Leadership Council

The Leadership Council is the governing body for Plymouth, making policy decsions on behalf of the congregation between the annual congregational meetings every January.

  • Dianne Stober, 

    Moderator and Personnel Committee

    Dianne is a longtime member of Plymouth who came to us from Central Congregational UCC of Atlanta, Georgia. She has two children, Eli and Hannah. Hannah is in school at Harvey Mudd in Claremont, California and Eli is finishing high school. She is married to Ben, and together they as a family enjoy their black lab and playing and participating in Bluegrass music. 

  • David Petersen, 

    Vice Moderator

    David is a retired professor of Old Testament (Emory University).  David and his wife, Sara Myers, both of whom come from a Presbyterian background, joined Plymouth in 2013.  He has taught classes at Plymouth, chaired the Stewardship Board, and currently works with HPI/N2N and One Village One Family.

    David has two children, Naomi Hoyer and Joshua Petersen--both of whom live with their families in Fort Collins—and four grandchildren.  David is an ardent fly fisherman and skier.

  • Bob Sturtevant, 

    Past Moderator and Member at Large

    Bob Sturtevant is a forester for Colorado State University where he teaches, and assists in research and forest management work. A 23 year member of Plymouth, he has served on the Adult Education and Stewardship Committees and now assists with the Environmental, World Missions and Sound ministry teams. Bob and his wife Nancy enjoys working with college students, international development and travel.

  • Judy Barth,

    Treasurer and Liaison to the Review Committee

    Judy is Director of Operations for CSU Extension and a long-time member of Plymouth. She has degrees in education, accounting and finance, and human relations. Judy has served in a number of different volunteer roles including being a past treasurer, deacon, trustee, and on the Planned Giving Committee. Judy has two sons, four grandsons and a great granddaughter (who’s not spoiled at all!) in the Fort Collins area. In her spare time she likes to ski, read, and do counted cross stitch.

  • Mary Freese, 

    Clerk of Council and OUtreach and Mission Liaison

    Mary and, Ken, joined Plymouth in 2009 when they moved to Fort Collins from New Mexico. Her career began teaching English in the states and ESL in Truk, Micronesia. After spending several years as a stay-at-home mom, she earned an MBA and CPA. She worked for a number of years in public accounting and finance and taught accounting on the college level. She has served on the Social Concerns and Stewardship committees, heads the Mission ministry team, and sings in the choir. She also loves to knit and quilt and is part of those ministry teams. Her family includes three daughters and four grandchildren, all of whom bring great joy to life.

  • Marilu Theodore, 

    Member-at-Large, Board Support, and Deacons Liaison

    Marilu is a longtime member of Plymouth with her husband George. Marilu has served before on leadership, on the Board of Deacons, and in many other positions throughout the church. When not at Plymouth, she enjoys travel, time with family, and photography (particularly photographing birds). Marilu is a published photographer and is well known for her work photographing Fort Collins. 

  • Linda Preston, 

    Member-at-Large and Stewardship Liaison

    Linda and her family have been members of Plymouth for nearly thirty years. During that time Linda has served on numerous committees and short term projects including Sunday School Teacher, Adult Education, Deacons, Women's Fellowship, and provided kitchen support for many funerals, weddings, and celebrations. Currently she is a member at large on the Plymouth Leadership Team.

  • Jim Medlock, 

    Assistant Treasurer and Liaison to Board of Trustees

    Jim Medlock is a professional educator teaching and developing course materials for the American Payroll Association. Jim and his wife Tricia have been members of Plymouth for eight years and have two children, Scott who is an attorney in Austin, TX and Anne who is an Associate Professor of Costume Design at West Texas University.

  • Elaine Kim, 

    Member-at-Large and Christian Formation Redesign Team

    Elaine Joined Plymouth in Fall of 2014 and comes from a predominantly Presbyterian Christian upbringing. She grew up in California and moved to Colorado in 2010, and has enjoyed Colorful Colorado ever since. Elaine is currently serving as an at-large member of Leadership Council, and is also involved with Christian Formation as her young daughter learns and explores what it means to be a progressive Christian.

  • Jeff Morisette, 


    Jeff has studied the Earth, conservation, and land management actions for over 25 years. He is married to Elizabeth, who is an artist and the Education Coordinator for the Museum of Art Fort Collins. They have two children: Clementine, a senior at Poudre High School and Twyla, a kindergartner at Bennett Elementary.  They have been members of Plymouth since 2014.  Jeff is looking forward to serving the progressive and purposeful actions of the church by being a member of the Leadership Council.  Jeff is the Leadership Council liaison to the Congregational Life board.

  • The Rev. Hal Chorpenning, 

    Senior Minister and Ex-Officio Member

    Hal has been Plymouth's senior minister since 2002. Before that, he was associate conference minister with the Connecticut Conference of the UCC. A grant from the Lilly Endowment enabled him to study Celtic Christianity in the UK and Ireland in 2007 and 2008. Prior to ordained ministry, Hal had a business in marketing communication and corporate communications first in the Silicon Valley and then in Boulder. He has two sons and a golden retriever, and is married to the Rev. Jane Anne Ferguson.

Board Chairs and Other Leaders

Christian Formation Board: 

Mari Strombom-Johnson, Chair

Marty Marsh, Volunteer Coordinator

Lisa McDanel, Marketing and Communication Coordinator

Sue Rutherford, Ministry Team Coordinator

Jen Musci, Special Events Coordinator

Staff: Mandy Hall

Staff: Mark Lee

Staff: The Rev. Jane Anne Ferguson

Congregational Life Board: 

Susan Raynor and Carol Goettl, Co-Chairs

Jean Greuel

Chuck Cairns

Tricia Medlock

Jim Goettl

Erika Michalski

Staff: The Rev. Jake Joseph

Board of Deacons: 

Al Sanders, Chair

Bill Holt

Linda Holt

Fran Milde

Nancy Sturtevant

Karen Guter

Karen Nesler

Kim Bohling

Kevin Keller

Marcia Hoefer

Anna Olsen

Claudia DeMarco

Joshua North-Shea

Vacancy 1

Vacancy 2

Staff: The Rev. Hal Chorpenning

Mark Heiskanen, Director of Music

Adjunct Staff: The Revs. Jake Joseph and Jane Anne Ferguson

Board of Trustees: 

Gary Olsen, Chair

Dan Michalski

Allen Norskog

Bob Kingsbury

Phil Hoefer

Tom Dille

Keith Schulz

Barry Beaty

Tom McIntosh

Staff: Hal Chorpenning

Board of Outreach and Mission: 

Betsy Bedient, Chair

Marge Morgan

Adam Redavid

Lynn Wartgow

Nancy Bryan

Eve Audley

Staff: The Rev. Jake Joseph

Board of Stewardship: 

Irene Wherritt, Chair

Jan McIntosh

Jackie Schneider

Bill DeMarco

Laurel Boss

David Bohling

Staff: The Rev. Jane Anne Ferguson

Nominating Committee:

Anne Jordan, chair

Nina Burkardt

Jillian Burkley

Paula Dille

Jennifer Lowry

George Theodore


Leaders and Email Addresses for Standing Ministry Teams:

Outreach and Mission Ministry Teams

Faith Family Hospitality (FFH): Scott Houser

HPI/ Neighbor to Neighbor: Joyce DeVaney and Ruth Lieurance

Bennett School Support: Sasha Steensen and Laurie Zenner

Immigration Immigration Ministry: Linda Mahan

Alternative Giving Fair: Eva Wallace

Fort Collins Area Interfaith Council: Mary Kay Graver and Hermi LaPointe

Peace with Justice/ Justice and Witness: Betsy Bedient and The Rev. Jake Joseph

World Ministries: Eileen Dornfest

Crop Walk: Amy Zwahlen

Giving Tree: Sara Myers

McBackpack: Nancy Sturtevant

One Village One Family (OVOF): Greg Rutherford

The Sleep-Out for HPI: Bob Jeffrey

Habitat for Humanity: Lynn Wartgow and Bruce Lieurance

Congregational Life Ministry Teams

Service Fellowship (Wedding and Funerals): Gail Knoblock

Coffee Hour/ Kitchen: Kathee Houser

Southwestern Spirituality: The Rev. Jake Joseph

Dinners for Seven: Kathee Houser

Extra Years of Zest (Active and Retired) XYZ: Verley Boulton

Fellowship of the Grape (Wine Tasting): Carol Rooze

First Name Club (Senior's Luncheon): The Rev. Jake Joseph

Get-a-Grip (GAG): Phil Hoefer

Plymouth Men's Fellowship: Wayne Shephard

Plymouth Pride Fellowship: Nic Redavid

Spirit Yoga: Ann Lundeen

Women's Friendship Group: Katrina Starkweather and Anne Jordan

YUCCA (Young Adults): Annie Freyschlag

Plymouth 345 (30's, 40's, 50's): Heidi Jette

All Church Retreat Planning Team- Katrina Starkweather

Intergenerational Hiking Group: Tricia and Jim Medlock

Congregational Connectors: Susan Raynor and Paule Dille

Friends of the Geller Center: Nic Redavid and Claudia DeMarco

Prayer Shawl Ministry/ Knitting Fellowship: Bobbi Hargleroad

Celtic I and Celtic II: Claudia DeMarco and Nancy Hane

Friday Morning Discussion Group: Dean Wallace

Friday Morning Women's Faith and Life Discussion Group: The Rev. Ruth Billington

Centering Prayer: Irene Wherritt

Wholeness Prayer Group: Jean Preslan

Grief Group (As Needed): Pat Slentz

Quilting Group: Susan Yadon


Board of Deacons Ministry Teams:

Liturgists: Marty Marsh

Ushers: George Theodore

Calling and Caring Visitors: The Rev. Jane Anne Ferguson

Calling and Caring Drivers: The Rev. Jake Joseph

Plymouth 3.0: The Clergy

Plymouth Ringers (Handbells): Jieun Kim Newland

Plymouth Children's Bell Choir: Kathee Houser

Chancel Choir: Jieun Kim Newland

Soup Ministry: Karen Guter

Chancel Guild (Decorations): Kathee Houser

Board of Trustees Ministry Teams: 

Memorial Garden: Tom Dille

Friends of the Trustees: Gary Olsen

Labyrinth Planning Team: Jane Nicolet

Environmental Ministry Team: Phil Hoefer

Christian Formation Ministry Teams: 

Visiting Scholar Ministry Team and Forum Planning Team: The Rev. Dr. Mark Lee

Children Programming and Youth Programming (Including Youth Groups): The Rev. Mandy Hall

OWL (Our Whole Lives): Terri Schulz

Wild Boar Discussion Group (Sunday Nights): Sara and Peter Mullarkey

Adult Education: The Rev. Dr. Mark Lee

Book Sale Fundraiser: Marcia Hoefer