An Open and Affirming Congregation
of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


Staff Directory

CCC_Portrait.CC109 Rev. Dr. Charisa Hunter-Crump, Senior Minister

Charisa was ordained into ministry in 1993. Before coming to Cairn Christian Church in 2010, she served three congregations in the Metro-Denver area of Colorado and two yoked congregations in Westcliff and Leigh-on-Sea in England. She received her Bachelor of Divinity from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, her Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology in Denver and her Doctor of Ministry from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Charisa has been married to her husband Tom since 1989 and they have one son still at home and two children who have recently graduated from college. Tom is a woodworker and a luthier (maker of musical instruments). Charisa sings and plays banjo in a bluegrass band with her husband, their son, and two friends. She loves music of every genre, from classical to rap to rock to folk to blues to country. She is a writer, currently working on two books. She loves cooking, gardening, reading, yoga, hiking, the color yellow and sunshine.
 CCC_Portrait.CC234 Rev. Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, Associate Minister

Thandiwe (“ton-DEE-way”) Dale-Ferguson has served our congregation since July, 2015. She brings her love for people, her delight in creation and her passion for justice to her ministry with us. Thandiwe feels called to a ministry that bears witness to God’s presence in the world and God’s love for all people. She believes that, together, we can continue to discover God’s call to us, to live ever more deeply into our belovedness and to work for God’s kin-dom here on earth. For Thandiwe, this means speaking and acting for justice, seeking ways to make a difference in our every day lives, pursuing the radical inclusion exemplified by Jesus, and discerning how to better care for our planet.
Thandiwe was ordained at First Christian Church of Greensboro, North Carolina in 2013. She is a current recipient of the Pension Fund’s Excellence In Ministry grant and is part of the Ecumenical Group of Bethany Fellows. She serves as the Co-President for the Alumni Council of the Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago.
In her spare time, Thandiwe enjoys relaxing with her partner Darryl and watching her daughter Cora laugh and grow.
CCC_Portrait.CC224 Rebecca Hirsch, Music Director

Becca came to Cairn Christian Church in August of 2006. She graduated from Hastings College with Bachelor’s degrees in Music Performance and Psychology. She then went on to earn a degree in Counseling Hypnotherapy. Before moving back to her hometown of Berthoud, Becca taught music at Northeastern Junior College. Currently she works as an accompanist at Coal Ridge Middle School in Firestone and teaches private lessons on piano, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, flute, and voice. Becca enjoys all kinds of music, but her primary love is jazz. She has performed with various jazz groups throughout Colorado and Nebraska, and has recorded with noted Denver jazz saxophonist, Jim Riley. Becca enjoys photography and aviation history. She is also proud of her involvement with MUFON, an international scientific organization dedicated to the study of UFO phenomena. Becca’s favorite hobby, by far, is spending time with her horse, four dogs, and three cats.
Sarah Schneider, Accompanist

 Satsuki  Satsuki Howell, Nursery Attendant

Satsuki Howell has been the Nursery Attendant at Cairn since the autumn of 2015. Originally from Japan, Satsuki now lives in Lafayette with her husband Mark and their two young children Emma Mae and Jay. Satsuki brings both passion and experience to her work with our young children at Cairn.