Rob Paris - Lead Pastor (RECTOR), Priest
Rob moved to Denver from Hawaii with his wife Kendis to attend seminary, although parts of his heart never fully made it to the mainland! After serving as the Associate Pastor at Wellspring Church in Englewood, CO for 8 years, God called Rob to plant Church of the Advent, a journey that has stretched his faith and deepened his love for God and His people. Rob’s passions include mentoring, discipleship, and developing leaders for God’s church. In his spare time, Rob can be found playing board games, hiking, and or competing at absolutely anything. Rob and Kendis have two spunky girls, Maile and Alia. You can contact Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cindy Hamilton - prayer pastor, Deacon
Cindy Hamilton, originally from South Dakota, headed west to Colorado in the mid 1970s where she met and married her best friend, Brad, in 1980. They have three married adult children and seven grandchildren. Cindy, as a result of God's leading through her husband's work, has had opportunities to live and experience life with God's people in Chile, Peru, Australia, and numerous states across the USA; but Colorado always remained home base. These travels have given Cindy an appreciation of the unchanging nature of God. While living in Australia, Cindy completed a Masters Degree in Christian Studies. Cindy is passionate about helping others grow more deeply in love with Jesus. She enjoys blessing others through Spiritual Direction and listening and inner-healing prayer. She loves the mountains, reading, riding her bike along the Platte River and hanging out with family and friends. You can contact Cindy at email@example.com.
Jeromie Rand - Children's Pastor, deacon
Jeromie fell in love with the Church while a student at Clemson University in South Carolina. Shortly after moving to Denver in 2008 to attend seminary with his wife Liz, he found a home in the Anglican church and began teaching at a local community college, where he continues to work as a faculty member in the computer department. Jeromie's passions for theology and deep conversation are both amusingly apparent after a cup of good coffee. He also enjoys good books, the mandolin, board games, and walking in the woods. Jeromie and Liz have two wonderful daughters, Rebekah and Annelise. You can contact Jeromie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stacey brogan - connecting pastor
Stacey hails from the Midwest, having grown up in Michigan before she moved to Chicago to study ministry and theology at Moody Bible Institute. She found a home in Denver and within the Anglican Church during her time studying Christian Formation and Soul Care at Denver Seminary. After seminary, Stacey worked in Student Development at Moody, enjoying the honor of walking with students in their spiritual and identity development. Stacey is passionate about Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Direction, teaching, and the Enneagram...as well as dogs, sushi, and the adventures in the mountains. You can contact Stacey at email@example.com.
Matthew Wolchak - Worship leader
Matt is a native of New York’s Hudson Valley and relocated to Denver in August of 2017 to enjoy its urban amenities, sunshine, and abundance of outdoor activities. From a young age, Matt has enjoyed singing. He’s been involved in church music ministry since high school and has held Worship Director positions. Matt feels compelled and privileged to serve God and His people through music. Christian fellowship is also important to him, and he’s been blessed by the community at Church of the Advent. Matt’s hobbies include hiking, exploring new places on foot, attending concerts, cooking for friends, eating with friends, and the occasional pie-baking. You can contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shaun Tay Canady - Vestry
Shaun Tay Canady was born and raised in Texas and moved to Colorado in 1996 to complete her college education, including her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree, at the University of Colorado. She has a deep compassion for family and friends, and her calling flows from an organizing directive in her soul. Shaun Tay treasures the many ways God intervenes in her vocation as a pharmacist, and her leadership is expressed both at work and at Church of the Advent through her ability to bring order and structure to people and projects in need. Shaun Tay lives in Parker with her chihuahua, Micah, and enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends. You can contact Shaun Tay at email@example.com.
Sara Knippa - Vestry
Originally from the Midwest, Sara grew up near Chicago and attended Calvin College in Michigan. She moved to Denver in 2004, never dreaming that her future husband, John (a Texan), was also moving here that same summer. Since settling in Colorado, Sara has discovered a love for backpacking, earned her Masters degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), and found a "family away from family" at Church of the Advent. Sara's gift of discernment is evident in her callings as a wife, in her workplace, and in relationships. Her calling as a CNS/Nurse Educator is to serve others as a teacher and coach, helping them to determine and move in the direction they are to go. As a friend and mentor, Sara is a compassionate listener and faithful guide. She enjoys good books, authentic conversations, and chai tea. You can contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hugh Burns - Vestry
Huck Burns grew up in central Denver. Huck is married to Loyce and has two sons and a wonderful grandson. He is a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant and is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He currently is the Vice President of Operations for the Denver Rescue Mission, one of Colorado’s largest human service charities. Prior to joining the Denver Rescue Mission, Huck Burns was the Director of Financial Reporting for Newmont Mining Corporation. He also spent 12 years in PricewaterhouseCoopers, the international accounting firm, where he was a partner in the Santiago, Chile office. Huck loves the outdoors, including fly fishing, hiking, and cross-country skiing. He enjoys playing the guitar and speaking Spanish. Huck and Loyce found their church home at Advent several years ago and really treasure the close-knit nature of the congregation and the strong spiritual growth they’ve experienced. They recently relocated to Barnum just a few minutes from Advent to pursue mission work in Villa Park and its surrounding neighborhoods. You can contact Huck at email@example.com.
Sara Bartley - Vestry
Sara (Mersfelder) Bartley was born and raised in the Denver area. She became a Christian during her college years at TCU in Ft. Worth, Texas and worked as a youth ministry intern there for several years before relocating to St. Louis to attend seminary. After completing her Masters in Divinity degree, Sara moved back to Denver to work for a church plant downtown, which is where she met her debonair husband, Jess. She currently spends most of her time parenting their two daughters, Jane and Elise, while also serving on Advent's Vestry, preaching team, and as manager of its bookstore (located in the foyer - don't blink, you'll miss it.) The Bartley family lives in the Congress Park neighborhood where they have been hosting the world's most awesome small group since 2014. You can contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Josh Williams - Vestry
Josh is a native Chicagoan and met his wife Danielle at Wheaton College as an undergraduate student before moving west to pursue medical training in pediatrics. He was drawn to Advent by its intentional community and focus on spiritual growth. Over the last 4 years, he has had the privilege of journeying through difficult times with the men and women of Advent, and he is grateful that God called his family to this church. When he is not practicing as a pediatrician, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, fumbling around on woodworking projects, and hiking in the high-country. You can contact Josh at email@example.com.
Dan Myers - Vestry
Having grown up in West Virginia, Dan greatly appreciates the low humidity and near absence of mosquitos here in Colorado. He and his wife, Jen, moved to Denver in 2012 as travel nurses, not knowing the area would quickly become home. Church of the Advent, and the relationships they formed here, have played a pivotal role in their lives in many ways. With the interest of living intentionally with others, they've had three friends live in their home over the past several years. Though these housemates no longer live with them, their two boys, Ben (3) and Charlie (1) are dedicated to keeping things lively around their house. You can contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.