• 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.


    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.



    Karen grew up in Findlay, Ohio and has a teaching degree from Malone College in Canton, Ohio where she majored in Elementary Education and minored in piano. She taught elementary education and music in Ohio and Wisconsin, where she also had piano studios and raised their three children. She retired from Jefferson County Schools in 2018 after teaching second grade for 18 years. Karen and her husband Mark reside in Evergreen since 2001.  

  • 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. 

  • 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.



    After working for many years in the non-profit sector, Tracy recently completed a Master of Professional Accounting degree through CSU-Global. Originally from the Denver area, she attended college in upstate New York and has lived in Evergreen since 2014 with her husband, two daughters, and four pets. In her free time, Tracy enjoys attending her kids’ many activities, running on the local trails with her dogs, or trying to keep up with her husband on the ski slopes.