Welcome to the website of the Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church.
Wheat Ridge UMC has been in mission and ministry since 1873 with a
meaningful past, a vibrant presence and a commitment to the future.
Wheat Ridge UMC is a welcoming congregation and extending an
invitational to all who are looking for a Church home and fellowship
where they can receive the gift of Jesus Christ and to grow as a
disciple in their faith journey.
I invite you to read our
News and Views Newsletter.
services are at 9:00 AM with our Praise Service and at 10:00 our
educational hour with a class or study group for all ages. Our
Traditional Service at 11:00 AM. We look forward to meeting you and
please contact us if you need more information.
Rev Aaron Gray
Reverend Gray is a native of Denver, Colorado. A graduate of Regis
College and the Iliff School Of Theology, Rev. Gray has been a United
Methodist Pastor for twenty-five years and has served a variety of
congregations from the plains of Colorado to inner city Denver.
A deep concern for community involvement, Rev. Gray has served on the Denver
School Board and worked on issues around literacy and parent involvement in
schools and well as supporting the role of teachers. Rev. Gray has been married
to Lou An Gray since 1984. They have two sons, Ryan and Deshon. A passion for
preaching, teaching, reading and walking; Rev. Gray is always available for
listening, counseling and caring for the needs of others.
Michelle is a graduate of
Illinois Wesleyan University with a Music Education Degree. She has held
many different jobs around the country following her husband who is a member
of the US Navy. Wheat Ridge UMC has been her church home since March of 2014
when her family was stationed at Buckley Air Force Base. Michelle is happy to join
the family here at Wheat Ridge UMC and sings in the Chancel Choir as well.
Contemporary Praise and Worship Leader
I am a Colorado Native and raised in the Arvada/Wheat Ridge area.
I attended Pomona High School and graduated in the class of ‘75. I've been in Praise and
Worship for 20 years in the Metro Denver area. God had called me
to Mission work where I ministered musically in Ecuador, Guatemala,
Mexico, Moldova, Ukraine, & Belarus. I am currently a student in
Metro State University's music program.
Traditional Worship Music Leader
Steve Mallinson received his Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin
University in Decatur, Illinois and his Master of Music Degree from
Northern Illinois University. He has done additional
graduate study at Northwestern University, The Vandercook College of
Music and University of Washington in Seattle, among others. He
has studied choral and instrumental conducting with Maestro Daniel
Barenbohm, Chicago Symphony, Dr. Paul Christiansen, St. Olaf College,
and Howard Swann of Westminster Choir College. Mr. Mallinson is
the Associate Conductor of the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra and a
founding member of the Timberline Brass Quintet. His Church choir
career began at Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church in Mt. Zion,
Illinois. He came to Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church in 1972.
And is presently leading the choir at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in
Arvada, CO as well as Wheat Ridge U.M.C.
Mr. Mallinson's goal is to provide the best in choral literature
for the choir and congregation and have fun and good Christian
fellowship at the same time. In the past the Chancel Choir at
Wheat Ridge U.M.C. has performed many major choral works with a small
orchestra including John Rutter's "Gloria" and
"Requiem, Handel's "Messiah" and the Faure
"Requiem." The Wheat Ridge Choir was invited to sing at
"Sacred Music on the Prairie" in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Steve has two living children, Kristin Lee and Stephen James and a
granddaughter, Sarah Danielle. He and his wife Terry, reside in
Arvada, CO. He likes to Play golf, oil paint and being a grandfather to
Helen Connolly has been a church organist for 35 years and has
played at WRUMC since 1991. She is a graduate of Boise State University
and a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ
Director of Bell Choir
Caroline Mallory is a life-long member of Wheat Ridge UMC. She
graduated from the University of Colorado receiving a Bachelor of Music
Education and a Master of Music with an emphasis in Choral Literature
and Conducting. She has been ringing handbells since 1983 and directing
them since 1987. Caroline direct the Wheat Ridge UMC Jubilation Ringers
and the Timberline Handbell Ensemble, Inc. She rings with the Rocky
Mountain Ringers, Inc. Caroline is a member of the AGEHR, and has
received the National AGEHR Level I Conductors recognition. She
and members of the Wheat Ridge UMC Jubilation Ringers are actively
involved in AGEHR guild activities and events on the local, state,
area, national, and international level. Caroline retired from the
Jefferson County Public Schools after serving 33 years as a music
teacher in grades 1-12. Caroline also serves as the assistant church
Director of Children and Family Ministries
I am a Colorado native. I was born in Fort Collins, the
second of four girls and I grew up in Denver. I have a
Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in
History, emphasis on the American West. I played soccer in
high school, the first year they had a girl’s team in
Denver, and during my college years, I was a member of the
Metropolitan State College’s Women’s Soccer team, where we
were fourth in the nation. I did my student teaching in
Pueblo County, where my family has lived for the last 100
years. I have lived in Wheat Ridge for the past 17 years,
and I have been a member of Wheat Ridge United Methodist
Church for the past 14 years. I have one son, Dallas. In
my spare time, I love to play soccer, read, swim, listen to
music and hang out with my family.
Laura joined the staff in 2005 as the Treasurer for Wheat Ridge
United Methodist Church. She lives in Arvada with her husband and two
children. Laura enjoys spending time with her family, bike riding and
traveling. Laura has been a life long member of Wheat Ridge United
Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church
7530 West 38th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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