Our Leadership at Platt Park Church in Denver, CO
Hometown: Waukesha, Wisconsin
First discovered Platt Park Church: 2001
Favorite Day Off Activity: Being in Frisco, CO doing just about anything with Tim (husband), Russell, and Lyla.
A little about me: Second to just being loved by God, I am a mom, pastor and business owner and pretty much addicted to time in the mountains with people I love. Prior to college, I spent one year studying the Bible at Ravencrest Chalet in Estes Park, then completed my undergrad in education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and my Masters in Leadership at Denver Seminary. I have worked in local churches since my twenties and spent a couple of years working with the international relief and development organization Food for the Hungry. For fun I enjoy being outdoors, cooking, hosting parties and floating around on our sailboat on Lake Dillon. I love reading entrepreneurial books, leadership books, spiritual formation books, and George MacDonald fairy tales, but most of all I love co-creating environments where people can encounter God and re-connect with Christ.
Hometown: Wausau, Wisconsin
First discovered Platt Park Church: October 2001 - first visit was the first Sunday after 9/11
Favorite Day Off Activity: My favorite day off activity is doing something with Russell and Lyla. Right now that might be playing in the yard, just being in Frisco, or running the aisles of Home Depot. But I look forward to skiing and going on hikes!
A little about me: Susie and I enjoy the random assortment of jobs we have assembled to be fully employed. My responsibilities include community life pastor at Platt Park Church, running our fun little business Sipping N Painting Highland, managing seven doors of rental property, and as it comes along doing some life/relationship coaching. But best of all I get to be married to Susie and get to be Russell and Lyla's dad and have fun with them!
Hometown: Born in Charleston, West Virginia. Lived in Montevideo, Uruguay; Medellin, Colombia; Kansas City, Missouri; Bangalore, India; the desert of Utah; Jacksonville, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Denver.
First discovered Platt Park Church: February 1, 2014
Favorite Day Off Activity: Sitting still, riding my bike in the mountains, reading, watching sports.
A little about me: I felt a call to ministry when I was 14-years-old and it has taken many forms in many places in my life. Mission work, inner-city ministries, researching a miracle woman, two years as a monk, traveling the country as a singer-songwriter, etc. I have a degree in studio art (painting) and a masters (I hate that word) degree in spiritual formation. I am married to the Gem of the Earth, Liz Dodrill.
Hometown: Grew up in San Jose, California and Pittsfield, MA. (During our married life we have lived in Chicago, Grand Rapids, Baltimore, Atlanta, Brussels Belgium, and Toledo. We are finally at home in Denver!)
First discovered Platt Park Church: January 2014.
Favorite Day Off Activity: Spending time at our place in Breckenridge with friends, family and our two pups!
A little about me: I have been married to my husband, Chuck, for 27 years and we are blessed to be the parents/in-laws of five terrific young adults (Chad & Maddy, Lindsay & Hunter, and Nate). I did my undergrad education at the University of Massachusetts and recently earned a M.A. in Christian Formation and Soul Care from Denver Seminary. I am wired for hospitality and am passionate about gathering people together to build authentic community! In addition to my role at Platt Park Church, I serve as a Spiritual Director at Inward Journey Denver where I love to help people connect their story with God’s story!
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee
First discovered Platt Park Church: I started attending at the old Grant Ave location around 2004
Favorite Day Off Activity: I love spending time in the mountains: hiking and camping in the summer months and snowboarding, skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months.
A little about me: I'm blessed to have a wonderful husband, Jason, and two great kids to call my family. Before having kids, my passion was serving those overseas so I have a Masters in International Studies from University of Denver. Funnily enough, it was through Pathways that I then took a job with IDEAS, a Christian-based humanitarian aid organization. After kids, though, I started feeling compelled to serve closer to home. Literally. In fact, I decided to take some time off and stay at home with my children for a few years. From there, I started volunteering in the Children's Ministry classrooms and at the current Platt Park Children's Center. I realized how my passion had shifted as my life did!
Hometown: Centennial, Colorado
First discovered Platt Park Church: March 2017
Favorite Day Off Activity: Depending on the weather I love to paddleboard, swim, snowboard, do yoga with Tyson, read, be in the mountains with my family, hang out in Denver, play laser tag with my kids
A little about me: I've worked as an Event Producer in the youth ministry market for the past 20 years. I produce events for both teenagers and youth pastors/youth workers and have recently begun doing corporate events also. I love producing and am passionate about excellence and communication. I've gotten to share life with my amazing husband, Tyson, for the past 15 years and we have 2 kids -- Oliver and Beatrice. I love being a part of the Platt Park staff!
Hometown: I feel very at home in Denver having lived here since 2001 but I was born and raised in East TN.
First discovered Platt Park Church: I have been attending PPC for about 3 years
Favorite Day Off Activity: I like many things: relaxing with a book, riding my bike, running, playing with my kids, enjoying time at home with my family...
A little about me: Coming Soon
Hometown: Wayne, PA
First discovered Platt Park Church: 2015
Favorite Day Off Activity: Hiking, camping, spending time with good friends, and traveling to new places
A little about me: I have been working with youth in church, parachurch, and camp settings since 2005 and have loved every minute of it! I have my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary and enjoy working in the mental health field while also serving the youth at Platt Park in ministry and discipleship. I have a passion for fostering relationships with people and for providing a fun and loving environment for teens to grow and learn. My husband, Taylor, received degrees in Youth Ministry and Theology from Eastern University. We have been involved in youth ministry together throughout our marriage and love working alongside one another with teens and young adults.
Hometown: Deanna (LEFT): Littleton, Colorado // Jenn (RIGHT): Conifer, Colorado
First discovered Platt Park Church: Deanna: June 2017 // Jenn: We began coming in 2010 when we were one of the few families with kids. I love how much it has grown!
Favorite Day Off Activity: Deanna: Reading, CU football games, time with family. // Jenn: My favorite day is one spent sea kayaking on either a mountain lake or on Puget Sound outside of Seattle.
A little about me: ****** DEANNA GAMPP ****** Deanna Gampp is a mom to 11 year old Max (6th grade) and 9 year old Molly (4th grade) who prays for patience and grace when she remembers (!). She LOVES kids of all ages and has a passion for showing kids God’s love through Jesus and how we can be more like him in our everyday lives. Deanna has worked in children’s ministry for the last 20 years, and has worked with the Orange curriculum and been a Small Group Leader the past 5 years. She can’t wait to get to know your kiddo AND all you parents more over the coming weeks and months! ****** JENN AMANN ****** I am a native Coloradan who has spent my life either working with kids or raising four of my own. I have over nineteen years experience teaching and caring for children of all ages and needs including autism, ADHD, selective mutism, PTSD, trauma, and additional mood disorders. When at home I spend my time trying to keep up with my overly energetic family, while also finding time to finish my degree, maintain my house and yard, and eventually sleep. I have found that God has worked in my own life on multiple levels over the past years, whether it be in finding the love of my life or in bringing our two adopted kids home. I lam beyond excited to begin my journey teaching the Platt Park youth about His amazing grace while also creating a community space that encourages connection and friendship. My goal in this role is to teach about God in a way that inspires belief and love, to be a person that our kiddos trust and feel comfortable around, and to employ teaching techniques that allow for everyone in our kid community equal opportunity to learn and experience God's love. I feel honored to be a part of the Platt Park team and I look forward to meeting everyone!
First discovered Platt Park Church: About eight years ago
Favorite Day Off Activity: Geeking out on technology and figuring out how to do things.
A little about me: I have a master's degree in finance from the University of Denver. I currently work in IT, but my dream job is to become a diplomat. My wife, Jean, and I have two young children, Isaac and Avery.
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
First discovered Platt Park Church: About 2007.
Favorite Day Off Activity: Cooking or walking my dogs, depends on the weather.
A little about me: I am married to Rob and have two teenagers, Carter and Haley. I worked as an ER nurse but retired to help educate Carter, who is autistic. I absolutely love volunteering with our church community!
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
First discovered Platt Park Church: August 2007
Favorite Day Off Activity: I love to spend time up in the mountains or working on my house.
A little about me: I was born and raised in CO and I still love all the things that Colorado has to offer, sunny days, the mountains and the Broncos. My wife Lyette and I have two kids who keep us constantly on our feet and always make us smile. In addition to helping raise two kids I have my CPA License and I currently work at a local CPA firm.
Hometown: Milan, Michigan
First discovered Platt Park Church: First Discovered Platt Park Church: 2001
Favorite Day Off Activity: Working in the yard, walking the beach in Washington, browsing consignment shops, kayaking, playing with my granddaughters, reading.
A little about me: A little about me: I'm a social entrepreneur. I've started new churches, non-profits, ministries and neighborhood groups. I'm currently involved in starting a non-profit to provide college and vocational scholarships to young people in Nepal graduating out of orphanages. I've been married to Barry, my college sweetheart, for over 40 years.
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
First discovered Platt Park Church: 2006
Favorite Day Off Activity: On most days off, Im involved in several volunteer activities ranging from flood relief in Lyons to youth ministry around the Denver area.
A little about me: I've enjoyed youth ministry since graduating from college and realized I could work part-time and devote time to volunteer organizations. I'm single and enjoy spending lots of time with my pre-teen niece and nephew. The draw to Platt Park has been and continues to be the honesty and timeliness of the sermons.