At Highlands Church, leadership is structured as shared, collaborative, and non-hierarchical. Like jazz musicians, the leadership teams take turns leading, following, and listening to each other and to God. 

Listed in alphabetical order (last name). Select a staff member to send them an email.


Rachael McClair

she, hers | Co-Pastor

Rachael is a Co-Pastor at Highlands Church, which she co-planted in 2009. She is also a founding Board member of W/, a collective of faith and community leaders who are exploring and leading in theologically progressive spaces. (withcollective.org) She was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and is - as her husband James describes - an absolute green chile snob. Rachael is a musician and leader called to curate sacred spaces in which people connect with God and can process their lived experiences in a spiritual and communal context. Rachael studied Music Performance at UNM and CU Denver, and under the tutelage of some of Denver’s finest jazz musicians. She is the very proud mom of two teenage sons, and the reluctant but thoroughly won-over owner of Mondo the Wonder Dog.

Jenny Morgan

she, hers | Co-Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Jenny Morgan is a percussionist, drummer, cyclist, pastor, and adventurer. She earned a BA in music from Northwestern University, an MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. After serving in Youth for Christ for 23 years, she was ordained in the United Church of Christ. In 2010, Jenny began pastoring at Highlands Church North Denver where they practice Trinitarian-inspired, shared leadership. Tama is her choice of drums and Felt is the bike she currently rides. Jenny and her partner adore their 13 nieces and nephews and they enjoy traveling the world.


Brett Bussen

Communications Director

Sam Carwyn

Families Minister

Mia Clements

Operations Director

Jolene Funkhouser

Children’s Soul Care Coordinator

Karen Goldman

Hospitality Coordinator

Monique Johnson

Events and Facilities Manager

Amber Mansfield


Amber Parrish

Youth Co-Director

Hugh Long

Facilities Manager

Trevar Tessman

Youth Co-Director

Mark Tidd

Retired Founding Pastor

Jamie Wolf

Music Director

Leadership Council

Kate Berger

Bill Bonds

Bob Bongiovanni

Christina Gradillas

Sara Leeper

Rachael McClair

Co-pastor Representative

Julie McShane

Renee Neswadi

Zulma Raffo

Kathryn Spadanuta-Castello

Lori Westermann