Say hello to our leadership team at Rock Creek Church

Pastoral Team

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Brian Hays - Lead Pastor

Brian Hays and his family moved to Colorado in 2015 to become the 3rd Lead Pastor of Rock Creek Church. He is married to his wife Sandy and has four kids (Naomi, Luke, Seth and Max). Brian loves all things outdoors, family, sports, history, politics, and preaching the scriptures! He enjoys a good cup of coffee or a pint along with a great conversation.

"I have given God every reason known to mankind to walk away from me. Every morning I open my eyes and find he is still there with love and forgiveness!" - Brian

Alex Rowan - Associate Pastor (Sunday & Discipleship Ministries)

Alex Rowan joined the Rock Creek Church Leadership Team in 2017. He now serves as the Associate Pastor, overseeing Sunday Mornings and Adult Discipleship Ministries. He is married to his wife Amanda and has two young boys (Teddy and Henry).

"God wooed my heart when I was a teenager and has since changed everything about my life. I couldn't imagine being on any other ride than this beautiful one of following Jesus." - Alex

Wendy Steele - Children's Pastor

Wendy Steele started attending Rock Creek Church with her family in 2019 and joined the leadership team in 2021. She oversees all of our Basecamp Ministries (0-5th grade) during our Sunday services. She and her husband, Tim, have two adult kids, and she likes to garden and go to concerts.

In my long walk through life, and coming to know Jesus as an adult, I am realizing all I truly need is Him. I love how 2 Corinthians 12:9 puts it: " My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

Tanner & Amy Kaler - Student Ministries Pastor

Tanner & Amy Kaler joined the pastoral team during the summer of 2021. Together, they oversee and coordinate Rooted (6th-8th grade) and Thrive (9th-12th) student ministries. They were married in May 2021 and are both avid readers and writers.

"The most amazing thing about our God is that, even when we consistently run from Him, He calls us back to Himself. He is always ready and waiting for us with open arms, drawing us in and urging us to choose Him." - Tanner

Ethan Arnett - Worship Intern

Ethan Arnett recently returned to Colorado after spending a year at Montana Bible College, where his knowledge and passion for God grew immensely. He loves all things outdoors and cars.


Rock Creek Church is an Elder-led church. Elders are nominated and elected by the congregation to oversee the ministries and operations of the church. The pastoral staff submits to the Elder Board and are responsible for the day-to-day life of the church. The Lead Team is comprised of volunteers who are responsible for specific ministries.

Meet Our Elders

Josh Valdez

"I married WAY up!"

Dan Montanari

"I never stop learning."

Lead Team

Randy & Sara Bulow - LIFE|groups Lead

Cindi Dixon - Foster Care Lead

Mimi Newman - Facilities Lead

Amy Hansen - Needs Ministry Lead

Christine Thiessen - Finance Director