Bob Ballance is a hands-on leader who wants to know everyone in the congregation. He has a grand sense of humor, works with abundant energy, is passionate about strengthening the local church and helping people discover (or rediscover) the presence of our loving, creating, challenging God.
Bob believes strongly that all who come to the church should find welcome – no exceptions – and he wants everyone in the congregation he serves, whether a long-tenured member or a brand new participant, to have a meaningful place of service and to feel loved, needed and appreciated. He calls himself a “Matthew 25 disciple of Christ,” believing strongly that the compassion and kindness we show to “the least of these” is what brings the greatest joy to the very heart of God. Email Bob.
Catherine Kent Ballance is a gifted listener and a compassionate minister, serving as one of three volunteer associate pastors at Pine Street Church. She assists in pastoral care and worship leadership.
Catherine feels strongly that faith is closely linked to how we treat one another and how we manage life, including our talents, relationships, possessions, and even our planet, which she feels strongly is God’s gift to us.
She is currently employed by Boulder county’s Flatirons Habitat as Faith Relations Coordinator. She and Bob have two grown daughters. Email Catherine.
Larry VanSpriell, another of our volunteer pastoral staff, is a former pastor and hospital chaplain, having served churches in Ohio and Pennsylvania before he realized clinical pastoral education and chaplaincy were his passion. He currently is our minister of spiritual formation, overseeing our programming for adults at Pine Street Church.
Larry and wife, Tam, have been dedicated members of PSC since moving to Colorado in 1997.
Carol Simpson is our most recent volunteer addition to our pastoral staff. Before coming to Boulder, she was pastor and associate pastor for congregations in New York state and in France (Strasbourg and Paris). She has considerable experience with women’s study groups and she currently leads our ministry of nurture to our homebound members and to others in need.
Carol and her husband, Mike, serve side-by-side, bringing a wealth of wisdom to us from their world travels. Email Carol.
Dwight Neuenschwander assists with pastoral care and by offering his experience and wisdom in many areas of church leadership and service. He knows our congregation well, having served as senior pastor for 10 years.
He loves educational and inspirational travel, including study and mission tours to the Middle East, Europe, Haiti, Mexico, Asia and Central and South America. Married to Aladine, a long-tenured minister of music, they have two sons and four grandchildren.
Organist, Co-Music Director
Ryan Connell Organist, Pianist and Co-Music Director, knew music was going to be his career the first time he touched a piano. In the spring of 2004 he was invited to perform at the new original music festival of The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, where he premiered his trumpet ensemble piece “Watta Flipt Watta” and his composition for string quintet, “…her image deeply lies…” In the past few years Ryan has focused on performing new classical and ragtime music on the piano. He has returned to his birth state of Colorado, after moving away when he was eight months old. Email Ryan.
Director of Children and Youth Activities
Emily L’Hommedieu joined the PSC staff in the summer of 2012. She brings her experience as an elementary school music teacher and a masters in music education to us and a vision for children and youth programming that is an inspiration to us all.
Our newly renovated children’s area, besides just being a great space, has some pretty amazing equipment (a smart board, ipads, Orph instruments, hand chimes, and more). Email Emily.
Administrator, Co-Music Director
David L’Hommedieu is a individual of many talents who wears many different hats. He’s the glue that holds all we do together, and he does it very well. He manages our facilities, budgets, and our intense schedule of activities (nearly 20 support groups and 20 SOFA faculty members use our facility on a weekly basis in addition to our own activities). His kind, patient presence is a treat to all who meet him. Email David.
Director of the Off Broadway School of Fine Arts (SoFA)
Cathy, a Fulbright Scholar, is a music education major with a masters in voice performance and pedagogy. She has communication skills and a gift for organizing things, so she spends her days helping students of all ages find our Off Broadway School of Fine Arts. As director, she keeps our community aware of what we have to offer as well as our concert and recital series.
We have a highly skilled music faculty who offer beginning and advanced lessons in voice, piano, organ, flute, guitar, banjo, trumpet, violin, and a variety of percussion instruments. Additionally, we have an ongoing children’s voice and hand chime choir, and summer theater camps for and a summer children/youth creative writers workshop. All of our programs are open to the public.