|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 in 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.
|Rev. Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, Associate Minister
Thandiwe (“ton-DEE-way”) Dale-Ferguson (previously Gobledale) was ordained into ministry in 2013. She moved to Colorado from Chicago, Illinois where she completed her Masters in Divinity and served for two years as a chaplain. Apart from her love of hiking, camping and being outdoors, Thandiwe enjoys baseball, building community, cooking, spending time with her partner Darryl, and traveling the world. Among the places Thandiwe has lived are South Africa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Zimbabwe, California, India, Nepal, Illinois, and North Carolina.
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.
|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.
David Shepherd is the Custodian/Maintenance Person of Cairn Christian Church. A native of Boulder, David has worked all over Boulder county with multiple businesses in a variety of capacities. He is a Master Mechanic and a certified landscaper, working for 15 years in each of those areas. His landscaping work includes consultation on numerous water features in Boulder County. He has worked as a sound technician for various musicians at Folsom Field, Red Rocks, Boulder Theater, Rainbow Music Hall and numerous fairgrounds. David is also a woodworker.David has been a member of Cairn his whole life. His work at Cairn includes grounds keeping and landscaping, maintenance of the building, set up for all Cairn events and running the sound system for worship and other events. In his free time he loves to hike and camp in the mountains.
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