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.

  • Bob Sturtevant, 

    Board Chair and Personnel Committee

    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.

  • Dianne Stober, 

    Vice Chair and Budget and Finance 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. 

  • 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.

  • Sharyl Haas, 

    Treasurer, Audits/reviews Committee, and Trustees Liaison

    Sharyl has been a part of Plymouth for over 9 years, and assumed the role of Treasurer in February 2015. Sharyl considers her hometown to be Idalia, Colorado where her great grandfather homesteaded and her family still has a farm. Growing up, Sharyl spent her summers in Idalia helping with all aspects of the family farm. She’s still a part of the farm “crew” and makes many trips each year to the farm. Sharyl has a degree in Business from the University of New Mexico and spent many years in the banking industry in several different roles. After she had children, Sharyl began volunteering in schools and other non-profit organizations and has mace a full time job out of volunteering. Pictured with her horse, Monty.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nic redavid,

    Member-at-large, 

    Evangelism Committee Chair, and Congregational Life Liaison

    Nic joined Plymouth with his partner Adam (soon to be husband) in 2013, coming from a Catholic upbringing but having left the church for a long period of time following high school. He moved to Fort Collins from Tucson, AZ 10 years ago and is a graduate of CSU. Nic is currently in management at a bank in Longmont, and enjoys the small town life and local brewery scene that Fort Collins has to offer. Nic and Adam have a full house with a fish tank, Albert & Armond the parakeets, Mercedes the cat, and Zoe the dog. Nic is currently serving as the young adult at-large member of the Leadership Council, and facilitates the Sunday Night Small Group along with Adam following the Plymouth 3.0 service.

  • Barry Beaty, 

    Member-at-large, Nominating Committee, and Planned Giving Committee

    Barry is a retired CSU Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology. His major research efforts were in prediction, prevention, and control of mosquito-borne virus diseases. He and his wife, Caryl, are originally from the small farming town of Richland Center, Wisconsin. Following graduation from the University of Wisconsin in 1976, he served on the faculty at Yale University. They moved to Fort Collins in 1982. They have two daughters: Meaghan, who runs a shrimp microbiology laboratory in Florida, and Lyric, who is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin, and two granddaughters. Barry has served on the Capital Campaign and the Stewardship Board.

  • The Rev. Hal Chorpenning, 

    Senior Minister

    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

Leadership Council: 

Bob Sturtevant, Chair and Personnel Committee Chair

Dianne Stober, Vice Chair

Mary Freese, Liaison to Outreach and Mission Board, Clerk of Council

Sharyl Haas, Treasurer

Marilu Theodore

Linda Preston

Elaine Kim, 

Nic Redavid, Liaison to Congregational Life and Chair of Progressive Evangelism Committee

Barry Beaty

Staff: The Rev. Hal Chorpenning


Half-Time Associate Minister Search Committee:

Jack McGrew

Zoe Boiarsky

Verley Boulton

Claudia DeMarco

Janet McCulloch

Jeff Morisette

Jean Preslan

Jody Rankin

George Theodore


Christian Formation Redesign Team: 

Terri Schulz

Nancy Tellez

Mari Stombom Johnson

Staff: Mandy Hall

Staff: Mark Lee

Staff: The Rev. Jane Anne Ferguson


Congregational Life Board: 

Kathee Houser, Chair

Susan Raynor

Jean Greuel

Jennifer and Kevin Keyser

Tricia Medlock

Carol and Jim Goettl

Staff: The Rev. Jake Joseph


Board of Deacons: 

Anna Olsen, Chair

David Stubbs

Scott Houser

Rick Riddoch

Bill Holt

Al Sanders

Fran Milde

Nancy Sturtevant

Karen Guter

Karen Nesler

Kim Bohling

Kevin Keller

Staff: The Rev. Hal Chorpenning

Staff: Jieun Kim Newland

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


Board of Trustees: 

Gary Olsen, Chair

Allen Norskog

Bob Kingsbury

David Smith

Greg Rutherford

Jerry Clough

Keith Schulz

Rob Haas

Tom McIntosh

Hal Chorpenning


Board of Outreach and Mission: 

Betsy Bedient, Chair

Marge Morgan

Adam Holdorf

Marty Marsh

Nancy Bryan

Eve Audley

Leslie Frantz

Staff: The Rev. Jake Joseph


Board of Stewardship: 

Irene Wherritt, Chair

Alan McLarty

Bill DeMarco

Laurie Zenner

Sarah Parmenter

Staff: The Rev. Jane Anne Ferguson


Nominating Committee:

Nancy Sturtevant, Chair

Jillian Burkley

George Theodore

Caryl Beaty

Michelle Betsill

Gary Olsen

Staff: The Rev. Hal Chorpenning


Leaders and Email Addresses for Standing Ministry Teams:

Outreach and Mission Ministry Teams

Meals at the Mission/ Catholic Charities: Mary Freese

Faith Family Hospitality (FFH): Scott Houser

Homelessness Prevention Initiative (HPI): Joyce DeVaney

Bennett School Support: Jen Music and Mary Kay Graver

Immigration: Linda Mahan

Alternative Giving Fair: Eva Wallace

Interfaith Council: Mary Kay Graver, Laura Nelson, and The Rev. Rich Thompson

Peace with Justice/ Justice and Witness List-serve: Margaret Smith and The Rev. Jake Joseph

World Ministries: Eileen Dornfest

Crop Walk: Carol Rooze and Amy Zwahlen

Giving Tree: Sara Myers

McBackpack: Sharyl Haas

One Village One Family (OVOF): Greg Rutherford

The Sleep-Out for HPI: Bob Jeffrey

Habitat for Humanity: The Rev. Jake Joseph


Congregational Life Ministry Teams

Service Fellowship (Wedding and Funerals): Gail Knoblock

(Shared with Evangelism Committee) Bread Delivery: Chris Gloor

(Shared with Evangelism Committee) Greeters: Chris Gloor

Coffee Hour/ Kitchen: Kathee Houser

Southwestern Spirituality: The Rev. Jake Joseph

Dinners for Seven: Kathee Houser

Extra Years of Zest (Active and Retired) XYZ: Les Fraley

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: Claudia DeMarco

YUCCA (Young Adults): Stephanie Cotton-Maceta

Plymouth 345 (30's, 40's, 50's): Katrina Starkweather

All Church Retreat Planning Team: Meg Jeffrey, Claudia DeMarco, The Rev. Jake Joseph, and 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: Linda Byers

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