Senior Pastor Ann Hultquist

Pastor Ann is a Colorado native, born in Denver and raised in Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Lakewood. The common thread for those communities was the University of Colorado (Go Buffs!) where her father was a professor. Her parents were very involved in local Lutheran churches wherever the family lived.

After high school she attended Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Colorado Boulder. During college years she was a camp counselor at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp and also worked as a Youth Ministry Director at a congregation in Arvada. Those experiences helped nurture the spark of a call to ordained ministry, and she attended the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, graduating with her Masters of Divinity in 1988.

Pastor Ann has served congregations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Casper, Wyoming; and Broomfield, Colorado. She is married to Roger Loots and they have two young adult daughters who live in the Denver area. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, running, and reading.

She is excited by the opportunities at Augustana for all people to know God’s grace in Jesus Christ themselves and then give that grace and love away to others.

Contact Pastor Ann at 303-388-4678 ext. 105 or via e-mail.

Pastor Caitlin Trussell

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Born in Boston, raised in Pasadena, married a Nebraskan, and now in Denver for the past 20 years, Pastor Caitlin Trussell has covered a lot of ground literally as well as professionally, personally, and theologically. She was a Registered Nurse for 16 years, working in hospitals with families caring for children with cancer and then managing home hospice teams of RNs, Chaplains, Social Workers, and CNAs who supported families caring for dying loved ones at home. During that time, she received a Master’s in Nursing from UCLA as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pediatric Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant, and Pain Management. She moved to Colorado and married Rob in 1995. Their family soon grew to include their two children.

Baptized through the Roman Catholic Church while living with her first father, then baptized again through the fundamentalist Christian tradition of her step-father, Pastor Caitlin spent about ten years as a religious refugee wondering if there was a place to hang her theological hat. When their children were born, Rob’s unscathed Lutheran memories, and Pastor Caitlin’s fond memories of older church ladies, drew the Trussells into a neighborhood Lutheran church.

Pastor Caitlin was captured by God’s love that is constant as we struggle with our flaws, doubt, and despair; and as we delight in life earnestly, ironically, and irreverently. The pastor there invited her to preach which instigated Rob and their congregation’s encouragement of her to become a pastor. By 2011, she completed her Master of Divinity degree at Iliff School of Theology which includes concurrent coursework at Luther Seminary.

The two-year wait for a congregational call found her speaking and teaching at church retreats; leading funerals and weddings by referral; and preaching for various Metro Denver congregations including New Beginnings Church within the walls of the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility which she is still doing intermittently.

A pastor of Augustana since February 2013, Pastor Caitlin preaches, teaches, and leads worship in addition to providing pastoral care and congregational leadership. She is grateful that God bestows grace in and through flawed people called the church and is grateful to be both a recipient and preacher of this grace with Augustana Lutheran Church – a group of people who live into this grace together by tethering into a rich worship tradition and free to figure out what it means to be people of faith in this place and time.

Contact Pastor Caitlin at 303-388-4678 ext. 115 or via e-mail. You can also visit her website: http://caitlintrussell.org/.

Jodie McClary

Faith Community Nurse

So, a little bit about my background as a nurse: I graduated from Colorado State University at Pueblo (called Southern Colorado State University in 1975) with an Associate Degree in Nursing at the age of 19. I started working at St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo doing coronary care, intensive care, and the operating room. I returned to school for a bachelor degree in psychology.

I met my husband, Wayne, a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, and for the first time left Colorado to follow his career. I took that opportunity to attend Wright State University to study accounting while still working as a nurse in the operating room at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. I passed the Certified Public Accountants exam, and worked for a time with a public accounting firm in Ohio.

We moved to the greater Chicago area to follow his career and to raise our two boys. I was employed as a nurse caring for acutely and chronically ill children and babies.

In 1996, we finally returned home to Colorado. Since returning I have worked as a nurse first with dying children, in oncology, organ transplant, emergency room, education, and most recently intensive care. I returned to school, again, to obtain my Masters in Nursing in 2006 from the University of Phoenix. I have been a nurse for 42 years.

As far as faith background, growing up, I went to the Wiley Church of the Brethren, now called Wiley Community Church. I remember riding my bike there to teach Vacation Bible School during the summer months. My mother and I helped in the kitchen for events.

When my husband was stationed at Wright Patterson AFB, we joined College Hill Community Church. My husband and I were baptized there and our son, Alex, had his dedication there before we moved to Chicago.

In Chicago, we went to a Lutheran church in Schaumburg.

After moving back to Colorado we spent some time trying to find a church, and finally decided on Colorado Community Church. We are members there, and both of us actively participate in the programs the church offers. My husband teaches Sunday school, and I help him when I am able. We brought our children up in that church, and Alex, though not a member, goes to that church.

I feel very blessed to be hired here at Augustana. I so look forward to meeting you and hearing your stories.

Contact Jodie at 303-388-4678 ext. 106 or by email.

Cindy Lindeen-Martin

Minister of Music

Augustana Music MinistryCindy Lindeen-Martin is Minister of Music and Organist and celebrates 16 years of Music Ministry at Augustana. She coordinates all aspects of Augustana’s music ministry, overseeing music staff, service planning, directing a graded handbell program, and playing the organ for all worship services. She enjoys leading worship from the organ console each Sunday, and especially is appreciative of the great singing congregation at Augustana.

In demand as a performer, lecturer, and adjudicator, Cindy has concertized in Germany, France, Mexico, and the United States. She has presented workshops and adjudicated competitions, and was the founder and competition coordinator for the Augustana Arts/Reuter National Undergraduate Organ Competition (2001-2009). Currently she serves on the American Guild of Organists National Competitions Committee. She also has an organ studio and especially enjoys introducing the organ to young people and teaching adult organists.

Cindy earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colorado State University with concentrations in organ, harpsichord, and piano. Studies also took her to France for two years working with the renowned organist and musicologist Marie-Claire Alain, earning the prestigious Prix d’Excellence.

Outside of music Cindy also enjoys entertaining, cooking and baking, traveling, camping, and reading. Some of her favorite times are spent with her husband, Ken, an architect, and their two adult children.

Contact Cindy at 303-388-4678 ext. 117 or via e-mail.

shanna-vanderwel-cropShanna VanderWel

Director of Youth and Family Ministry

I grew up on a farm and ranch in southwest North Dakota and never expected God would lead me to a city that had more than a handful of traffic lights.

I discovered my call to youth ministry while working at a Bible Camp during my summers at college. Trying to avoid listening, I majored in Horticulture with plans to work in the agriculture industry but instead ended back at camp and a church serving as a youth director full time in Williston, North Dakota, after college. It was then that I decided to continue my education at Luther Seminary and go through candidacy to become a deacon. I realized youth ministry had less to do about age but more to do about all of God’s children living out their calls to serve.

My first call was in a congregation in Virginia. After the birth of our daughter, Cora, my husband, Ryan, and I decided it was time to be closer to family. I enjoy discovering the beauty of this new place I call home and spending time with my family. When time permits, I enjoy quilting, baking, reading, and playing strategy board games.

I have enjoyed meeting many of you and look forward to meeting you all. I give thanks for the Youth and Family Ministry at Augustana Lutheran Church, and I am very excited for the ways we will serve together.

Contact Shanna at 303-388-4678 ext. 107 or by email.

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Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Erin, a life-long Lutheran, was born and raised in Colorado. Prior to joining Augustana in 2012, she attended Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Greeley. Erin has also worked for Aurora Public Schools—specifically at Global Village Academy.

Erin loves working with kids! She loves to hear kids laugh, cry, and play during worship. She loves the simplicity of children—“they remind us to be simple,” Erin says. As Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Erin hopes to bring more families to God so they can experience God’s love.

Erin is married and has a family who also attends Augustana.

Contact Erin at 303-388-4678 ext. 122 or by email.

Lisa Mikolajzcak

Finance Administrator

Finance Administrator Lisa Mikolajczak is a Denver native and received her B.S. Degree in Accounting with a Financial Emphasis from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Lisa and her daughter, Dallas, are active members of Augustana, and enjoy participating in many church activities including, but not limited to, handbells, Sunday school, and adult education classes. In addition to Dallas, who was adopted from China in 2006, Lisa has an adult daughter, Diana, and a grandson, Noah.

An avid book reader of all kinds, Lisa also enjoys computer technology, sushi, dancing, and movies.

Augustana Lutheran Church is Lisa’s second home. The staff and congregation are filled with amazing people and the Holy Spirit is ever-present!

“For truly I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move hence to yonder place,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” 
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Contact Lisa at 303-388-4678 ext. 103 or via e-mail.

Lyn Goodrum

Publications Administrator

Lyn-GoodrumWhen Augustana’s Publications Administrator Lyn Goodrum began working at Augustana in 1992, she used WordPerfect 5.1 in DOS to create Augustana’s bulletins, newsletters, and other print media. Twenty years later, Lyn is grateful for the Windows and Apple environments and Adobe’s great publication software.

When not at Augustana, Lyn and her cat Sammy can be found in Bennett, or in Strasburg worshiping and serving at Saron Lutheran Church where she is a member. Lyn enjoys reading mysteries, walking, drinking tea, throwing the Frisbee, doing Jumble, Cryptoquip, and crossword puzzles, baking, road trips, and the practice of yoga.

Contact Lyn at 303-388-4678 ext. 114 or via e-mail.

Julie MacDougall

Administrator of Volunteer Ministry and Building Use
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After a long career as an advertising executive in the newspaper industry, Julie MacDougall signed on as Volunteer Coordinator and Building Use Administrator in 2015. A Colorado transplant in 1997, Julie grew up in Florida and lived in Texas before moving to Denver.

Julie earned her MBA at Regis University, a certificate in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2014 and is a Master Community Gardener with Denver Urban Gardens.

A lifelong Lutheran, Julie and her husband, Eric, have been Augustana members for eleven years, and enjoy serving with many volunteer ministries.

Her interests include cooking, gardening, reading, all things sports, traveling and spending time with Eric and their Pomeranian, Clementine.

Contact Julie at 303-388-4678 ext. 104 or via e-mail.

Asmir Hodzic

Building and Grounds Manager

AsmirAugustana’s Building and Grounds Manager, Asmir (Seki—pronounced Shekee) Hodzic, has been a beloved member of Augustana’s staff since 2000. He and wife, Mira, and daughter, Sanja (a student at Metropolitan State College), and grandson Blaze live in Aurora. Originally from Bosnia, the Hodzics immigrated to the United States in 1996 and settled in Denver. When asked what he does on his days off, Seki smiles and says he works. He also enjoys watching CNN and other news channels.

Dick Larson

Director, Chancel Choir

Dick-LarsonDick Larson directs the Chancel Choir. Dick has been involved in church, community, and music education for over thirty years and is in demand as a clinician, conductor and teacher. Named “Choral Conductor of the Year” in 1989 by the Colorado American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Mr. Larson taught music both at the University of Northern Colorado and at Metropolitan State College in Denver. Dick was most recently honored as the recipient of Luther College’s first annual Weston H. Noble Award honoring excellence in the field of choral music. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a Masters in Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dick has three sons and a granddaughter. In his spare time, Dick enjoys golf and fishing. He is married to Judy, a long-time friend and a soprano in Augustana’s Chancel Choir.

Contact Dick at 303-388-4678 ext. 111 or via e-mail.

Chris Baroody

Director, Early Learning Center

Chris-BaroodyChris Baroody accepted the call to serve as Augustana’s Early Learning Center Director in July of 2012. A veteran educator, Chris has had the opportunity to teach a wide range of children and adults. Her educational passions include implementing research-based curriculum and assessment while ensuring the development of emotional intelligence. She believes in empowering staff to become exceptional instructional leaders. Believing that each person is a gifted child of God informs how she approaches the world.

Missional passions include outreach and building strong communities. She looks forward to fostering relationships across ministries and is excited to work in and among God’s disciples at Augustana.

In addition to serving at Augustana, Chris serves Colorado Christian University as a faculty affiliate in their Alternative Licensing Program.

A native of Colorado, Chris love the majestic mountains and enjoys skiing, hiking and camping. The third child of nine and mother of four, Chris enjoys large family gatherings and feels blessed to live in close proximity to her parents and many of her siblings. She and her husband, Matt have been married over 30 years.

Contact Chris at 303-388-7012 or via e-mail.