Meet Our Staff:
Pastor Dana Peterson: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am on a great ride here at Shepherd of the Hills! I have been pastor at “SOTH” since September of 2009; before that I served parishes in Minnesota and North Dakota before “breaking free” and coming to Colorado. I also had the opportunity to serve as Executive Vice President of Youth Encounter—what a great journey to be on! I have three sons, one daughter, and three terrific daughters-in-law. Recently, I married Karen, who has four children as well. We are blessed to be together! I love to ski and to ride my Harley and I’m attempting to learn the nuance of fly-fishing. What a blessing! I also enjoy playing my bass guitar with the Lost Sheep and playing a bit of tennis.
I’ve been retired since 2004 – got my seminary training at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, and also received a Ph. D. degree in American Literature from the University of Nebraska. I served parishes in Lexington, Nebraska, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, and I was the Senior Pastor here at Shepherd of the Hills in the 1980’s.
My wife, Andrea, and I moved back here when I retired. I have served as Interim Pastor in three different churches, and I’ve also become very involved in local community theater as an actor.
I especially love teaching Bible (including New Testament Greek), and I write the “Living Word” Bible Study series used in our church. And I serve as Visitation Pastor, with an emphasis in calling on the home-bound members of Shepherd of the Hills, and filling in as needed in worship services and other activities. I love being on the staff here once again!
Dawn Luze, Office Manager: email@example.com
I am lucky enough to say that I am a Colorado Native, and proud of it! My family and I have been members of Shepherd of the Hills since 1999, and have always felt a very strong sense of God’s presence at work though our congregation, and the people we are able to call “family”.
My husband, Darin, and I have been married for 16 years. We have had the opportunity to travel to some pretty cool places like Switzerland, Spain, and Portugal. I also love our beautiful mountains, and visit as much as I can!
We have 2 daughters, ages 14 and 15. They both have a great sense of humor and a love of music. We also have 2 dogs. Marshall and Joey.
Kari Fedde, Music Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Soaring California’ is my all-time favorite ride at an amusement park, and ‘Expedition Everest’ is a close second. When I’m not riding roller coasters, I like reading, hiking and camping, and have climbed nine 14ers in Colorado. Winter camping up the Poudre Canyon keeps me close to God and nature! I’m the Music Director here at Shepherd of the Hills. As Music Director, I look for people that love to sing or play their instruments so they can share their gifts in worship. Shepherd of the Hills has been my family’s church home since 1986, with a few blips while we lived in Seattle. We just keep coming back home. As Shepherd of the Hills grows, my hope is that our church family soars to new heights in our relationships with our own families and that we look for new relationships to explore with those around us throughout God’s marvelous creation.
Sue O’Grady, Financial Associate: email@example.com
I have been a part of Shepherd of the Hills for over 20 years and I have worked as Financial Associate for the past two years. I enjoy the people here and feel very fortunate to be a part of this church’s mission. Originally from Boulder, I attended CSU and graduated with a business degree. After college, I worked in the banking industry in Denver, but my husband, Jim, and I always wanted to return to Fort Collins. I got the chance when Anheuser-Busch opened their brewery in Fort Collins. I worked for the brewery for ten years, eventually leaving to raise my children and help my parents. Now I work part-time for the church and seasonally preparing taxes. We have two nearly-grown sons that we just adore. Outside of family activities, I spend my time poking around graveyards and researching my family history online.
Joel Navejas, Custodian I like my work here at Shepherd of the Hills and I have been here for over ten years. My “main job” is custodian at Rocky Mountain High School and I love the staff there too! When I need a day away I like to go to the Denver Zoo with my wife Lilly. We like eating out and luckily for me one of my sons is a chef! Our other son is a youth pastor in Utah. Every summer we go to see them and go back to Texas to see our families there as well.