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A BURDEN FOR DENVER:
Lead and Founding Pastor Doug Dameron and his wife Shellie, have always loved Colorado and God placed in their hearts a burden for the Denver metro area. Of all the population of this growing area, 93% claim no church affiliation. This makes Denver the fourth most un-churched city in America! As they considered their burden, God directed the Damerons to the Northeast metro area, which is exploding with opportunities. The Denver Regional council of governments forecasts this Regional Marketing area as “The New Growth Capitol of metro Denver.” The 2020 Regional Forecast includes the growth of more than 60,000 new jobs and 50,000 new housing units! John 15:8 says, “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be my disciples.” It was their desire to glorify God by planting a new reproductive, fruit bearing church, rooted in verse by verse Bible teaching, small groups & Biblical one-on-one discipleship.
HOW ORCHARD CHURCH BEGAN:
On July 12th, 2005, Doug and Shellie, with their children Caleb and Katelyn (then aged 10 and 8, relocated to the northeast side of Denver. On August 18th, 2005, Orchard Church began meeting regularly on Sunday mornings with a small core group of young families and singles. The Church saw rapid growth and soon approximately 50 attendees came each week. On Easter Sunday of 2006, the church was publicly launched at the Courtyard Marriot on Tower Road. Over 135 attended!
On Sunday, January 7, 2007 the Church began meeting at the new 600-seat Prairie View High School Auditorium in the Reunion area, just south of Brighton. In the Spring of 2010, Orchard added a second service to accommodate the growth, and in the Fall of 2013, a third service was needed as the church began averaging over a 1,000 in attendance every Sunday. The service times are 8:30am, 9:50am and 11:10am every Sunday. The church also has a 7,000 square-foot Ministry Center where offices and smaller events are located. In the Fall of 2014, the church purchased 38 acres right next to Prairie View High School and will be building a permanent facility including a 1,000+ seat auditorium! The Bible says, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which the Lord has prepared for those who love Him,” I Corinthians 2:9. It is exciting to imagine what God has prepared for Orchard Church in the years to come.
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Doug accepted Christ at the age of 8, on July 4, 1976, in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Doug and his wife, Shellie met at Bible College. They were married December 26, 1992 and have two children, Caleb and Katelyn.
Doug has been in full-time ministry for two decades, beginning in 1990. He attended the University of Oklahoma for four years as a music major, with an emphasis in percussion. He completed his Bible college training, earning a B.A. in music and Bible. Doug has served local churches as a Student Minister, Assistant Pastor, and Music Director. He was a Senior pastor for six years in Indiana, before following God's call to move to Denver. Doug and Shellie started The Orchard Church out of their living room in the Fall of 2005. Planting a church was a God-given desire for many years. Now, the Lord has made it a reality for the Dameron's.
Ryan joined the Orchard Church ministry team as Executive Pastor in January 2017. He is a native and lifelong resident of Colorado. He grew up on his family's farm near the town of Crook, on Colorado's Northeastern plains. After graduating from Caliche High School in 1991, he attended the University of Colorado at Boulder prior to starting his career in business in 1995.
In 1998, Ryan accepted Christ and began his discipleship journey. He married his wife Sarah on July 27, 2002 and they now have 3 sons: Zachary, Tyler and Owen. Ryan has served in local church ministry since 1999, serving in a variety of positions from Youth Ministry Volunteer to Associate Pastor & Elder. He also has a 20+ year career in business, helping to found, launch and grow 2 different companies in that time.
The Dickinson family loves spending time together, having fun, helping others and seeing God's plan unfold in people's lives.
For many years, Matt went to church because he had to. It wasn't until he was 19 that he started going to church because he wanted to. Around that time he felt compelled to go into ministry because the dislike he had for church didn't go away once he began to follow Jesus.
With a desire to change the way people viewed God and the church, Matt went to Hope International University in Fullerton, CA to earn a degree in Biblical Studies and Ministry. He began to volunteer at a local church where he would eventually become a pastor shortly after his graduation in 2003.
The same year, he married Cassie after dating for two years. They have since moved to Arizona, had two girls, Abbey and Penny, moved to South Dakota and now to Colorado to join Orchard Church in helping people find and follow Jesus.
Matt enjoys reading, playing several instruments, watching sports and going to Disneyland with his family.
Marcial was born in Mexico City in 1981. He was saved by Jesus in 1997 and felt called to ministry in the local church when he was 21 years old.
Marcial has been a youth pastor and leading the local church in worship since 2005. Before coming to Orchard Church in 2015, he was the youth pastor and worship director for a church in Saltillo, Mexico from 2005 - 2010 and then he was the youth pastor, worship director and assistant pastor in La Fe, Iglesia Bautista in Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico from 2010 - 2014.
Marcial and his wife, Jana have been married since 2006. They have three beautiful sons, Ashton, who was born in 2008, Brayden, who was born in 2011, and Nolan, who was born in 2013.
Shellie grew up in a Pastor's home in South Bend, IN. There, at an early age, she gave her heart to Jesus. She was just 13, when she felt called to ministry at youth camp. After High School, she attended Bible College in Springfield, MO, where she met Pastor Doug. They were married in December 1992. She gave birth to Caleb in the fall of 1995 and Katelyn, just two years later. Her gifts in music, organization and Bible teaching have been a great asset, as she continues to faithfully work beside her husband, Pastor Doug. Shellie became a trained counselor in 2004, working with young girls in crisis at a local pregnancy center.
In the summer of 2005, she and her husband stepped out by faith and moved to Denver, CO. They started a Bible study out of their home, which eventually grew into The Orchard church. She felt that God was preparing her all of her life for this God-sized task. She says that these years watching God work, have been the best years of her entire life! She says she is so thankful to be a part of Orchard Church. Shellie has a heart for worship, a passion for Ladies' Ministry and Outreach in our community and all over the world.
Ryan was born in Menifee, California in 1987. He accepted Christ in 2000 right before his Freshman year in High School. Ryan met his wife at a Christian concert event called HeavenFest. They were married on August 18th, 2011 and have three children, Kinsley (age 3), Gannon (age 2), and Adi (newborn).
Ryan has been actively serving and leading in student ministry for more than 12 years. He started helping with youth group at the age of 16 when he felt God's calling upon his life to go into the ministry. After graduating from Calvary Chapel Bible College with his ministry degree, he moved to Colorado where he helped start a church from 2008-2011. Before coming to Orchard in October of 2015, he was Student Ministries Director at Northern Hills Church.
Ryan is passionate about reaching the next generation for Christ, as well as church planting.
Born in Wichita, KS in 1986, Richard grew up in Savannah, GA in a Christian home where he accepted Christ at an early age and began leading worship in High School. After graduating High School, Richard attended Covington Theological Seminary and graduated with an Associates Degree in Sacred Literature. Richard has known his wife, Rachel since Middle School and they got married in July of 2007. In September of 2016 they adopted their daughter, Norah.
Richard’s passion is seeing people come to Christ and worship Him corporately with other believers. That passion intensified in January, 2009 when he helped plant Canvas Church in Pooler, GA where he was their Worship Arts Director for five years. Richard joined the team at Orchard Church in April of 2014.
Richard also has a love for film, Apple products, The Beatles and LOST.
Jordan was born in Quito Ecuador, and spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala as a missionary kid. In 1999, Jordan's family made their home in Broomfield Colorado where Jordan graduated from high school. His passion for missions and worship lead him to Christ for the Nations Bible College in Dallas Texas where he earned his Bachelors degree in Practical Theology and minored in worship/technical arts and missions. Currently Jordan serves as a Family Educator working with low income families at the Wild Plum Center in Longmont Colorado.
Jordan enjoys serving on the worship ministry team because he has a desire to see people connect in an intimate way with God. At Orchard, Jordan has been working to create a culture of worship among the youth and also serves as the Worship leader for Orchard Latino. Jordan joined the Orchard Team in October of 2016.
Mike was won to Christ as a college freshman in his hometown of Vallejo, California in 1958. His training includes A.A., Th. G., B.A. and M.A. degrees in Bible, Psychology and Communications from Solano College, Baptist Bible College and Texas Christian University. He has also been awarded the D.D. and Litt.D. degrees. He has been in active ministry since 1963, serving as senior pastor of three churches for 22 years, a college faculty member and administrator for 20 years, editor of two international magazines for 7 years and president of Baptist Bible College for 6 years. He is the author of 4 books, including the 552-page life story of Congo missionary Elmer Deal.
He and his wife, Gaylon were married in 1962. They are the parents of three daughters and six grandchildren. Mike began his service as part-time pastoral care minister to The Orchard Church in August 2010.
Growing up in a military family, Carolyn has traveled throughout the United States, Germany and Turkey, finally settling down in Colorado after her father retired from the Air Force. In 1978, she and Perry got married here in Commerce City and began their new journey from couple to family of four, and yes, still moving from place to place. During that time Carolyn has worked in the corporate world, the public sector and for a couple of churches, finally coming full circle and settling back here in Colorado in 2005.
Growing up in a Christian family, Carolyn experienced the love of God though his son, Jesus Christ, at a young age and knows that same God that moves us from place to place, takes us through our spiritual journey as well, guiding and directing our life as no one else can.
Carolyn joined the Orchard team in January, 2016 and is excited to see what God has in store for the church.
Joye is a Colorado native. While attending youth group during her high school years, she met her husband Scott.. They were married in 1990. She then gave birth to their first son, Brandon in 1992, then Austin in 1995. Joye and her family started attending Orchard Church in the Summer of 2006. She accepted Christ shortly after.
Before working at Orchard Church, Joye worked 18 years in the childcare field, and has been a Supervisor in the Toddler room at Orchard for 6 years. Joye joined the Children's Ministry Team in July of 2014.
Born in Germany, Cookie grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She began attending church with a childhood friend and their family at the age of 5, every Sunday. She accepted Christ at the age of 8, and began serving in the Children's Ministry at 13 years old.
Cookie met her husband Cody in 2007, and they married in 2009. They have 3 daughters Nadia, Sarah, and Emily. The family moved to Brighton in September 2011 and began attending Orchard Church. Cookie joined the Kids Ministry team in the Spring of 2015.
Patty grew up in Longmont, CO. She accepted Christ as a child in her mother's kitchen. She holds a B.S. degree in Business from CSU. She met her husband, Don, while in college and they have been married since 1979. They have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren (so far). They have been actively involved in Orchard Church since 2007. Patty joined the Orchard team in May of 2015.
Born in North Dakota in 1984 but raised in Minnesota, Jess accepted Christ at a young age and grew up in church. After High School Jess attended Northwestern Health Sciences University and graduated with a certificate in Massage Therapy. She started her own Massage Therapy business in 2014 and continues to build her practice. Jess and her husband Zach were married in 2006 and moved to Colorado in 2010. She joined Orchard Church as the Discipleship Coordinator in August of 2016.
Bill grew up in the Arvada/Wheat Ridge area. While attending New Mexico Military Institute Bill joined the ROTC and became an Officer in the Army Reserves. He met his wife, Candi, attending college at Colorado State University and has been married for almost 22 years. Bill and Candi have two great teenage kids, are the co-owners of Stonebrook Manor Event Center and Gardens, and mostly recently became real estate agents with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. They have attended Orchard Church for the last 8 years, helped lead the Legacy Campaign for the new building and Bill has also served as the Chairman of the Church Executive Council. Bill is very excited and honored to join the team as the Facilities Manager.