Leadership at Celebration
Leaders at Celebration are trusted servants. We don’t throw our weight around or drive the people, but to love and serve the Lord and his people. We are are a working team, responsible for important priorities and tasks that need to be done. We are keepers of the culture of Celebration — a culture that takes our mission, vision and values seriously.
Jill Jones - Senior Pastor
After attending Celebration for a few years, Jill joined our church staff, serving as our Associate Pastor for 13 years and, beginning the summer of 2020, as our Senior Pastor. Originally from the South, Jill went to school in Chicago before moving to Denver to work in inner city ministry with homeless and street youth. Jill earned her Masters of Divinity Degree from Denver Seminary, and she loves traveling, learning, reading, gardening, dancing, hanging out with her husband, Roger, and delighting in their two children, Julia and William.
Wes Scheu - Associate Pastor
Wes came to Celebration in 2005 when he heard that the church needed a new worship director. He figured he should visit the church before applying for a job there, and after his first visit, he says, "I could just feel the Spirit at work in the church and wanted to be part of what He was doing there." Well he's been here ever since, transitioning from part time worship director to full time pastor of worship and youth, to getting ordained and becoming our Associate Pastor. Celebration is where he met the love of his life Erin, and had three amazing children, Isaiah (11), Brynna (9), and Lydia (5). A lot has happened since he found us. Wes hopes that the Lord has him at Celebration for many years to come. Who knows what might happen next :) On top of all that, Wes loves hanging out with friends, cooking, hiking, reading fantasy novels, and is an avid fan of the Broncos!
Jazmin Lopez - Children's Ministry Director
Jazmin is a mother of two kids, Natalia (10) and Joaquin (7), and is married to Jonathan Alfonseca. They started coming to Celebration in 2013. She first join the MOPS program at Celebration and she later decided to come to church with her family. She loved the community environment and was able to connect right away with different women. After their first visits she was able to see a huge spiritual growth within her family and decided to call Celebration their home church. She is also a Board Member of Mile High Ministries and volunteers at their kids school. In her spare time she enjoys connecting with people, watch movies, ice cream, family time and arts & crafts
Liam McClelland - Youth Ministry Director
Liam began attending Celebration in 2012 while he was in high school at Denver East. Liam went to college in Michigan for a while but finished his schooling here in Denver, at MSU of Denver. His degree is in Human services with a focus in Mental Health Counseling. Liam has been participating with Collide as a volunteer leader since 2017 and started on staff as the Youth Ministry Intern 2019, this June (2020) he became Celebrations Youth Director.Liam enjoys chatting over coffee about life, both the good and the challenging. Over the last three years (2017-2020) Liam has graduated from two Urban Leadership training programs, that focus on cultural intelligence and emotional health. He is passionate about serving and leading others toward their full potential.
Beth Killebrew - Communication & Coordination
Beth came to Celebration following several years at a large, suburban EPC church, happy to find a smaller sister church in her neighborhood. Her goal is to help others connect at Celebration and she does that by focusing on Communications, sending out the Celebration Weekly (our weekly email) and producing our Sunday bulletin, among other things. She also helps to coordinate our worship services and keeps a close eye on our church calendar. Away from church, she enjoys biking, hiking and spending time with friends.
Brad Cornish - Acts 1:8 Team
Marcie Cornish - Children's Ministry Team
Sara Crippen - Discipleship Team
Sara Paz Crippen is the Discipleship Elder and married to Tyler Crippen, the Worship Elder. They have been married since 1996. Sara and family came to Celebration in 2011 and have felt so at home. Sara, originally from New Mexico, enjoys Colorado's seasons, camping, hanging out with her husband and 3 kids, reading almost anything interesting, and walks with their dog, Ollie. She is a teacher in Denver Public Schools. She is so grateful to be at Celebration and to be part of "The Bored" of Elders.
Tyler Crippen - Worship Team
Tyler began attending Celebration with his family in the fall of 2011. He is married to Sara and they have been blessed with one beautiful daughter, Maria, and two awesome sons, Sammy and TJ. Tyler grew up in Denver and after attending college outside of Chicago he has lived his whole adult life in the city he loves to call home - the Mile High City! He has taught in Denver Public Schools in the inner city since 1999 and he enjoys his job as a physical education teacher because it combines two of his passions: sports/physical activity and working with children. Tyler loves running, spending time with Sara and the family, cheering on his children at their soccer games and cross country meets, trips to New Mexico to visit Sara's family, family trips to Estes Park, and playing the keyboard with the Celebration worship team.
Jennifer Douglas - Stewardship Team
Jen Douglas and her husband Matt and three kids (Noah, Grace, and Hannah) have been attending Celebration Community Church since 2006. Jen works as an educational consultant where she's involved in leadership development, early childhood education, board training, and more. Equity and inclusion are driving values and, while still learning herself, Jen chooses to work with organizations that share these values and also commit themselves to ongoing learning and growth in these areas. Jennifer received her B.A. in English and education from St. Olaf College (MN) and her M.A. in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado Denver. When not working, Jennifer enjoys hiking, reading, camping, volunteering with impactful organizations, making good food, and hanging out with her family.
Linda Lowrey--The Party Team & The Welcome Team
Linda moved to Littleton, Colorado in 2016 and started to attend Celebration Community Church shortly after. Linda felt immediately comfortable and wanted to be of service. She began by joining The Party Team and loved being a part of that ministry for two years.
Linda serves as the coordinator and club leader of the tutoring program Whiz Kids that helps bridge the academic gap for students in the community. She currently is the Welcome Elder and the Food Bank Liaison. Linda is married to Dave and they have two children, Chase and Ella. Linda enjoys walking on the High Line Canal and visiting family and friends in California.
Kaye Mathews - Green Team and Clerk of Session
Donna Mayberry - The Party Team & The Welcome Team
Donna has been attending Celebration for almost 17 years. She loves it that it is a fun place to get serious about God. And she takes great delight as the Party Girl to contribute to the fun. She loves to plan events for our church helping to grow our community. Donna was born and raised in Chicago. After college, she lived in the Dominican Republic for 3 years. She met her husband while in ministry in the DR. After marrying, they moved to Denver in 1994. Donna is a special education teacher for Douglas County Schools. She loves to teach and assist children with their learning needs. She has 2 sons, Alex and Ben, and a fantastic husband, Jon. In her spare time, Donna likes to cook, throw more parties, travel and and take walks with her family.
Heidi Messer - Stewardship Team
Heidi and her husband Jeff have been attending Celebration for nearly 19 years. Heidi loves having fun and sharing life with the people in the Celebration community, and previously served as the Party Elder. She works as Director of Accounting at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and has three married children (Kelsey, Kendall, and Conor) who grew up in the church and also has three beautiful grandchildren with another one on the way. Heidi loves road biking, going to City Park Jazz in the summer (in non-COVID times) and reading great novels. She has also been a high school gymnastics judge for over 30 years.
Joe Sprague - TLC Team (Tender Loving Care)