Our staff members come from many backgrounds and have extensive training and experience in ministry. From experts on Celtic Christianity and Christian Formation for children and youth to backgrounds in hospice, LGBTQ-affirming ministry, and sacred music... our staff have resources and connections for everyone (members and visitors alike) at Plymouth.
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. Hal's 2013 sabbatical blog about Christianity and Empire is here. Together with Sarah and Dom Crossan and Jane Anne Ferguson, Hal led a pilgrimage in Ireland in 2015, and he and Jane Anne will lead a pilgrimage in Scotland in May 2017. Prior to ordained ministry, Hal had a business in 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.
Hal's academic background:
M.Div., with distinction, Iliff School of Theology
postgraduate program in Int'l History, London School of Economics
B.A., magna cum laude in history, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jake came to Plymouth in 2014 having served in the national setting of the UCC on the board of Justice & Witness Ministries, the Coalition for LGBT Concerns, and the Chairperson of the Council for Youth and Young Adult Ministries (CYYAM). Jake has a passion for ecumenical work and has worked in a wide variety of churches and traditions. Jake's experience include hospice and hospital ministry settings. Jake is a fluent French-speaker and formerly lived in Nantes, France. He and his partner, Gerhard, live in his hometown, Fort Collins, where Jake is also a Commissioner for Housing Catalyst (The Fort Collins Housing Authority), a Board Member for the UCC's Archway Housing, and also serves on other non-profit boards. Jake serves Plymouth as the Associate Minister for pastoral care, outreach, mission, congregational life, and he is the church Communications Director.
Jake's academic background:
M.Div. and Graduate Interdisciplinary Certificate in Human Rights, Emory University's Candler School of Theology
B.A. in French, Grinnell College
Jane Anne has great depth of experience in Christian formation, having been director of Christian education at the Church of Christ in Yale (Battell Chapel) and First Plymouth Congregational Church in Denver. She has served as associate minister at First Plymouth in Denver and interim associate at Plymouth in Fort Collins, as well as interim pastor of Community UCC in Boulder and Henderson Community UCC in Henderson, CO. Jane Anne is a writer, storyteller, and contributor to Feasting on the Word, a popular biblical commentary. She is also the writer of sermon-stories.com, a lectionary-based story-commentary series.
Jane Anne's academic background:
M.Div. Yale Divinity School
M.A. performance studies, Northwestern University
B.A. Oklahoma Baptist University
Jieun began her ministry with Plymouth on January 16, 2014. Prior to moving to Colorado, Jieun was Director of Music Ministries at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church in Washington State and a member of The Obbligato Players, a baroque trio ensemble based in Seattle. Jieun has a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music (ISM). She also studied Choral Conducting and Harpsichord during her time at the ISM. Before her masters studies, Jieun held the position of Organ Scholar at Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Kansas City, Missouri. She is married to The Rev. Benjamin J. Newland, who serves as the Assisting Priest for Family Ministry at St. John's Episcopal Church in Boulder, Colorado, and as Chaplain to the 244th Engineer Battalion of the US Army Reserve. Jieun has been playing an upright bass since March 2016. She hopes to have her own band some day. Ben and Jieun live in Old Town Fort Collins, where they enjoy live jazz, bluegrass and classic cocktails.
Jieun's academic background:
Master of Music, Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University
Bachelor of Music, Conservatory of Music University of Missouri-Kansas City
Mandy began her ministry at Plymouth in August of 2014. She is originally from Michigan where she followed her call to ministry to become a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. Her passion is helping young people grow in faith in creative and meaningful ways. She lives in Loveland with her husband, Chris, and their golden retriever, Oberon.
Mandy's educational background:
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A. in Psychology and Religion, Hope College
Mark brings a passion for Christian education that bears fruit in social justice. He has had a lifelong fascination with theology, with a particular emphasis on how Biblical hermeneutics shape personal and political action. Prior to coming to Plymouth, Mark served as pastor for Metropolitan Community Churches in Fort Collins, Cheyenne, and Rapid City. In addition to his duties at Plymouth, he serves as ONA Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Conference. He and his partner Ivan Loy, a mathematics professor, breed Boer goats and tend a huge garden.
Mark's academic background:
D.Min. and M.Div., Iliff School of Theology
M.Div. studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
B.A. (Business Administration), LeTourneau College
Barbara joined the Plymouth staff in March, 2005. She was raised in International Falls, Minnesota, and her first job was at Boise Cascade's Research Dept. In 1980 she moved "south" to Minneapolis where she worked at Regis Corporation. After several visits to Colorado to visit her sister, Barb moved to Ft. Collins the summer of 1986 and was employed as Office Manager for a group of psychotherapists for 13 years. She sold her home at Horsetooth Reservoir and moved to Oklahoma in 2000 where she was employed as Office Manager at the Henry Law firm. In late 2004, Barb returned here to be near her elderly mother and worked as Office Manager for AATA International before finding Plymouth. She rescued a lovable Black Lab mix dog, Daisy, and and she enjoys movies, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Bobby has been a professional musician for over 25 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky and is a father of three wonderful children. After playing music throughout Kentucky as well as in California he settled in Colorado in 1993. Since then he has performed music throughout the state in many styles and venues. He has scored films, previously served as the Director of Musicians for Abyssinian Christian Church in Fort Collins for 12 years, and continues to perform with acts such as blues legend Willie Houston. His passion for performing and teaching music is evident in his performance, composition and students.
Bobby's academic background:
B.A. in Arts Administration, University of Kentucky