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 Paul Larson
Vicar Paul Larson is a student at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, and is a candidate for Word and Sacrament ordination in the ELCA. Originally from Sacramento, he has lived in the past three years in Philadelphia after working in Colorado politics. He is a graduate of Luther College and a Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp staff alumnus. Paul is excited to be back on the Front Range. He enjoys cycling, exploring coffee shops, bakeries, and breweries, and the occasional hike, but not too long. He would love to get to know you through a socially distant get together over your favorite chai or iced coffee.
Kate serves as both the Office Administrator and Technology/Social Media Coordinator at Advent. She grew up in Newton, Iowa, attended Luther College a few years after Vicar Paul with majors in music and classical studies, and then decided to move to Denver for a change of scene. She also works at a tea shop on South Broadway, so let her know if you are looking for any tea recommendations! In her spare time she enjoys playing and watching tennis, listening to and making music, taking care of her many plants, and catching up with her friends and family--especially her sister.
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 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.
Judy's family moved from Minnesota in 1963 and joined Advent within the first few months of settling in Westminster. The kids were enrolled in Sunday School and confirmation classes as they became eligible. Judy taught Sunday School classes during this time and later was asked to be coordinator for the Sunday School. When the kids left "the nest", she served on a call committee and later as Council secretary for a while. Following a forty year career at CU Boulder's library, the Church assembly in Denver gave Judy the first real opportunity to participate in a larger church. Since then, Advent has provided many opportunities to take on projects, committees or needs that have been both interesting and challenging. Judy says: "It is a privilege to serve as long as God has a job for me here."