Meet the team.

Rev. Sarah Clark

Rev. Sarah Clark is a shoe-loving, not-really-into-cooking, reality tv-watching, book-loving, curious, enthusiastic, hopefully-on-most-days-follow-Jesus-and-loving-her-neighbor kind of a gal. She's also an ordained elder in the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church. Sarah grew up in Illinois and lived in Brazil for a year before attending Southern Illinois University, where she received a BS in Speech Communications. She worked as a community educator at The Women's Center, a domestic abuse and rape crisis services agency before a call to ministry took her to Indianapolis and Christian Theological Seminary. While in seminary, Sarah worked as a youth minister for two great years. She graduated in 2014 with a Master of Divinity and a vague realization that she was an actual adult now, and moved to Hamilton, Montana where she served with the people of the United Methodist-American Baptist Church. In 2014, Sarah was appointed to serve with the people of Grace.

Jessica Coons

Office Manager
Jessica Coons moved to the Evergreen area over 9 years ago with her husband, Stacy, of 18 years and her 6 year old daughter, Abigail. The Coons family moved to Colorado 12 years ago from the east coast. Jessica comes with over 20 years experience in office administration. You will usually find the Coons family kayaking in one of the many lakes and reservoirs throughout Colorado anytime it's not snowing. 

Gayla Michelin

Gayla has been a member of the church since 1998 right after moving here with her family from Indiana. She worked for 6 years in Great Escape Parents' Day Out until going full time with her cleaning business. She began custodial work at UMCE in the fall of 2007. She has enjoyed contributing to the church by helping with Vacation Bible School for a few years, pitching in when needed with youth group - including going on a mission trip, and she still enjoys an occasional turn playing harmonica during special music time on a Sunday morning. 

Nathan Jensen

Music Director
Originally from Hastings, Nebraska, Nathan Jensen became involved in music at the age of five, playing in the church bell choir under the direction of his father. Since then, his life has been filled with music, taking piano, trumpet, and voice lessons. Nathan obtained his Master's degree in Voice Performance from the University of Northern Colorado in 2020 and Bachelor of Music degrees in Voice Performance and K-12 Music Education from Hastings College in 2018. He has directed multiple choirs, bands, bell choirs, and small ensembles over the years and has performed as a soloist and in ensembles across the country and internationally in Germany, Holland, and Belgium. Nathan and his partner, Anna, met in college and are enjoying establishing their lives together.

Sarah Sailor

Children & Youth Director
Sarah has been a member of UMC Evergreen since 2000, and has been on staff since 2010. Sarah has a BFA and an MFA in Creative Writing. With a background in education, she has taught and administered in traditional and online educational programs with people from preschool through college. Sarah has a passion for working with young people, and a deep love for UMC Evergreen. 

Paula Huffaker

Paula and her husband, Greg, moved permanently to Evergreen from Fort Worth, Texas, in June, 2021. They have 2 children  and 4 grandchildren...and all of them live in Evergreen! Paula has spent much of her life working in churches in varying capacities, and began playing the piano in church at age 13. Paula and Greg have been married for 52 years and enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and exploring the natural beauty of Colorado. Paula enjoys reading, is interested in social justice issues, and finds great joy in being part of the Music Team.

Julie Cleminshaw

Preschool Director of the Great Escape
Julie has been the Director of the Great Escape program here at the church since 2006. She has three grown children all currently residing in Hawaii. Her husband Kevin works at Hiwan Country Club as the greens keeper and also has a snow plow business. Julie graduated from the University of Hawaii and enjoys yoga, hiking, swimming, gardening and cooking. 

Jill Bryant

Bookkeeper/Payroll Officer
Jill Bryant was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. She and her husband married in 2001 and traded the rainy skies of the Pacific Northwest to the sunny  blue skies of Colorado in 2012.  Jill worked in corporate banking for 15 years before taking a break to stay home with their 4 children. She now uses her accounting degree to support churches and nonprofits in the greater Denver area. The Bryant’s love camping and traveling to all the amazing places Colorado has to offer. You will find them swimming, hiking, and exploring any chance they get.