Hi, I’m Karl and I have the privilege of serving as Lead Pastor at CCC. I grew up in the northwoods of Minnesota and consider myself blessed to have experienced “real” winter.
I have been married to Mikkin since 2006, and we have four children: Tobiah, Esther, Naomi, and Asa. I received a B.A. in Classical Greek and Religion from St. Olaf College and a Masters in Biblical Studies from Denver Seminary. After graduating seminary, my family served in China ministering to college students and providing member care for cross-cultural workers. In 2012, I started at CCC as Pastor of Students and Young Adults. In 2015 I was ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church and then in 2019 I became the Lead Pastor. I count it an honor to serve this community and take joy in walking with our community on our faith journey. There is nothing more sacred than being a part of God’s transforming work.
When I’m not at church, you can find me running longer and longer distances, teaching outdoor leadership courses at Denver Seminary and Colorado Christian, trying to improve my mediocre chess abilities, and showing my kids how to care for our backyard chickens.
I have the joy of guiding our many talented people and teams at CCC in areas of Worship and Communications. My heart is energized by helping people give and be their very best with how God has wired and gifted them. When I am not working, my play reflects similar artistic pursuits of making music, drawing or painting, or building guitars. Our family also enjoys spending time in the mountains where we love to hike, camp, and explore God’s beautiful world. Speaking of which, my wife, Heather and I have been married for 26 years, and we have 2 awesome teenage boys.
I graduated from the University of California, Long Beach with a B.A. in guitar performance. I received my M.Div. degree from Denver Seminary in 2001, and then completed a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from NorthPark Seminary in 2008. My journey with CCC began in 1993 when I began serving as a part-time worship leader. After completing seminary that role broadened in time and scope to full-time pastoral ministry.
I was born and raised in San Diego, California and am the youngest of three girls. We had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home, as well having a mom who was/is a Women’s Pastor–who is a role model of mine. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado where I received my Elementary Education degree. In 2015, my husband Ben and I got married and I officially moved to Colorado.
In 2016 I started the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program with an emphasis in Outdoor Leadership at Denver Seminary. I currently have a little over a year left in the program and have a great passion for incorporating ministry and the outdoors.
I have the joy of doing life with Middle School and High School students and partnering with their parents at CCC. It is a joy investing in the lives of students and getting to walk alongside them in this season of life. And I love to have fun and laugh, which is common when working with students.
When not working at church or doing homework, my husband and I can be found at different coffee shops or playing games with friends. We love the outdoors and will often take our dog, Samson, on adventures in the mountains.
As the Children’s Pastor, I have the unique privilege of hanging out with some of the best kids on Planet Earth here at Centennial Covenant Church. When I’m not at church, you can find me with my husband and best friend, or playing grandma with our beloved grandbaby. In my free time I enjoy reading, rooting for the Rockies, working out, and spending time with friends over coffee.
Born and raised in South Africa as a missionary kid, I am eternally grateful for my spiritual heritage. After attending Trinity Int’l in Deerfield, Il, I received an MA at Western Seminary in Portland, OR, and served in California before moving to God’s Country of Colorado in 2000. It has been a joy to serve with such an incredible team since coming on staff in October 2015.