I was born and baptized in Freeport, Illinois and lived with my family in various Illinois locations (following my father’s career as a public school administrator) until we finally settled in a suburb of Chicago during my high school years. I graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, where I deepened my love of words and language, theatre and music. I met my husband Ken on a theatre trip to Stratford, Ontario, in 1980 and married him in August of 1983. Within the week, we moved to Virginia so he could attend graduate school at the University of Virginia and stayed a few more years when he accepted his first associate professor position in the Theatre Department at Virginia Tech.
My work supporting him through grad school launched me into a human resources career which continued to blossom when we moved to the Twin Cities in the late 80’s. My work in human resources led me to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Minnesota in the 90’s that focused on human resources development. Not long after that, congregational involvement and deepening faith led me to Luther Seminary in St. Paul and ordination as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2005. I served King of Kings Lutheran Church in Woodbury, MN, as an associate pastor before assuming the role of senior pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake, MN, in 2008, where I served for ten years. In 2018, I was delighted to accept the call to serve as pastor of the United Church of the San Juans, where the congregation’s mission of inclusivity, compassion, faith and unity strike a chord with my values and passions - and where the people have already found a place in my heart.
Theatre, music, film and literature continue to be passions . . . you’ll often find Ken and me at the theatre, even when he’s not involved in the production! We also enjoy travelling to new places, biking and skiing and simply being outdoors. Exploring the San Juans and the greater southwest will be a marvelous adventure for us as we make Ridgway our home. We have one son, Hunter, who lives in Portland, Oregon, giving us the best excuse possible to travel to the northwest as often as we can.
Cindy's family vacationed in Ouray and Hinsdale counties and in 1987 moved to Ouray County permanently. She looks forward to serving our community of faith here at the United Church of the San Juans.
Office Hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (8:30 AM - 1:30 PM)
Allyson received her B.A. in Vocal Performance/Conducting in 2009 from Mesa State College and has sung and taught professionally since 2004. She moved to Montrose in 2012 to be closer to the mountains and is excited to be a part of the UCSJ team.
In 2003 a group of Christians in our area met to discuss the possibility of starting a new church to serve the needs of people, love Christ, focus on more traditional worship, and respect and be open to others.
Worshipers from all Faiths are Welcome!
295 N. Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
PO Box 295, Ridgway, Colorado, 81432
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM