The Left Hand pastoral team follows a Co-Pastor model in which the below four co-pastors each serve in a part-time capacity, working equally with different areas of responsibility:
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 participated as a Newbigin Fellow for Faith, Peace and Justice.
At Left Hand, Kristie helps implement the vision of the church as determined by the Leadership Council, oversees church finances, manages operational tasks, helps organize community programming, leads in worship services, and provides pastoral care.
Nicole is the Chief Operating Officer of Dinner Elf; a company that provides affordable, in-home cooking services in nine markets across the United States. Prior to building 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.
Her church history includes helping with homeless ministries and crisis care at St. Matt’s Episcopal Church in Austin, leading the Orlando Union Rescue Mission’s Sunday School and pre-school programs, and serving in residence at a Jesuit-run homeless services center in southeast D.C. She is also currently attending the Duke Divinity Foundations of Christian Leadership program.
At Left Hand, Nicole helps implement the vision of the church as determined by the Leadership Council, coordinates church communications, helps organize community programming and volunteers, leads in worship services, and provides pastoral care.
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.
At Left Hand, John helps implement the vision of the church as determined by the Leadership Council, coordinates the church’s teaching schedule, preaches regularly, and provides pastoral care. Follow him on Twitter: @JohnWGaddis.
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 co-pastors. She helps implement the vision of the church as determined by the Leadership Council, coordinates the church’s teaching schedule, preaches regularly, oversees the church’s pastoral counseling, and provides pastoral care. Follow Paula’s blog at paulastonewilliams.com.
Additional staff includes:
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.
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.