St. Luke's Staff

Michele Kaminsky - Lead Minister

Michele graduated from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver in 1999 with a Master of Divinity and was ordained an Elder in the Mountain Sky Conference in 2002. She is a graduate of the Center for Pastoral Effectiveness and has been a Spiritual Director for numerous area retreats. When she reads the scriptures she's always asking, "What does this mean for us today?" because she is passionate that the Biblical stories of old have real meaning in our lives right now. Rev. Michele believes worship should be inspiring and should leave us feeling ready to face the week ahead. She believes everyone should have the opportunity to experience God in a holy and refreshing way. Rev. Michele is coming to St. Luke's after serving Applewood Valley UMC since 2006. Rev. Michele married Steve Kaminsky on October 15, 2016 and has two adult children and two adult stepchildren. She has traveled to the Holy Land three times and loves walking and reading. Rev. Michele said, "I am so grateful God has called me to such a wonderful church. I had a good feeling as soon as I walked in the building, and then I met the Staff Parish Relations Team and attended one of 'The Music Man' performances, and was embraced by such genuine and loving people. St. Luke's is a blessing, and I am honored to do God's work with you. I look forward to meeting everyone in July, and to being God's love in the world with you."

Michele can be reached at 303-791-0659 x105 or by email

Liza Stoltz Hanson - Associate Minister

Liza Stoltz Hanson was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A life-long United Methodist, she studied Religion and Urban Studies at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and received an MA in Religious Studies at the University of Denver. Pastor Liza holds an M.Div degree from the Iliff School of Theology.

At St. Luke's since 2020, Pastor Liza focuses on congregational care. She loves making connections with people and watching folks live into the things that make them come alive. She finds spiritual connections in nature, poetry, and prayer.

Pastor Liza and her husband Denton have been married since 2007 and are raising their two young daughters to love pancakes, hikes in the mountains, and Broadway musicals.

Liza can be reached at 303-791-0659 x107 or by email

Sallie Suby-Long - Minister for Healing and Wellbeing

Sallie joined the pastoral team at St. Luke's in 2009 and serves as Co-Pastor - Lead Minister for Spiritual Life - on the Lead Clergy Team. Sallie directs spiritual care, counseling, and formation ministries and serves as the Director of St. Luke's Center for Spiritual Engagement. In addition, Dr. Suby-Long serves as Dissertation Faculty in Creighton University's Interdisciplinary Leadership Doctoral Program. Prior to her appointment at St. Luke's, Sallie was a Senior Associate and Educator with Trustee Leadership Development and Ki ThoughtBridge. She also co-founded Leadership Innovations Group and served as Vice President of the organization for five years. Sallie worked with clients nationally facilitating leadership development and change management with non-profit agencies, educational institutions, and businesses. She also worked in faculty and management position at Willamette University, Washington State University, and Lewis and Clark College and directed educational initiatives for Girls Count, an organization focused on enhancing girls and women's education and career achievement.

Sallie earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Education and Human Development from Iowa State University and completed a Master of Arts in Spiritual Care and Counseling from Iliff School of Theology. She is a certified Coach and Spiritual Director and earned her Ph.D. in Professional Studies in Education with an emphasis in Psychology from Capella University.

Sallie and her husband Tom love being parents to their three adult daughters; Rachel, Sarah, and Rebecca. Together, Sallie and her family enjoy international travel, community service, hiking, skiing and being in the beauty of the mountains

Sallie can be reached at 303-791-0659 x132 or by email

Sharon Oliver - Director of Children's Ministry

Sharon became a member of St. Luke's in 1998, and joined the staff as Director of Children's Ministry in 2009. She has a passion for children's education and has been serving the children of St. Luke's for over 20 years. Her other passion is the creative arts and she has a BFA in graphic design/advertising and was a VP at a Denver ad agency before coming here. She is also editor of our church newsletter, The Chronicle, and has published over 150 issues and helps with church communications. She is active as a Stephen Minister, and serves regularly with Sedalia Elementary School, CSE and other missions/ministries. She is mom to 2 adult sons, Evan and Alex, who grew up participating in Little School, Children's, Youth and Music & Arts Ministries at St. Luke's, and wife to Bob, an IT professional and St. Luke's volunteer. A life-long Methodist, she was raised in Oklahoma where her mom was the church organist and dad was a lay leader. Her goal for Children's Ministry is to help create and sustain a wonderfully vibrant and welcoming environment for children at St. Luke's to grow closer to God and experience Jesus' message of love, compassion and service.

Sharon can be reached at 303-791-0659 x127 or by email

Samantha Leahy - Director of Early Childhood Ministry

Samantha has been a member since 2003 and joined our Nursery Staff in 2004. Samantha currently serves as the Director of Early Childhood Ministry. In addition, she serves as a Stephen Leader and is on the Pastoral Care Team. She grew up in Iowa and studied health care administration at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Samantha's 16 years of personal and professional experience coupled with her genuine love of children and strong integrity has allowed her to develop her passion for the care and tutelage of children. She is mother to two daughters, Keara and Ryann. Her vision is to introduce the love of Jesus so the children will have a biblical foundation at the earliest of ages.

Samantha can be reached at 303-791-0659 x140 or by email

Jake Smith - Director of Youth Ministry

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Jake can be reached at 303-791-0659 x145 or by email

Kelly Amadeo - Director of St. Luke's Little School

Kelly Amadeo has been in the field of education for 15 years. She has a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Development and a masters degree in Elementary Education. In addition to teaching preschool and elementary students, Kelly taught graduate students in the college of education in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education for eight years. Kelly started as a parent at Little School when both her son and daughter attended Little School. Kelly then taught at Little School as a Lead Teacher before becoming the director. In addition to providing a quality educational experience, Kelly's vision as the director of Little School is to create an environment where each child and his or her family feel like they are part of a larger family and they are loved unconditionally.
Kelly grew up in the Methodist church in Steamboat Springs and has attended St. Luke's for nine years. In her spare time, she loves to teach young children ballet and spend time with her husband Tony and two children, Brody and Evelyn.

Kelly can be reached at 303-791-1982 or by email

James Ramsey - Director of Music & Arts Ministries

James Ramsey has served as Director of Music and Arts at St. Luke's UMC since 1999. Additionally, James is the Executive Director for the Performing Arts Academy currently based out of St. Luke's. Previous engagements include college instruction positions at the University of Colorado, University of Denver, and Whitman College in Washington. Additionally, Ramsey has also served as Artistic Director for the Wesley Choral Festival and Assistant Conductor of the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus.

James earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Literature and Performance at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Master of Music degree in Conducting at the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Education at Middle Tennessee State University. Mentors and teachers include Raphael Bundage, Joan Conlon, Vance George, Donald Neuen, Alfred Mann, and Samuel Adler. Ramsey has served as the American Choral Directors Association's Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Choirs for both Colorado and the Southwest Region. James resides in Littleton with his wife, Leigh, and their sons, Jack and Luke.

James can be reached at 303-791-0659 x123 or by email

Kenrick Mervine - Associate Director of Music Ministry and Organist

Kenrick Mervine has earned reviews such as "a delight for both the layman and the connoisseur," and "an organist of stature, one whose personality encompasses superb musicianship and technique in equal measure."

With degrees in Organ Performance with Distinction from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, Ken received an Organ Talent Scholarship, and honors from the American Guild of Organists, West Chester State University, and the Music Teachers National Alliance. He has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC, served on the faculty of Seton Hall University, performed with numerous symphony orchestras, and was privileged to serve as an organist for Pope John Paul II during World Youth Day. In addition to his responsibilities at St. Luke's UMC, he appears regularly playing the harpsichord, celesta, keyboard/synthesizer and organ for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as Organist of Temple Emanuel, Denver.

Ken and his wife Barbara, also a musician, have presented hundreds of concerts and workshops throughout the country, and have been featured on American and Canadian Public Radio and "Pipedreams." They serve at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Centennial, CO. In addition to serving as Music, Organ, and Liturgical Consultants they are Allen Artists. They also focus on teaching and training future musicians for concert and liturgy. Most recently, the Mervines filled in (with three hours notice) for the "First Lady of the Organ:" Diane Bish at the Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, when she was too ill to appear. They have been featured guest artists on the Hour of Power at the Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove California.

Kenrick can be reached at 303-791-0659 x133 or by email

Kay Coryell - Director of Handbells and Children's Music Ministry

Kay joined the staff in February, 2004 as Assistant Music Director. She and
her husband, Ed, have been active members at St. Luke's since 1987.
Together they have four children. Kay received her music degree from the
University of Iowa and began teaching instrumental music in Douglas County
in 1984. Along with a passion for music, she enjoys hiking, camping and
skiing...all things Colorado!

Kay directs the Youth and Adult Handbells, Junior Prayz and Tone Chimes.

Kay can be reached at 303-791-0659 x136 or by email

Chris Rigolini - Director of Instrumental Music

Chris Rigolini is a music educator originally from Florida. He graduated from Florida Southern College in 2012 with his Bachelo's Degree in Music Education. Chris began his teaching career that same year at Jefferson High School in Tampa, FL. His responsibilities included teaching band, orchestra, ESE music, music appreciation, color guard, percussion, and guitar classes during the school day as well as directing the JHS Marching Dragons and JHS Jazz Ensemble after school. While in Tampa, he was in high demand as a clinician and councilor at many local schools and universities. In 2016 Chris began his Master's Degree in Wind Band Conducting at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. His professional affiliations include the Colorado Bandmasters Association, Colorado Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, FBA, FOA, FMEA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Chris resides in Denver, CO with his wife Kelly and is an active teacher and clinician in the area.

Chris can be reached at 303-791-0659 x146 or by email

Renae Parra - Director of Servant Ministry

Renae has been a member of St. Luke's since 2005 and joined our staff in 2016. She has served our faith community as a member of the hospitality teams, the Equipping Ministry team, the Staff Parish Relations team, the Lay Leader team, United Methodist Women, and the Center for Spiritual Engagement. She has led and co-led a variety of educational and spiritual growth classes and women's retreats, facilitated the UMW Evening book club and has represented our congregation at District and Annual Conference events. As a staff member, Renae wants people to know their authentic selves and spiritual gifts so they can serve from a place that feeds their soul and enriches our community. Her vision is to continue to have St. Luke's be a place where all are welcomed when they walk through our doors. Renae is married to Steve and they have two young adult children, Clark and Jackie.

Renae can be reached at 303-791-0659 x117 or by email

Barry Curtis - Facilities Maintenance / Custodian

Barry Curtis (Mr. Barry) is a St. Luke's member since 1991. After graduating from Ft. Lewis college with a degree in Geology, he entered flight school and graduated with his Commercial Pilot Certificate, Flight Instructor and Multi Engine ratings. He enjoyed working as a flight instructor in Cheyenne, WY before moving to Denver in 1990. Barry is married to his beautiful wife, Amy (a teacher at Little School), and has two awesome children, Kyle and Hannah. He loves outdoor activities like camping, hiking, fishing, biking, flying and is currently working on building a 2-person airplane. Barry was our facilities guy several years ago and likes the challenges this job requires, "doing my best to make things work with what's available."

Barry can be reached at 303-791-0659 x139 or by email

Stephanie Kirk - Office Admin

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Stephanie can be reached at 303-791-0659 x110 or by email

Jana Wesson - Office Admin

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Jana can be reached at 303-791-0659 x110 or by email

Rex Gradeless - Director of Finance

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Rex can be reached at 303-791-0659 x124 or by email

Jessica Shelton - Finance Assistant/Accounting Clerk

Jessica Shelton joined the staff in January of 2020 as the Finance Assistant. She processes payroll, payables, and donations for St. Luke's. She has lived in Colorado for six years with her husband of 21 years, and her two daughters ages 13 and 14. She is originally from Chicago, but has lived all over the country in the last 20 years. "Colorado has been my favorite place to live thus far, and we plan to stay. I have enjoyed meeting new people here at St. Luke's and being able to help whenever possible. I especially love the various music programs and being able to hear them while in my office."

Jessica can be reached at 303-791-0659 x116 or by email