Pastor Chris Matthis has been pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church since 2011. He grew up in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his B.A. from Concordia University Wisconsin and the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. During his academic career, he studied theatre arts, literature, languages (Spanish, Greek, Hebrew, Latin), and theology. Pastor Chris and his wife Lisa have two sons. Lisa has a professional background in education and children’s ministry. In addition to being a husband, father, and minister, Pastor Chris is a writer. His articles, essays, children’s messages, and sermons have appeared in several publications, including The Cresset, The Lutheran Witness, Concordia Pulpit Resources, and RELEVANTMagazine.com. He also self-published a book of poetry and a collection of sermons. He has also been a featured radio guest on St. Louis AM 850 KFUO.
Ila Twogood is the Worship Director, Choir Director, and Organist at Epiphany Lutheran Church and has been a part of our team since its beginning in 1999! She leads the adult and children’s choirs and the contemporary praise team. Ila is a Colorado native and a graduate of the University of Denver Lamont School of Music, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in keyboard performance and music theory with a minor in child psychology. She also received the Master of Arts in keyboard performance and music history from DU. Ila served previously at Christ Lutheran Church in Denver and Shepherd of the Hills School in Centennial. Ila’s amazing daughter, Aubrey, works with her directing children’s dramas and musicals at Christmas and for summer Sunday school. You may contact Ila Twogood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karin Meissner is the new, part-time Youth Ministry Director at Epiphany Lutheran Church. She began her ministry with us in January 2015. Karin is a Colorado native and graduate of Concordia University Nebraska, where she earned her B.A. in theology and her Director of Christian Education (D.C.E.) certification. Karin served for 6 years as a DCE in youth ministry at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield, Virginia. Karin grew up at Our Father Lutheran Church in Centennial, Colorado, and met her husband Josh in high school. Karin and Josh have two sons. In addition to being a mother, wife, and youth minister, Karin is a musician who sings and plays multiple instruments.
You may contact Karin at email@example.com or 303-688-4435.
Donata Rolf serves as our church office administrative assistant. She comes to us from St. Louis, Missouri, where she served on the staff of two other churches and parochial schools. Donata is a wife and mother of two. You may contact Donata at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-688-4435.
Debbie Stewart is our new accounting assistant and a life-long Lutheran. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Jerry Sander has served as Epiphany’s accounting assistant since 2014. He has a strong background in corporate finance and has served as congregational treasurer for a number of previous congregations.
Doug and Bev have served for several years as our church’s custodians. They keep our building safe and clean to help create a welcoming space for worship. Doug and Bev may be reached by calling the church office: 303-688-4435.
Evelyn “Ev” Dawson is our church nursery attendant. She has nearly 30 years of childcare experience.
Lisa Matthis is part of our church’s nursery staff. She is a Director of Christian Education (DCE) with a professional background in children’s and youth ministry, before and after school programming, summer camp, and home childcare.