Pastor Barb Martens

Pastor Barb Martens has been the pastor at Advent since February of 2010.  A 1993 graduate of Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, she previously served as the pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Idaho Springs Colorado and  St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Aurora Colorado.  From 1998 to 2007 Pastor Barb was the Executive Director of the Urban Servant Corps in Denver.  Originally from Wisconsin, Pastor Barb has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota.  Prior to attending Seminary she had many varied experiences in the business world, and non-profit organizations that serve people who are poor and disabled.  She loves fishing and playing with the kids at church.  There’s a candy box in her office that is well used.

Vicar Kaari


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Vicar Kaari Nieuwlandt is a student at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and is a candidate for Word and Sacrament ordination in the ELCA. Kaari grew up in Longmont, CO, and attended Colorado State University where she graduated with a BA in English with a Concentration in Literature and a Minor in History. In college, Kaari worked as a staff person at Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp, as well as with the Fort Collins Lutheran Churches in their FoCoLu program. After graduating from college, Kaari worked as the Pastoral Assistant at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Collins. The summer before going to seminary, Kaari married her high school sweetheart, Walter Nieuwlandt. Together, they moved to Berkeley for two years and are grateful to be back in Colorado! Kaari enjoys reading, exploring coffee shops, patronizing breweries, hiking, knitting (though she’s still very much a beginner), watching movies, and cheering on the United States Women’s National Soccer Team.




Cindy serves as both the Office Administrator and Technology/Social Media Coordinator at Advent.  Cindy is a life long Lutheran. She grew up in Deerfield  IL, attended Carthage College  in Kenosha WI.  Cindy has been a member of Advent for over 20 years.  Her daughter grew up here at Advent.  Cindy enjoys reading, taking long walks while listening to audiobooks, exploring new restaurants and historic small towns.  She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.



Greg is the musical director and organist at Advent Lutheran Church. He has been a part of the church for many years and hopes to continue to play beautiful music for the congregation for many more.

Donna Harris

Donna joined Advent in 2009.  Currently, she is a member of the Evangelism Empowerment Team. Donna served on the church council from 2012 through 2014. She enjoys taking pictures at church events, keeping the church directory updated, and coordinating the Community Dinners at Advent once a month.