Pastor Chris Matthis has been our shepherd since 2011. Pastor Chris is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin (B.A.) and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div.). He and his wife Lisa have three children. His interests include strategy board games, building LEGO, playing guitar, and exploring the National Parks. Pastor Chris’s articles, essays, and sermons have appeared in several print and online publications, and he has been a frequent guest on KFUO (St. Louis radio station). You may listen to his sermons in our sermon archive.
Kristin Highley is our Director of Christian Education (DCE) and has been part of our team since 2019. She works primarily with children, youth, families, and women. Kristin has a professional background in elementary and pre-school education. A graduate of Biola University, she holds a Master of Education degree from Biola and a Master of Arts in Theology degree from Concordia University, Irvine, California. Kristin grew up in southern California and lived for 10 years in Georgia. She is a long-distance runner and voracious reader. She is married to Colten.
Pastor Mike is our Assistant Pastor of Missional Living. He joined our staff in July 2023 after completing the LCMS colloquy process. Pastor Mike serves as Supervisory Patent Examiner in artificial intelligence at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Previously, he served as a pastor in Illinois, Tennessee, and Alabama. Pastor Mike has degrees in electrical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and Florida State University. He received the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC, and the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He is married to Kim and has two adult children, Adam and Rachel. Pastor Mike’s interests include computers and electronics, computer programming, enjoying the mountains, and recovery work at the Douglas County jail.
Donata Rolf is Epiphany’s remote Administrative Assistant. After working in the office for nearly 8 years, she returned to our staff Summer ’23. She has a degree in Wildlife Management, which is a necessary skill to work with all our church’s staff.
Theresa “Tracy” Timm is our new Receptionist. She was born in Wisconsin and lived most of her life there. Tracy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and has served as a Registered Nurse for the past 25 years in the field of OB/GYN/Women’s Health. Tracy and her husband, Kevin, moved to Castle Rock in late 2019. They have two grown children and seven grandchildren. Tracy’s interests include planning, financial budgeting, 4-wheeling, hiking and organizing her home. Tracy admits that she “comes to life when helping others, being a grandma, and when sharing her faith in Jesus”! The Timms enjoy their canine companions Snowflake and Ghost Girl.
Cindi Ellison serves as the Children’s Choir Director and the Adult Choir Accompanist. A South Dakota native. she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in vocal and instrumental music and a Master of Music degree in music education from the University of South Dakota. She has taught elementary and middle school band and chorus in South Dakota and Minnesota, as well as serving as a private piano and adjunct college instructor and director/manager of a community girls’ chorus. Church music has been her love from an early age, with participation and direction of a variety of pre-school through adult age instrumental and vocal ensembles. Cindi also loves to cook, especially Scandinavian goodies, and spending time with four daughters and their families.
Dave Ellison serves as the Adult Choir Director, Worship Accompanist, and Accompanist for the Children’s Choir. Dave is originally from South Dakota and spent the last 18 years in Minnesota before moving to Colorado. Dave holds degrees in music from Texas Lutheran University (Bachelor of Music Education), the University of South Dakota (Master of Music), and the Institute for Worship Studies (Doctor of Worship Studies). He has taught music at all levels from Kindergarten through University. The last 37 years he served as a full time Director of Worship and Music in three different congregations. Dave enjoys cooking and spending time with family. His adult daughters and grandchildren live in the Denver area.
Debbie Stewart is our accounting specialist and long-time church member. She oversees our church’s payroll, bookkeeping, accounts payable, and benefits plan.
Kirk Anderson has been our Director of Video and Digital Media since 2021. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History with a minor in Marketing. After interning at the Denver Art Museum, he was principal Graphic Designer at Heritage Title Company in Denver for almost 18 years. He left that position to spend more time with his growing family. Kirk and his wife Lindsay have two children and enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, riding bikes, working on cars, music, and photography.
Evelyn “Ev” Dawson is our church nursery attendant. She has more than 30 years of professional childcare experience and is certified in First Aid and CPR.