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 very deeply in the value of theological education in preparation for ministry, and as such have traditionally made it a point to try to create spaces of ministry for those in seminary who are discerning their call. The “seminarian” on our staff is a person who is pursuing theological education for the service of the church whom we’ve created space for at Bloom to contribute in ways that are congruent with their passions and gifts and also helpful for our community. They serve as unpaid staffers in our community in exchange for our helping with a portion of their educational costs.
Executive 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.
Equipping 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 ensures that the whole of Bloom, house churches, and individuals live into our six commitments through education, discipleship, and formation opportunities. She can also be found drinking too much coffee, talking about liturgy, gallivanting in the mountains, and being an overzealous Clemson football fan.
Equipping 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.
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.
Director, Arts & 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.
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.