District News

The Colorado District Board in its recent Board Meeting, made some recent exciting decisions.

New Churches

The District Board has approved four new church plants: Pastor Hector Gonzalez to go to Connect Church, Eagle; Pastor Ricardo Sanchez to go to Tierra Santa, Arvada; Pastor Sammy Garcia to go to Lafayette; and Pastor Gary Kiwimagi to go to Parker.

Ministers' License

The District Board has approved two new license applications: Rev. Erick Romero (General) and Rev. Oscar Valencia (Local). We welcome these two ministers into the Colorado District UPCI. Also, the Board has approved four application for upgrade in license status from local to general: Jonathan Knott, Sean Harriel, Lonnie Samora, and David Wasserburger. We congratulate all these ministers.

Previous News

Previously, the District Board approved the following ministers for license or upgrade with the UPCI: Donald E. Haymon II, (Ordained), Jason Avant (Ordained), Silvestre Rangel (G), Joel Medina (G), Brian Arrand (G), Marquis Johnson (L), Jason Riviere (L), Nathaniel Krouse (L), Tyrel Lasley (L), Jason Zedlitz (L), Hector Gonzalez (L), and Joshua Plummer (L).

Recent News and Information

Please pray for Pastor's Wife, Sister Rowan whose mother, Sister Sylvia Hilton (of Olathe KS) has just passed away. Please pray for Pastor Larry Pollard and family upon the death of his stepfather, Dennis Norton. Please pray for Sister Becky West and the Life Tabernacle UPC congregation upon the death of Pastor Dennis E. West.

Also coming soon...
Ladies Conference
is July 28-30, 2016. Ladies Conference Online Preregistration Link.

Dennis West Funeral Service

The funeral service for Bishop Dennis E. West was held on Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 at 1:00 PM., at Victory Life Church - Grand Valley, 2066 Highways 6 & 50, Fruita, Colorado 81521.

Dennis West To Glory!!

It is with great sadness, that I must announce to you the passing of Pastor Dennis E. West. Obviously, as a long time Colorado District Pastor and esteemed elder amongst us, long-time Board Member, former District Secretary-Treasurer, former District Superintendent, Presbyter, etc., his influence upon all of us cannot be overstated! We all loved him. And we love and will pray for Sister Becky West, the West family and the Life Tabernacle family.

That occasion which we all have been dreading, but which Glory has been happily anticipating, has now come. Our loved and admired; steadfast and faithful Soldier of the Cross, Bishop/Pastor Dennis E. West, has now laid down his weapons. In a sense, he has traded his cross for his crown. My ears desire to hear what Jesus has surely now said, "Well done, good and faithful servant!! Enter into the joys of your Lord!"

Our hopes for a miracle of healing and restoration have now been superseded by the Lord's will to take his servant; his son home to Glory! "To die is gain!" Our sorrow; yet Pastor West' rejoicing. We do not sorrow like others; because we also have Hope!!

We ought not to underestimate Pastor West' impact in both Grand Junction and across our fellowship... which has indeed been incredible!! As a long time leader in the Colorado District; Board Member/Presbyter, District Secretary-Treasurer, District Superintendent, and Pastor at Life Tabernacle in Grand Junction, he has led with distinction for so many years!!

We love him; His spiritual legacy and heritage will live on in all of us who choose to live the principle he exampled. All of our lives were enriched by knowing him. Honour to whom honour is due. We have known his labour for the Lord. Like the prophet Daniel, he was a man "in whom was an excellent spirit." I wonder if the Disciples in Glory have been anxious to meet such a man!

Let us all continue in prayer for our dear Sister West ... for Brother and Sister West' family ... and for the Saints of Life Tabernacle, Grand Junction.

In Jesus Christ, Our Lord,
Marney Turpin
Kevin M. Shaw
Colorado District UPCI

Prayer Requests and News!

1. Please pray for Pastor Carl Sutter (of Alamosa) will be having hip replacement surgery tomorrow, April 6th in Denver, at Parker Adventist Hospital, 9395 Crown Crest Blvd, Parker.

2. Please pray for Pastor Vincent Medina (of Denver/Broomfield) who is in the hospital, Good Samaritan in Lafayette. He has had a pulmonary embolism and has blood clots in his outer lungs, and 1 in his leg. He had been discharged on Sunday afternoon, but was readmitted yesterday after having trouble breathing and sleeping. Now doctors believe he has liquid in his lungs and tomorrow, they will be doing a procedure to unblock his arteries of his heart.

3. Please take note of this year's dates for Senior Youth Camp. They are different than last year. Please make sure that all people in your church know what the dates are for this event. They are June 15-18, 2016.

District Conference 2016!

This year's District Conference will be on April 28-30, 2016 at the Double Tree by Hilton Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado. Please click to go to the District Conference webpage for more information.

New Pastor in Loveland

We welcome Pastor and Sister Jason Avant who were elected pastor at The Pentecostals of Loveland. We are glad that you are now part of our District and fellowship. We are looking forward to a long time of laboring together with you in the Work of the Lord!

Updated 2015 District Planning Calendar

Newly Licensed Ministers:

On May 1, 2014, the Colorado District Board approved Stephen Brown, Brian Arrand, and Thomas Koren to hold Local License with the United Pentecostal Church International.  Additionally, the Board approved Juan Castiblanco to upgrade to General License and Mark Henry to upgrade to Ordination.  Brother and Sister Henry were ordained on Friday afternoon at our District Campmeeting!  

During the past year, the District also approved Ana Griffits, Nancy Anderson, David Kiwimagi, Stephen Walker and Peter Gullickson for Local License; also Wesley White and Thomas Gibson were upgraded to General License.

Update: Funeral for Reverend Robert Blackman

The funeral for Robert Blackman will be Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm.

It will be at the Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home in Loveland.

Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home
1102 N. Lincoln
Loveland, CO 80537

Bishop Hale will be officiating.

Please come and help us honour this Elder and his years of faithful service in the Kingdom of the Lord. Elder Blackman received his license in October of 1955, nearly 60 years ago.

In Jesus,
Kevin M. Shaw

Robert Blackman Promoted!

Dear Members of the United Pentecostal Church in the Colorado District,

I am writing you to let you know about the promotion of one of the Lord's soldiers. The Reverend Robert Blackman, a longtime member of the United Pentecostal Church, licensed minister since October 14, 1955, nearly 60 years, had almost reached his 96th birthday, when the Lord called him home to Glory yesterday morning (April 14, 2015) at about 5 am.

We expect that there will be a funeral in Loveland and a burial in Iowa. The arrangements have not yet been fully set. We will update you when we are able.

Please be in prayer for his grieving family members including Pastor and Sister Ed Wilke and their children (Sister Wilke is Brother Blackman's daughter).

Kevin M. Shaw
District Secretary-Treasurer
United Pentecostal Church
Colorado District

Sectional Conferences

Please see the Sectional Conference Election Results.

Ladies Conference DropCard Link

New Event: Colorado Vision Weekend

District: Unity, Vision Casting, and Planning Sessions
This event will be for all District Leaders: District Board and Departmental Leaders
and Secretaries!!
(Attendance is mandatory!!)

Date: August 22-23, 2014 (Friday night, Saturday)
Location: House of Worship UPC, Denver
Friday: 7:00pm – Saturday 9:00 – 1:00 pm

Fall Planning District Board Meeting:

The Fall Planning District Board Meeting will be on October 28, 2014.  Each Department must attend and present their Plans and Budget for the coming year; 2015. These Department Plans and Budgets should include: 

1) For the Budget: the Income you expect to receive during the year 2014 and the list of Expenses that you anticipate for each activity and type of expenditure, and 

2) For Plans: the proposed dates for all events and proposed names of speakers for all events.

These are the crucial pieces of information that the District Board will need to focus its time on during the planning sessions. It will help the Board Meeting (Planning Session) to go smoothly if you include all these necessary items and minimize other unnecessary matters.

District Conference News

Bishop Hale asked the District Conference to not consider his name for District Superintendent this year.  All of us in the United Pentecostal Church would like to thank Bishop Hale for over 30 years of exemplary leadership in Colorado and on the General Board!  We will continue our celebration of his service at Campmeeting!

Pastor Marney Turpin was elected our new District Superintendent.  District Conference Election Results

Subsequently, Edward Cantu was elected (in a specially called Sectional Conference) to fill the unexpired term of Section 4 Presbyter (vacated by Marney Turpin).

Newly Licensed Ministers:

On May 1, 2014, the Colorado District Board approved Stephen Brown, Brian Arrand, and Thomas Koren to hold Local License with the United Pentecostal Church International.  Additionally, the Board approved Juan Castiblanco to upgrade to General License and Mark Henry to upgrade to Ordination.  Brother and Sister Henry will be ordained on Friday afternoon at our District Campmeeting!  

During the past year, the District also approved Ana Griffits, Nancy Anderson, David Kiwimagi, Stephen Walker and Peter Gullickson for Local License; also Wesley White and Thomas Gibson were upgraded to General License.

Global Missions Director:

The District Board has appointed Pastor Nevin Bass (of Castle Rock) to fill the unexpired term of Pastor Rodney Garner as the District Global Missions Director.   We thank Pastor Garner for his many years of faithful labour supporting our appointed Global Missionaries!!!   We welcome Pastor Bass to his new responsibilities!!

Ministerial Dues

Pay Your Ministerial Dues Online
Ministers credentialed in the Colorado District can pay their monthly dues or their ministerial tithes by mailing a check to:

Colorado District UPCI
999 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, Colorado 80246

or alternatively can pay online using a credit or debit card on our secure Web page.
To make a payment Click Here!