Rev. Denise Bender
Rev. Denise Bender graduated from Iliff School of Theology with a Master of Divinity and was ordained in 2005. She subsequently has completed three units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Centered Life. Ministry experiences include eight years at the First United Methodist Church of Golden, and seven years at Heritage United Methodist Church in Littleton, both as associate pastors.
Contracts currently held are with Bethany United Methodist Church, The Mountain Sky Conference, The Mountain Sky Conference UMW, and The Church of the Beloved Ecumenical Catholic Communion. Primary responsibilities have been with faith development for all ages, mission and outreach, pastoral care and worship teams. She served for twelve years on the Board of Ordained Ministry for the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church. Spanish Immersion with CILAC Freire in Cuernavaca, Mexico has become a new skill as well as art and cello.
Denise’s life partner is her husband Mike who is a civil engineer and works for the State of Colorado. They have four adult children and seven grandchildren. Spending time with the family and traveling are their favorite leisure time activities. They share their home in Denver with their rescue dogs and cat.
Mike Bender has been singing in scholastic, community, and church choirs and choruses since he was in elementary school. He joined the United Methodist church in the late 1980s and has sung in UMC choirs in Illinois, Kentucky, and Colorado. None of his immediate family has ever seen him without his beard!
Lataine is a mom of 3 amazing children and a grandmother to the cutest granddaughter. She loves spending time with her family doing many fun things that Colorado has to offer, outdoors and indoors. She has attended Bethany since she was a child, her family now attends and her children were all baptized here as well.