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/.