OUr LEADERSHIP

LEAD PASTOR

Bill is the Lead Pastor of Ascent Church. Bill and Jackie, alongside Jim and Karin Candy, founded Ascent Church in the fall of 2013.  Prior to starting Ascent, they led for 14 years the Annex, a ministry to thousands of college students attending the University of Colorado. Bill has spent most of his 27 year career in ministry unpacking scripture and sharing the love of Jesus  in a way that is accessible, humorous, and tangible – words that speak directly to the love of Jesus. Jackie is also a gifted leader and pastor.  She has walked through life with hundreds of moms, wives, and students through the countless issues of life and faith.  Bill and Jackie and deeply invested in Jesus and his church.  They have four kids, Ella (married to Justice), Jack (married to Emily), Maggie and Abby - and one granddaughter, Brynlee!

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EXECUTIVE PASTOR

Beth is the Executive Pastor for Ascent. Beth and her family have been with Ascent since its inception in 2013, serving in a number of capacities in both paid and volunteer roles.  She served as our Director of Operations for five years before taking on the role of Executive Pastor.  Prior to her time at Ascent, Beth served in college ministry (working with Bill at the University of Colorado), on the leadership board at a church in Montana, and has been primarily overseeing non-profit finances for over 15 years.  She brings a unique combination of gifts - strong management and attention to detail mixed with a true pastor's heart, desiring to walk alongside staff and churchgoers through the many challenges life presents. She is married to her amazing husband Cody and is mom to Greta and Simon.

OUr BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ascent church is governed by a board of directors.

This board, led by Mindy Caliguire, receives regular communications about the direction and finances of the church, and meets monthly. The purpose of the board is to provide oversight and strategic leadership to accomplish the mission God has called Ascent. The team serves in an advisory role to the lead and executive pastor, and in a governance role over finances and budget, land and building acquisition, lead staff performance review, and issues requiring church discipline and or correction.   Our Lead Pastor and our Executive Pastor sit on this board.  

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MINDY CALIGUIRE

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ED MESSMAN

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EMILY DEARDORFF

LEAD PASTOR,
ASCENT
BOARD CHAIR
 PRESIDENT &
CO-FOUNDER,
SOUL CARE
CHIEF STRATEGIC OFFICER,
THE STUDIO C
ASSOCIATE MANAGER,
WORKDAY

JEFF YOUNGSTROM

REAL ESTATE AGENT,
HOMESMART CHERRY CREEK PROPERTIES
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DENNIS LEWIS

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BETH LILLSTROM

RETIRED
PRESIDENT & CEO,
DENTAL AID
INSTRUCTOR, CU LEEDS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS,
& ASSOCIATE CHAIR,
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY & SUSTAINABILITY
EXECUTIVE PASTOR,
ASCENT
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR BOARD MEMBERS SOON

LEAD PASTORS COUNCIL

The Lead Pastors Council is responsible for the spiritual care and accountability of Ascent’s Lead Pastors. The council’s purpose is to assist in preserving Bill and Jackie’s spiritual health and integrity as they serve Ascent Church. This council is made up of people with longstanding relationships with Bill and Jackie.

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BETH LILLSTROM

EXECUTIVE PASTOR,
ASCENT
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DENNIS LEWIS

RETIRED
PRESIDENT & CEO,
DENTAL AID
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AISHA COX

PRAYER PASTOR,
ASCENT
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KATHY RAYBIN

MENTOR AND RETIRED LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR
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Don Bachman

RETIRED
EXECUTIVE MANAGER,
IBM
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MIKE GAFFNEY

SR VICE PRESIDENT, ASIA PACIFIC,
YOUNG LIFE

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LEAD PASTOR,
ASCENT,
DENVER SEMINARY

Maurice cox

COLLECTIVE & TEACHING PASTOR,
ASCENT
NORTH PARK SEMINARY

CHRIS STURGEON

CARE PASTOR,
ASCENT
FULLER SEMINARY

RAY DONATUCCI

DIRECTOR OF TRAINING INITIATIVES,
YOUNG LIFE
FULLER SEMINARY

DOCTRINe COUNCIL

The Doctrine Council guides and protects the foundational beliefs of Ascent Church, and confirms any and all changes to the foundational beliefs of the church. The council’s purpose is to ensure the safeguarding of our doctrine and its practical implications.

 
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