Rev. Ian Gregory Cummins, Lead Pastor of Spiritual Life
Ian came to Montview in 2002 and this is his first full-time pastorate. Before coming to Montview he worked with people with a variety of developmental and physical disabilities. His Master of Divinity degree is from the Iliff School of Theology (1998) and his undergraduate work is in Business and Finance at Transylvania University in Kentucky, where he grew up. He and his wife Laura have two young children and a labradoodle named Henry. When he is not at the church he enjoys tennis, soccer and coffee shops. He has budding interests in photography and stone masonry.
Rev. Dr. Dee Cooper, Lead Pastor for Congregational Life for the Interim Period
We are pleased to announce that Montview’s Lead Pastor for Congregational Life for the Interim Period will be the Rev. Dr. Dee Cooper. Dee has been serving the last seven years as the Pastor and Head of Staff at Church of the Hills Presbyterian Church (USA) in Evergreen, CO. Dee graduated with a Doctorate of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, in San Anselmo, CA a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, MA and a Master of Educational Psychology degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. She has had a wide range of professional experience including over 21 years in private practice as a Clinical Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. She has served churches in Lowell, MA, (200 members) Wichita, KS (700 members), and Brentwood, CA (1,600 members). She also worked for several years in Higher Education Administration, as the Assistant Dean of Students at a mid-western university, advising fraternities and sororities. Dee’s passions include her beloved Golden Retriever, Maggie, and her various animal connections. She loves to bike, swim, and explore. Her sabbatical and post sabbatical adventures include playing with lions in South Africa (yes that’s a lion cub in the photo), swimming with dolphins in the wild in Bimini, working with wolves in Divide, CO and working with horses and equine therapy. Her long range dream is to launch a national non-profit, Sophie’s Spirit, a human-canine response team for those experiencing trauma or natural disaster.
Rev. Sheri Fry, Associate Pastor
Sheri joined Montview’s Program Staff in 1999. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of CA at Santa Barbara and an Masters of Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology. She was ordained in the Presbyterian Church as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in 2008. Sheri works with youth in 6th grade through 12th grade as well as participates in college ministry. She is married to Brian Pendleton and together they have three children. Sheri enjoys travel, mountain biking, playing outside and spending time with her family and the youth from Montview Church.
Sandy Prouty, Minister of Children & Families
Sandy joined Montview’s Program Staff in 2002. She holds a BA and MA in Education and was a teacher and administrator in both public and private schools for 24 years. Sandy feels that she was called to her work with the children and families of this church and the call continues. She very much enjoys the program development and relationship aspects of this position. Sandy has four children, two girls and two boys, who are all in their twenties. Her favorite pastimes are reading, running and having long conversations with family and friends.
John Kuzma, Minister of Music
John has been Montview’s Minister of Music since 1987. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Illinois and as a Fulbright Scholar studied at the University of Copenhagen. Before coming to Denver he was music director of the American Boychoir (Princeton, NJ), the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego. John has performed widely as a concert organist and is active as a composer. His compositions have been performed by the Colorado and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, many regional orchestras and choirs in addition to many Colorado ensembles. In recent years he has renewed his childhood interest in Latin and Greek studies and spends most of his non musical hours in efforts with classical authors and other reading. John’s wife since 1968, Bess, is a school administrator.