Pastor Rich Gianzero

Nativity Lutheran called Pastor Rich Gianzero as the new, full-time pastor in June 2018. Pastor Rich earned his M.Div. at Iliff School of Theology. He worked in home health and hospice for 10 years before entering seminary. He has shared his own faith journey in a variety of settings and brings an enthusiastic faith, joy, and attention to ministry. Rachael and Pastor Rich have four children. Rachael works in medical research for Medtronic and enjoys making a difference through medical technology and research.

Pastor Rich is regularly in the office and glad to meet by appointment. Contact him at pastor@nativity-lutheran-church.org or 303-288-1212.

Church Council

Council meets on the third Sunday of every month following Adult Education. All church members are welcome to attend and provide input!

Current council members:

John Stencel, President

John and his wife, Marian, live in Brighton and are new members of Nativity Lutheran Church. The Stencels have been members of ELCA churches in Aurora, CO, Fairfax, VA, and Estes Park, CO. They have two children, Matt and Amy, and 5 grandchildren.

John is retired, but was CEO of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU), a general farm and ranch organization, for 28 years. He worked a total of 34 years for RMFU. He also was Deputy Administrator for the Farm Service Agency at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., for almost 10 years. He is a Vietnam Veteran, Graduate of CSU, and has served on numerous boards and commissions.

Wendy Hart, Vice President

I am originally from New York and have been in Colorado for a year and a half now. My husband Jeff and I were active members of the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church for almost 20 years and find that being an active part of a warm and loving church community is vital to staying connected to God and living out the purpose that he has chosen for us. I am a bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist who speaks fluent Spanish and I have used that gift to work with a broad range of families and children from many different cultures for the past 30 years. My husband Jeff and I have two amazing adult “children”. Our son Justin lives in Memphis, TN (Activation Coordinator with the Memphis Grizzlies) with his amazing wife Danielle (a fellow Speech-Language Pathologist) and our daughter Alyssa is just starting her career as a licensed Occupational Therapist, looking to settle in Las Vegas, NV.

Mary Hunt, Secretary

A little bit about myself...I have two sons, Jonathan and Joshua. Jonathan is married to Shanel and they have three children; Ziah, Quade, and Makayla. I moved to this area about 5 years ago and have been attending Nativity for about four years. When I moved here I drove past this little church on the corner everyday and it really called to me. I noticed that this church had Wednesday evening services and that worked perfect for my family situation at that time. So I wandered in one Wednesday evening and fell in love with the people that I met. I eventually transitioned to Sunday mornings and met a wonderful woman, Betty Pepin (whom I miss very much). She talked me into volunteering to help her in the office, and from there I was talked into taking on the monthly newsletter. And, now I am serving the rest of Betty's term as Secretary for the Council. I know I can't fill Betty's shoes, but I hope I can at least do a decent job in her place.

Jim Verseman, Council Member At-Large

My wife Peggy and I have lived in Commerce City for the last 15 years, having moved from the Broomfield area. We started attending Nativity Church in 2018 and have found a wonderful and welcome presence here. I am semi-retired and currently working part time at three large legal firms in downtown Denver. I am a graduate of Regis University and retired from Century Link Communications. I hope to work with fellow members on property issues, maintaining and improving the physical facilities of Nativity Lutheran Church.

Jeff Hart, Council Member At-Large

I am 55 yrs young and a new member of the council this year. My wife Wendy and I have 2 grown children, Justin and Alyssa. We started attending church in the fall of 1999, at a Methodist church in Poughkeepsie, NY. It was the best decision we've made. My life changed the day I accepted Jesus as my Savior in 2004. I was asked to be a volunteer in the youth group shortly thereafter and am humbled by so many moments where I've experienced the presence of God over the years.

I like to run, but my knees don't anymore! I love to golf, live hanging on the beach, and since being out here, going on hikes. Since attending Nativity Lutheran Church, I'm finding a new life with people who love the Lord.

I'm looking forward to my time with the Council, serving this congregation in anyway I can, and seeing how the Holy Spirit will move in this place!

Gwenda Parker, Council Member At-Large