New Faces On The Leadership Council

Please join us in welcoming Andrea Alvarado, Brenda Carmody and Miguel Oliveira to our Left Hand Leadership Council.

Andrea Alvarado

Andrea Alvarado was born and raised in Texas and grew up in the Roman Catholic Church. Andrea enjoyed being an alter server, attending youth group, going on mission trips, and being both a camper and counselor at a Christian summer camp. Andrea continued her passion for serving while at CU-Boulder by organizing local volunteer opportunities for a large student ministry. In 2016, she began her search to find a new church home that honored inclusion and diversity. She found it at Highlands Church in Denver. Andrea first heard about Left Hand while at Highlands, but soon left the state to complete her doctoral internship. After completing her doctorate degree in school psychology from UNC, she was fortunate to return to Colorado to complete her postdoc and to finally start attending Left Hand in-person.Andrea prides herself on being a learned optimist and pushing herself to grow in her knowledge and skills. She also likes to create a sense of belonging for every person. She currently works in Fort Collins at a group practice providing psychological assessments and counseling to young adults and children. She has a heart for foster children and walking with youth as they navigate adolescence. In her free time, Andrea likes to do anything that’s creative, active, outdoors, or with her senior pup, Bentley.

Brenda Carmody

Brenda Carmody has been a Christian since 1969 and was raised in, and attended the Church of Christ until January, 2017. She has been married to Tom, who is a professional Santa Claus, for 49 years. She has two daughters. Shannon just completed her Doctorate in Education and Molly is a MSW, Master of Social Work. Brenda is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and works for the Jefferson Center for Mental Health. She also has a small private practice in Lakewood.

Brenda’s passions are social justice and racial equality. She believes that her Christianity is inclusive and that the love of God to us is the pathway to loving others. She sees her profession as a way of manifesting that love into the world.

Brenda and Tom started attending Highlands Church in Denver in 2017 and discovered Left Hand Church. She has been attending Left Hand almost since its inception and shares the Ethos as often as possible because it speaks to many hearts.

Miguel Oliveira

Miguel Oliveira was born and raised in Brazil and Colorado become home about two years ago. He spent his whole life in actual and pseudo conservative churches where he served mainly in the music and youth leadership areas, but the feeling of belonging and the ability to bring his authentic self to church was not always there. Things changed when he found Highlands Church, which led him to Left Hand Church. Both communities made him feel welcomed from the get go and he couldn’t help but get involved. He believes that affirming churches like Left Hand have the power to change the world and bring God’s diverse and inclusive love into reality.

A Little Bit About The LC

Andrea, Brenda and Miguel join Lonni Pearce, Jon Gettings, Christy Estoll and Patty Carmichael on our Leadership Council (LC). The LC works with our Co-Pastors on the general vision and direction for the church, and approves the budget annually.

LC members serve for terms of three years, and can serve two consecutive terms. They are currently selected by invitation from existing LC members with recommendations and agreement by our Co-Pastors.

Thank You To Our Existing & Past LC Members

We’d be remiss to welcome our newest LC members without expressing our deep gratitude as a community to our existing and past LC members, whose leadership has helped our community grow into existence and weather seasons of change and pandemic. Thank you for your selfless service to Left Hand Church.

We’re Here To Hear Your Ideas & Concerns

As we renovate and establish our new space at UCC Longmont and continue to navigate ourselves, at least in part, as a virtual community through the pandemic we welcome your outreach to any of the LC members with ideas, concerns, pastoral care needs and prayer requests. See bios and contact info on our new LC page on our website.