Staff and Elders

Duane Cory

Lead Pastor

Duane is the lead pastor and primary teacher at Deer Creek. He and his wife, Holly, are transplants from the Midwest. In 1987 they moved to Colorado to start this church. Duane earned his Bachelor’s degree from Covenant College and his Master of Divinity from Westminster Seminary. They’ve raised a family of four children and both love the outdoors, this church, and yes, after over 30 years together, they still love each other.

Tim Ringquist 

Executive Pastor

Tim serves as our Executive Pastor. He helps run many of the operations of the church including the staff, finances, facility, communications, benevolence and HR. He also oversees local and global missions. He earned his Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary in 2015. Tim met Jesus as a 19-year-old college student. From the beginning, he has been passionate about the local church.  He enjoys learning, reading a good book, working on house projects, and hanging out with his wife and three girls.

Daniel Nealon

Associate Pastor

Originally from Arvada, Colorado, Daniel and Hannah moved to Nashville in 2013 so that Daniel could attend Vanderbilt University. He studied Theology and received a M.T.S. Before coming to Deer Creek, Daniel was Pastor of Youth and Families at West End Community Church. Daniel loves running, sports, board games, theology, and more-theology. Hannah previously worked as a Ministry Administrative Assistant with Flatrock Community Church (PCA) in Nashville. She is a devoted mother and loves cooking, laughing, gardening, house projects, and family. Daniel and Hannah have four children, Eli, McClaine, and twin girls Jane and Annie.

JonPaul Watson 

Church Planting Resident

JonPaul is our church planting resident. He is on staff preparing to plant a church in Denver in 2024. JP and Carrie met near Richmond, Virginia and got married in 2007. They moved to St. Louis where JP went to Covenant Seminary. Before coming to Deer Creek Church they were on staff for seven years at Christ Presbyterian Church near Greenville, North Carolina.  JP & Carrie have 4 kids, Lucy, Judah, Luke, and Jane. They love the outdoors, food, books, and all kinds of music.

Aaron Ellis

Worship Director

Aaron serves as our Worship Director. He has a Bachelor's degree in Music from Vanguard University of Southern California. Aaron came to faith at the age of 9 at a Petra concert and spends his days with his wife, Jackie, and their four sons. He also loves to skateboard, snowboard, and surf with his family, and also loves to read. 

Sonya Riffel

Children's Director

Sonya leads our children’s ministry, birth to 5th Grade. She earned a BA in Youth Ministry from CCU, a BSW Social Work from Metro, and most recently, an MA in Learning, Developmental and Family Sciences from CU Denver in summer 2020. Prior to joining the staff of Deer Creek Church, she worked as a behavior therapist for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. She and her husband, David, both grew up in Kansas City, but they are happy to be raising their three rambunctious and loving children in Littleton. As a family, they all love to ski, hike, bike, and play outside together with their goldendoodle, Coconut.

Trever Cook

Youth Director

Trever leads our 6th-12th grade youth ministry at DCC by providing teaching, oversight, and care for the incredible volunteer team and families that are a part of our community. Raised in Tucson, Arizona, Trever came to faith through hearing the Gospel from his mom. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Religious Studies. He has been actively leading in youth ministry for years and is passionate about connecting with students. He is working on a Masters Degree from Denver Seminary. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, watching movies, and going on hikes with friends.  Trever and Melissa got married in March 2020.  

Jenny Klausing

Administrative Assistant

Jenny is our part time admin. Her and her husband Demian have been members at Deer Creek since before they were married and are raising all three of their children (now teenagers) here.  After years of homeschooling the children she is back in college working on a multimedia and graphic design degree. When she has free time, she likes reading and hanging out with her husband and family.

Isaiah Knight 

Worship Intern

Isaiah is serving as the worship intern at Deer Creek while finishing his undergraduate studies in Worship Arts and Business at CCU. Raised in Tucson, AZ, Isaiah and his truck are not big fans of the cold weather and miss the desert beauty. Isaiah and his wife Taylor got married in July, 2020. 


Elders are responsible for the spiritual oversight of the church, teaching, shepherding it's people, and modeling for them the Christian life. Our current active elders are: 
  • Duane Cory, Senior Pastor
  • Daniel Nealon, Associate Pastor
  • Tim Ringquist, Executive Pastor
  • Tyler Brinks
  • Caleb Douglas
  • Stephen Gross
  • Demian Klausing
  • David Morgan
  • Robert Rock