Staff, Elders, and Deacons

Duane Cory

Founding 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 40 years together, they still love each other. Duane is retiring in December. 

Daniel Nealon

Pastor - Teaching 

Daniel is originally from Arvada, Colorado and is married to Hannah. He studied Theology and received a M.T.S. from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to Deer Creek, Daniel was Pastor of Youth and Families at West End Community Church. Daniel loves being active, sports, board games, reading, theology, and more-theology. Daniel and Hannah have four children: Eli, McClaine, Jane, and Annie. 

Tim Ringquist 

Pastor - 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 four girls, Elsa, Nora, Amara and Sophia. 

Chad Donohoe 

Pastor - Community Life

Chad oversees community life at Deer Creek, which includes small groups and assimilation. Chad and Tiffany met at the University of Kansas and were married in 1996. They served three years on staff with Cru before attending Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, where Chad received a Masters of Divinity (2004), a Masters in Counseling (2004), and a Doctorate in Ministry in Faith, Vocation, and Culture (2015). Before coming to Deer Creek in 2022, Chad served for eighteen years at Grace EPC in Lawrence, KS, in the roles of College Pastor, Men’s Ministry Director, and Interim Pastor. Chad and Tiffany have four children, Peyton, Quinton, Paige, and Ty.

JonPaul Watson 

Pastor - Church Planting

JonPaul is our church planting resident. He is on staff preparing to plant a church in Denver in 2023. 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.

David Rapp

Pastor - Church Planting 

David is on staff and preparing to plant a new church in Golden. David is a native of Denver
where he grew up through 3rd grade before moving to Houston. He and his wife, Jennifer, met while working as mountain guides for Young Life’s Wilderness Ranch in Colorado during summers in college and married in 2000. They attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis where David received his Master of Divinity in 2003. Before coming to Deer Creek Church in 2022, they started a new Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) campus ministry at the University of Oregon (2003-2008) and then moved to Temple, TX in 2008 to plant Redeemer Presbyterian Church, which David pastored until 2022. They have three children: Wyatt, Darby, and Stella. They love being outdoors and David especially enjoys various board sports.

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. 

Amber Brinks

Kids Ministry Director

Amber is originally from Iowa and graduated from Northwestern College with a degree in English Education.  After working as an English teacher, a cake decorator, a paralegal, and a stay-at-home mom, she is now serving as our Director of Children's Ministry.  Amber developed a love for children’s ministry through the experience of serving as a volunteer for many years.  She enjoys coffee, baking, walking with friends, road trips, hiking, and other simple things.  Amber and her husband Tyler began attending Deer Creek Church as newlyweds in 2006. They have two kids, Riley and Hannah, and a beloved golden retriever named Juno.

Hannah Nealon

Kids Ministry Coordinator

Hannah is married to the associate pastor, Daniel. She previously worked as a Ministry Administrative Assistant with Flatrock Community Church (PCA) in Nashville. She loves gardening, house projects, being outside in the Colorado sunshine and family. Daniel and Hannah have four children: Eli, McClaine, Jane and Annie.

Jackie Ellis 

Youth Assistant 

Jackie has been married to our Worship Director, Aaron Ellis for 15 years and is the proud momma of four boys (Boaz, Tyndale, Knox, and Nehemiah). Originally from California, she attended Vanguard University and has a BA in Psychology. Other than raising her four children, Jackie volunteers for the tech team and is currently taking classes to pursue a career in nursing. She enjoys any activities with water, decorating, watching movies, and having fun with the family.

Reid Wilking

Youth Assistant 

Reid was raised in Littleton, CO and has been attending Deer Creek Church for close to two decades. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in mathematics. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Denver Seminary. Reid volunteers for the worship team on Sunday mornings in addition to helping with youth, and enjoys time with family/friends, playing the piano, speed solving Rubik's cubes and tennis.

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 are responsible for the spiritual oversight of the church, teaching, shepherding, and modeling the Christian life. Our current elders are:

  • Duane Cory, Senior Pastor
  • Daniel Nealon, Associate Pastor
  • Tim Ringquist, Executive Pastor
  • Tyler Brinks
  • Caleb Douglas
  • Demian Klausing
  • David Morgan
  • Brian Szilagyi
  • Derek Peters
Deacons are responsible for modeling the sympathy and service of Jesus within the church. They oversee benevolence needs, mercy ministry, and service projects. Our current deacons are:

  • Terry Bate
  • Ashley Wenger
  • Russ Baker (Assistant)