Rev. Ben Konecny

Minister Head of Staff 

Ben is from Wisconsin but is very happy calling Colorado and its beautiful landscape (and better weather!) home now. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biology and Religion from Ripon College and his Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Ben’s wife Caitlin is a lead collaborator at the Fred Tjardes School of Innovation in Greeley. Ben, Caitlin, and their son Emmett love calling Greeley home! 


Dr. Derek Chester

Minister of Music

Derek is Associate Professor of Voice and Director of the Ursa Consort at the University of Northern Colorado.  He is a featured soloist at the Staunton Music Festival and the Colorado Bach Festival.  Though his career is concentrated primarily in concert work, Dr. Chester is also passionate about opera and opera history.  Before receiving his DMA in Voice Performance and Opera Studies at the University of North Texas, he studied at the University of Georgia and the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music.


Laura Gurney

Church Administrator

Laura is a Greeley native who has called our church home since high school. She is an only child with a brother, a sister, and a full-of-love family story. Laura has a special love for the work we do with the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. In her free time, she enjoys singing a capella with Sweet Adelines. Laura lives life by the motto of a dear friend, also named Laura Gurney, who says "Give to the world the best you have and the world will give back to you." 


Tammi VanDrunen

Children's Minister

Tammi is a Michigan native who has called Greeley home for over a decade. She graduated from Calvin University with a double major in Psychology and Spanish and followed that with an M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. Tammi deeply believes that children are already on a spiritual journey and that the grown ups' job is to make spaces for kids to meet God in ways that make sense to them. Children's prayer practices and play languages have allowed Tammi to meet God in new ways. Her favorite prayer practice is blowing bubbles.

Tammi is married to Phil, who does all manner of web and video things and is also the home cook. Together, they love hanging out with their two elementary-aged kids. When the kids aren't keeping her busy, she loves reading, doodling, and attempting to keep plants alive outside.


Shona Royle-Grimes

Director of Jubilation Choir

Shona holds Bachelor's degrees in music education and piano performance from the University of Northern Colorado. Shona has been teaching in Northeastern Colorado since 1997. She taught K-12 music, choir and band in Merino, Colorado for three years after her graduation from college. Shona has been teaching general music and keyboard classes at Union Colony Children's Music Academy for 21 years and maintains a large private piano studio in Greeley, working with students of all ages. Shona also currently serves as the accompanist for the 8:00 a.m. chapel service at First Congregational Church. She is a proud mom of two amazing sons, one a senior in college and one a senior in high school. 


Colin Williamson

Director of Genesis Choir

Colin is a Fort Collins native and has had to struggle with his name being spelled with two L's his entire life. He studied music at Colorado State University and the Manhattan School of Music where he received his master's degree in classical voice (opera). Colin enjoys board games and painting, listens to punk rock and metal, and will always have time to talk about dungeons and dragons.


Dr. Keenan Boswell

Organist in Residence

Dr. Keenan Boswell received a Bachelors degree in Organ Performance from The Julliard School, a Masters in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College, and a Doctorate in Opera Coaching from The University of Texas in Austin. 

As a keyboardist for the Carmel Bach Festival between 2014 and 2018, Dr. Boswell served as chorale accompanist, orchestral keyboardist, and collaborative pianist for the festival's main stage solo vocal concerts. Selections from his voice-piano song cycle Trinity were premiered to much acclaim during one of the featured main stage concerts during the 2018 festival. As a composer, Dr. Boswell's works have been and continue to be performed across the United States in schools, churches, and concert halls.

Dr. Keenan Boswell is also a highly regarded professional coach who teaches self healing practices through music and metaphysics as the means through which one can access and actualize their most authentic expression of self. 

In 2017, Dr. Boswell launched Return to Self Healing, commencing his work as a personal coach. Using metaphysical studies + astrological archetypes as the basis of his coaching, he works with individuals one-on-one and in group settings to help them consciously see and accept all aspects of self, as well as see any and all ways in which they avoid aspects of self. Most recently, Dr. Boswell has merged music and metaphysics together by offering coaching sessions in which he composes music that reflects one's authentic energetic expression and self healing journey. 

Above all, Dr. Boswell seeks to explore and express the connection in all things through all that he does and loves sharing the journey of self healing with others.


Joshua Huntley

Facility Assistant

Joshua works closely with Tyler Rossman to attend to the upkeep and care of our building and grounds. Joshua grew up in the church and recently graduated from Greeley West High School. 


Rev. Tamara
Torres McGovern 


Minister Head of Programs

Rev. Tamara Torres McGovern found her way to ministry via a circuitous path that included spiritual formation as a yoga instructor, holistic cook, musician, and massage therapist. She has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Mount Holyoke and a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary where her focus was Voices from the Margins. Tamara was ordained in 2013 and has served church congregations and emergent spiritual communities in both Connecticut and Maine. She also dreams of a spiritual community where people are welcome in all of their messy, passionate, embodied suffering and hopefulness. She dreams of a place where justice is being held up as not only as the right thing to do, but as a path to encountering God. 

Tamara is trained as an Interim Minister, helping to guide communities through identity formation and transition. She is also a passionate Enneagram educator (2w3). She has volunteered as a Community Chaplain for Planned Parenthood New England, and co-hosts a Queer Spirit radio series (part of OUTcast radio at WMPG).  When Tamara is not working, she can be found hiking, baking (or engaging in power struggles) with her precocious toddler, cuddling with the family dog, or listening to fantastical podcasts with her partner.


Lara Jean O'Connor


Lara Jean O’Connor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Oboe Performance from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska. After graduate work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she returned to Denver to pursue her music career. She has been a staff accompanist at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2009 where she is the principal accompanist for University Treble Choir and University Basso Choir. She is a freelance accompanist in the Denver area as well as a private piano instructor. When she is not playing, Lara Jean enjoys crafting and reading.


Whitney Janzen-Pankratz

Community Coordinator

Whitney grew up in central Kansas, but has been thrilled to call Colorado home for the last decade. She is a seminary student, working toward a MDIV in Social Transformation with United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Whitney has a passion for Social Justice, and has a Bachelor degree in Social Work with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Kansas. She is inspired by the ways transformational love moves in community, and is passionate about grounding ways we serve in our faith. In her free time she enjoys hiking and camping with her partner Nick, and son Theo. 

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Hutton Ewert

Youth Minister

Hutton is a Greeley native who recently graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a degree in International Affairs. After graduation, Hutton and his wife, Olivia, moved to Hawaii for 8 months where they lived the island life! He is currently in seminary in pursuit of his M. Div. Hutton has been doing youth ministry in Greeley for about 6 years, and is so excited to be a part of the FCC Youth Ministry. 


Hutton is a former tennis player and coach, and still enjoys getting out on the court! He also loves riding his bike, trying new foods and activities, and getting to meet and talk with new people. Hutton and his wife have an Australian shepherd, Olive, and love taking her out on hikes and to eat on patios!


Kathy Azari

Director of Rainbow Choir

Kathy Azari studied Oboe at UNC and received her BME in 1989. She was the Band Director at Brentwood Middle school for 31 years until her retirement in 2021. She has also taught early childhood music through Union Colony Children's Music Academy since 1999 and continues to love singing, dancing, moving, and playing with these students every week.. She was the Greeley/Evans District 6 Teacher of the Year in 2013 and that same year was awarded the director of a Program of Excellence by the National Band Association. She was awarded the Outstanding Woman of Weld County distinction in 2007 for her contributions to music education in Weld County. Currently, she teaches woodwind lessons through Music & Arts in Ft. Collins. In addition to music, she works as a Recognition Specialist at Award Alliance in Greeley. She and her family has been members of First Congregational Church in Greeley since 1995. 


Tyler Rossman

Facility Manager

Tyler lives with his family in Loveland. In his free time, Tyler enjoys cycling and creating exceptional woodworking projects


Bridget Hulac

Wednesday Night Live Childcare Leader

Bridget recently graduated from Greeley West High School and is currently a student at the University of Northern Colorado. She is working to earn her BA in Psychology. She hopes to achieve a PhD in Child and Developmental Psychology. Bridget enjoys nature, music, theatre, traveling, and her very silly looking dog Apollo. If her brain was a soup, it would be cereal. 

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