UCC Parker Hilltop founded October 1962

ministry leaders



our pastor




     



 First, we want to say "thanks" for checking us out.  We are excited about what God is doing at UCC Parker Hilltop and we are glad to have the chance to share that with you.

 

Rev. Dr. Tracey Dawson was ordained by the United Church of Christ in 2010 as a Minister of Word and Sacrament.  A Denver native, she makes her home in Parker with her husband of 22 years, Chris, and their dog, Kona.  Pastor Tracey and Chris have family living here in the Denver area --two sisters of Tracey's, Dana and Dawn, and a brother-in-law, Spencer.  Most of their extended family lives in Southern California, including six grandchildren.   Tracey serves UCC Parker Hilltop as its full-time, called Pastor. 


             She recently retired from a long career as a criminal court judge and attorney.   She holds a  Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College, a Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University, and a Masters of Divinity from Denver's Iliff School of Theology. 


              Pastor Tracey is a progressive Christian who is open and affirming of all persons, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and personal capacities. She preaches, teaches, and leads the congregation from a theology of God’s boundless and unconditional love for the whole of creation.  For her, Jesus exemplified what it means to be living in God's own image, demonstrating and calling us to extend compassion, acceptance, empathy, and service to all peoples, with the strength, help, and guidance of the Holy Spirit. 


               She believes that the Bible, our most sacred text, should not be read literally, but always with an eye, ear, and heart to learning what it has to say to us today so that we may better understand God and more fully practice our Christian faith.



A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR, TRACEY DAWSON:


It is my privilege to welcome you to the UCC Parker Hilltop family.  You will find your worship experience here to be invigorating and welcoming, grounded in Congregational tradition, yet creative in its new-century message and medium.  All persons are welcome here; we want you to come as you are, with your questions and with your history.  We have opportunities at UCCPH for you to participate in all aspects of church life: worship, missions, education, and community outreach.


Call or email me and I will be happy to personally welcome you and answer your questions.  In the meantime, surf this site and then join us next Sunday morning at 10 am.  Be prepared to be changed; be happy to feel God's love for you and those dear to you.  We are lively; we are progressive; we are open and affirming and accessible; and we look forward to meeting you.


Email:  pastortracey@uccparkerhilltop.org

Phone;  303-841-2808 or 303-725-1494


our moderator

 


Paul Campbell


Hi, my name is Paul Campbell and I am the Moderator at United Church of Christ Parker Hilltop (UCCPH).  I have been a member for about 5 years and have served as a deacon, as a member of the church Council and on the financial responsibility team.  I found UCCPH kind of by accident as I was driving past one day taking a new route home from a friend’s house.  My wife and I had been looking for a church of a certain size and one that was open to all.  From the first Sunday we attended, we were greeted warmly by people who had a genuine interest in knowing us, heard a relevant sermon from the pastor who also made a point of personally greeting us, and were invited to a fellowship hour after the service where we met more members and regular attendees of the church.  In subsequent weeks we made more friends and discovered that our first impression of the church and its congregation was correct, this was a church that shared our values and encouraged participation from all.  Now, here we are joyfully having celebrated five years at UCCPH and valuing all of the experiences we have had and the friends we have made.  I invite you to come by and experience God’s unconditional love for all here at UCCPH.


our staff

 

music director 

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Julie Robuck has been in our music program since 2013, serving as our Music Director since 2014.  She is a talented and trained singer, featured in the Parker Chorale, Denver Women's Chorus, Take Note, Mainstreet Singers, and the Pinettes.  She holds Masters degrees in Curriculum Design from Colorado Christian University, and  in Special Education from Regis University.   She has directed and performed in number of musical productions.  She plays piano (from the age of 3), guitar, organ, clarinet, and saxophone.

 

administrative assistant

 




Karen Rangel is originally from the Chicago area. Growing up a Cub’s fan, she enjoyed going to games at Wrigley Field.  She moved to Arizona and spent a majority of her life in Tucson. She moved to Colorado with her husband, Ben, and their children, Benjamin and Maggie.  Karen is happy to be living in Colorado and to call it home. She enjoys time with her husband and children, and loves to bake and hike.

Email:  office@uccparkerhilltop.org  

Hours: 

Tuesday -Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Phone:  303-841-2808

youth ministers

Ashley Fahey is a Youth Services Librarian at Douglas County Libraries in Parker.  She earned her Bachelor’s in Humanities-Classics from Ohio Wesleyan University, and her Master’s of Library and Information Science from Kent State University.  An Ohio native through and through.  She also volunteers at the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center in Castle Rock.  She holds sound beliefs that kids have the power to change the world, and works to empowering youth to believe in themselves and achieve their own goals.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, kickboxing, jogging, crocheting, and spending time with her dog, Rosie, friends, family, and her husband, Brian.

Brian Fahey is a Quantitative Data Analyst, working with a family-operated business that helps to measure the impact of predominantly non-profit organizations (QREM).  He holds two Master’s degrees – Educational Measurement and Statistics from the University of Iowa, and a degree in Student Affairs from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS).  He met Ashley at Ohio Wesleyan University while studying history.  He strongly believes in empowering youth so they are able to achieve their own goals, very much like Ashley.  Brian also sings for the church choir and is highly involved in his Toastmasters Club, while swimming competitively on a master’s swim team.  He also enjoys spending time with friends, family, Rosie, and his wife, Ashley.

Rosie is the canine member of the youth ministry team.  Her main activities involve begging for treats, going on long hikes, and protecting the back yard from either squirrels or leaves.  While she is friendly, she recognizes that not all people can be near her due to allergies, and she will not approach you.  But she will enjoy pets from you if you come up to her.


what is the ucc?


The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world.  The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).


The Church of Firsts

Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities.  The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith.  When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.  Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.


A Church of Extravagant Welcome

Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways.  We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive.  We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.


We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.