Rev. Erin Gilmore, Pastor
Rev. Erin Gilmore has served as the Minister of First Congregational Church, UCC of Loveland since January 2014. Erin was born in Denver and grew up in Ft. Collins. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN (www.stolaf.edu) where she received a BA in Mathematics in 1995.
After working for a few years as a Children’s and Youth Director at First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls, SD, Erin attended Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA (www.psr.edu) where she earned her Master of Divinity in 2002.Prior to serving here, Erin served as Lead Minister at Holladay UCC in Salt Lake City, UT for a little over 10 years (www.holladayucc.org)
Erin married Joe Norman on July 5, 2008. They met in San Francisco at a Wilderness First Responder Course. Joe is a sculptor and has a degree in Product Design (www.joenormansculpture.com). They have one child, Abigail, born Dec. 28, 2011.
In 2010, Erin received a Sabbatical grant funded by the Clergy Renewal Program of the Lilly Endowment (www.clergyrenewal.org).
Joe and Erin went on an adventure of a lifetime exploring intentional communities. Their journey took them to Italy, Amsterdam, Denmark, Scotland, Southern Utah, and Taos, NM. You can read their blog at 9http://intentionallivingproject.blogspot.com.
Nikki Stelwagon, Music Director/Accompanist
A Loveland native, Nikki started taking piano lessons when she was 3 years old and hasn’t stopped playing since! After graduating from Thompson Valley High School in 2003, she got a job there as the choir accompanist. For the last 12 years, she has also played for various elementary, middle, and high school choirs, auditions, contests, weddings, and-her all time favorite- in pit orchestras and bands. She continues accompanying for a variety of groups and functions throughout northern Colorado.
Over the last several years, Nikki has worked closely with many excellent local choral directors, learning from them and assisting them with their choirs and students. The experiences of leading sectionals, running rehearsals, preparing students for vocal competitions, and directing performances have interested and prepared Nikki to be a music director. She has been overjoyed to be working with the talented musicians and singers at Loveland UCC and is excited to see the music program continue to expand.
Nikki graduated from UNC with a Bachelor’s in psychology/sociology. Eventually she hopes to go to grad school and pursue a career in child advocacy; however, right now she is loving just staying home with her children, playing, snuggling, and being silly.
Her love of music is second only to that of her supportive husband Allen and their beautiful children Natalie and Anthony, who they were blessed with in 2010 and 2015. In her free time, Nikki likes sewing, crocheting, watching football, baking, puzzles, games, and anything with crafts. Nikki enjoys being a part of FCC and looks forward to growing here on both a spiritual and creative level.
Robbie Carlson, Director of Children & Youth Ministries
Robbie has a passion for Faith Formation that has been fostered over a lifetime in the United Church of Christ.
A native of Windsor, Colorado, Robbie has served in the outdoor ministry settings of the Rocky Mountain Conference over the last decade as a summer camp counselor, camp director, retreat coordinator, musician and worship leader. He is currently a member of the La Foret Conference & Retreat Center Board of Directors.
Robbie was the Senior High Youth Coordinator at First Congregational UCC in Crete, Nebraska during his time at Doane College where he studied Religion and Philosophy. Most recently, Robbie served as the Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministries at Faith United Church of Christ in Windsor, where he was also a Licensed Minister.
Robbie recently completed a two-year term on the United Church of Christ Board of Directors at the national level of the denomination. He is a member of the Association of United Church Educators, and is currently continuing his education through Colorado Christian University. Robbie plans to pursue a seminary track for ordained ministry in the United Church of Christ in the near future.
In his free time, he enjoys anything and everything in the outdoors; especially hiking and camping. Robbie currently lives in Windsor.