Pastors & Staff

Rev. David Petty

Senior Pastor

David has served as the Senior Pastor at St. Paul's UMC since July 2021 and has served the UMC in parish ministry since 2016.  Although his ministry began in 2016, he has been worshiping and working in United Methodist Churches since he was born.

Born in Los Angeles, California, he is the son, grandson, and great-grandson of Methodist preachers.  He spent his early years in church youth group, surfing, playing baseball, and enjoying video games with friends.
David received his  BA in Radio-TV-Film from California State University, Fullerton in 2008 where he also received a minor in Music Education.  For the next 8 years, he worked in film production, camping ministries, and b2b marketing in the embedded computer industry.
In 2008, David met his wife Amberly.  The two of them were married in 2009 before having their two children, James and Rachel.

David has a passion for non-traditional ministry, inspired by a calling to explore "what church looks like when it doesn't look like a church".  This calling eventually led David to begin an online ministry for nerds, geeks, and gamers in 2017 called "Crossfire:faith+gaming".  
At St. Paul's UMC, David preaches, teaches, leads the staff, leads small groups, and oversees all of the administrative operations of the church.
David has a passion for the teachings of Jesus, a heart for all of God's people, and a desire to serve God through serving His people.

Pastor Donnie Sturgill

Associate Pastor

Donnie is the Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s UMC. He has been on the staff at St. Paul’s since June 2013. Donnie is a Licensed Local Pastor whose call to ministry began at the end of a twenty-seven-year career as a high school math teacher, teaching 22 years at Falcon High School in Falcon, Colorado. A native of Virginia, Donnie earned a bachelor of business administration degree at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It is there that he met his wife, Daphne. They were married in Madison, Virginia in 1980.

In 1985 Donnie attended Radford University in Radford, Virginia, earning a teaching license while Daphne was in graduate school at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, earning a master’s degree in exercise physiology. After graduation, Daphne attended Officer Training School becoming a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Donnie & Daphne have two adult daughters who were born in Wichita Falls, Texas but grew up in Colorado Springs.

While working closely with Senior Pastor, David Petty, Donnie preaches and oversees congregational care, adult and children’s programs, and Vacation Bible School. Donnie has a passion for ministry, using his gifts to serve others in the name of Jesus Christ.

Rachel Ford

Administrative Assistant

I have been the church's Admin since 2009. I am a Marine Corps brat and I was born in Quantico, VA, and moved to Oceanside, CA at the age of 6 weeks. In 1986 my family was transferred to NORAD.  I graduated from Doherty High School in Colorado Springs.

My husband of 26 years, Patrick, and I married after two weeks of knowing each other. We have two amazing sons who found fantastic women to marry! So we have two daughters and two sons. Now, we have a granddaughter who is a joy that we never knew we were missing. Spoiling her is the name of the game! I love being Nonna!

St. Paul's UMC helped Patrick and me raise our boys by being an extension of our family. They have more grandparents than we can count! There seems to be a sentiment of, "There is always room for one more."

Dominick Nors

Director of Music Ministry

Dominick M. Nors is St. Paul’s Director of Music Ministry. As native Texan, Dominick earned his Bachelor of Science Degree with a concentration in Music from Texas A&M University at Commerce. While he was attending TAMU-C, he was a member of Chorale, Chamber Singers, assistant conductor for three main-stage operas, Der Schauspieldirektor, Il Campinello di Notte, and the NATS performed opera Xerxes, and was an active member of the Beta Mu chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. He then attended Baylor University where he began his graduate degree in Church Music and Conducting. While at Baylor he studied with Dr. Randall Bradley and was a member of the Baylor Chamber Singers. Then, he attended Texas A&M University-Commerce to restart his graduate degree in Choral Conducting, studying under Dr. Randall Hooper. Outside of college, Dominick has been a Colorguard Director for several Dallas-Fort Worth Area High Schools, the Choir Director for Commerce Middle School, a member of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, and the founding music director of the Dallas-based choir, Inspirata. Dominick has also served in positions as Director of Music Ministry at Cedar Creek Lake UMC, and Director of Music at United Presbyterian Church, both in Texas. In his free time, he enjoys reading, studying orchestral/opera scores, and spending time with his husband, Nathan, or their 4 fur children: Daisy, Cody, Bellatrix, and Samson.

Woody Woods

Jubilee Bells Director

Hi! I’m Woody Woods and direct the St Paul’s Jubilee Bells. I spent 23 years in the Marines ending up here in Colorado Springs at United States Space Command where I retired. I started directing hand bells at Sunrise United UMC in the early 1990s and when we moved to St Paul’s I joined the Jubilee Bells as a player. I became the director after our previous director moved on and have been doing so ever since. Darlene and I got married in 1968 and have 2 wonderful children, 5 grand children and 1 great-grand daughter.

Cynthia Hibbetts


Thank you to Cynthia for being willing to fill in for the accompanist position. We are hiring for the this position. Click here for the job description.

Valerie Cox

Nursery Coordinator/Financial Secretary

Valerie Cox has been St Paul's dynamic Nursery Director since 2009. In that time, she has helped dozens of children develop in their Christian faith and progress on their journeys with Christ. She works closely with children of all ages, from her work in the nursery to teaching weekly Sunday School.
Valerie grew up attending church with her father, and they both became St Paul's members in 2002. They continued their active family tradition of worshiping together until his passing in 2018.
In addition to her nursery position, she works at Ent Credit Union in the Corporate Banking Department, where she processes documents for loans and closings. In total, she has more than 20 expert years in that field.
In addition to banking and working with children, she recently became a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to assist with her daughter Kailey's care. She also has a son Tobias. Following the loss of her husband in 2019, she has become more aware of the needs and challenges that single parents face in today's world.
Valerie enjoys bowling and hiking in Colorado's beautiful outdoors. She states with a smile, "there is never a dull moment. Life is good, and God is great."
   Children are a gift from God; they are His reward.  - Psalm 127:3 

Twinkle Gordon

Certified Lay Minister

As a child of God, I believe my purpose is to serve God. At a very young age, I was baptized Methodist (6 weeks old in N.J). From then on my mother instilled a healthy respect for God. It wasn't until several years of Sunday School and worship services that I realized how important Jesus Christ was in my life. It all came to fruition seeing a vision of Jesus after which the Holy Spirit worked and has been working within me ever since. I was confirmed Lutheran where I also was married. I am blessed to have 4 sons and 7 grandchildren and my spouse, Margo of 49 plus years.

I am a retired Licensed Practical Nurse of 40 years. 13 of those years were spent working in a nursing home and New Hanover Corrections Center. (both men's and women's centers) At the nursing home, it was important to respect the lives and care for and about those who were no longer able to care for themselves. At NCC opportunity to experience mutual respect for "guests" not judging as we have all at one time or another seen the error of our ways. Times of scripture. times of healing witnessed.

Also during that time in 2000, I was commended as a Deacon at ST. Judes Metropolitan Community Church (MCC)...humbly serving as Eucharistic Minister, offering healing prayer anointing, and visitation. Also commissioned (not clergy) as HIV/AIDS chaplain. with the same duties.

We moved to Colorado Springs in 2009 from North Carolina to be nearer to family. After attending continued education classes and Spring and Fall sessions received Lay Servant/Lay Speaker credentials. Next, I completed 4 modules of study to become commissioned as a Certified Lay Minister at Pikes Peak UMC. Duties there were to be a "constant" as candidates completed their courses and were on their path to becoming clergy. Responsible for congregation duties when a pastor is away.
Also, I was a pulpit supply for Simla UMC and Ellicott Churches as needed for about 4 years under the supervision of clergy. I continued to help Simla UMC and Ellicott UMC until a Clergy could be appointed. I am Certified Order of St. Luke's Healing Ministry through First UMC. Commissioned as Certified Lay Minister and transferred membership to St. Paul's UMC where I humbly serve as a "helper" under the guidance of the clergy. God's promise to me as it resonates in my soul (Phil. 1:6)
"Being confident of this that he who has begun a good work in you will take it to completion until the day of Jesus Christ."
My promise as it was spoken to Isaiah and me (Isaiah 8:6) voice of the Lord saying, " Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said here I am, send me" (although no hot coals touched my lips!) This translates to me the completion of the CLM course as blessed by God, and led by clergy.

If I were to be asked what are my passions? My answer is, "Service through Communion, healing prayer, and the well-being of all living creatures...BOTH GREAT AND SMALL!" I will continue to learn, serve, and be led by the Holy Spirit to share with others that...God loves you more than you know, You are enough, and most of all
God will never leave you nor forsake you. The trials and tribulations of life are merely tests. Some choices we make have both good and not-so-good consequences...But God is not punishing you when those we love are not healed as we wish or our prayers are not answered in our time. God cares about every aspect of our lives. Please stay connected to our heavenly Father through prayer. Take one step toward God and he will meet you the rest of the way! (smile)

I wish to leave you with a smile...When I was young I shared with my mother that I was giving up sausage and broccoli for Lent. Her reply "you are No  Catholic! Eat."

My vestments are a constant reminder of who I am and whose I am. The same child of God...just a bit older. (smile)

Lorraine Grindinger


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