Staff, Elders, and Deacons

Daniel Nealon


Daniel serves as our Lead Teaching Pastor.  He oversees church staff and officers.  Originally from Arvada, Colorado, Daniel earned his bachelor’s degree from Hastings College in Nebraska and his Master of Theology degree from Vanderbilt University.  Prior to coming to Deer Creek in 2018, Daniel was Pastor of Youth and Families at West End Community Church in Nashville.  Daniel is married to Hannah (see below), and they are parents to four children:  Eli, McClaine, Jane, and Annie.  He enjoys sports, board games, reading, and theology. 

Tim Ringquist 

Pastor - Executive Pastor

Tim serves as our Executive Pastor.  He is primarily involved in the work of church planting, finances, facility management, human resources, and ministry development.  Tim is originally from Wisconsin and met Jesus as a 19-year-old college student.  He’s been on staff at Deer Creek since 2012.  Tim earned his Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary in 2015 and is currently working on a master’s in Business Administration in Non-Profit Leadership from Concordia University.  He’s married to Laura, and they are parents to four girls: Elsa, Nora, Amara, and Sophia.  Tim enjoys reading, house projects, and hanging out with his family. 

Chad Donohoe 

Pastor - Community Life

As our Pastor of Community Life, Chad is responsible for promoting and developing relationships between the people of Deer Creek, including small group development and the assimilation of new members.  Chad met his wife, Tiffany, at the University of Kansas. Together, they served three years on staff with Cru before attending Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, where Chad received a Master of Divinity degree (2004), a Master in Counseling degree (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 Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, Kansas, in the roles of College Pastor, Men’s Ministry Director, and Interim Pastor. Chad and Tiffany have four children: Peyton, Quinton, Paige, and Ty.  He enjoys hikes with Tiffany, mountain biking, and a hammock with a good book.

JonPaul Watson 

Pastor - Church Planting Resident

JonPaul (JP) is a Church Planting Resident at Deer Creek.  He serves in a variety of roles, including teaching pastor and small group leader, while simultaneously working to plant a church in Englewood, Colorado in the fall of 2023 (Christ Presbyterian Church - Englewood).  JP married his wife, Carrie, in 2007 and attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis.  Prior to joining us at Deer Creek, JP and Carrie were on staff for seven years at Christ Presbyterian Church near Greenville, North Carolina.  They have four children:  Lucy, Judah, Luke, and Jane.  JP loves the outdoors, food, books, and all kinds of music.

David Rapp

Pastor - Church Planting  Resident

David is a Church Planting Resident at Deer Creek.  He serves in a variety of roles, including teaching pastor and small group leader, while simultaneously working to plant a church in Golden, Colorado in the fall of 2024.  David is a native of Denver.  He met his wife, Jennifer, while working together as mountain guides in Colorado during summers in college.  They both attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, where David received his Master of Divinity degree in 2003.  Before coming to Deer Creek in 2022, David and Jennifer started a new Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) campus ministry at the University of Oregon (2003-2008) and then moved to Temple, Texas in 2008 to plant Redeemer Presbyterian Church, which David pastored until 2022. They have three children: Wyatt, Darby, and Stella. David loves being outdoors and especially enjoys various board sports.

Aaron Ellis

Worship Director

Aaron serves as our Worship Director.  He leads our Sunday morning worship services.  Aaron primarily grew up in the Denver metro area and earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Vanguard University of Southern California.  He is currently attending Reformed Theological Seminary and working towards a Master’s in Biblical Studies. Aaron is married to Jackie, and they have four sons:  Boaz, Tyndale, Knox, and Nehemiah.  He loves to skateboard, snowboard, surf with his family, and read. 

Amber Brinks

Kids Ministry Director

Amber serves as our Kids Ministry Director.  She oversees curriculum, volunteers, and all ministry objectives. Amber is originally from Iowa and graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in English.  She developed a love for children’s ministry through the experience of serving as a volunteer for many years.   Amber and her husband, Tyler, began attending Deer Creek as newlyweds in 2006. They have two children, Riley and Hannah, and a beloved golden retriever named Juno.  She enjoys coffee, baking, walking with friends, road trips, hiking, and other simple things.

Hannah Nealon

Kids Ministry Coordinator

Hannah serves as our Kids Ministry Coordinator.  She oversees the administrative needs of our kids ministry, including the preparation of crafts and activities, the maintenance and improvement of our classrooms, and various special projects.  Hannah is originally from Arvada, Colorado, and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University in California.  Prior to coming to Deer Creek, she worked as a Ministry Administrative Assistant with Flatrock Community Church (PCA) in Nashville. Hannah is married to Daniel (see above), and they are parents to four children: Eli, McClaine, Jane, and Annie.  She loves gardening, house projects, being outside in the Colorado sunshine, and family.

Reid Wilking

Youth Director

Reid is our Youth Director.  He oversees the ministry objectives of our youth group (6th-12th grade), trains and supports volunteers, teaches, and hangs out with our youth. Reid was raised right here in Littleton, Colorado and has been attending Deer Creek for close to two decades. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned a degree in mathematics. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Denver Seminary.  In addition to helping with youth, Reid volunteers for the worship team on Sunday mornings.  He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing the piano, speed solving Rubik's cubes, and playing tennis.

Krista Schallus

Youth Assistant 
Krista is our Part Time Youth Assistant. She helps with the discipleship of female students and supports our female leaders.  Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Krista earned her bachelor's degree from Grove City College before making the move out to Colorado.  Krista loves to stay active with her husband Matt. They're avid runners, road bikers, skiers, and hikers, always ready to tackle the next adventure. Krista also enjoys cooking and going for walks with friends to explore all that Colorado has to offer.

Jenny Klausing

Administrative Assistant

Jenny serves as our Administrative Assistant.  She assists our staff with various administrative tasks, including scheduling, finance work, graphic design, facility maintenance, and communication. Jenny is originally from Denver, and she and her husband, Demian, have been members of Deer Creek for over 30 years.  After years of homeschooling her children, she went to college and received a degree in multimedia and graphic design.  Jenny and Demian have three children:  Felicia, Tory, and James. She enjoys reading, photography, and hanging out with her husband and family.

Duane Cory

Founding Pastor

Duane planted Deer Creek Church in 1987 and served as our Senior Pastor for 35 years. He is married to Holly and they have four grown children and many grandchildren. Duane earned his bachelor’s degree from Covenant College and his Master of Divinity from Westminster Seminary. Duane and Holly both love the outdoors, this church, and yes, after over 45 years together, they still love each other. Duane retired in December of 2022 and serves in a volunteer capacity helping with church planting. 


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

  • Daniel Nealon, Senior 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 deacons are:

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