Meet Our Leadership Team

Will Johnson

Pastor Will loves gardening, running, board games, and all things pirates. He grew up in western Washington State and moved to Colorado in 2018. His love of learning leads him to an eclectic variety of subjects, including economics, social-psychology, ecology, and empowering followers of Christ. Pastor Will graduated from Luther Seminary in Minnesota with a Master of Divinity Degree. After seminary, he and his wife spent a year in South Africa, Cameroon, and western Europe studying preaching and the future of the church. He then served as a pastor in Glendive, Montana, and Broomfield, Colorado, before being called to Nativity Lutheran Church. Pastor Will is also a Transition Coach for congregations in the Rocky Mountain Synod, and a trainer for the Excellence in Leadership initiative.

Bill Cox, Council President

I’m the lucky husband to Carolyn, the father of two fine men and one fine woman, the grandfather to six and great grandfather to two.  I’m also the co-pet parent of an eleven week old puppy.  I grew up in Arizona and began my career at Allstate Insurance there.  We moved to the Chicago area for about fifteen years to work in several leadership roles in their Headquarters. And then retirement in Denver where our son, daughter in law and two grandsons live. My faith journey began with my giving my life to Jesus at the age of eight. Both Carolyn and I have been blessed and want to give back in any way we can. I’ve served on the boards of nonprofits wherever we’ve lived and the Executive Committee or Council of our last three churches. We are so glad to have found Nativity as our church home and in a fairly short period of time have truly fallen in love with the church and congregation, at least those we’ve met. I hope to be able to help the church grow and serve our community. Thank you for this opportunity.

Debbie Reece, Council Vice President

Debbie Reece is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with nearly 20 years of experience in nonprofit association and event management. Debbie has been married for more than 10 years to Sean Reece. She is a mother of two young kids and loves to travel, cook, paint, sew, garden, bike-ride and play with her dog, Starla in her free time. Debbie and her family started attending Nativity on Christmas Eve, 2019. She is excited to help support the church on council and also supports the children’s ministry and church facility committee. She also manages our marketing.

Mary Hunt, Secretary

A little bit about myself...I have two sons, Jonathan and Joshua.  Jonathan is married to Shanel and they have three children; Ziah, Quade, and Makayla.  I moved to this area about 5 years ago and have been attending Nativity for about four years.  When I moved here I drove past this little church on the corner everyday and it really called to me.  I noticed that this church had Wednesday evening services and that worked perfect for my family situation at that time.  So I wandered in one Wednesday evening and fell in love with the people that I met.  I eventually transitioned to Sunday mornings and met a wonderful woman, Betty Pepin (whom I miss very much).  She talked me into volunteering to help her in the office, and from there I was talked into taking on the monthly newsletter.  And, now I am serving the rest of Betty's term as Secretary for the Council.  I know I can't fill Betty's shoes, but I hope I can at least do a decent job in her place. 

Blaise Mikels, Council Member At-Large

 Blaise lives in Reunion with his wife Becky, three children Isaac, Eden and Trinity, and goldendoodle Nairobi.  Blaise and Becky moved to Colorado in 2016 and joined Nativity Lutheran Church in 2021.  They are thrilled to have found such a welcoming and enthusiastic church family and are eager to serve and grow in faith alongside the rest of the congregation.  Blaise is passionate about Bible studies, small group ministry, and Christian apologetics, and he would consider it a privilege to serve on the Church Council.  Originally from Iowa, Blaise is an applied research mathematician and enjoys playing piano, reading, and playing board games.   

Jim Verseman, Council Member At-Large

My wife Peggy and I have lived in Commerce City for the last 15 years, having moved from the Broomfield area. We started attending Nativity Church in 2018 and have found a wonderful and welcome presence here. I am semi-retired and currently working part time at three large legal firms in downtown Denver. I am a graduate of Regis University and retired from Century Link Communications. I hope to work with fellow members on property issues, maintaining and improving the physical facilities of Nativity Lutheran Church. 

John Stencel, Council Member At-Large

John and his wife, Marian, live in Brighton.  The Stencels have been members of ELCA churches in Aurora, CO, Fairfax, VA, and Estes Park, CO.  They have two children, Matt and Amy, and 5 grandchildren.

John is retired, but was CEO of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU), a general farm and ranch organization, for 28 years.  He worked a total of 34 years for RMFU. He also was Deputy Administrator for the Farm Service Agency at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., for almost 10 years.  He is a Vietnam Veteran, Graduate of CSU, and has served on numerous boards and commissions.