Linda joined First Pres in 1978. Linda usually can be found standing next to Jesus greeting folks on Sunday mornings. She currently attends the Women Connect class and the 11:10 a.m. worship service. Because of her personal story of grief and loss, Linda serves on the Caring Ministries committee and as a Stephen Minister. Linda is a Spiritual Director, a mentor and Bible study leader in MOPS, and works part-time at Savory Spice shop. She has two grown children, Sara and Aaron, both married, and four grandchildren. Linda loves to read, hike, sew and meet with friends to talk. Her favorite book is One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and she hasn’t found a movie she loves more than The Princess Bride yet!
In contrast with his wife, Dale, who grew up at First Pres, Howard is a relative newcomer, having joined the church in 2005. His mother-in-law is the beloved Gloria Chapman. A true student of the Word, he especially appreciates the church’s great teaching and its emphasis on the primacy of the Scriptures. He and his wife can generally be found at the Sunday evening service. He regularly volunteers at various functions, as well as being involved in a couple of small groups. Howard is a true adventurer, having hiked all but one (at press time) of Colorado’s fifty-three 14ers, as well as competing in the annual Pikes Peak Ascent. Favorite book? “I can’t name just one book,” he said, “but I enjoy well-told nonfiction, particularly history, faith, and adventure.” Favorite movie? “Films that are redemptive, inspirational, educational, funny or take me on an adventure.”
Craig and his wife, Roseann, have attended First Pres for eleven years. “We were hooked the first time we visited,” Craig recalls. “It was Father’s Day of the year 2000. After listening to Big Blue and the preaching we knew this was to be our church home.” They have two children, Blake (22) and Paige (20). Craig and Roseann immediately joined the DawnTreaders Sunday school class. In the years since they’ve taught children’s Sunday school as well as the Marriage Mentoring program. You can also find Craig on Sunday morning ushering at the 11:10 A.M. service. Craig also serves on the Pastor Nominating Committee. Previously a Colorado Springs banker for 10 years, he’s spent the last 17 years of his career managing and investing in commercial real estate. For fun, Craig enjoys tennis, snow and water skiing, hunting pheasant in Kansas and playing baseball for the First Pres Grizzlies. A refined student of the cinema, Craig admits that “My absolute favorite movie is the critically acclaimed, Academy Award winning, frequently copied but never duplicated classic, Smokey and the Bandit.”
Nancy and her husband, Rick, joined First Pres in 2008 after relocating from Austin, Texas, their home of 26 years. They were drawn to the Reformed teaching and preaching, and to the congregation’s missional focus. They are “empty nest” parents to three adult children, Katelyn, Amy and Reed, and are blessed that both daughters served as First Pres GreenHouse Ministry interns. Nancy loves small groups and believes that spiritual growth happens best in community. She enjoys serving as a Doorways table facilitator and volunteering at the Global Ministry Center of Compassion International. Nancy served on the 2014 First Pres team to our partner church in Kalimpong, India, a journey that has grown her passion for ministry to impoverished children. With a background in early childhood special education, Nancy delights in preschoolers and is never happier than when reading to a toddler from The Jesus Storybook Bible.
Kate was drawn to First Pres because she was looking for strong Biblical teaching, a sense of community and a place to worship downtown. She and her husband, Brett, were married at First Pres in 2009, and have a great community among the College and Young Adult ministry. Kate and Brett can be found hanging out at Café 225 with college students or the Anchor Sunday school class, participating in Worship nights, or hosting groups in their home downtown. When she’s not worshipping at First Pres, Kate spends her free time in the garden, through volunteering as a Garden Mentor with Pikes Peak Urban Gardens or tending to her own ever-changing yard. As a “recovering English major” she has too many favorite books to mention. Favorite movie? Pride and Prejudice, Field of Dreams, The Shawshank Redemption and The Princess Bride, among others!
Leah and her husband, Doug, were first attracted to First Pres in 1997 because of its powerful preaching and worship experience. It also appeared to be a great place to help them raise their children, who were hypothetical at the time. No longer hypothetical, Mark and Anna, both teens, consider First Pres their “other home,” as do their parents. Leah was actively involved in the MOPS Ministry for many years, and now participates in Women’s Life, in addition to elder activities. She and Doug attend the 9:45 service in the Sanctuary. Before having children, Leah worked in marketing and public relations; she is now a substitute teacher in District 11. Leah loves to read, cook, garden, and ski with her family. Among her favorite books are The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, novels by Jane Austin, and historical fiction.
Jim is a life-long resident of Colorado Springs and life-long part of the community at First Pres. He says community is what draws him and keeps him at First Pres, where his roots go deep and wide. In addition to serving as an Elder, Jim co-chaired the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Stewardship Committees. When he’s not at work or at First Pres, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife, Monet, and three kids, McKenna, Ari and Joshua He loves to golf, ski and spend time outdoors. In addition, Jim is active in the Colorado Springs community. He is a volunteer leader with Young Life, and continues to be active with the Colorado Springs Lions Club. Favorite book? The Count of Monte Cristo, Watership Down. Favorite movie? Casablanca, The Princess Bride.
Gary first came to the Colorado Springs area as a cadet at the Air Force Academy in 1971. He served in the Air Force for 30 years and currently works as a Department of the Army civilian contractor for the Army Space and Missile Defense Command at Peterson AFB. His first wife passed away from ovarian cancer and he is recovering from prostate cancer. Gary married Harriett, who has been a member at First Pres since 1986, and he joined the church in 2005. Gary has two sons, and Harriett has a son and daughter that were raised at First Pres. You may recognize Gary because he is a member of the parking ministry and frequently works at the front of the church. He loves the broad range of opportunities at First Pres, especially the classes on Growing Together Wednesdays. He is also currently serving as a member of the Pastor Nominating Committee, the Task Force for the Men for Men prostate cancer support group and his development’s architectural review committee. Gary is an avid Colorado Rockies and Air Force Falcons fan and enjoys reading and working on the landscaping. Favorite movie? I enjoy films that inspire and entertain. Favorite Book? I enjoy Clancy, Cussler, and Ludlum.
Stan has been attending First Pres since birth, but he officially joined in 1982. Stan and his wife, Susan, grew up in the church. Stan is the son of former First Pres Senior Pastor Dr. John Stevens. He has served in a variety of ministries at First Pres, including as an usher, member of two pastoral search committees, part of a nominating committee, the parking ministry, the Sanctuary choir, as an Adult Sunday Community teacher and leader, recreational ministries volunteer, music ministry team, family ministries committee chair, camp counselor and part of the Children’s Ministries Committee. Stan and Susan have two children, Kelsey and Kendall, and they, along with their extended family, are deeply rooted in the life and ministry of First Pres. When he’s not at First Pres or working as a teacher, Stan enjoys golfing and spending time with his family. Favorite movie? The Apple Dumpling Gang, which he says is a family favorite.
Ruth Tepley Quinlan
Ruth has been a part of the community of First Pres since 1975. She is one of four generations of her family that call First Pres home, and she can frequently be found worshipping at the 9:45 a.m. service alongside her dad, who is 93 years young! She was drawn to First Pres by the powerful preaching of Dr. John Stevens and the vibrant Sunday School program run by June Pauline Gardner. It wasn’t long before she was recruited to teach in the sixth grade Sunday School program. In addition, Ruth serves on the board of the Foundation and as a part of the Arts and Aesthetics Committee. She’s also worked with College and Young Adults, MOPs, Pathfinders and the Sanctuary Choir during her time at First Pres. She’s also active in the community, having served with the Junior League of Colorado Springs, Young Life, CASA and Newborn Hope. Ruth spends her free time in the garden, reading and playing with her grandchildren. Favorite book? A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Van Auken Favorite Movie? Family Vacation and The Princess Bride
Steve came to First Pres on Easter Sunday in 1982, and his family has been part of the community here ever since. He met his wife here, raised his children here, and as found First Pres to be a warm, open and inviting place with great classes, fantastic teaching, outstanding preaching and music and a myriad of opportunities to learn, grow and serve the Lord and His People. In addition to serving as a Trustee and a member of the Stewardship Committee, Steve is part of the Sanctuary Choir and serves as the Assistant Director. In his free time, Steve enjoys running, hiking, backpacking, reading and dabbling with his amateur radio equipment. Favorite movie? The Hunt for Red October.