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Amy Marshall

Assistant to Aaron Stern + Events

Amy hails from the small town of Belton, South Carolina. She graduated from Clemson University in 2010 where she studied Community Recreation and Hospitality Management. She moved to Colorado to work as an intern for Camp Timberline outside of Estes Park. The internship turned into a director role where she served for four years. During her time at Camp T she perfected her kickball game, laughed a lot, and realized her desire to see people grow in their faith and feel connected and valued.

Amy believes that Jesus is working in Fort Collins and is thrilled to be on the Mill City Church staff team. She serves as an executive assistant and plays a part in hosting and making spaces beautiful.

Amy likes Clemson football (go tigers!), porches, and lemon cranberry scones from Starry Night; she dislikes unsweet tea, forgotten blinkers on the interstate, and dirty dishes.

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Amanda Benson

Kids

Amanda is a Colorado native, born and raised in the mountains around Glenwood Springs. Amanda finds joy in the energy, creativity and potential of young people, and feels honored to serve as Associate Director for Mill City Kids.

Amanda and her husband, Jacob, are both passionate about engaging children of all ages and creating environments to help them feel connected, heard, and loved. They are thankful for the many roles God has given them to influence young lives, as parents, camp counselors, mentors, and as teachers in Northern Colorado. Amanda completed her B.A. in Arts and Humanities, with a minor in Spanish at Colorado State University. She went on to earn her teaching license in elementary education.  The Bensons have three boys, Noah, and twins, James and Caleb.

Amanda likes the funny things small children say, a little friendly competition, and being outside on a sunny day; she dislikes the texture of foam, when her ears get too cold, and the aftertaste of red onions.

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Brittany Kelly

Social + Events

Brittany hails from Mountain Brook, Alabama. She serves Mill City by organizing events and coordinating social media. She loves watching life change happen when people open up to true community for the first time.

Brittany met her husband, Evan, while attending Highlands College, the ministry training school based out of Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, where she studied women’s ministry and creative leadership. They were married in 2013 and have one son – Judah.

Brittany likes early morning runs with Evan, Judah, and Piper (their lab/pointer mix), anything dunked in sriracha, and Alabama football; she dislikes the noise macaroni and cheese makes when stirred, gum smacking, and when really good books are made in to really bad movies.

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Evan Kelly

Students

Evan is from the small town of Rock Creek near Birmingham, Alabama, where fishing and SEC football are the only things worth talking about. He likes catching large mouth bass and is an Auburn fan (War Eagle!). Evan worked with both high school and college students at Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas, before joining the Mill City Students Team.

Evan met his wife Brittany while attending Highlands College, the ministry leadership school of Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, where he studied student ministry and worship leadership. They married in 2013 and welcomed their baby boy Judah Everett in 2015.

Evan likes NY-style pizza with extra cheese, campfires, and mafia documentaries; he dislikes text messages that disregard grammatical rules, clutter, and cilantro (if you think about putting cilantro on it, there’s already too much).

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Casey Batezel

Worship + Creative

Casey has dual citizenship between Texas and Colorado, having moved from San Antonio  to Fort Collins at the age of eight. He serves as the technical and creative director for Mill City and loves using technology and relationships to create immersive and distraction-free worship experiences.

Casey graduated from the University of Missouri in 2013 with a B.J. in photojournalism and has long been passionate about people and their stories. While pursuing his degree, he worked in live-sound and professional production, and was the producer for his church in college. Casey oversees the audio and visual details behind the Sunday morning gatherings and relishes the opportunity to capture stories of what God is doing in our House.

Casey loves his wife Lindsay, likes rafting, and NEEDTOBREATHE; he dislikes cottage cheese, carrots, and soda.

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Nate McHenry

Outreach + Legacy

Nate McHenry is a Colorado native and oversees local and global outreach at Mill City. He has spent the last decade in student ministries and missions work. He loves world missions and seeing people come alive as they serve God’s creation around the globe. He believes there is an open door for Jesus in every culture. Nate graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Pastoral Care in Youth Ministry. He later completed his Doctorate of Theology at Christian Life School of Theology.

Nate and his wife Lexi married in 2005. Lexi has a passion for children and has spent several years as a pre-school teacher. She is living her dream now as a stay at home mommy. She also makes a mean salsa. They have four kids–Adley, Laila, Ryder, and Greta.

Nate likes the St. Louis Cardinals, entrepreneurial adventures, and date nights with his wife; he dislikes noisy candy wrappers in the movie theatre, fruit cobblers, and the wind.

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Grant MacAlmon

City Groups

After stops throughout the Midwest, Grant settled in Colorado at the age of six. Grant graduated from Oral Roberts University with a theology degree in pastoral Christian ministries. After spending twelve years in parachurch ministry, Grant serves as the City Groups pastor, striving to see God’s Kingdom come alive through the small group where people are known in genuine community.

Grant fell in love with his wife Nicole as they shared many meals together at a common table in the ORU cafeteria. Nicole has a degree in graphic design, but now spends the bulk of her time and talents on effectively running a household and raising their four children: Brayden, Carter, Adassah, and Garrison.

Grant likes the sound and smell of the Rocky Mountain forest, operating a precisely-tuned miter saw, and feasting with his precious family on one of Nicole’s delectable home-cooked meals; he dislikes smudged eye glasses, the smell of cooking garlic, and the rise of the commonly arrogant athlete in sports today.

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Katie Peters

LIFT Team

Katie is originally from Northern Colorado but lived in Australia for last twelve years. During her time down under she actively sowed into multiple departments of church life, first as a student, and later as an employee at Hillsong International Leadership College. She has a Bachelor of Theology from the Sydney College of Divinity, certification in adult education, and received her Australian Christian Church’s Pastor’s credentials while being a pastor and staff member on the Hillsong City Campus team. Katie oversees the LIFT Team and loves to teach, lead, equip and release people to serve in their gifts.

Husband Seth, sons, Levi and Owen, and daughter Abby, are the loves of her life and she is passionate about enjoying her family and seeing each one fulfill God-given purpose.

She likes writing about herself in the third person, watching cricket, and cheese naan; she dislikes coffee, taking herself too seriously, and the restrooms at gas stations.

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Wes Tongue

Worship

Wes was born in Atlanta, grew up in an Air Force family, and lived in seven states before settling in Colorado at the age of nine. He serves as the Mill City worship pastor and loves theologically informed lyrics and believes that the presence of God changes people.

Wes was on staff at New Life Church in Colorado Springs for three years, where he served on the pastoral team and directed the New Life School of Worship, a training and discipleship program for worship pastors. Wes earned his degree in Worship Arts from Oral Roberts University in 2008. He and his wife Joanna have two daughters, Everly Ivy and Eloise Collins and a son, Anders Warner. Joanna has a degree in communications and is passionate about strong coffee, justice, and soft t-shirts.

Wes likes pancakes, road cycling, and Hans Zimmer; he dislikes knickknacks, sticky fingers, and turtlenecks.

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Justin Steinhart

Administration

Justin is a Colorado native, growing up on an alfalfa farm in Monte Vista. Once he graduated high school, he moved to Colorado Springs for college. At the start of his junior year he started attending theMILL where he first met Aaron Stern. During his time at theMILL he would go on a missions trip to Morocco that would be a cascading event for the rest of his life. He went on to serve as the Executive Director of Desperation Conferences where he oversaw all national events from 2006 to 2011. In 2009 he felt God calling him to Northern Colorado and when he heard about Mill City Church, he was thrilled to jump in and fulfill God’s call on his life.

He is a master administrator and oversees several of the integral pieces and day-to-day functions involved with operating a church such as finances, human resources, and so many of the other behind-the-scenes details. Justin graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s in Media Management (in case you were wondering he’s always been CSU Rams fan). He also has a M.A. in Practical Theology from Jack Hayford’s, The King’s Seminary.

Justin likes his Lucky Brand jeans, rainy/snowy days, and the world’s greatest cup of coffee; he dislikes bad drivers, liver and onions, and perfume counters.

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Nick Tompkins

Kids + Students + Counseling

Nick grew up around the cornfields of Indiana and is grateful to have transplanted to “God’s Country” and live close to the mountains. He met his wife, Hilary, in a small group in 2005 and married a year later. He loves the perspective and simple faith of kids and the great impact that is possible during such impressionable years.

Nick oversees all ministry at Mill City from newborn to 12th grade. He has a degree in Youth Development from North Central University and has been a youth and/or kids pastor since 2005. He also oversees all pastoral counseling, including premarital counseling for engaged couples. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University. Hilary finished her degree at Colorado State University in Human Development and Family Studies after working in children’s ministry for more than four years. They have one son, Solomon and a daughter, Stella.

Nick likes sharing a good belly laugh, enjoying a homemade Saturday breakfast with his family, and listening to kids pray; he dislikes burning his tongue on the first bite of something delicious, silverware knocking on teeth, and the expressive confidence of SEC football fans.

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Aaron Stern

Lead Pastor

Aaron was born in Rochester, MN but has spent the majority of his life in Colorado. Before planting Mill City Church he was the pastor of theMILL, the college/20-somethings ministry at New Life Church in Colorado Springs for eleven years. He is a regular speaker at churches and conferences and the author of What’s Your Secret?: freedom through confession. Aaron loves unpacking the Scripture, engaging community and challenging individuals to bend their lives around God. He graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in business and later finished a graduate degree in theology.

Aaron and his wife Jossie have been married for over 20 years. Jossie came to know Jesus her junior year in high school. She has an undergraduate degree in communications and a Masters in counseling. She established a private practice before transitioning home full time to raise their four boys – Parker, Cohen, Brooks, and Smith.

Aaron likes breve cortados from Little Bird Bakeshop, Home Depot, and getting the mail; he dislikes tomatoes, the NFL off-season, and folding laundry.

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