Koinonia’s recent pastor, Rick MacArthur, recently retired. We wish Rick and his wife, Jeannie, well as they explore new possibilities.
Using the process described here, the congregation has selected Aline Silva as our new pastor. She moved to Grand Junction and began at Koinonia in December.
Aline grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, immigrating to the US when she was 16. She attended the University of Kansas, where she earned a BA in Religious Studies. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary and is licensed by the American Baptist Churches.
She has served as a young adult mentor for a Missionary Baptist Church, a youth pastor at a United Methodist Church, community outreach pastor at a Cooperative Baptist Church, associate pastor at an American Baptist Church, interim pastor at a Disciples of Christ Church, itinerant preacher for the American Baptist Churches and the Academy of Young Preachers, and most recently a certified Life Coach, and a discernment workshop leader for the Fund for Theological Exploration.
The volunteer Koinonia Council meets monthly to provide ongoing leadership, guidance, visioning, and decision making. Susan Deininger, Keith Dickerson (treasurer), Andrea Jahnke, Craig Little (chair), and Mykan White are currently serving on council.
Lay leaders are volunteers who share in the planning and facilitation of Sunday gatherings.
Lay Ministers offer a supportive listening presence when needs arise. They can be contacted through Koinonia’s office. Current lay ministers are Sylvia Bingham, Judy Herr, Linda Koeman, Joanna Little, and Liz Pray.
Koinonia uses a consensus model for making important decisions. In this model, a proposal is presented to the Council and then the community as needed. Discussion continues until consensus is reached. We consider consensus to be reaching the point at which all agree, or those in disagreement agree not to stand in the way of the decision.