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:

Rich Horiuchi, President

Rich was born and raised in Brighton, CO. He and his family have been members of Nativity since the early 2000s. He is married to Cathy Horiuchi and has twin sons, Jordan and Aaron, who are attending college. Cody is his four-legged companion, aka lap dog. Rich is an Assistant Director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (the investigative arm of Congress) and his work focuses on reviewing national security satellite acquisition efforts. Outside of work, Rich enjoys spending time with family, four-wheeling in the family Jeep, and riding his motorcycle. Rich is a 2nd degree black belt in karate and he enjoys practicing and teaching the art.

John Stencel, Vice 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.

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.

Tanya Fritz, Treasurer

Cathy Horiuchi

I am where I want to be here in Colorado! I've lived here most of my adult life. I came through Colorado on a family vacation when I was 16 years old and fell in love with the state and made it my goal to move here some day. I never get tired of looking at the mountains and marveling at their beauty. I transferred here in 1987 through my employer, the Social Security Administration. I am currently the Field Site Director of the Denver Region's Office of Quality Review. I met my hubby, Rich, through a friend at work. We were married 22 years ago and have twin sons, Aaron and Jordan who are in their first year of college at UNC in Greeley. We also have a "dog son", Cody, pictured with Rich. As Rich mentioned, we love to go 4-wheeling in our "Lean green Jeep Machine" that we bought the year before our boys were born. I love to read and look forward to traveling whenever we can. Rich and I took a fabulous trip to Ireland and Scotland a few years back and look forward to our next adventure.

Kay Little

I have been in Colorado for close to 39 years… most of my life. I was born and raised in rural northwest Iowa, graduated from Wartburg College (ELCA), taught school for 3 years in a small town in SE South Dakota and decided I did not want to be a teacher. So, returned to college at University of South Dakota and received a masters degree in accounting. Moved to Colorado and stayed.

In 1998 I bumped into my husband Wade Little and a couple of years later we started down the path of starting our own businesses. We have three small companies all trucking related and that keeps us way too busy!

Wade has a son Adam, who now works with us and is a very bright spot in both of our lives. Pictured with me is our Big Baby… Sonny the dog. He rules our lives and our household but is way too much fun.

Wade has a motorcycle and we enjoy riding on that. We also enjoy playing golf and working in our garden and flower beds. Travel is always on our goal list as much as possible.

Gwenda Parker