The Left Hand Pastoral Team is comprised of two pastors and an associate pastor, each serving in a part-time capacity with different hours and areas of responsibility:
Paula Stone Williams
Paula has a long history of service to the church. For 35 years she led a large New York-based church planting ministry. She also served as a megachurch teaching pastor, magazine editor-at-large, seminary instructor, and pastoral counselor. Paula has a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastor Care and serves as a pastoral counselor and CEO for RLT Pathways, a Colorado-based counseling non-profit. Paula has been a frequent TED and TEDxMileHigh speaker, and travels extensively speaking to corporations and conferences on issues related to gender equity.
Paula is one of the founding pastors of Left Hand Church, and continues to serve as one of its lead pastors. She helps implement the vision of the church as determined by the Elder Board; including coordination of the church’s teaching schedule, preaching regularly, oversight of the church’s pastoral counseling, and provision of pastoral care. Follow Paula’s blog at paulastonewilliams.com.
Nicole is the owner and co-founder of Dinner Elf; a company that provides affordable, in-home cooking services. Prior to founding Dinner Elf she had a long career as a program manager at The Nature Conservancy. Nicole has a Masters degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment, and did her undergraduate work at Duke University. She is currently working on her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity.
Her church history includes helping the Mountain Sky United Methodist Conference with their disaster recovery program, coordinating homeless ministries and crisis care at St. Matt’s Episcopal Church in Austin, leading the Orlando Union Rescue Mission’s Sunday School and preschool ministries, and serving in residence at a Jesuit-run homeless services center in southeast D.C. She is also a graduate of the Duke Divinity Foundations of Christian Leadership program.
Nicole serves as one of the lead pastors of Left Hand Church. She helps implement the vision of the church as determined by the Elder Board; including coordination of our Family, Youth, Children’s and Contemplative Practices ministries, preaching and leading communion regularly, coordination of church communications and community programming and provision of pastoral care.
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 also recently completed the Newbigin Fellowship for Faith, Peace and Justice.
At Left Hand, Kristie serves as an Associate Pastor, and as a member of the Pastoral Team, to help implement the vision of the church as determined by the Elder Board; including coordination of church finances, oversight of our LGBTQ+ and Prayer ministries and regularly leading communion.
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.
Alexa has spent the last 8 years as an educator and owns Mathnasium’s Longmont location. She is from South Florida where she grew up volunteering for her church. She enjoys playing drums, solving Rubik’s cubes, and making short films.
At Left Hand, Alexa provides operational support to our worship services, community programs and communications.
Brittney was born and raised in Southeast Texas and began her journey of following Jesus when she was 16 years old. It wasn’t long after her experience that she knew she wanted to be in the ministry. When she was 18, she began leading retreats, summer camps, and domestic and international mission trips for students.
Brittney graduated from Texas State University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. However, during her college years she was compelled to reexamine her beliefs and understanding of God. That lit another fire beneath her to pursue ministry. She has witnessed people first-hand in the LGBTQ community losing their faith and she and her wife, Magen, wanted to be a light stand for them.
Being a major fan of Colorado since she was a kid, Brittney persuaded Magen to move to Denver in 2018. Ever since, you can bet that they have been hiking, camping, and skiing as much as they can! Brittney is very excited for the opportunity to be a part of Left Hand in a community that cares deeply about grace, love, and healing. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Magen is a Home Care Coordinator for a Homecare Agency in Denver and grew up near Austin, Texas. She received her BA in Exercise and Sports Science from Texas State University. Magen enjoys providing care for the elderly and brightening their day.
Growing up, she was heavily involved in the Catholic Church and leading the children and youth in the community. From leading Sunday school, retreats, and summer programs, she has always felt called to be connected with the youth.
Magen enjoys any hobby outdoors with her wife, Brittney, and their pup, Ziggy. She also loves drives through the mountains and hopes to have a home with a great view of them one day. Magen is excited to be a part of a church that shows love, light, and promotes healing for the LGBTQ+ community and all others. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to regular teaching by co-pastors Paula Stone Williams and Nicole Vickey, our Teaching Team also currently includes the following members:
Jonathan is a speaker, author, and founder of Forefront Brooklyn, an LGBTQIA-affirming church in Brooklyn, NY. He currently works as the Senior Director at CCS consulting. He loves telling great stories, a great night out, and unfortunately, the New York Mets. Jonathan teaches at Left Hand several times a year.