Session members are elected and ordained by the congregation to serve as the governing body of Green Mountain Presbyterian Church.
Deacons are elected and ordained by the congregation. Deacons are the "servants" or "caregivers" of the congregation.
Rev. Dr. Gretchen Hope Wilson
Pastor Gretchen was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the youngest in a family of three children. Her family moved to Oklahoma when she was four years old. The family quickly became involved with a Presbyterian Church there. Through her involvement with the church, throughout childhood and adolescence, her dream and sense of call into ministry began to take shape.
In her undergraduate program she studied Christian Education and Philosophy and then went on to seminary at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, where she graduated with her Masters of Divinity in 1990. In 2013 she completed her Doctor of Ministry in the Practice of Preaching from Iliff School of Theology in Denver.
She has served as an ordained Presbyterian minister for over 25 years, serving congregations in Illinois, Indiana and Colorado. During her time in Denver Presbytery she has been blessed to serve on the Council for Denver Presbytery, as Vice Moderator and Moderator of the Presbytery, on the Synod Coordinating Council, New Church Development Committee, and as Co-Moderator of the PZDP (Presbyteries Zimbabwe/Denver Partnership) Committee. She also works with a national program of the Presbyterian Church (USA) called the Company of New Pastors, mentoring pastors serving in first calls.
Pastor Gretchen has been pastor of Green Mountain Presbyterian Church since 2007.
She is especially proud to be a mom of two 20-somethings: Samuel and Becca.
Pastor of Visitation
Rev. Rich Stewart
Rich Stewart, although a Kansas native, has enjoyed Colorado for over half his life. He spent most of his years in ministry as chaplain at Craig Hospital in suburban Denver. Additionally, he filled in as interim pastor of GMPC for several years while the church was in transition prior to the arrival of Reverend Gretchen Hope Wilson. Currently, he serves as Pastor of Visitation, and can now officially add the title of "author" next to his name, as he has written and published a book titled "As Real As It Gets—A Rehab Chaplain Remembers."
Rev. Christine Beitzel
Chris Beitzel has served in hospital and hospice chaplaincy, interim ministry, educational seminars and on the Committee for Preparation for Ministry. From 2008-2017 she was privileged to be the pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Lakewood. In 2001 she climbed Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Presbyterian Hunger fund in Africa, then in 2013 she had a month-long pastoral mission in Zimbabwe. Chris grew up in many different parts of the US and attended Fuller Seminary in California. She and her husband Jim have 5 children, all now married adults who have gifted them with seven grandchildren. Throughout her life she has been held with in the constancy of God’s love, felt Jesus’ grace, and been nourished and strengthened by the Spirit - gifts that she loves to share in service and worship with others.
Director of Music
Carrie Fletcher has been a music leader at GMPC since 2007, where she plays piano and directs the choir as well as working with the children and youth. She received her B.A. from Adams State College with a Major in Vocal Music Education and M.A. in Technology in the Classroom from Lesley College. She has 28 years of experience teaching choir, piano and drama in Kindergarten through ninth grades in Jefferson County schools. She brings many years of non-professional music leadership, giving private lessons, musical theatre, and accompaniment.
Fran Cook failed retirement (several times) and is thrilled to now be managing the GMPC office. A retired elementary teacher, she was office administrator at a Presbyterian church in Tabernash until retiring from that position in 2012 and moving to Denver to be in the same city as her two sons and grandson. Fran began managing the GMPC office in 2014 and feels blessed to be able to continue in this position. She loves serving the church family.
Kathie Ashley came to GMPC in 2013 after having accompanied several churches in Parker, Castle Rock, Grand Junction and Colorado Springs. She earned her B.S. in Music Education at McPherson College and has taught German, music, and orchestra in her public school career. Kathie is now retired from full-time education but continues to substitute teach in local schools. Her musical talents include piano, organ, harpsichord, celeste, handbells, and singing.
Bel Canto Bell Choir Director
Kathy Zachman is a retired music educator who loves sharing music with all ages. She and her husband Bob (also a member of GMPC) have two children and six grandchildren. Kathy enjoys time with grand-kids, calligraphy, reading, fitness classes, walking, and traveling internationally as well as nationally (by motorcycle). She is the secretary of GMPC’s Worship Commission and the director of GMPC’s Bel Canto Hand-bell Choir.
Kathy Ziegenfus was born and raised in Scranton, PA where her family continues to live. For 5 years she was an office manager and bookkeeper for the Boy Scouts of America; then in 1971 she moved to Denver and pursued a 37-year career with the National Park Service in Denver, retiring in 2008 as a management analyst. Kathy joined GMPC in 1986 and has worked with the children in Sunday School and the nursery for 30 years. Currently she is the financial secretary for GMPC, which involves accounts receivable, accounts payable, data entry and providing monthly financial records (including giving statements).