Reverend Christopher Gilmore
I grew up in Ft. Collins, CO and began attending Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC regularly during confirmation in 9th Grade. While my previous church experience was mainly around attending Ladera United Church of Christ in Portola Valley, CA with my grandmother during the holidays, confirmation struck a unique chord in my heart. There was something about church that captured me. I began attending camps and retreats, began attending church regularly, began teaching Sunday school, and before long became active in the wider church of the United Church of Christ. When I went to college in Colorado Springs, I stopped by First Congregational Church, UCC and within a month was hired to be the Youth Director. During my four years at FCC I found myself moving from a career in business or law to the ministry. In the fall of 1992, I began my studies at Chicago Theological Seminary. While seminary challenges us to our core, I found it to be an extremely enriching experience and couldn’t have asked for a better education. Through a full year internship at Wayside UCC, in Washington state, CPE in Chicago, and as a CUE intern in Colorado and South Dakota I began to get a lot of pastoral experience as well as see different styles of ministry. During my last year at CTS I began working at a large Congregational church outside of Chicago where I served as a youth director for two years. My first call as a minister came from Santa Cruz, UCC where I stayed for about 3 and half years before I headed back to Illinois to serve as an associate pastor in Winnetka, IL (where I had served as a youth director). I served 5 years in Winnetka until I moved to Boulder to become the associate pastor at First Congregational UCC. After 2 plus years there my ministry ended and I began to work at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless where I worked as program staff and supervisor. Concurrently I served a director of youth ministries at First Congregational Church in Greeley, CO until January of 2012 when I became the Interim Minister of the Kirk of Bonnie Brae, UCC. During the interim time at the Kirk of Bonnie Brae the church began the process of becoming an Open and Affirming church (which subsequently passed last fall), combined two worship services into one, help foster the emergence of a new preschool for the neighborhood, and hired three new staff members. In August of 2014 I began my ministry as Senior Pastor of Sixth Avenue UCC.
Reverend Kim Shinabery
Rev. Dr. Kimberly Shinabery grew up in Ohio. Involvement in many aspects of the church drew her to study Religion, Religious Education, and Social Work at Defiance College, our UCC college in Defiance, Ohio. After serving for six years as the Director of Christian Education at Sylvania UCC in Sylvania, Ohio, she moved to Denver to study religion, with a focus on Judaism, at the University of Denver. Before obtaining her Master of Arts in Religious Studies in 1990, she spent six months in Israel, living on a kibbutz and traveling around the country. She then began a four-year master’s degree program at the Iliff School of Theology. In 1994, after receiving her M.Div. degree, she joined the staff of Sixth Avenue United Church of Christ to teach Sunday School. Called to work with children and youth, she was ordained in 1997. From 1999 to 2006, she served as the chaplain of a local Denver children’s treatment center; during that time, she also served for two years as an on-call chaplain at Children’s Hospital.
Since 1994, Kim has intermittingly provided programming for our children and youth. In 2005, she received her D.Min. degree from the Iliff School of Theology; the title of her dissertation was “Blessed are the children: a liberation theology for abused and neglected children.” In November 2010, she began teaching Religion, Philosophy, and Writing at the University of Phoenix. She also enjoys reading, sewing, making jewelry, watching movies, and relaxing with her cat, Tyne Daly.
Reverend Robin Miller
Robin A. Miller is an inspiring vocalist and musical director that spent over 20 years in teaching, training and coaching others into their full potential. Robin is trained in mediation, spiritual direction, and public speaking. She graduated from The University of North Texas, earning a PhD in Musicology, as well as a MDiv from Iliff School of Theology. She was ordained in 2006 through the United Church of Christ. Currently, she resides in Denver, CO with her partner and furry children, using her music and life experience to connect people to the real meaning and messaging in their lives.
I have been the pianist for 6th Avenue UCC for the past two years. I hold a Piano Performance degree from University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music with a minor in Harpsichord performance. I have continued studies at San Francisco Conservatory and Stanford. I moved to Denver in 1992 to complete my Masters Degree at Lamont Music School, University of Denver, in Piano Pedagogy. I have been teaching and managing a private piano studio for 40 years and perform for events throughout the Denver Area.
Curtis has recently joined our staff as the new Office manager. Curtis grew up in Fort Morgan, Colorado and attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. The son of UCC Pastor Rev. Dr. James Reid, Curtis has spent his life being involved with the church. For the Last 5 years he has been heavily involved with Camp Laforet, planning and leading summer camps and weekend-long retreats which help spread the message of love and acceptance to countless youth within the Rocky Mountain Conference. When not working at Sixth Ave, Curtis helps operate a successful food truck in Golden, Colorado called Bonfire Burritos. After having their most profitable year in 2016, Bonfire is looking to expand into a stand-alone restaurant space very soon! In his free time, Curtis enjoys spending time in the mountains, woodworking, and playing music around town.
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