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Congregational Leadership Team (CLT)

The Congregational Leadership Team are elected leaders from within the Bloom community who are tasked with safeguarding and stewarding Bloom's overall vision, mission, and life together through prayerful discernment and staff support. The mark of a CLT member is that he/she are individuals who display deep commitment to the Bloom community and lead lives that are reflective of discipleship to Jesus and Spirit-filled ministry. Two CLT leaders are elected from among our house church leaders, two are elected from the greater congregation, and the CLT is led by Bloom's Executive Pastor. 

staff

The staff of Bloom exist for a single purpose: to enable the whole of the Bloom community to continually rise to become a people committed to loving and following Jesus. We see our role as primarily one of equipping and discipleship: from providing our house church leaders with training and resource for shepherding God's people, to gathering the family together for worship and sacrament, to speaking the love and life of the Spirit into one another, and helping to empower the Spirit's work beyond the Bloom community and into the greater world. We are not the providers of programs, but instead are friends coming alongside other friends in the task of being guiding the Bloom community into all that God dreams for her.  

seminarians

We believe deeply in discernment and preparation for ministry, and as such have traditionally made it a point to try to create formational spaces for individuals who desire or demonstrate capability of being leaders in the Church. Thus, 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 life together. In exchange, Bloom provides seminarians with leadership development, mentored formation, and various ministry opportunities.  

Section Leaders

Section Leaders at Bloom serve as a pastoral presence to the House Church Leaders in our community. They meet regularly with House Church Leaders to hear how things are going, offer support and prayer, and encourage house churches towards full health and life with God. Our Section Leaders are also tasked with cultivating a shared life in the community of house churches in their care by planning social gatherings, worship and prayer nights, and service opportunities. 


CLT

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Steven Strott

Congregational Leadership Team

Steven Strott has been on Bloom's leadership team since 2015.  He has also served as a House Church leader and is currently on the Teaching Team.  Steven loves Bloom because of the blend of Scriptural reverence, liturgy, and openness to the Spirit.  He began attending Bloom in 2014 after moving to Denver, where he works as a management consultant.  Structure, processes, clarity, and sustainability make him unusually happy.  When not working or at Bloom, he is almost certainly eating food, reading about food, sharing food with friends, or exercising to offset said food.

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Dulcy Booth

Congregational Leadership Team

Dulcy moved to CO from WA in 2000 where she went from hating hiking to loving it and even running on those blessed trails from time to time. Without children to brag on, it remains for her to discuss her love of beauty, color, having a gin & tonic and discussing this hard and beautiful journey with Jesus and living life with folks on all sorts of paths. Between her and Steven Strott, they have 6 yrs at Harvard University. 

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Steve Gerber

Congregational Leadership Team

Coming from the midwest, I had the privilege to grow up in a home with Christian parents.  I learned from my mom and dad at an early age to value the church and to make a difference in the community.  If the doors where open at church we were there.  As a child I often remember being at church well before my Sunday school teachers!

I went on to study at a Cedarville University and majored in Christian Education and Youth ministry.  My time at Cedarville was formational for me.  I was surrounded by others my age who wanted to serve Jesus too.  It was there that I met my wife Susy.

I have served as a youth pastor on staff at a church and extensively in the non-profit world too.  Currently I own a small roofing company.  Our goal is to create employment opportunities for homeless men who have no other options.  It is rewarding and challenging to run a for profit business while at the same time expanding opportunities for the marginalized in our society.

I am excited to serve on the CLT at Bloom.  I see the community of Bloom as a powerful outpost in the Kingdom of God.  So many here are willing to be involved and make a difference in so many unique areas.  I look forward to all that God has for us in the future.

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Rhonda Dodge

Congregational Leadership Team

Bloom Staff

David Blankenship

Lead Pastor, 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.

david@bloom.church

Michelle Dunn

Director, Bloom Kids

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.

michelle@bloom.church

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Melissa Guthrie

Associate Pastor, Formation

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.

melissa@bloom.church

Seth Slay

Associate Pastor, 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.

seth@bloom.church

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Benten Woodring

Director, 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. 

benten@bloom.church

 

seminarians

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Christin Hersh

Seminarian, Prayer

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. 

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Daniel Mermilliod

Seminarian, Beauty

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.

 

Daniel Martinez

Pastoral/Scriptural Seminarian

Daniel Martinez is originally from Pueblo, Colorado and moved to Denver for Seminary in 2015. He is in his third year of his Master of Divinity degree at Denver Seminary. As a seminarian, his focus is on Scripture and it’s role at Bloom. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, eating good food, watching movies, and hiking with his wife Brooke. 

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Patrick Stoll

Students Seminarian

Patrick is a home-grown Coloradan and has been part of the Bloom family since its beginnings. He was born and raised in Fort Collins and moved to Denver to pursue his passions of graphic design and photography at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. While in school, he got connected with a college ministry, where he met his wife Kaylee and began their careers in ministry together. Over the last 9 years, they have served as full-time campus ministry leaders, started a family, and built a photography/design company. He is excited to serve and worship with the students at Bloom.