our staff

  • Rev. Leah Coleman, Senior Pastor

    We are very excited to welcome our new Senior Pastor, Rev. Leah Coleman, into our midst!  Pastor Leah believes in listening, recognizing the needs of others and creating a safe environment for voices to be heard.  She would like to help others see and experience grace in our world and provide encouragement that results in action to share love and grace with others.  Pastor Leah attended Iliff School of Theology and received her mDIV in 2015.  She has served United Methodist churches in Cheyenne, WY, and Arvada before coming to CUMC.

  • Cori Rice, Children's Ministry Director

    Cori was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. She graduated from Rocky Mountain High School in 2009 and has been a member at Christ United Methodist Church since 1995. Cori has been working with children since she was a teenager and has helped teach children's bible studies as well. She is active in the  church community and loves to help out wherever she can.

    Cori loves to read, is an avid Chicago Bears fan, and loves to watch hockey. She is married to her husband, Jake, and they weathered the military lifestyle for four years. They have a rambunctious young son and an adorable but equally rambunctious young daugther. Cori loves family camping trips, fishing, and hiking.

  • Kevin Utter, Organist

    Kevin Utter received his Bachelors and masters of Music in Organ Performance from Colorado State University in 1985/1989 respectively, where he studied with the noted Robert Cavarra. He has been with Christ United Methodist Church since August of 1995. He has been a church musician from the age of 8, playing for traditional and contemporary services, accompanying choirs and soloists, and providing other special music. He is equally comfortable with the organ, piano, and electronic keyboards and synthesizers, and also sings and plays the the Theremin. He believes music is very important in helping bring people together in worship and communicating truths of God which cannot be expressed in words.  

    Kevin is married to Valerie and has three children and 2 grandchildren.

  • Jean Johnson, Music Director

    Jean Johnson earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Music degree from Colorado State University. Jean is the vocal music director at Preston Middle School in the Poudre School District where she teaches choir, co-directs the school musical and serves on the school leadership team. The Preston Middle School Select Choir has made several appearances at the Colorado Music Educators Conference under Jean’s direction. Jean is the Larimer Chorale’s assistant conductor and conducts the Dickens Carolers of the Larimer Chorale. Jean is a mezzo-soprano who has appeared with the Larimer Chorale and the Laudamus Chamber Chorale, as well as at various local venues.

    Jean cannot say enough positive things about the Chancel Choir members who have been very welcoming. Their joy of sharing their voices in worship is truly wonderful and makes working with them such a blessing.  

  • Molly Rench, Morning Glory Preschool Director and Teacher

    Molly brings rich experience to her position at Morning Glory Preschool. With more than 25 years of experience in early childhood education, Molly has worked with infants through sixth-grade students in Colorado and New Mexico. 

  • Pre-K Class - Jody Fair and Melissa Gonzales;  Preschool Class - Debbie Johnson; 

    Classroom Aide - Kathie Ulmer

  • Valerie Utter, Nursery Attendant

  • Custodian - Elizabeth Roths