Faith Lutheran Church believes that we are better together. Our staff has a blast serving Jesus, His people, and each other. Let us know how we can help you grow in your relationships, develop your gifts, and find success in your life. Faith Lutheran Church is led by our senior pastor, council members, directors, and other church staff.


We believe that every member is a minister and the real heroes are the volunteers who give their time, talent, and energy to passionately serving others.




Church Staff

  • Dr. Ebassa Berhanu
    Lead Pastor

    Ebassa joined the Faith Lutheran Church family in September 2011 as an Assistant Pastor for Youth and Family, and in July 2013 accepted the Lead Pastor role. He is theologically moderate and orthodox. He believes the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16), inerrant in the original writings, complete as the revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak.


    As Lead Pastor,  Ebassa is responsible for spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ. He provides pastoral leadership for the staff, council, and congregation of Faith Lutheran Church, enabling the church staff and congregation to carry out its mission and our DNA. He desires to see everyone in the Castle Rock area come to know and love Jesus, and each other, through a genuine community.


    He enjoys running, reading, watching movies and loves spending time with his wife and four energetic children.

  • Gretchen Lozano
    Children & Family Ministry Coordinator

    Gretchen and her family joined Faith Lutheran Church in February 2016.  She worked as a preschool teacher for nine years.  Additionally, Gretchen has worked in the medical health system as a secretary and in the billing office for five years.  In September 2018, she joined the staff at Faith Lutheran Church as the Children and Family Ministry Coordinator.


    In her new role, she works with the Director of Children and Family Ministries preparing the Sunday School programming and summer community sports camp outreach.  Additionally, Gretchen assists in the planning of family activities and coordinates the nursery program during church functions, courses, and events.


    Gretchen has a heart for working with children, watching them grow in their learning and also in their faith.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls going for walks, riding bikes or just relaxing at home.

  • Tyler Newman
    Youth Minister

    Tyler joined the Faith Lutheran Church family in August 2019. Tyler graduated from Colorado Christian University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry. He leads our Middle School and High School ministries, and his greatest joy is watching students fall in love with Jesus. His desire is to see families genuinely grow in Christ. Tyler has been serving in youth ministries for over 10 years. Tyler moved to Colorado in 2012 from Southern California where his family resides. His favorite outdoor activities are snowboarding, golf, and mountain biking.


    If you have any questions about the youth programs or want to get involved serving in youth ministry please email Tyler.  

  • Jennifer Barrera
    Music Director

    Jennifer Barrera, a Nebraska native, has been steeped in Lutheran worship music since early childhood, playing piano, singing, and accompanying music ensembles and worship services. Upon graduating high school,  she enlisted to become a United States Marine musician, playing military ceremonial music as well as funk/fusion, rock, pop, jazz, and symphonic wind ensemble.


    She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Vocal and Instrumental Education from Chadron State College in northwest Nebraska in 2008. She majored in piano and voice and has had the privilege of being taught by Pat Randolph, Ray Young, and Dr. James Margetts. After graduation, she moved to Castle Rock and taught K-8 music in Parker, Colorado for nine years. She joined the staff of Faith Lutheran Church in 2014.


    Jennifer’s family includes her husband,  Moises “Moe” and their son. Her extended family goes all the way to Maine with a deep tradition of music and the love of Jesus Christ.

    To connect with the music director,  please email

  • Nicki Harmon
    Choir Accompanist

    Nicki Harmon began piano lessons at the age of five. She grew up playing piano in church. As a music major, her lessons continued through two years of college.  Subsequently, became music director and pianist for churches in Alliance and Columbus, Ohio. She toured Ohio and Europe as a pianist and assistant director for the All Ohio Youth Choir. Other instruments she pursued during high school and college were a saxophone, bassoon, and organ.


    She graduated from Goshen College with a BA in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Prior to relocating to Colorado in 2011 from Ohio, Nicki founded and managed her local CPA firm, as well as performing duties as Controller for privately-held businesses.  She continues to prepare taxes during tax season for a Denver firm.


    Her joy is her faith and family -  daughter Kimberly and her husband, Brian, and grandsons Alec and Devin.  They are the reason for her moving to Castle Rock because they became transplants from Ohio in 2010 and Ohio was just too far away.

  • Sheila Stone
    Financial Secretary

    Sheila joined Faith Lutheran Church staff in January 2013 and manages all of the finances for both the Church and Preschool. Her responsibilities include processing all donations, tuition payments, payroll, and accounts payable. She has a wide array of talents and managerial skills which lead her to overseeing special projects and working to establish best practices within the office. On top of all of this, Sheila also serves as a liaison for all maintenance personnel.


    Sheila is a Colorado native and enjoys spending time and making memories with her 3 children. She loves the outdoors - biking, hiking, camping, and gardening. She is thankful to be a part of Faith Lutheran Church and Preschool!



Church Council

  • Karl Kruger

    Karl, his wife Caroline, and their children Kyle and Kelsey have been blessed to call Faith Lutheran Church and Castle Rock their home for many years. Kelsey was confirmed here and their granddaughter Harper was baptized here as well. Kyle is currently living in Portland, OR; Kelsey and Matt (our wonderful son-in-law AKA St. Matthew), and Harper live in Albuquerque, NM. Karl is blessed to be able to work with the youth at FLY (they thought they were getting adult supervision when they allowed him to help, little did they know…).


    When not hanging out with the youth, skiing or biking, Karl is a Captain and Evaluator at United Airlines. He has served and chaired non-profit boards and other community entities in the Castle Rock and Denver Metro Area, but his most rewarding, meaningful, and enjoyable contributions continue to happen with his friends at Faith Lutheran Church.

  • Jamie Nordhagen

    Jamie and her family joined Faith Lutheran Church in June of 2013. She has been a registered nurse for 17 years and has a clinical background in inpatient oncology and blood and marrow transplant. She has a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems and is currently a Director of Patient Services at the University of Colorado Hospital.


    Raised in a small farming community in Montana, Jamie moved to Colorado in 2006 with her daughter, Lola. She enjoys attending Lola’s basketball games with her husband, Chad, and spending time with her extended family in Montana. Jamie teaches Sunday School and has facilitated Divorce Care at FLC. She loves all of God’s people and finds joy in building relationships and serving others.


    Jamie loves her Faith Lutheran family and the genuine sense of community, love and support Faith Lutheran Church embodies. She is looking forward to working alongside her brothers and sisters in Christ as a new Church Council member and continuing to bring our mission to life at FLC!

  • Joe Bush

    Nearly a Colorado native, Joe has been in Colorado since the age of 2. He grew up in Aurora and enjoyed playing all sports, reading comic books and drawing. After high school, Joe earned a degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and two master’s degrees in Operations Management and Finance, from Regis University. Although he’s worked in several fields (finance, technology, and healthcare), he knew Colorado was always the place to be.


    Joe met his wife, Laura, in 1997 and began attending Faith Lutheran Church as a guest. They were married at Faith in 2002 and have grown their family to include two daughters (Kiley – 9 and Delaney – 6), who were both baptized at Faith.


    Joe previously served on the Executive Council as Financial Secretary and Treasurer, respectively, and currently serves as Council Secretary. He’s also “served” on Faith’s now-defunct softball and basketball teams, as well as a few other committees and/or small groups.


    When not attending one of his daughter’s numerous activities, he can be found playing with the family dog (Mikey) or watching local sports and / or bad 80s movies.  

  • Mike Schwartzkopf

    Mike and his wife Peggy joined Faith Lutheran Church in 2015 where their daughter Tiffany and her family were already members. Mike moved to Colorado from Nebraska and was educated in Aurora. His career was in the phone industry focusing on purchasing/contracting. He earned his BA in business attending night school. He retired in 2006.
    Mike enjoys all sports with an emphasis on the Denver Broncos. He can be seen at all his grandchildren’s games and activities including soccer, football, baseball, and basketball.

  • Becky Heacock

    Becky was born in McCook, Nebraska and was baptized into the Missouri Lutheran Church at the age of 2 weeks.  She grew up on a farm in south central Nebraska, the second of 5 daughters.  Being a farmer, her father really wanted a son, and not getting one, Becky filled that role for him.


    Becky moved to Larkspur, Colorado in 1992 and then to Castle Rock in 2000. She joined Faith Lutheran in 2003.  In 2006, Becky married Max Heacock and they currently live on an acreage on Willow Creek Road.  Since moving to Willow Creek Road, she has returned to her farm roots as she and Max have horses and cattle and put up hay every summer to feed their livestock.


    Max and Becky have 3 children still living, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  Life is good!!!

  • Brenden Coney

    Brenden was born in the Murrieta, CA but has grown up in beautiful Colorado since 2005 with his parents, Craig, and Lisa, and his two younger siblings, Dillen and Marissa. Brenden and his family have been attending Faith Lutheran Church since 2010. He attended Castle View high school and recently graduated in May of 2018.


    Brenden started his own woodworking company in the fall of 2013, which he has continued to pursue for the past several years. He has opted to skip college and pursue his woodworking business which has become his full-time job.


    In his free time, Brenden loves to go hiking, skiing, camping, volunteering, spending time with friends and traveling.  

  • Brad Becker

    Brad was born in Auburn, NY and was baptized five weeks later at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Skaneateles, NY. After a couple years the Becker family found their way back to Wisconsin and their extended families. Brad grew up in Manitowoc, WI attending First Lutheran Church where he was confirmed. Brad and his mother, father and two older sisters enjoyed fishing and golfing. Indeed, Brad married his best friends little sister and golf pro’s daughter, Leanne. Brad and Leanne had two beautiful girls Anna and Lauren and then decided they’d have a third child – well God has a wonderful sense of humor and blessed them with twin boys, David and Daniel. In 2009 work brought the Becker family from Winona, MN to Castle Rock, CO where they quickly began attending Faith Lutheran church.


    Back in his 20s, when working in Nashau NH, Brad joined Grace Lutheran church volunteering with the youth and then elected to the Church Council. Brad has been active in every congregation he’s been part of and is sincerely and prayerfully excited to serve Faith Lutheran as the Council’s liaison to everything regarding Worship. It is his wish that Faith offers Spirit filled worship services every week that continue to build one’s personal relationship with our Holy Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.

  • Sam Petersen

    Sam Petersen has been an active member of FLC since her confirmation in 2010! Sam was heavily involved in Faith Lutheran Youth (FLY) while in high school, and has been a member of Women on the Rise Bible Study group on Monday nights for almost 4 years.


    Sam was born and raised here in Colorado and graduated from Elizabeth High School in 2014. She is the only child to Dan and Julie Petersen who have been members of FLC for 20+ years. She is currently a Prior Authorization Technician for a mid-size Pharmacy Benefits manager in Centennial, CO called WellDyneRX. She is also working on getting back into school to pursue a career in Youth Ministry.


    In her free time she likes to watch Netflix, go to Red Rocks shows, and explore all the adventures Colorado has to offer. Sam is a loving dog mom to a handsome pug named Duke who is such a joyful, handful and she loves dressing him in cute outfits! She is extremely excited for the learning opportunity that comes with being a council member, and she cannot wait to be a part of all the changes God has for FLC in the new decade.




  • Jean Whisman
    Preschool Director

    Since 2012 as Preschool Director, Jean leads the staff at Faith Lutheran Preschool in helping to build a foundation of curiosity, hope and love for every student in a Christian environment.  As a staff they make sure each child reaches their fullest potential, not just academically, but physically, socially, emotionally, creatively, and spiritually areas as well.


    Originally from Virginia, Jean moved to Colorado in 2003 with her husband and two sons.  Baseball is a large part of their lives, both as spectators and players.  Jean left behind a career in business in order to purse her dream of working with children.  With a degree in both Business and Early Childhood, her passion is to really make a difference in children’s lives and provide them with the necessary skills to develop into successful adults.

  • Denise Cooper
    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Denise joined the staff at Faith Lutheran Preschool in 2005.  She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a Director's Certification.  She is married and has 2 sons, the youngest attended FLP for 2 years.  During that time she loved the love, joy and faith-based academics present in the preschool.  Denise loves working with children and looks forward to start building a foundation with your child.

  • Leslie Farmer
    Junior Kindergarten Teacher

    Leslie has been at Faith Lutheran Preschool since 2009 and has lived in Colorado for most of her life.  Prior to working at FLP, Leslie was a substitute teacher at her children’s school and has taught in many areas of children’s ministry.  When she is not teaching kids, Leslie enjoys reading, walking her dogs, baking and spending time with her family.  She truly enjoys working with young children and appreciates their enthusiasm for learning and their creativity.

  • Sandy Vega
    Teacher Assistant & Lunch Bunch Teacher

    Sandy has worked at Faith Lutheran Preschool since 2005.  She has a wonderful husband and 4 adult children.  Sandy’s love is to see how her family serves Jesus and love others with God.  Her favorite verse to pray is Psalm 91.

  • Jody Croom
    Assistant Teacher

    Jody is not only a Colorado native, but grew up in Castle Rock and attended Douglas County High School.  Her husband is with the Castle Rock Fire Department and they have 3 young adult boys.  Jody has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Fort Lewis and received a teaching certificate from Metro State.  She looks forward each school year to getting to know and connect with the children.

  • Jeannie Reddan
    Lunch Bunch

    Jeannie joined the staff of Faith Lutheran Preschool in 2018 after all 3 of her children attended preschool here.  She is originally from Houston Texas and moved to Colorado in 2005.  Jeannie spends a lot of her time volunteering at her childrens’ current school and watching them pursue their love of sports.  Her passion is helping others and Jeannie is excited to help the young children of FLP through their first experiences of school by using the word of God.

  • Julie Taylor
    Assistant Teacher

    Julie is originally from northern California and moved to Colorado in 2008 with her husband.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Cal Poly and her teaching credential and M.A. in Education at Chapman University.  She taught elementary school before becoming a stay at home mom for her 3 kids, all of whom attended FLP.  Along with Julie’s love of teaching, she enjoys hiking, paddleboarding, reading, skiing and spending time with her family.

  • Kelly Brown
    Preschool Teacher

    Kelly has a degree in Early Childhood Education and over 20 years teaching experience.  She is originally from Indiana and moved to Colorado shortly after college.  Kelly has 3 young adult children and enjoys spending time outside, playing games, traveling and reading.  She loves teaching preschool and connecting with the children, connecting and having fun while learning is what teaching is all about!

  • Suzanne Kenny
    Preschool Teacher

    Suzanne graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Child Development.  She and her husband moved to Colorado in 2012 with their 5 children.  She and her family are very active and love sports and being outside.  Suzanne was a swimmer growing up and has a passion for teaching swimming to all ages.  She has worked in preschool, religious education, substitute taught and home-schooled her own children.

  • Anne Beh
    Assistant Teacher

    Anne is originally from Nebraska (Go Big Red!), and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Design.  After college she lived in Dallas, Texas before moving to Colorado in 1994.  Anne and her husband have 2 teenagers.  She joined the staff of Faith Lutheran Preschool in 2013 after many years of experience teaching in children’s ministry programs and other child care centers.  Anne loves working with the preschoolers and sharing her joy and faith with them

  • Tania Norby

    Tania grew up in Colorado and attended Colorado State University; she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with a focus in Early Childhood Development. Much of her “career” was spent as a stay-at-home mom to her four children, who are now young adults. Tania has worked with young children in many capacities--as a Sunday school teacher, teacher/assistant director at a child care center, in-home child care provider, foster mom, and nanny.  Her biggest joy is sharing God’s love with little ones. In her free time, Tania enjoys reading, cooking, camping, playing games with her family, and serving as a mentor mom with MOPS.

  • Angela Heyn
    Assistant Teacher

    Angela is joining the staff of FLP this year and is very excited to meet you and your children.  She is married and has four wonderful kids, the two youngest of whom attended FLP.  She has a bachelor’s degree in social work and sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a master’s in social work from the University of Maryland.  She also has an associate’s degree in early childhood education. Originally from Maryland, she has also lived in Texas and Paris, France and taught at schools in all three places.  Angela is involved in the children’s ministry at her church and loves traveling, cooking, skiing, and being outdoors with her family. 

  • Heidi Bradley
    Assistant Teacher

    Heidi is a Castle Rock native and is married to her Douglas County High School sweetheart. They have two children in middle school and a variety of pets. Heidi enjoys taking walks, making crafts, traveling, and camping with her family. She has always had a passion for working with young children, as an elementary school teacher, substitute teacher, Bible study preschool teacher, and Vacation Bible School storyteller. She is excited to share the same love, joy, and faith-based learning with her students that her own children were blessed to experience at Faith Lutheran Preschool many years ago! 

  • Kathy McCurdy
    Pre Kindergarten Teacher

    Kathy is excited to be joining the team at Faith Lutheran Preschool!  She is a Colorado Native and lives two houses down from where she grew up, so she has not ventured very far! She has been married to her husband Rodney for 20 years and have three amazing big kiddos, Michael (19), Samantha (18), and Marcus (14). In her spare time, she loves to garden, cook, play games, and explore our amazing state! She does not have any cats and dogs, however,  they have 2 ducks, a ball python, turtle, leopard gecko, bearded dragon, chinchilla, and a scorpion. (yes, a real one) 

                She has been teaching Early Childhood Education for the past 21 years, with a few breaks to stay at home with her own children. She holds her CDA and she is continuing her education in ECE and to obtain her director's certificate.  Teaching ECE is her true passion and calling.  She loves to support and serve each child’s and family's journey through this amazing time in life. You will often see her “singing”, dancing or down on the ground in the child’s world!  She feels that each child is unique, amazing, and a true blessing!

  • Leah Walker
    Assistant Teacher

    Leah loves Jesus and serves Him every day. She has been married to a wonderful guy for 26 years. They moved from Arizona to Colorado 24 years ago. God has blessed them with 4 biological kids, 2 are recently married and 2 are serving in the United States Air Force. They have also adopted 4 children through being a foster home here in Colorado. She has worked in the education field for about 15 years. She looks forward to getting back into the preschool, faith-based setting.  She is thankful for this opportunity and look forward to growing and serving within the Faith community.

  • Sheila Stone
    Financial Secretary

    Sheila joined Faith Lutheran Church staff in January 2013 and manages all of the finances for both the Church and Preschool. Her responsibilities include processing all donations, tuition payments, payroll, and accounts payable. She has a wide array of talents and managerial skills which lead her to overseeing special projects and working to establish best practices within the office. On top of all of this, Sheila also serves as a liaison for all maintenance personnel.


    Sheila is a Colorado native and enjoys spending time and making memories with her 3 children. She loves the outdoors - biking, hiking, camping, and gardening. She is thankful to be a part of Faith Lutheran Church and Preschool!



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