The Left Hand Church Leadership Council is a selected group of key volunteers who work alongside the Staff Team casting vision for the future of Left Hand Church and giving oversight to the budget, fundraising, and leadership work of the co-pastors.
Lonni Pearce is a proud Colorado native and is married to her wonderful partner Bryan. They have two wonderful sons who bring them great joy. As a family, they love being in the Colorado mountains and playing lots of board games.
Lonni grew up as a pastor’s daughter at a church in Englewood, Colorado, where she was raised grounded in the knowledge of God’s love for her. She found herself gradually drawn to progressive theology and was delighted when she heard about plans for Left Hand. She considers her anchors to be the ideas that we are called to love God, each other, and ourselves, and we are invited to live healthy, useful, and interesting lives.
Christy Estoll was a military kid, moving around a lot and grew up being very involved in church with her family. She went to school at Wheaton College in Chicago, and after college moved back to Colorado to work for The Dale House in Colorado Springs.
In 2015 she was introduced to Highlands Church in Denver and immediately felt a sense of peace and belonging in a faith community in a way that she’d never felt before. She feels privileged to have been a part of Left Hand Church since it was just a glimmer of an idea, and is so grateful to be surrounded by a community of people who are committed to the work of bringing hope and belonging to Boulder County and beyond.
Christy works as a labor and delivery nurse and is the mother of three teenage boys. She is currently pursuing her midwifery degree with the University of Colorado School of Nursing. In her spare time she can be found baking pie, building pergolas, and snuggling on any spare couches in the area.
The below members are listed alphabetically, following the bios of our current co-chairs.
August Alvarado was born and raised in Texas and grew up in the Roman Catholic Church. August enjoyed being an alter server, attending youth group, going on mission trips, and being both a camper and counselor at a Christian summer camp. August 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. August 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. August 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, August likes to do anything that’s creative, active, outdoors, or with her senior pup, Bentley.
Patty Carmichael grew up in Ft. Collins and went to college in Boulder where she met her husband, Doug. They’ve moved up and down the Front Range while raising their three kids, but have called Longmont home for most of their 30 years together. They are semi-empty nesters now, yet continue to pour their hearts into teaching in the local public schools. In her spare time, Patty enjoys searching out gluten free bakeries and hiking with friends and family in the mountains!
After growing up in the church, and then spending quite a few years away from organized churches, Patty found the LeftHand community when it was just a group of friends gathering for dinners in the summer of 2017. She enjoys being a part of LeftHand because it is a place where all are welcome, diversity is honored, and science and thought are valued and respected. She is dedicated to creating a space where people feel free to be completely and authentically themselves in a diverse community of friends, gathered together and able to worship without judgement or fear.
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 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.