Meet The Staff
Dr. Doug Resler – Senior Pastor
It’s been almost twenty years since Jesus first ambushed me on the campus of the University of Colorado in a small group men’s Bible study on Romans. Since then, my life has been a testimony to God’s amazing grace. It includes meeting my future wife and partner in ministry, Kristi, interning at First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, evangelizing the campus of the University of Colorado, somehow graduating from CU (after failing out my sophomore year!), working as a manager at Boulder Community Hospital (with no health care background!), attending Princeton Theological Seminary (with a 2.3 GPA from college!), serving at New Jersey State Prison as a volunteer chaplain, graduating and winning the Mary Long Grier-Hugh Davies prize in preaching (which has to be the longest named prize in history!), serving for six years alongside the wonderful people of Overlook Presbyterian Church in Mobile, AL (who put up with this Yankee!), having front row seats to the spiritual renewal God brought to that congregation, moving to Sun Prairie, WI to plant a new church (which failed by the way!) and learning some painful but good lessons along the way, and then being called back home to Colorado to serve as senior pastor of PEPC. Whew! What a whirlwind journey! Along the way, God blessed us with four beautiful children – Chloe, Josiah, and our twins Emma and Sophie – of whom we couldn’t be more proud! Our deepest passion is to join God in what He’s doing to redeem and reclaim the world for Himself and our deepest joy is to be a part of an awesome community of people here at PEPC who share that passion! My favorite passage of Scripture is “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11 My most embarrassing moment came when I played Peter Pan on Ice when I was younger…and yes, my mom made me wear the green tights!
Gary McCusker – Family Life Pastor
As a family we first came to PEPC in 1993, shortly after serving as missionaries with Youth for Christ in Germany working with Military Community Youth Ministries for nine years. In 1994, I came on as the interim youth director while working at YFC/USA and I have never left the staff at PEPC. In 1999, I went from part time to full time as the Student Ministries Pastor and left YFC after 22 years. My wife, Debi has continued with YFC/USA and is now on the Senior leadership Team as the Shared Services Director. In 2005, I stepped into the role as the Family Life Pastor and have fulfilled a myriad of roles as the primary counseling pastor, utilizing my master’s in Biblical Counseling from CCU in 1993, then as the interim senior pastor for most of 2009 and am currently finishing up my requirements to become ordained in the EPC in the near future. Debi and I have been married for 35 years and have three adult children, Casey, Cori and Colin. I’m involved in the community as a high school baseball coach at Ponderosa and play rec softball a few nights a week most of the year with my wife for our championship PEPC softball team. I enjoy working in my salsa garden, hanging out with my family, wrestling with our dogs Cash and Cutler and playing golf. One of my favorite verses that God has been faithful in it’s promise is Proverbs 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding and he will make your path straight”. I am a passionate follower of Jesus Christ and live to make him known to others in all that I am and do. Some of my favorite theologians are Oswald Chambers and CS Lewis. I love being a part of the PEPC family and watching God work in and through us to fulfill His Great Commission in Parker, Colorado and the World.
Matt DePriest – Worship Arts Pastor
By the grace of God I grew up in a home where the love of Jesus and a relationship with him was modeled well. His pursuit of me and my response to follow Him with my life was a dynamic I became aware of early on in my life, and continues to be a daily part of obedience and devotion. Music also held a high value in our home, and I grew up with it playing constantly in the home. Some of my first musical memories are of us gathered around the old family piano learning to sing parts out of the hymnal. My first formal music lesson was Suzuki violin at age 5. After a couple painful years of “Mississippi Hotdog” and “Lightly Row,” my parents opted to let me drop violin in exchange for studying the piano which I gravitated toward more naturally and ultimately wound up serving as the foundation for my further studies. By the time I got to college I possessed a deep love of corporate worship and a commitment to the local church. As such I studied music and biblical studies which accordingly prepared me for my first ministry call and set me on a trajectory for vocational ministry. I had the amazing privilege of spending my first seven years in ministry on staff at Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI) before moving to Colorado to study at Denver Seminary and joining PEPC’s pastoral staff team in 2013. I am blessed to be married to an amazing woman, a true partner in ministry, and my best friend (Sarah), and am the delightedly exhausted father of two fantastic boys (Corban–age 5, and Euan–age 2) who are the most tangible reminders of God’s generous love I could ever imagine! Most importantly, I am passionately in love with Jesus and am deeply committed to seeing his kingdom come in my life, and in the lives of his people—the church—as his chosen method for reaching the world.
Worship Arts Ministry
Katie Russell – Worship Arts Associate
I grew up as a missionary kid (MK) in the Philippines where my dad served at one of the largest MK schools, Faith Academy. I grew up in a loving home where I learned about Jesus early on. When I was 14, my mom and dad were called off the mission field, which was a defining moment in my life as I learned to trust that God had a plan for my life far greater than I understood at the time. We moved to Wheaton, IL, where I attended high school and later attended Wheaton College to receive my Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2003. I then moved to Colorado to be close to where my parents had moved yet again. From 2004-2008 I found myself diving in to teaching public school and pursuing my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University. In 2008, I met my husband, Eric, and we were married in 2009. We have two beautiful children, Ellie and James, and we are so thankful God has allowed us to be their parents! Once we had children, I felt a call to leave full-time teaching and prayed God would provide another avenue for me to use my gifts and talents. In 2011, we found PEPC and felt like we found “home” in a church. I came on staff in 2014 and am so grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lord and the people of PEPC. I can’t share just one verse that is my favorite, but I will point you to the book of James. The book of James has been a constant “go to” book for me ever since I was in college. I find that it always brings me back to the standards and priorities of my faith.
Worship Arts Ministry
Vicki Mowery – Executive Assistant
I grew up in a Christian home and am the second of 5 children. My parents were missionaries in South Africa where I attended High School. After High School I came back to the States with my older sister and felt the Lord calling me to Bible College in Des Moines, IA, where I received a BA in Christian Education. I met my husband, Jim while we were working together at Jeppesen in Englewood. We are blessed with two children, Cory and Christy who came to us through adoption. What an amazing blessing adoption is and therefore one of my great loves and passions. I came to know the Lord as a young child but was not really passionate about Him until He became real to me through the infertility/adoption process. I realized at that time that I am not really in control of anything, He is. I need to rely on Him totally as my source of strength and the direction for my life. What a difference this has made in my thinking. My passion in ministry is administrative/support. Anything that I can do to make another’s ministry successful, really trips my trigger. I love being behind the scenes and able to see God glorified and people drawn to him. My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 30:5 – “Weeping may endure for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning!” Nothing is ever as bad as it seems at midnight. God is there and beside me in the darkest times.
Dan Lynch – Student Ministry Pastor
My roots are here in Colorado. I grew up in the Arvada area and was blessed with being a part of a family who taught me the value of a relationship with Christ. I was heavily active in my youth ministry growing up going to youth groups, camps, retreats, lock-ins, missions trips and I was even in the youth choir. (In spite of not being able to carry a tune) I loved being a part of that community. My plan growing up was to finish High School, go to college and when I turned 21 go through the police academy and join the police force. I thought that was a great plan and a good future. And it was, only it was my plan and not God’s plan. A series of event over the next couple years lead me down a different path where God revealed his ultimate plan for my life, to minister to Students. I have had the incredible opportunity over the last 10 years to show Christ’s love to students. I see youth ministry as an outreach and I have a huge passion to reach into the community to share the Gospel with as many students who will listen. Nothing excites me more then to see these students develop a heart to serve and glorify our Lord, and to see them be impacted by the transformation that Jesus Christ has on their lives. My wife Savanah and I have spent the last 5 years out in Merced CA where I had the privilege to serve at Central Presbyterian Church. Now we are blessed by being back home here in Colorado to minister to the students in Parker. We have a beautiful two daughters named Shiloh and Lilly and a son named Caleb who bring us great joy. I like being outdoors. I enjoy hiking, camping and sitting around campfires. I like people, and community and the fellowship we share. I love the charge we are given in Hebrews 12:28-29 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” How awesome our God is, and what an exciting journey that we get to take part in HIS kingdom!
Laura Knapp – Student Ministry Associate / Female Lead
Laura is a Parker native and has been a part of our staff since 2015. She is passionate about God, students, and students growing in a relationship with God!
Will Freyschlag – Community Life Director
I was born and raised in Colorado, and I grew up attending PEPC with my parents and two sisters. I had a blast in high school and middle school youth group with Gary McCusker and our small group leaders. Gary’s leadership and model of loving and serving students played a huge part in my passion for volunteering with youth. While attending Colorado State University I volunteered with YoungLife and was involved with the Navigators. I graduated in Landscape Architecture and worked for a few years in residential landscape design while continuing to serve on a YoungLife team in South Aurora. I found so much joy in working with students that when the opportunity arose to join the PEPC staff, I jumped at it. When I first started as an intern, I worked part time for a PEPC family at their farm taking care of their horses. It was a great combination—working outside and with horses in the morning and then hanging out with students in the afternoon—and I am very thankful for their support. In the summer of 2012 I was able to come on full time staff and our staff and the leadership team has been such a blessing. I am excited to begin a new stage of my time at PEPC under this title of Community Life Director–facilitating the development and growth of our Men’s, Women’s, and Home Fellowship Group ministries. I met my wife Brittany at PEPC youth group in 7th grade and we started dating in HS for a couple years. We broke up when we went to CSU, but after a few years, God crossed our paths again and we got married in the fall of 2009. We have one daughter, Emerson, who is just a year old, and we also have a red lab named Oakley. We love traveling around our beautiful state and I also enjoy playing golf, hunting, skiing, and leather crafting. One of my favorite verses is 1 Peter 5:6-7: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Katherine Holman – Elementary Education Director
I am a Colorado native. I grew up in Littleton, graduated from Columbine High School and attended Colorado State University. While attending Metropolitan State College to obtain my Elementary Teaching Certificate I met my husband. We purchased our home in Parker in 1996 and two years later started our family. We have two girls and two boys. We have been blessed abundantly through parenting and find it to be one of the greatest joys in our lives. I grew up in a church and for as long as I can remember known that I had a magnificent heavenly Father. That knowledge became much more personal in my adult years as I had to learn to rely heavily on God’s character and love for me through various trials. I am grateful for those trials now; as I have come to realize that it drew me closer to Jesus. I am passionate about children and have been since God called me to teach after college. I started in the inner city and moved to the suburbs. After our second daughter was born I stayed at home to tutor and began volunteering in Children’s Ministry at PEPC. What began as a volunteer position, little by little grew to be a true calling. God has placed a fire in my heart to help children fall desperately in love with Jesus and grow to know Him as their friend and savior. I believe that we have a very small window of time as parents to help our children understand who God is in their life, we are commanded to do that and I am passionate about helping parents come alongside their child to be their child’s Spiritual Leader. I have so many verses in the bible that bring comfort to me it is hard to call one my favorite, however I particularly love the transformational message in Ezekiel 11:19: “And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.”
Pam McFadden – Children’s Ministry Associate
Janet Specht – Church Administrator
“I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned. In awe of the One who gave it all…..” (The Stand by Hillsong United) A little about me: I have a degree in Music, certification in teaching, graduate work in accounting, and CPE in human resources. I’ve worked as a music teacher, accountant, HR and administrative manager and small business manager – not necessarily exclusively – I like to have plenty to do. Some of the greatest ministry opportunities in my life have come though loving people in everyday life at work and in our community. My greatest blessing is my husband Keith. Together we find our family the joy of our life. I hope you get a chance to meet them: Brooke and Chad with Dylan and Addison (now of Texas); Brandon and Marilyn with James and Alex (Wyoming); and Brittan (Washington D.C.). I am in awe of the unbelievable love and blessings God has poured out in these rich relationships. Actually, I’m just in awe of God! I have known our Lord and Savior for most of my life, but have grown to realize I will never know Him today like I will tomorrow. The more I know and love, the more I know there is, to know and love. Going deeper is a lifetime journey. I love the Lord and I love PEPC. God has led us through more than 20 years in community together. My first interaction in leadership at PEPC was with worship design in 1991 on the PEPC Music and Worship Committee and has included designing services, writing drama, choosing music, arranging orchestrations, conducting and in recent years as the Worship Coordinator. Every now and then I even get a chance to conduct one of our ensembles. Administratively I have consulted on building campaigns, staff development, facility management and most Human Resource areas. The PEPC community is dear to our family and it is an honor to be part of ministry here. I look forward to partnering with the PEPC staff in the various ministry experiences where they lead as their HR and ministry consultant. Our goal will be to maximize our opportunities for serving, team building and facilitating additional avenues for ministry for the glory of the Lord. I believe the passion in art speaks loud and boldly to our hearts and music is one of our strongest forms of communication and tribute. I am excited to to include partnering with our Worship Arts Pastor and the Worship Design Team as the vision for the intergenerational community in worship grows. This promises to create opportunities that bring us into deeper spiritual lives, including worship experiences that connect us and our community to God and each other. Scriptures that resonate with me are all about trust and love: Isaiah 26: 4 “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord is the Rock eternal”; Romans 8:39, “…nor anything .. in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”; Ephesians 3: 18, “… how wide and how long and high and deep is the love of Christ”; and I Corinthians 2: 9, “…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”. Most embarrassing moment: Well, I just can’t tell you! And I pray that somehow all we do will somehow bring glory to God. “Glory in the Highest. Glory in the Highest. Glory in the Highest to you Lord… to you Lord.” (Glory in the Highest by Chris Tomlin)
Marla Boone – Bookkeeper
Lauren Marsh – Early Learning Center (ELC) Director
Prior to becoming employed by PEPC, I have been blessed by PEPC’s ministry for many years. I became a member at PEPC in 2013. I grew up in Parker, in a Christian home and thankfully have always been given the opportunity to know the love of Jesus. There is nothing more important to me, than sharing that love with others. I obtained my Child Development Associate through Penn Foster University, and continued on to receive my Director Qualifications from Arapahoe Community College. I have worked as a curriculum director for a change of local child care centers and have had the opportunity to learn from some great business people along the way. I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to serve in a field that I love at the church I love.
My husband (Cody) and I met on a mission’s trip to Gulfport, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. We have two beautiful girls, Payton and Lillian. We also have a love for dogs which is why we have two, Brooklyn and Mary. I enjoy spending time with my family any way possible, I also enjoy watching movies, being outdoors, hunting and trying new things.
The Lord has revealed his never failing love for me in many ways and has instilled a passion in me to share that love with others. The verse that reminds me of His love in my life is, “The Lord your God in in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3: 17.
Lydia Edson – Communications and Scheduling
I was born in Burlington, Vermont and then my family moved to Colorado shortly after. I grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After high school, I moved to Denver to get a degree in applied science. I began a career in Veterinary Technology. I then decided to go back school to study nursing. A couple years later, I met my amazing husband and we have two children; ages 8 and 14. We also have two dogs and two cats. Faith has always been in my life but it never really took a strong hold on me until I was in my late 20’s. Then after going through some family health issues and major health issues of my own, I realized then how amazing our Lord truly is and how much He loves us! I am drawn to Psalm 18:2. “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” I feel very blessed to be a part of PEPC. I enjoy camping, gardening, basically anything outdoors. I am thankful for the responsibilities given to me in the office, all the amazing staff I work with and the relationships I have developed in the time I have been at PEPC. I am excited for my ongoing journey with our Lord and to see what this great place we call PEPC has in store for me and His Kingdom!