History of Bethany Lutheran Church (Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA)
About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

BETHANY’S ELECTED LEADERSHIP

Bethany Lutheran Church has two elected councils. The Executive Council manages decisions about the day to day operations and “bigger picture” ideas.
The  Ministry Council oversees the four different ministries of Bethany: Worship, Hospitality, Outreach & Faith Formation.
To view our current elected leadership, please click here.  To read their bios, please click here.

For more information on leadership positions at Bethany, email Jack Lindsey.
We will be voting on new leadership during the Annual Congregation Meeting on June 13, click here to read about the candidates.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does this congregation care about?

Our community life is anchored in worship, strengthened by educational and fellowship activities, and expressed through ministries of love within and beyond the congregation. The Good News about Jesus is at the center of who we are and what we do and it inspires us to care for others and the world God has made.

What kind of Lutheran church is this?

Bethany Lutheran Church is a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest Lutheran Church body in the United States.

What is worship like?

Worship at Bethany is engaging, creative, and meaningful. Our worship is a unique blending of the church’s ancient patterns and modern-day creativity. Our talented music staff and choirs lead beautiful hymns, and anthems and our sermons are thought-provoking and based in the scriptures while always being applicable to today. We would love to be in worship together. To get a better sense of worship at Bethany please visit our Youtube page  to watch recordings from previous gatherings.

I am ____________________ ? Will I be welcomed here?

Yes!  All are welcome at Bethany Lutheran Church. We strongly believe that God’s grace extends to all people. We are not here to condemn or judge you, rather, we want to grow together as followers of Jesus and we invite anyone to join in this journey.

Can I take communion during worship?

All are welcome to share in the sacrament of Holy Communion. This invitation comes not from the Bethany council, or the Pastor, but from Jesus Christ himself. As Lutheran Christians we believe that Jesus Christ is truly present in, with, and under the bread and wine.

What do Lutherans Believe?

How is the Lutheran Church Structured?

Lutheran Worship Explained…

BETHANY’S  STAFF

Pastoral Team

GARY SANDBERG
GARY SANDBERGLead Pastor
NATE PREISINGER
NATE PREISINGERPastor
JANET MORTINSEN
JANET MORTINSENDirector of Pastoral Care

Faith Formation Team

GAYLE NEWELL
GAYLE NEWELLDirector of Children’s Ministries
NANCY FROSETH
NANCY FROSETHAdministrative Assistant
BRYAN JASTER
BRYAN JASTERDirector of Faith Formation & Youth Ministries
TIM CALDWELL
TIM CALDWELLSenior Ministries Coordinator

Administrative Staff

SHELLEY HOOK
SHELLEY HOOKAccountant
SARAH HULSLANDER
SARAH HULSLANDERExecutive Assistant & Missional Minister
MELISSA RUSS
MELISSA RUSSGifts Processor
LAURA EATON-ORTEGA (Leo)
LAURA EATON-ORTEGA (Leo)Director of Communications

Facilities & Technology Staff

LAURA ROMIG
LAURA ROMIGDirector of Facilities & Technology
MIKE JOHNSON
MIKE JOHNSONTechnology Manager

Music Staff

RICK SEATON
RICK SEATONOrganist & Director of Music
DR. JAMES KIM
DR. JAMES KIMChancel Choir Director
PAULA WILLS
PAULA WILLSSounds of Praise Director
NOLAN OLTJENBRUNS
NOLAN OLTJENBRUNSCarillons Handbells Director
MISS LAURA TRIBBY
MISS LAURA TRIBBYChildren’s Choir Director
ALEX RODASTI
ALEX RODASTIChildren’s/Youth Handbells Director
ZACH RODASTI
ZACH RODASTICherub Choir Director

Available Staff Positions

Arts & Events Coordinator – This person shall serve Bethany by providing leadership and a “public face” in coordinating community performance events at Bethany; coordinating weddings and other celebratory events on campus, and promoting the events space for activities congruent with the mission, vision, and character of Bethany Lutheran Church. Click here to review the full job description. Please send resume and any pertinent documents to Pastor Gary Sandberg.

Virtual Church Director – This person will lead the church in its production of Sunday morning worship with attention to the product that is sent via live-stream as well as how it integrates with the worship experience in the Sanctuary. The director will work collaboratively with the Bethany A/V team and the Creative Arts Team to provide an exceptional worship experience for those engaged in the Denver metro area and around the country. Click here for full job description. Please send resume and any pertinent documents to Pastor Gary Sandberg.