Our Journey: Transition to a New Rector
Meet our Committee Members
The Transition Committee oversees the transitions from former Rector, to Interim, to new Rector, including coordinating celebrations, travel, logistics, and more. Their task is to make these transitions seamless, and to involve the congregation in the process wherever needed.
Sue Carter, Chair
As a member of Holy Comforter since 1980, I have experienced the joys and concerns that accompany leadership changes several times. I have been a member of the Bishop’s Committee, served a two-year term as Bishop’s Warden during Mother Kim’s tenure, and as Treasurer. I am a founding member of the Broomfield Farmers’ Market at Holy Comforter, as well as a member of Altar Guild, the Columbarium Committee and the Daughters of the King and am a former Children’s Chapel, Youth Group and Sunday School instructor. I also served on the search committees for Mother Kim Seidman and Fr. William Stanton.
I’ve attended Holy Comforter for over two years now. I currently reside on the vestry and volunteer with multiple ministries including Hospitality, Farmers’ Market, St. Francis Center, and Community Outreach.
I have been a member of Holy Comforter since 2006. One of my greatest joys is worshiping and serving at Holy Comforter with family - all 10 of us! My greatest treasure is when my time and talents are used behind the scenes in ministries such as Altar Guild or on the Columbarium committee. I look forward to serving on the Transition Committee in the upcoming year.
I have been a member of Holy Comforter since 2005 and therefore have been through several transitions. I have served on the Bishop’s committee and I chaired the capital campaign, Growing Together.
The Profile Committee’s task is to listen to all of the voices in the congregation and then write a profile that describes our history, who we are now, and where we see ourselves in the future. This profile communicates to possible candidates who we are and who we’re looking for, and it acts as a guide for the Search Committee.
I grew up in an Episcopalian family in the little mountain community of Allenspark, but my only formal church experience was during the summer months, when priests who maintained summer cabins there would hold services in the tiny log chapel in town. After Sue and I were married, our church shopping led us to Holy Comforter in 1981, where we have experienced both the growth and the challenges over the past 39 years. My career in agriculture—and a commitment to the stewardship of God’s creation—was a primary factor that led me to work with other volunteers to help establish and manage the Broomfield Farmers’ Market at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church over the past nine years. I also served on the vestry when Fr. Billy Grisham was called as our rector, and have a deep appreciation for the importance of the search process now underway in our parish.
I have been a member of Holy Comforter since 1977 and consider it my forever spiritual home. During the past 42 years, I have taught Sunday school, been on the vestry and bishop's committee, served on the altar guild and now am head of the altar guild. I have seen God's almighty hand guiding us as we've passed through periods of success and periods of extreme difficulty and turmoil. I have great passion for Holy Comforter and will do whatever I can to see that we continue to grow and thrive as a church family and beacon in the community.
Lena Sewell, Chair
Leslie and her wife, Jane have attended Holy Comforter together for over three years.Over that time, Leslie has been a Coordinator of Growing Home's Canopy program, helping over 80 volunteers provide short-term safe and comfortable housing and meals to families from local communities. Previously, Leslie was Director of Community Engagement at the University of Denver's School of Social Work and Director of Professional Development and Training in Child Welfare for American Humane Association. She loves her church and home families, especially being an auntie to four fabulous grown kids, and mom to a Dalmatian, Border Collie, and two kitties.
The Search Committee’s task will be to use the Parish Profile to screen initial applicants, and then narrow down the pool of candidates to 2 or 3 to submit to the Vestry for final consideration.
My wife Elizabeth and I, along with our children Elise, Tessa, and Jackson, have been attending Holy Comforter for the past 8 years. Although Elizabeth is a cradle Episcopalian, I grew up in the Baptist Church and have grown to appreciate Episcopal worship. My family and I have appreciated Holy Comforter's welcoming and warm atmosphere from the first time we visited. i have served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden, as a Godly Play teacher, as a lector, on the Children Youth and Families Advisory Team, and on various other committees.
My family and I have been members of Holy Comforter for 14 years, and we have been through both very difficult and very happy transitions with this community. I was part of the search committee that called Mother Kim, and I have served on the Bishop's Committee and the Vestry. In addition, I serve on Altar Guild, have taught in Sunday school programs, served on the Children, Youth and Families Advisory Team, worked with the Buildings and Grounds Ministry, and coordinated the Mom Matters/She Matters women's group. I feel honored, blessed, and excited to serve Holy Comforter on this search committee.
I was born in Colorado in the late 30's then raised on a dry land wheat farm in Western Nebraska. My faith journey began in the Methodist Church and grew when I found the Episcopal Church during college. Nursing is my academic background with bachelor's and master's degrees. Fortunately, nursing offered me a broad scope of experiences from staff level to administrative responsibilities where interviewing was part of my job. In the past 14 years at Holy Comforter my activities have included many areas of our parish life, most recently leading Daughters of the King and assisting with the Pastoral Care committee. My faith journey continues.
At Holy Comforter I usually can be found with flowers or kids. I am a happy member of the flower guild and love working as a storyteller / doorkeeper for God's Explorers. I am also a wife, mom and neuropsychologist.
G.F. “Geff” Kempsell
Since attending Holy Comforter, I have been an active choir member and lay reader, served on the “Council of Advice” during the transition from parish to mission status in 2007, “honorary” Assistant Treasurer, co-chaired the Stewardship Committee for three years and participated on the Finance, Building and Grounds and the Vicar Interview Committee. Most recently I am pleased to have been appointed to the Bishop’s Committee as Junior Warden, served on the vestry, am a member of the Farmers’ Market team and now the Search Committee.
I have been attending Holy Comforter for the last two years and during that time I have had the honor of hosting a number of adult faith formation talks; giving me the opportunity to have many engaging conversations with fellow parishioners. During the week, I am a political science professor and dean of public service at the Community College of Aurora where I oversee students across a variety of programs and campuses. My partner, Kurt, and I love traveling and exploring other cultures and communities but we find walking the open spaces of Broomfield with our dog Rocky to be our true home
Gina Shedd - Chair
I have been a member of Holy Comforter for 4 years. I am a member of the altar guild and have assisted with hospitality. I'm a choir drop-out (I can't sing). In my former life I raised four kids (ok, Mike helped) while pursuing a career in emergency medicine. I have been happily retired since 2014. I look forward to employing my organizational and multitasking skills in facilitating our search process.
Holy Comforter has been our home ever since we moved out to Colorado 2 years ago. I am the ministry leader to the Men’s Group and very active in several other ministries including Farmers Market, St. Francis Center, Safety and Security, Hospitality, and Growing Home. I am fully vested in the future of Holy Comforter as it is a community that nourishes my faith with God and provides opportunities to be disciples.