• Rev. Deb Olenyik

    senior pastor

    Rev. Deb Olenyik became pastor at our church in July, 2018, appointed by Bishop Karen Oliveto. Pastor Deb’s ministry has spanned 30+ years. She has served churches throughout Colorado and Wyoming, including Estes Park, Wilson Colorado Springs, Montrose, Olathe and Paona in Colorado. As well as Riverton, Torrington and Newcastle in Wyoming. She served as the Wyoming District Superintendent for seven years. Pastor Deb is originally from Maryland. She has two grown kids, one adorable grandson, and enjoys hiking, travel, reading and jazz music.


    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. 

  • Nathan Jensen

    Worship Music leader

    Originally from Hastings, Nebraska, Nathan Jensen became involved in music at the age of five, playing in the church bell choir under the direction of his father. Since then, his life has been filled with music, taking piano, trumpet, and voice lessons. Nathan obtained his Master's degree in Voice Performance from the University of Northern Colorado in 2020 and Bachelor of Music degrees in Voice Performance and K-12 Music Education from Hastings College in 2018. He has directed multiple choirs, bands, bell choirs, and small ensembles over the years and has performed as a soloist and in ensembles across the country and internationally in Germany, Holland, and Belgium. Nathan and his partner, Anna, met in college and are enjoying establishing their lives together.

  • 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.