological Education
  • Leadership Development
  • Healthy Congregations
Deacon Erin Power
Assistant to the Bishop for Synodical Life
  • Assembly Manager
  • Theological Conference
  • Communications & Website
  • Mission Advancement
  • World Hunger
The Rev. Leslie O'Callaghan
Assistant to the Bishop for Faith Formation and Candidacy
  • Faith Formation
  • Candidacy
  • Outdoor Ministry
  • Campus Ministry


Peter Severson
Director, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry Colorado
  • Advocacy Ministry in Colorado
  • Bishop's Staff Relator to Social Ministry Organizations
    • Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
    • Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center (Brush, Colo.)
    • Urban Servant Corps (Denver, Colo.)
  • Bishop's Staff Relator to Lutheran Disaster Response
Kurt Rager
Director, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry New Mexico
  • Advocacy Ministry in New Mexico
  • Border Servant Corps
The Rev. Michael Tassler
Program Director - Educate, Equip, Enact (3E Lilly Grant)
Julie Nelson
Associate Program Director for MEF - Educate, Equip, Enact (3E Lilly Grant)
The Rev. Ron Beckman
Campaign Director
The Rev. Dana Peterson
Director for Evangelical Mission
Deb Elstad
Associate Program Director for SAS- Educate, Equip, Enact (3E Lilly Grant)

Administrative Staff

Deniese Estrada
Financial Administrator
  • Finances
  • Staff Support
Andrew Nakatani
Communications Assistant (part-time)
  • eConnection
  • Website
  • iOS/Android App
  • Assembly Support
Kristen Lee
Executive Administrator
  • Roster Management
  • Candidacy
  • Congregational Transitions
  • Bishop and Synod Council Support

ELCA Ministry Partners

Tina Kvitek
ELCA Foundation: Regional Gift Planner for RMS
  • RMS: Endowments, Major Gifts and Estate Gifts
  • RMS Congregations: Ministry Funding Plans, Endowments, Major Gifts and Estate Gifts
  • Individual ELCA Members: Major Gift and Charitable Estate Planning
  • ELCA Ministries and ELCA related organizations: Endowments, Major Gifts and Estate Gifts


Janice Kibler
Mission Investment Fund - Regional Manager
  • ELCA investment opportunities for individuals
  • Congregations and ministries ELCA loan opportunities for congregation
  • Ministries Church Building Consultants Capital Campaign Services
Andrea Arey
Portico Benefit Services
  • Resources for events
  • Benefit information
  • One-on-One Meetings
  • Council Meetings