Leadership

Board of Directors

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Our belief and our practice is that the Board of Directors are a reflection of our church’s membership.  The individuals serving on the Board of Directors are elected by the church to serve in a position of great importance and responsibility.  The Board of Directors has charge of all matters pertaining to the documents of legal organization and incorporation, church property, risk management, and physical and financial affairs of the church.  The Board of Directors is responsible for collecting and disbursing funds, keeping adequate church records, and making timely reports to the congregation and the denomination.

Current Board Members:

Jackie Grabbert, Moderator

I have been a member of PPMCC for approximately four years.  During that time, I have served on the greeter/usher team, the building care team, Chair of the Pastoral Search Team and became a Board member in November of 2015.  I feel so lucky to have found PPMCC and this church family at the time in my life that I did.  I have seen many changes and have seen the congregation go through many transformations.  It has been my pleasure to be an involved participant in those changes.

Before coming to PPMCC, my spiritual journey included being baptized, confirmed, and raised Lutheran.  I became a member of a Methodist church while living in Michigan.  During these years, I never felt like I was accepted for who I really am.   My story is not unique, as I have heard many fellow congregants give the same testimony.  I spent several years having my spiritual needs met by being out in nature.  While that time still feeds my soul, I love having a church family and feeling like I can make a difference in the life of our Church.

With a career background in education, I have experienced change at the institutional level.  I hope that the years I served as a teacher, coach and administrator will give me the insight, foresight, and wisdom to  help our Board make decisions that will move the Church forward.

Jim (Hawk) Hawkins

Married to Gayle, the love of his life, for 48 years, with two wonderful sons, four beautiful grandchildren, and two amazing great-grandchildren. 

Loves Jesus, the “Red Letters,” and Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church.

Angie Hansis, Treasurer

I returned to PPMCC in 2016 and became a member in November 2016. I volunteered in various works and ministries at church. Joined the Board of Directors in April of 2017. I am retired and enjoy my life watching the Denver Broncos and playing Pickle Ball.

 Jessica Kobylinski, Clerk

Jessica has been a member of Pikes Peak MCC (PPMCC) since 2015. She made the decision to join PPMCC to grow in her relationship with God and to connect to a community of individuals who are passionate about spiritual inclusivity and social justice.

Professionally Jessica has over 20 years’ experience providing social services to those living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk for HIV. Given her commitment to ending the HIV epidemic and fighting the unjust stigma felt by so many living with HIV/AIDS, she felt the need to give back to a spiritual community that has historically and continually stood beside those affected by HIV to offer unconditional spiritual nurturing and support.

Jessica’s primary joy is found in spending time with her family and friends. Along with her wife Amy, she enjoys spending time with their foster children and hosting events for friends and family in their home.

Julia Wedemeyer, Fundraising Coordinator

Julia Marie Wedemeyer grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  After graduating from District 20 Air Academy School District, she went on to get a Bachelors degree in childhood education from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.  While at Stephens College, Julia majored in elementary education and minor in psychology. In 1992, she graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio with a Masters of Arts degree in guidance and counseling.  While Julia lived in Ohio, she was on many boards. She is a founding member of the Women’s Center Advisory Board at Bowling Green State University.

She also served as a Low-Income Representative on the Community Action Commission board of directors as well as the Consumer Advisory Council for Ohio Rehabilitation Service Commission.  Julia is currently serving a one-year term on Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church’s board of directors.  Julia has there been a member in good standing of Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church for the last five years. She also serves as the Ministry Lead for the Congregational Care Team for the last three years.

Lonna Thelen, Member-at-Large

Lonna Thelen has been a board member since 2017. She and her husband and two children enjoy the diversity and openness of PPMCC. Her family moved to Colorado in 2006 and nearly daily enjoy the outdoors of Colorado by hiking,
biking or just being outside. 

Role of the Board

The Board of Directors assumes the role of executor of the Bylaws. As such, some of the duties of the Board should include, but not be limited to:

  • Establish the church’s Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Prepare an annual operating budget for congregational approval.
  • Respect the confidentiality of certain discussions, decisions, and information.
  • Develop, along with the Pastor, a covenant between the Pastor and the church.  The covenant shall include a job description and address such matters as compensation that is consistent with equitable local standards, benefits, allowances, and leave.
  • Conduct the Annual Report and Audit.

Board Structure

The PPMCC Board of Directors consists six members, not including the Pastor who permanently sits on the Board.  Each member serves a three-year term, and two of the six Board positions are elected annually so that the seats on the Board are staggered.  There are no term limits for members.  Once the election of the Board has been completed by the congregation, an election of officers will be conducted at the first Board meeting of each year.

Board Responsibilities

Within the Board, representatives are required to abide by the protocols of church governance.

A Board member must:

  • Attend all church Board meetings; must attend on time and remain for the completion of the full agenda.
  • Respect the confidentiality of certain discussions, decisions and information.
  • Recognize that the Board Meeting is not a personal forum but an obligation to represent the congregation. Also, even though a Board member may disagree on a position or motion made by the Board, once it is passed, it becomes the ownership of the entire Board.
  • Develop, along with the Pastor, a covenant between the Pastor and the church. The covenant shall include a job description and address such matters as compensation that is consistent with equitable local standards, benefits, allowances, and leave. All provisions of the covenant shall be subordinate to the Bylaws of the UFMCC.
  • Conduct the Annual Report and Audit.

Lay Delegates

Based on PPMCC’s current size, we have two members who serve as Lay Delegates (each MCC congregation gets one delegate for every 100 members).  Our Lay Delegates are elected every three years at our annual Congregational Meeting following each General Conference of the MCC Denomination.

Duties of the Lay Delegates

The Lay Delegates represent the congregation by voting at MCC Denominational General Conferences and communicate with the congregation regarding denominational concerns and policies.

Current Lay Delegate:

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Jonelle Neighbor has been with MCC both at the denominational level and at the congregational level for a total of 34 years.  Since 1987, she has been a member of Pikes Peak MCC, and she was elected as Lay Delegate in 2013 after taking a term off.  She lives in Colorado Springs with her four legged pets.