A bit about Pastor Todd:
My journey in life and ministry has carried me through several states and a variety of life experiences.
I was born in northwest Ohio, where both my parents had deep roots. I spend most of my early years in Findlay, though we moved away for a time to live on the outskirts of Denver. I was raised in the church, but ministry was not my initial career goal – I earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Toledo, and went on to graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle, where I earned a PhD in Neuroscience.
My call to ministry emerged around the same time. I became deeply involved in campus ministry through the Wesley Foundation at the University of Washington. As my desire to pursue science waned, I found myself more and more drawn to work in the church, doing youth ministry and other family programs at Redmond UMC outside Seattle.
I finally made the full change in 2001 and enrolled in seminary at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. I took my first appointment as a student local pastor the same year. I graduated from seminary in 2004, and took my first fulltime appointment serving the Grangeville, Nez Perce, and Whitebird UMC’s in central Idaho as part of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. I was ordained an Elder in that conference in 2007, and served St. Paul’s UMC in Spokane, WA, and Simpson UMC in Pullman, WA before moving to the former Yellowstone Annual Conference and Grace UMC in Missoula, MT.
My wife, Alexandra (Alex) and I were married in 2007. Alex is the Director of Science and Research for Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), a non-profit that works on environmental issues that affect the health of women and children. WVE was in Missoula, but now has staff in Denver, so she will continue in that position, working remotely from home. We have two daughters, Eliza, currently in 6th grade, and Susanna, currently in 4th.
We are a musical family – both girls sing and take piano lessons, and Eliza began learning the clarinet in 5th grade. Alex and both girls play in the Bell choir at Grace UMC. I have played both piano and trombone, and have done formal vocal training, which I have used in both church and community choral groups (currently the Missoula Symphony Chorale). We also enjoy exploring the outdoors, photography, and travel.
We look forward to the new adventures that await us in ministry and life in the community of Woodland Park!