Leadership

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.

Doug Heen

Youth Director

Doug has the privilege of serving as the Youth Director. He has worked with students for over ten years in many different contexts, from overseas to the inner city. Doug and his wife, Jodi, come from the Southeast US where the BBQ is sweet and college football is legendary. They met while working for The Navigators campus ministry in Nashville, TN. Currently, Doug is finishing his Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary and expects to graduate May 2022. He is passionate about loving God's word and God's people. Together, Doug and Jodi enjoys hiking, winter sports, reading, walking their dog, Gus, and playfully teasing each other over who loves him more.

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.

Elders

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