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 adult daughters who live in Colorado and Florida. 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 by email.

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 by email. You can also visit her website: http://caitlintrussell.org/.

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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.

Andrew Peters
Minister of Music and Organist

A native of West Caldwell, New Jersey, Andy is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the Cleveland Institute of Music. A recipient of numerous awards, he has played as ensemble organist with the St. Louis Symphony. His first season in 2013 included performing Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes at Carnegie Hall on what would have been Britten’s one hundredth birthday. In addition to playing solo organ recitals and leading hymn festivals, he often accompanies silent film comedies starring Harold Lloyd.

Andy is an active member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He has been dean of the Nashville chapter, director of the 2010 St. Louis Pipe Organ Encounter, and chair of the 2015 Region VI Convention. He also filled several terms on the national AGO’s Committee on the New Organist.

Before coming to Augustana in November 2021, Andy served Episcopalian, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, and United Methodist congregations in Connecticut, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee. He has been featured as a guest commentator on the radio program Great Sacred Music and organist on Pipedreams. His music is published by Augsburg Fortress, MorningStar Music, and Paraclete Press. Andy and his wife Christine and cat Garfield live in the city of Denver.

For more information, visit andrewjpeters.com.

Kevin T. Padworski

Chancel Choir Director

Kevin T. Padworski serves as Chancel Choir Director at Augustana Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Denver. In addition to this role, he also serves as the Artistic Director of The Colorado Chorale and Director of Vocal Music at Colorado Academy. Padworski performs extensively, and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards declaring mastery in multiple disciplines: conducting, voice, saxophone, and keyboards. Professional appearances include the Colorado Repertory Singers, Colorado Choral Arts Society, Colorado Symphony, Colorado Symphony Chorus, Cincinnati Youth Choir, Dallas Symphony, DCINY Concerts Orchestra, Mid-America Concert Productions, Evans Choir, Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra, Lamont Symphony Orchestra, New England Wind Ensemble, Opera Colorado, University of Denver, Stratus Chamber Orchestra, American Baptist Churches USA, and numerous collaborative and solo performances.

Padworski holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting and literature from the University of Colorado, and the master and bachelor of music degrees in conducting and music education from the University of Denver and Eastern University. He is an active composer and writes for soloists, instrumental, and choral ensembles with a particular interest in creating robust and engaging orchestrations and accompaniments. Padworski’s music has been performed at local, state, regional, and national ACDA conferences, receiving premieres in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Votivkirke in Vienna, and his commissions have received accolades including recognition from Americans for the Arts. His works are available through Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Hal Leonard, Pavane, and MusicSpoke.

Contact Kevin at 303-388-4678 ext. 111 or by email.

Sue Ann Glusenkamp

Faith Community Nurse

Nursing is a second career for Sue Ann. She was an elementary school teacher before attending nursing school. Her BA degree in Elementary Education is from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois, and her BS in Nursing degree is from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. Sue Ann has practiced adult Medical/Surgical nursing combined with Faith Community Nursing (FCN) for most of her nursing career.

After receiving her Master’s degree from Regis University in Nursing Leadership and Nursing Education, Sue Ann was a Clinical Educator for six years before coming to Augustana. The daughter of a Lutheran pastor and spouse of a Lutheran pastor, she feels blessed to be a part of health ministry in Lutheran congregations. Sue Ann was a FCN both in St. Louis and Minneapolis in ELCA churches, prior to moving to Colorado. Growing up in the Lutheran tradition and attending Lutheran schools for the majority of her education equips Sue Ann with a rich appreciation for congregational life and Lutheran theology and worship. Sue Ann’s spouse, Ron, works remotely for ELCA church wide offices in Chicago. They have three adult children living in Chicago, Seattle, and Atlantic Beach, Florida. Sue Ann enjoys travel, gardening, cycling, hiking, cooking, reading and singing. She practices yoga and runs several times each week. Sue Ann teaches Silver Sneakers at the Southwest YMCA and is a certified Health & Wellness Coach. She is committed to promoting healthy behaviors for body, mind, and spirit. One of her favorite Bible verses is 1 Corinthians 16:13: “Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in LOVE.”

Contact Sue Ann at 303-388-4678 ext. 106 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 (now Metropolitan State University).

Lisa and her daughter, Dallas, are active members of Augustana, and enjoy participating in many church activities including, but not limited to, handbells, Confirmation classes, assisting with communion, acolyting, and Sunday prayers. In addition to Dallas, who was adopted from China in 2006, Lisa has an adult daughter, Diana, and two grandsons, Noah & Tristan.

Lisa is an avid book reader of various varieties and hopes to one day own enough land to have a horse or two.

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 by email.

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-five plus 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 by email.

Garry Garcia

Facilities Manager

Garry is a Colorado native, born and raised in Denver.  After high school he attended Gonzaga University to pursue his finance degree. After college he attained his pilot’s license with the goal of becoming a commercial pilot someday…bad eyesight derailed that vision.

He moved into finance and investments where he created and marketed endowment and mutual funds for 20 plus years.

Garry was fortunate to do this until he became Director of Finance and Facilities at Park Hill United Methodist. He fell in love with the “facilities” responsibility…a vocation.

He is married to the most patient wife in the world, Shannon, and they have two children, Devon and Gabrielle.

In his off time he enjoys golf, traveling, and always being curious.

His family lives by three tenants:

  • Replace anxiety with Gratitude
  • Be Interested not interesting
  • Carpe Diem

Contact Garry at 303-388-4678 ext. 111 or by email.

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.