Service Times  Sun: 8:30am (Contemporary), 10:45am (Traditional)


Senior Pastor
Canaan first experienced God’s call to ministry when he was ten years old, preached his first sermon at 15, and began his first pastorate age 21. With advanced degrees from Yale University and Texas Christian University, he served churches in Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, and Kentucky before being called to Central Christian, Denver in 2007. Canaan is married to his best friend, Niki Jorgenson, and they have two children, Ezekiel and Eden.

Associate Pastor
Joe came to seminary with prior work experience in ranching, law enforcement, and copy writing.  His first love was archeology, and while he was raised in the church as the son of a minister, he returned to the faith after a close reading of the Gospel of John following an archeological excavation trip to Israel with the University of Texas.  He and his wife Alicia, also an ordained minister, met at the Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University and have three children:  Jonathan, Sarah and Matthew.

Church Business Administrator
Pamela is the smile on the end of the telephone at Central.  She is a Colorado native; a friend to everone, and a gardening grandma who likes to play in the dirt.  Pamela is ready to help.

Pastoral Intern
Darlene is a proud native of Prentiss, Mississippi.  Darlene accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at the age of nine. She answered her calling to ministry after a successful twenty-one year career as a project manager with a top aerospace company in Denver. Darlene is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity at Iliff School of Theology. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Regis University, and a Chaplaincy Certificate Program from Denver Seminary. She successfully completed two Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Units at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver. Darlene is married to the handsome George A. Smith, her best friend for over 40 years. Together they have been blessed with two handsome sons, Reginald (Reggie) Allen and Courtney James (C. J.). They are very proud of their two beautiful granddaughters, Kaylah and Payton.

Pastoral Intern
Thorne is a grad student at Iliff School of Theology where he is earning an MDiv with an emphasis on New Testament and Early Christian History.  He hails from North Carolina and is an Army vet.  His two youngest children, Gaea and Gabe, are still in the home and attend our church.  Here at Central, Thorne teaches the ConneXion class and runs the Christian 12-Step program.  A ministry for the homeless and another for the incarcerated are in the works.

Jim is originally from the Red River Valley of North Dakota where he received his education at the University of North Dakota. After moving to Denver he spent many decades working for the Colorado State Legislature as a Principal Analyst II. Trained in music ministry, he has served churches of different denominations and is also currently organist at Evans Memorial Chapel. A life-long carillon student, he enjoys playing the carillons at Johnson and Wales University, University of Denver and Central Christian Church.  

Christine, from a large, musical family in Denver, is married and has two adult children.  In addition to church music, she works as a music practitioner providing live, therapeutic music to hospital patients and care-center residents. Composing and playing jazz are of great interest and  original compositions can be heard under her pen name (Kristina Welling) at  

Choir Director
Brian is recently retired from teaching vocal and instrumental music at West High School in Denver, where he conducted the famous West High School Singing Christmas Tree for 16 years.  His select ensemble at West, Lariat, performed widely throughout the city during the school year, and in 2006, was honored to perform at the Inauguration Ceremony for Governor Bill Ritter.  Brian currently conducts the Columbine Choral and enjoys serving as guest clinician around Denver and Colorado.  A Denver native, Brian lives in East Denver with his wife Kathy and his dog Piper. 

Nursery Supervisor
Nikki is the mother of two children fourteen and eight years old, and has been at Central since 2011. Nikki is early childhood certified, and has worked with children in daycare centers, home daycares, preschool, elementary special needs and secondary level autistic students. She loves working with kids and watching them grow!

Financial Secretary


Bus Driver

Church Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 am to noon

Phone: 303-744-1015