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Bryan Myers
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Bryan grew up in Colorado, went to Bible College in Nebraska, and served several churches in Iowa before coming to Colorado Springs in 1993. He has over 20 years of ministry experience and has served as the senior pastor of Academy Christian Church since December of 2005. Bryan married a dairy farmer’s daughter from Wisconsin in 1982 and he and Diane have three sons; Bryce, Blake and Brandon. Bryan loves to ski and snowboard in the winter and climb Colorado’s 14,000 ft. peaks in the summer.
 
 
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Dave Erickson
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Dave was born in Mason City, IA but grew up in Northwestern Illinois. The son of ministry parents, he has had lifelong involvement with Christian Churches. He and Paula were married in 1979 after meeting at Minnesota Bible College (now Crossroads College). They have four grown children and five grandchildren. Two Graduate degrees have been part of Dave’s training—a Master of Ministry from Kentucky Christian University and a Master of Arts in Preaching and New Testament Studies at Johnson University. He enjoys being active through sports, music, travel, missions trips, and riding a Harley named “Therapy”. Favorite thing to do... ‘high tea’ with a granddaughter. Dave recently joined the staff of Academy Christian Church in April, 2015.
 
 
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Julie Nilsen
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Julie grew up in Wisconsin and married her college sweetheart, Brad. They enjoy spending time with their family, hiking and biking the Colorado trails. Julie has over 20 years of experience serving children and families through education, administration, and curriculum development. She considers it a joy to serve at Academy Christian Church.
 
 
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Lisa D Edmonds
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Lisa has been a Leader of Worship for several large churches in the Rocky Mountain Region for over 25 years before joining the staff of ACC in 2015. Utilizing her gift of "encouragement" Lisa managed her own fitness company which provided fitness classes and personal training sessions for the United States Army, Air Force, and civilians at the local YMCA. She's been to 17 countries, sung throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, completed 2 marathons and 4 half marathons (to-date), swung across the Royal Gorge, hiked a 14er, skydived, went on a missions trip, and is looking forward to many more adventures. Lisa has been married for more than twenty one years, and has two beautiful daughters.
 
 
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Taylor Downs
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Taylor was born in Johnson City, New York, but grew up right outside of Atlanta GA. He grew up in the church his whole life as a preacher’s grandson and wanted to do nothing more than serve in the church himself. He attended Johnson University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Ministry and Preaching. He then decided to continue school and get his Master’s in Education. In 2015 he joined the staff at ACC. He loves most sports, but soccer is his favorite.
 
 
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Tom W Heun
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Tom was born and raised in Waterloo Iowa. Moved to Phoenix Arizona in 1987 where he gave his life to Christ and began serving God in music. Tom has been married for 28 years to his wonderful and beautiful wife Karen. They have two daughters as beautiful as their mother. He and his wife own and operate a screen printing and embroidery company called Advanced Impressions here in Colorado Springs for 20 years. We have been blessed to serve God through music over the years in various Christian bands and worship teams and it is a joy to be serving at Academy Christian Church.
 
 
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Ann Betz
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Ann grew up in New Jersey and came to Colorado to attend the Colorado School of Mines. After college, she married Mike and together they have two beautiful girls. Ann enjoys hiking, biking and spending time with her family. Ann and her family have been members at for four years. She joined the ACC staff in February 2016.
 
 
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Kris Young
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Kris and her family moved to Colorado Springs in June of 2010. She and her husband, Michael became members of Academy Christian Church in 2011. They have two girls, Mikayla and jasmine and have been married since 1994. Colorado became their permanent home in December, 2014 when Michael retired from the Air Force after serving over 20 years. Kris has been working at the church since 2012. She enjoys yard work and spending time with her family and their Labrador, Ginger.
 
 
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David Hee
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David was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from Westmont College in California. After graduation he took a position with Ford Motor Credit Company in Ventura, CA where he met Melissa. They were married in 1991 and have two children, Connor and Samantha. He worked for Ford Motor Credit Company for 30 years and retired in 2016. He enjoys fly fishing, golf, hunting and spending time with his family. He joined ACC in 2016 as the Financial Secretary and is also assisting with the Facilities Ministry Team.
 
 
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Jane Folkerts
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Jane grew up in northern Illinois and married her husband, Mike, in 1989. After graduation from college with Elementary and Early Childhood Education degrees, she traveled the world alongside Mike during his 21 years in the Air Force. She enjoys being a full time mom to Meg, Melanie and Matt and serving at church and school events. She loves children, playing volleyball, baking, spending time with her family and traveling.
 
 
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Melissa Hee
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Melissa was born in raised in California where she graduated from college and was married to her husband, David, in 1991. While still in California, they had their two children, Connor and Samantha. Melissa has served on staff at ACC since 2010.
 
 
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Patty L Hogan
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Patty was born in Grapevine, TX and grew up in Fort Worth, TX. In 1986 moved to Scottsdale, AZ, where she owned a construction company, met her husband, Don and married in 1995. She has three children, two step-children and fourteen beautiful grandchildren. Patty and Don moved to Colorado in 2013 and joined ACC in February 2014. She enjoys hiking, jogging, biking & quilting. Patty joined ACC staff in April, 2015.
 
 
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Robin E Michelson
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Robin is passionate about young children’s ministry and believes it is our greatest opportunity for local evangelism! Born and raised in Washington State, she graduated from northwest Nazarene University with a degree in Elementary Education. Robin and her husband Brad have been married for 23 years and have four children. Moved to Colorado in 1993, has taught in CO School Districts 20 & 38, a curriculum writer for David C. Cook. Robin has attended ACC for three years. She enjoys sewing, reading and traveling.
 
 
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Danielle Curtice
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Ruth Patnaude
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Ruth was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL. She met her husband Robert in 1991 and they married in 1994. They moved with the Air Force to California and Hawaii before moving to Colorado Springs in 2002. Ruth loves being a mother to Joe, Taylor, Allie, step-sons Cory, Kevin, daughter-in-law Allison and grandchildren Ceci and AJ. Ruth has been a member at ACC since 2002 and is honored to have joined the staff in 2017.
 
 
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Craig Butterfield
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Craig Butterfield has been a member of  Academy Christian since 2011.  Craig and Elaine were married in 1972 and have five grown children.  Craig serves on the First Encounter & Security Teams and Bakery Ministry, He is also involved in Children’s Ministry and is a Men’s Breakfast Group Leader.
 
 
Richard Crabtree
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Richard Crabtree has been a member of Academy Christian Church for more than 30 years. For 18 years, he served as senior pastor of Academy. Upon retiring from Academy, he accepted the position of Executive Director of South Pacific Christian Fellowship, a mission that works in New Zealand and Australia. He currently teaches the Road to Emmaus Adult Bible Fellowship (ABF).
 
 
Mike Folkerts
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Mike Folkerts has been a member of Academy Christian since 2009. He and Jane have been married since 1989 and have three children, Megan, Melanie and Matthew. Retiring from the Air Force after 21 years, Mike currently works as an air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board. Mike teaches the 5th/6th Grade Boys Bible Fellowship class and leads the 3rd service First Encounter Team.
 
 
Larry Keith Jacob
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Larry Jacob has been a member of Academy Christian since 1992 and has served as an elder since 1994. Larry leads the first service First Encounter Ministry Team. Larry is also a member of the Facilities Ministry Team serving as the Facilities Maintenance Director.
 
 
Larry Lawrence
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Larry Lawrence has been a member of Academy Christian for the past 19 years. Larry has served in the roles of Deacon and Greater Things Stewardship Campaign Co-director at Academy Christian. He has been serving as elder for the past 3 years. He currently is the Facilities Ministry Team leader and co-teacher for the Ragamuffins Adult Bible Fellowship (ABF).
 
 
Steve McFarland
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Steve McFarland has been a member of Academy Christian since 1997 and has served as elder since 1999. He is our Church Business Administrator, participates in the Worship Team as a vocalist, Co-Teaches the Journey Adult Bible Fellowship (ABF), has helped with VBS and has been small group leader.
 
 
David F. Smith
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Dave has been a member of Academy Christian for more than 22 years. Dave was a past elder at Academy Christian and currently teaches the 4th Grade Elementary Bible Fellowship class, as well as playing piano/keyboard in the contemporary worship Praise Band. Dave currently works as a computer project/process analyst.
 
 
Bryan Myers
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Bryan grew up in Colorado, went to Bible College in Nebraska, and served several churches in Iowa before coming to Colorado Springs in 1993. He has over 20 years of ministry experience and has served as the senior pastor of Academy Christian Church since December of 2005. Bryan married a dairy farmer’s daughter from Wisconsin in 1982 and he and Diane have three sons; Bryce, Blake and Brandon. Bryan loves to ski and snowboard in the winter and climb Colorado’s 14,000 ft. peaks in the summer.
 
 
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