• Rev. Deb Olenyik

    senior pastor

    Rev. Debra (Deb) Olenyik was appointed to the United Methodist Church of Evergreen by Bishop Tezenlo Thong of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church. Deb’s career in ministry has spanned 30+ years during which she has served churches throughout Colorado and Wyoming including Riverton, Torrington, and Newcastle WY; and Estes Park, Colorado Springs, Montrose, Olathe and Paonia, CO. She has spent 8 years as District Superintendent of the Mountain Sky Area. Deb is originally from Maryland.


    custodial staff

    Gayla has been a member of the church since 1998 right after moving here with her family from Indiana. She worked for 6 years in Great Escape Parents' Day Out until going full time with her cleaning business. She began custodial work at UMCE in the fall of 2007. She has enjoyed contributing to the church by helping with Vacation Bible School for a few years, pitching in when needed with youth group - including going on a mission trip, and she still enjoys an occasional turn playing harmonica during special music time on a Sunday morning.

  • JENNIFER ELiassen

    church accountant

    Jennifer and her husband, Jason, have two little girls who attend elementary school here in Evergreen.  Always smiling and sunny, Jennifer will be sure to brighten the day of anyone she runs into.


    office manager

    Jessica Coons moved to the Evergreen area over 7 years ago with her husband, Stacy, of 16 years and her 4 year old daughter, Abigail. The Coons family moved to Colorado ten years ago from the east coast. Jessica comes with over 20 years experience in office administration. The Coons family enjoys hiking, going to Elitch Gardens, and swimming. They also have a 9 month old puppy, Emma.

  • joyce scheel


    Joyce has led worship at Evergreen U.M. from the organ/piano bench, playing services, and accompanying soloists and choirs since early 1980s.  She teaches pianists and organists in the Denver/foothills today. Joyce began teaching and playing organ piano in the foothills and Denver area  in 1972. 

  • Julie clemenshaw

    director of great escape

    Julie has been the Director of the Great Escape program here at the church since 2006. She has three grown children all currently residing in Hawaii. Along with her husband Kevin,they are raising their “empty nest dog” Recie. Kevin works at Hiwan Country Club as the greens keeper and also has a snow plow business. Julie graduated from the University of Hawaii and enjoys yoga, hiking, swimming, gardening and cooking.  Please click here to go to Great Escape's website. 

  • keron sandusky

    organist coordinator

    Keron plays organ and piano for the 10:30 service, is the accompanist for the choir, and soloists for special music. She received her double major in piano performance and organ at CU, and has played at many churches since 1956.We are all thankful to Keron, not only for the beautiful music that she provides on Sunday mornings, but for her work in organizing the organists and selecting the music that we all enjoy!  Keron has been the organist and choir accompanist at UMC since 1992.

  • sandy sandusky

    director of music ministries

    Not only does our Chancel Choir prepare us for worship each week; there are many other musical activities that are going on at our church. From the special music on Sunday mornings, to our organ and piano accompaniment, Sandy, our Director of Music Ministries, gives glory to God through song and music.

  • sarah sailor


    Sarah has been a member of UMC Evergreen since 2000, and has been on staff since 2010. Sarah has a BFA and an MFA in Creative Writing. With a background in education, she has taught and administered in traditional and online educational programs with people from preschool through college. Sarah has a passion for working with young people, and a deep love for UMC Evergreen.