Why does Bloom have staff?
The staff of Bloom exist for a single purpose: to enable the community to continually rise to become a people on mission with Jesus. We see our role as primarily one of equipping and discipleship: from providing our house church leaders with training and resources for shepherding God’s people, to organizing those called to a ministry of prayer to pray over the sick and hurting in our community, to gathering the family together for corporate worship and instruction. We’re not the providers of programs. We are friends coming alongside other friends in the task of being what God has called us to be.
Why does Bloom have Seminarians?
We believe deeply in discernment and preparation for ministry, and as such have traditionally made it a point to try to create spaces for individuals who desire to be a future leader in the Church. The “seminarian” is a person pursuing theological education and/or ministry opportunities for the service of the local church. He/She serves Bloom in ways congruent with his/her passions and gifts and that are mutually beneficial to Bloom's common life together. In exchange, Bloom provides seminarians with leadership development, mentored formation, and various ministry opportunities.
Community Life & Development
David Blankenship was born and raised in Texas, and after graduating from Baylor University, headed to Denver Seminary to earn his masters in counseling. David works to build the culture, structure, and organization of Bloom, as well as leading and developing our staff, congregational leadership team, and our team of house church leaders. David also oversees all aspects of our Sunday gathering and develops our team of preachers.
Andrew comes from the greater of the two Dakota's aka South Dakota. He moved to Denver in 2015 and is a student at Denver Seminary. Andrew hopes to leverage his studies and inability to sit still for the greater good of Denver, the world, and our community by equipping Bloom towards Justice efforts. When not in the U.S. you will most likely find Andrew in East Africa, where he works with a community development organization in Uganda and Rwanda.
Michelle is a passionate advocate for women and family issues. She uses her communications and administration experience to help with the spiritual formation of Bloom Families. Michelle was born in Iowa, raised in Phoenix Arizona and now with her husband Aaron and their three daughters Kylie, Christian, and Kenedee she call Denver home.
Melissa hails from the orange land of Clemson, South Carolina but somehow escaped the southern accent. She has been in Denver and a part of Bloom since 2012. Melissa's work focuses on formation, education, and equipping opportunities for the common life of our community. She can also be found drinking too much coffee, talking about liturgy, gallivanting in the mountains, and being an overzealous Clemson football fan.
Music & Arts
Seth is a worship leader who was born in Oklahoma, raised in Texas, met his wife, Hannah, in Arkansas, worked in Iowa, and now calls Denver his home. He and Hannah have two boys, Elliot and Alden. Seth likes good coffee, good food, good conversation and anything that tells a good story.
Branding & Media
Benten is a Colorado native and has been part of the Bloom community since 2011. Benten works to intentionally craft the brand and messaging around the mission and vision of the Bloom community. He has a passion for design and enjoys bikes and a good cup of coffee.
Director, Operations & Events
Debbie is a proud mom of two boys, Benjamin and Caden. She loves coffee, watching football, and sports and games in general. Debbie was born and raised in Colorado and spent seven years in Dallas where she met her beloved husband Adam.
Christine departed from Texas in 2015 and has been worshipping at Bloom ever since. As a seminarian, she focuses on developing prayer at Bloom, which she affectionately and begrudgingly describes as "resting in the listening with God." She is also a student at Denver Seminary studying Formation and Soul Care and a Project Manager at the Denver Institute for Faith and Work. She also loves backpacking, medium rare steaks, a good old-fashioned spelling bee, and re-re-reading the Harry Potter series.
Daniel Mermilliod is a multifaceted artist born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. As a Seminarian, his intention is recognizing, partaking in, and sharing beauty in all forms, with all people. He does what he can.