The purpose of our existence as Colorado District Church of the Nazarene is to propagate our “religious beliefs sincerely held,” which includes but is not limited to the following:
1) Worshipping God as creator and sustainer by helping as many people as possible achieve wholeness and effectiveness in the spiritual, physical, psychological, emotional, relational, and educational aspects of life. In this we are connected to, and cooperate with the Christian community’s worldwide effort and will host or support others in like endeavor.
2) The celebrating of worship, study, service, rites and rituals.
3) Providing counseling, social services, retreats, camps, family life enrichment, and fellowship.
4) Providing educational facilities for religious schools and religious day care centers.
5) Providing facilities for sports activities and development of the physical life of individuals.
6) Providing housing facilities for pastors, church staff members, guest speakers, itinerant missionaries, and the poor and needy, in compliance with Internal Revenue Service regulations.
7) The raising of funds through donations, fund-raisers, church-sponsored events, estates, grants, annuities, foundations, investments, and selling of materials; which funds will be irrevocable dedicated to further our religious purposes and mission.
8) The acquiring of and/or use of buildings, parking lots, land, equipment and other personal property, in furtherance of our religious purpose and mission.
9) Giving opportunities to local, national, and worldwide individuals or non-profit groups to speak or perform in keeping with our beliefs. This includes the privilege of fund-raising for their own support.
10) As good citizens, offering space and facility free or at cost to a reasonable number of outside groups for uses such as, but not limited to: Community groups, other non-profit organizations, government organizations, schools, day-cares, disaster shelters, distribution centers for food and clothing to the needy, scouting and other youth organizations, sports leagues, substance abuse and rehabilitation organizations and its subsidiaries, and such others, as are keeping with the furtherance of our religious mission.
In the fulfillment of our mission we purpose to remain a non-profit organization, in that all income received above our cost of operation be put to use for the propagation of our “religious beliefs sincerely held.”
District Office Staff
Our District Office Staff is made up of people who have been involved in ministry over several years. If you have a need or any questions, please feel free to contact the District Office.
Rev. David Ralph, Colorado District Superintendent
Rev. Ralph was elected superintendent of the Colorado District Church of the Nazarene in July of 2001. Prior to that, he was the senior pastor of the Westminster and Green Acres Churches here in Colorado.
Rev. Ralph was raised in a Nazarene parsonage in Indiana. He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University (formerly Bethany Nazarene College) and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He was ordained in Colorado.
He and his wife, Carol, have three sons: Chris, who resides in the Denver area; Jonathan, who is a pastor in Alaska; and Joshua, who lives in the Denver area, also.
Rev. Ralph enjoys reading books on trends in theology, church growth, administration, and the lives of outstanding leaders.
Dr. Kevin Compton, Colorado District Administrator
Dr. Compton currently serves as the District Administrator for the Colorado District Church of the Nazarene. He previously served the Colorado District as a church consultant and was the Associate Pastor at Eastborough Church of the Nazarene in Colorado Springs. He holds a BA in Pastoral Ministry and Christian Counseling from Nazarene Bible College, an MA in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. Dr. Compton was ordained on the Colorado District.
He and his wife Linda currently reside in Colorado Springs. Their son Douglas, daughter-in-law Samantha, and granddaughter Allyson also live in Colorado Springs. The entire family loves a good trip to the mountains, which usually includes ATVs and a stop at the target range. Dr. Compton enjoys reading on the topics of leadership and the integration of psychology and theology.
Rev. Mickey Cox, Colorado District Office Assistant and Assembly Conference Coordinator
Rev. Cox is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and has been involved in various aspects of ministry, especially in youth ministry, for over 48 years. He has served in ministry in Colorado for over 25 years, which includes Colorado Springs First Church, Westminster Crossing Church, and as youth ministry consultant at Northwest Nazarene University. He currently works part-time in the Colorado District Office.
He especially enjoys being involved in the discipleship process for students in a discipleship group modeled after the ministry style of Jesus for spiritual formation. His responsibilities in the District Office focus on the District eNewsletter, District Assembly Conference, and working on the website, as well as he is the Secretary for the District NYI Council.
He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University (formerly Bethany Nazarene College) and has a Master’s in Spiritual Formation from Northwest Nazarene University. He continues to enjoy reading books on spiritual formation.
Mrs. Shelley Trostle, Colorado District Office Manager
Shelley has been the office manager and administrative assistant at the Colorado District Office since Rev. David Ralph was elected to the DS position in 2001. Prior to that she was a secretary and ministry assistant at the Westminster Church, bank teller, corporate moving consultant, and mortgage loan officer.
Shelley was raised on an Iowa farm, and is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in business administration. She partners with her husband Jim in their construction business as well as other family entrepreneurial endeavors. Limited-time hobbies include writing and studying.
Shelley and Jim have three grown children who all live in the Denver metro area: Will, Nate, and Laura.
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