In prayer, the leadership of The Connection came together and asked, “God, give us a vision for your church”. Together with God, we began to dream dreams and imagine. Years later, we can confidently say that what we once imagined we are now seeing become a reality!
You can expect to meet broken people whose lives have been changed by Jesus’ love. You can expect that the love Jesus has poured into their life will be poured into yours. You can expect to be accepted just as you are. You can expect to hear messages of hope and encouragement. You can expect to see authentic Christ-followers who take seriously the call to be Christ-like disciples.
Jesus is our center and our desire is to love without reservation just as he exampled for us. We are not perfect, but we are being perfected in Christ’s love. You are invited to join us in this journey of growing in God’s grace and love, connected to each other and to God. When you come to The Connection Church you can expect to find a place where you belong.
Pastor Chris Reiter
Chris is one of the lead pastors at The Connection. Pastor Chris and his wife, Pastor Cherie, have served in ministry together since 2002 and are co-pastors. They have three children: Abigail, Micah and Samuel. Chris completed his undergraduate degree at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma with a B.S. in Theology. He continued his post graduate education at Northwest Nazarene University receiving a Masters in Missional Leadership. Chris’ main passion in ministry through discipleship, where he aims to help individuals know the importance of daily practices, rhythms, and habits of a life of faith. Chris loves spending time with his family, hiking, camping, trail running, and reading. He has backpacked all over the northwest including the Sawtooth Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, Cascades, and the Canyonlands.
Pastor Cherie Reiter
Cherie is one of the lead pastors, co-pastoring The Connection Church with her husband, Chris. She is also the worship pastor, discipling current and next generations to use gifts, talents, and calling to engage in worship, visual arts, and prayer. Cherie completed her undergraduate degree at Northwest Nazarene University in Music, and was recently ordained in the Church of the Nazarene. She records and composes music and worship songs, and is honored to serve as the Women's Ministry director for Colorado Nazarene Discipeship International. Cherie is passionate about making disciples of Jesus Christ. She speaks at conferences and retreats where her main focus is Kingdom transformation, studying scripture, and becoming healthy in heart, soul, mind, and body. Cherie loves spending time with her family, enjoying coffee with friends, thrift store shopping, hospitality, and music collaboration.
Pastor Kristen Sterner
Kristen is the Family Pastor at The Connection Church. She and her husband David have a baby boy, Levi, and two dogs. She holds a bachelor's degree in Ministerial Missions from Olivet Nazarene University and was ordained in the summer of 2022. Kristen is passionate about discipling young people, and also serves in Colorado District leadership where she helps develop future leaders. She loves spending time with her family, walking her dogs, singing, traveling, and being with friends.
Our Support Staff, Board, & Ministry Directors
David Sterner serves on the Support Staff team as the Contracts Coordinating Manager. David helps lead Connection Kids Church, and is on the lead staff for the NextGen student ministry alongside Pastor Kristen.
Do you need to utilize classroom space, or the entire church building for your meeting, business, or event? Contact David Sterner for scheduling and information.
Sara Glover serves on The Connection Church Board and helps lead NDI: Nazarene Discipleship International, which also includes all active Life Groups. She also serves as the Hospitality Ministry Director.
Ryan Guitreau serves on The Connection Church Board and helps lead as the Board Secretary. He also serves as one of the lead Audio & Tech team members.
Tanya Baird serves on The Connection Church Board and helps lead as the Church Treasurer.
Jeremy Faust serves on The Connection Church Board and helps lead in Church Facilities.
Alyssa McCartney serves on The Connection Church Board and helps lead NYI: Nazarene Youth International. Alyssa also serves on the Women's Ministry team.
Byron Brooks serves on The Connection Church Board and helps lead NMI: Nazarene Missions International. Byron also hosts and leads a Life Group.
Sarah Jacobsen serves as The Connection Church Women's Ministry Director.
Our Mission Is To
Make Christlike disciples in the nations
Our Vision Statement
Be authentic and invite all to relationship with God
Live full of hope while partnering with God for the restoration of creation
Love unconditionally and seek holiness
Be connected to one another and to God
Our Core Values
FAITH– Our faith is centered in Jesus, revealed through scripture, and based on the principles of the Church of the Nazarene.
BELONGING– Here, you will find love, support, and encouragement, which is essential to this church. You are needed and accepted.
PRAYER– Prayer is the foundation of our hope in Christ and strength as a church.
MISSION– We are called to be a people following Jesus, and living on mission to the world.
HOPE– We are a people of hope in the redemption and healing of the world.
The Connection Church is part of the global Church of the Nazarene
THESE ARE THE BELIEFS NAZARENES HOLD TO BE TRUE
We believe in the Trinity – God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living
We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually
We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost
We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin
We believe that believers experience the ministry of the Holy Spirit, enabling them to live godly lives and to continue in spiritual growth
We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and to the sanctifying work of God in our lives
We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place