Jennifer Jepsen

Lead Pastor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Beyond the work of homemaker, Jen now finds herself in the official position of “pastor”. Jen takes seriously the call of Micah 6:8: He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Jen lives in Longmont, Colorado and carries a deep love for the community of Boulder County where she has lived for 22 years. After achieving a Masters in Nutrition from Colorado State University, Jen began birthing babies and chose to stay home. Her involvement in church never waned, until she quit, exhausted and conflicted by the rhetoric and exclusion of certain groups. As a recovered evangelical, she is seeking the myriad of ways in which she can bring love and light to the lives of the marginalized, beginning with her own community. Jen sees that her work and greatest joy, beyond keeping her children alive, is to continue the work of discovery and compassion, while assisting others in their own process as we do our best to follow Jesus.

Jen is married to Eric and they have three teenagers. When she’s not perusing Twitter (@jentjepsen) or Facebook, you can find her writing a blog post ( or running, hiking, reading, eating, retreating to the mountains, drinking strong coffee, or taking nap

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Rev. Dr. Paula Stone Williams

Teaching Pastor

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For 35 years Rev. Dr. Paula Williams was the CEO of the Orchard Group, a large ministry starting new churches throughout the United States. Paula also served as a megachurch preaching pastor, a magazine editor, and a seminary instructor. Paula left all of those positions in 2013. Since then she has worked as a church consultant and pastoral counselor with RLT Pathways, Inc., and will serve as one of the preaching pastors at the new church. Paula also travels extensively speaking on LGBTQ issues.
Paula has three children and five granddaughters. She lives in Lyons, Colorado, where she enjoys mountain biking, road biking, hiking and running. You can follow Paula’s blog at Feel free to email her at

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Kristie Sykes

Associate Pastor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Kristie was born and raised in Boulder and currently lives in Erie, Colorado. She currently works in Human Resources, overseeing training and employee development and providing coaching/employee relations. Kristie studied psychology at CSU and earned her bachelor’s degree from UNC with a degree in public administration. Kristie is dedicated to social justice, racial equity, and creating healing spaces where fellow queer folks are fully embraced and able to express their faith.

Kristie views her daily life as an internship for practicing ministry, asking God for chances to show love and grace in the ordinary. She seeks to learn through the challenges and joy of accomplishing the highest human calling – to share love with one another.

She can be reached at

John Gaddis

Associate Pastor

Pronouns: He/Him/His

John is a corporate transactional attorney, an oil painter, a sports fan (go Broncos, Avalanche, Nuggets, Buffs, Wolverines and Tottenham!), a travel addict, and a pastor.  John earned a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and a BA from the University of Colorado. 

John married Kate Gaddis in 2000.  Together they are raising 2 children that thankfully take after their mother.  John strongly believes that followers of Jesus should focus on a way of life rooted in love, grace, peace and redemption.    John was born and raised in Longmont, and is excited to see the impact that Left Hand Church will continue to have in the Boulder County community.

He can be reached at or @JohnWGaddis on Twitter.


Worship Minister

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Heatherlyn’s lifetime of leading song within churches and spiritual communities began at a small Pentecostal church in rural Maine when she was about 4 years old. The song was This Little Light of Mine. Skip ahead to right after studying Theology and Youth Ministries at Gordan College where Heatherlyn gave up her dream of being a singer, thinking that it was selfish and must not be “God’s will”, though she also found her mind blown by the expansiveness of theology and worship expression within Christianity. Significant deconstruction and recovery from psychologically destructive theology followed. She’s been healing and redefining her spiritual journey ever since. Her quarter life crisis led her beyond the church walls to pursue work in the world at a singer/song-writer – work she continues now. So today, she brings to us a breadth of experience, artistry, and a passion for simply creating sacred space through music to practice presence together as compassionate witness toward one another and all that each of us brings to our times together in community. Heatherlyn is part of the international 9BEATS Collective and we sing many of Heatherlyn’s original songs in our services! Heatherlyn enjoys yoga, long walks, whiskey tasting, binge watching Mozart in the Jungle, and she has a great Instagram feed.

Kimberly McKay

Children’s Minister

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Kimberly is a stay-at-home mom of two young kids. She lives in Longmont, where she enjoys biking, camping and hiking with her family. Kimberly is an occupational therapist who has worked in schools with students in special education. She has also volunteered for many years in various Sunday schools with children in the nursery through kindergarten. She is excited to be able to love on the children of Left Hand and the community and help them to know how much God loves them.