New pastor at Pikes Peak United Methodist

       Joyce DeToni-Hill jokes that her husband Derek is “jealous” of where she works.
       Part of the humor comes from both having the same kind of job and the same employer. They're pastors for the United Methodist Church who were appointed to Colorado Springs within the last two months.

Pastor Joyce DeToni-Hill is shown in front of a stained glass window near the entrance to the Pikes Peak United Methodist Church to which she was recently appointed by United Methodist's Rocky Mountain Conference.
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       Joyce became pastor of the Pikes Peak United Methodist Church, 2927 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Her husband Derek started as pastor of the Central United Methodist Church on Galley Road on the city's east side.
       Their assignments were arranged by the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church, in keeping with its policy of placing married pastors in locations where both can serve. For example Pastors Joyce and Derek had most recently co-pastored at smaller churches in the area of Sterling, Colo., and before that in Park City, Utah.
       Decisions on actual church designations are based on personal information provided by the pastors, as well as desired profiles provided by church congregations, she explained.
       In any case, Pastor Joyce is happy with her appointment, describing her congregation members as “kind and gracious,” especially after losing their previous pastor (Rick Carpenter, who was reassigned to the Dolores area in southwestern Colorado) on fairly short notice. “My husband says he's jealous,” she laughed. “He says this is the cool side of town.”
       Carpenter's situation had been that he needed a full-time assignment to further his credentials with United Methodist. The position at Pikes Peak is only three-quarters, Pastor Joyce said.
       She and her husband met in a seminary in Illinois, from which they both graduated in 1987. They moved west, into the Rocky Mountain Conference's geographical area, in 1999.
       Coming in, she was familiar with two places on the Westside - the Goodwill store and the McDonald's restaurant - from an early-'90s vacation trip and from church-retreat youth bus trips that passed through the area.
       The new Pikes Peak United Methodist pastor said she is especially interested in fostering youth activities, encouraging church charity to “those on the margins,” enhancing the church's musical aspects and using contemporary media as sight aids during sermons).
       Pikes Peak, which has a current congregation of about 80 people, is one of the oldest continuing churches in the region. It started as the Colorado City Congregational Church in 1879 and has been at 2927 W. Pikes Peak Ave. for 105 years.

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