Meet our Staff Team!

Our Staff Team Mission Statement

The staff of First Congregational UCC is a team of capable, committed individuals with diverse gifts and skills which, on a daily basis, supports church and community members involved in the church’s mission by providing:

• Hospitality, information and resources;
• A church-system perspective in support of volunteer-led ministries; and
• A view of the church in the context of its local community, the various settings of the United Church of Christ, and wider ecumenical initiatives.
In addition, pastoral staff attend to the spiritual health and development of church members.

Rev. Nayiri Karjian

Interim Lead Minister, as of September 1st.

Rev. Nayiri Karjian

Pastor Nayiri Karjian joins us as our Interim Lead Minister.   Reverend Nayiri Karjian An Interim Transitional Minister at this time on her journey, Nayiri Karjian has served UCC congregations around the country, including Spring Glen UCC, Hamden,  CT First Congregational UCC, Houston, TX First Congregational UCC, Downers Grove, IL First Congregational UCC, St Louis, MO […]

Rev. Dr. Jacque Franklin

Associate Minister

Rev. Dr. Jacque Franklin

Jacque Franklin began her ministry as Associate Pastor of First Congregational UCC in August, 2008. Previously she served as Pastor of Visitation under lead Pastor Benjamin Broadbent. She came to the staff after serving as a Hospice Chaplain and a Chaplain to a local retirement community. She grew up in southern Ohio and moved to […]

Mandy Todd

Director of Music and Arts

Mandy Todd

Director of Music and Arts This August, Mandy will celebrate ten years of ministry at First Congregational Church. From 2006 to 2011, she served as part-time Chancel Choir Director, and also taught choir, drama, and general music at the middle school level in Fountain-Ft. Carson and Harrison school districts. In January 2012, she accepted the […]

Candace Datz

Director of Youth and Adult Ministry

Candace Datz

Candace is the new Director of Youth + Adult Ministry at First Congregational Church starting in July of 2014. She has lived in the Springs since 2004, when she moved from Eastern Oregon to join an international Christian nonprofit. That led to experiences leading youth and young adults on service projects in Asia, such as […]

Del Hokanson

Director of Children's and Family Ministry

Del Hokanson

Director of Children’s Ministry Delrae Hokanson has been the director of Children’s Ministry at First Congregational Church since 2008.  Prior to this, she served a term as Education representative on the Church Council after volunteering on both the Education and Community Life committees. After receiving training in the Our Whole Lives, Sexuality and Our Faithprogram in […]

Ruth Roland

Director of Financial Ministries

Ruth Roland

Ruth worked in the Oil & Gas and Airline industries as an accountant, auditor and manager prior to moving to Colorado Springs. She began working at the First Congregational Church in 1997. In addition to a degree in accounting, she holds a graduate certificate from UCCS in Nonprofit Fund Development. She lives downtown with husband […]

Emily Bond

Communications Coordinator

Emily Bond

Emily Bond moved with her four-year old daughter, Kayla from Crested Butte, Colorado to join the Staff of First Congregational in July, 2013.  She was born and raised in London, England, graduating with a degree in Music from the University of Bristol.  During her time in England, Emily worked as a caterer both in London and Bristol.  […]

Facility & Nursery Staff

Robert Scheafer and Doris Fletcher – custodians

Kiara Nath – nursery attendant supervisor

Sean Drevs, Kären Knabe, Kaitlyn O’Donnell, Cat Steinbach-Payne & Kiara Nath  – nursery attendants


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