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Schwien, Senior Pastor
I was was born in Camden, New Jersey (ask me about the “New Jersey Joke”), and grew up in Northglenn, Colorado. I attended Colorado College (B.A. in Sociology, 1984) and Iliff School of Theology (Master of Divinity, 1987). I’ve served as pastor in Olathe, CO (1987-97), Pueblo, CO, First UMC (1997-2002) and Green Mountain UMC in Lakewood, CO (2002-2012). I enjoy making my home in my church communities.
I am a musician—vocal, flute, and guitar—and I’m excited to be a part of Christ UMC’s wonderful music program! I enjoy being outdoors—walking, hiking, cross-country skiing. I enjoy reading, and yes, I’ve been known to be a couch potato from time to time.
I have a deep love for the church, for church people, and for being in active ministry both within the church building and serving the surrounding community. I’m a “United Methodist Volunteers-in-Mission junkie”—I love going on mission trips and serving in disaster recovery areas and elsewhere. I’ve led trips to South Dakota, Utah, Oregon, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Texas and Mexico. Putting my beliefs into action is, for me, what real faith is all about. Join me in service and mission outreach in Salt Lake City and beyond.