Staff Team

The staff of First Congregational Church UCC is a team of capable, committed individuals with diverse gifts and skills which, on a daily basis, supports church and community members involved in the church's ministry and mission by providing:

  • Hospitality, information and resources
  • A church-system perspective in support of lay-led ministries; and
  • A view of the church in the context of its local community, the various settings of the United Church of Christ, and wider ecumenical initiatives.

In addition, pastoral staff attend to the spiritual health and nurture of church members. 

  • Rev. Lee Ann Bryce

    lead minister

    Lee Ann (she, her, hers) has served as lead minister of First Congregational Church since August 2022.  She came to ordained ministry as a second career, following stints in choral conducting and public administration. 


    Rev. Lee Ann attended the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, in 2002, earning her Masters of Divinity degree.  While at Iliff she received numerous awards for worship scholarship and innovation and concentrated course work in theology and Bible.  She studied voice and music education at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, where she received her Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1984. 


    A passionate advocate of justice for all of God’s children, Rev. Lee Ann has devoted her life to the nurture of healthy, affirming communities.  She says, “I love First Congregational Church because it is such a vibrant, inclusive community of faith.  Its prophetic witness is especially important in Colorado Springs.  My feeling about this church is that anyone who wants to deepen their connection to the holy can find here a supportive and loving community in which to explore what it means to them to be a Christian in today’s world.”  She describes herself as a Christian pluralist.  “I identify as a follower of Jesus, but I believe there are many paths to God.  What is important is that we recognize our path and pursue it with dedication and zeal.” 


    Lee Ann is an enthusiastic cook who enjoys a martini (gin, of course!), cycling, music, movies, and reading.  She loves doing anything with her wife, Lisa, as well as hanging out with their children, David, Sunny, and grandson Clark, and Hannah and Jackson. 



    • Master of Divinity, The Iliff School of Theology
    • Bachelor of Music Education, Friends University      

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  • josh Rumple

    Director of Youth and pastoral care

    Josh Rumple joined the FCC staff in October 2020 as the Director of Youth Ministry. He is also currently a Member in Discernment, pursuing ordination within the United Church of Christ. 


    After being raised in a very small town in northwest Ohio, Josh moved to a slightly bigger town in Indiana, where he earned a BS in Christian Ministries from Indiana Wesleyan University. After graduation, he moved to Colorado Springs, where he worked in public education and customer service, as well as volunteering in a local church with youth, speaking, and music. During this time, he earned an MA in Theological Studies from Saint Leo University. 


    Josh is married to his wife, Rachel, and together they have one child, Finley, as well as a cat named Merlin. In his spare time, he loves to read and write, as well as completely nerd out on various tabletop games. He is passionate about social justice and making sure that every person is cared for and respected.

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  • david acton

    director of music ministry

    David joined the staff team as organist and office administrator in July 2017. Previously, he served as the organ scholar of the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. His nearly twelve years of experience as an organist have also included freelance work and positions at the First Christian Church in Greencastle, Indiana and Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Indianapolis. David was featured as an organ soloist in the 2017 Western Michigan University Showcase Spectacular and as a recitalist in the 2016 and 2017 Lenten Organ Recital Series, hosted by the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo.

    David graduated in April 2017 with a Master of Music degree in French horn performance and secondary emphases in organ and choral conducting from Western Michigan University. He served as a graduate assistant in the horn studio and played as a member of the University Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Graduate Chamber Ensembles. David received his Bachelor of Music degree in French horn performance at DePauw University in 2015. 

    When not playing music, David enjoys drinking coffee, watching Netflix, reading, and running. He is also an avid hiker and is excited to explore the plethora of beautiful hiking opportunities in the Springs.

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  • emily bond

    director of administration and communications

    Emily joined the Staff of FCC in July, 2013. Born and raised in London, England, she graduated with a degree in Music from the University of Bristol. A skilled horse-rider, Emily spent many years teaching others to ride, competing at horse shows, and training horses. She also worked as a caterer in London and Bristol, which led to opening a restaurant in Bath where she designed and produced creative menus as chef. 

    Emily moved to Crested Butte, CO in 2001 to work for the Crested Butte Music Festival in Development, Marketing and Production for almost ten years. She also served as the President of the Colorado Music Alliance (CMA) from 2007-2009. In 2009, Emily was hired as the Office Manager of the Union Congregational Church in Crested Butte. Promotional and marketing work led to a job offer at FCUCC in the Springs in 2013 - where she thrives with a fabulous staff team!

    Emily’s passion is to perform classical music and musical theater on stage. She frequently performs with her mother, Elizabeth Bond – mezzo soprano. Other interests include knitting, training her new puppy Na'vi, exploring new cultures and cuisines, and kickboxing.

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  • rachel rumple


    Rachel joined the FCUCC staff in August 2020 as the Administrative Assistant. Her position expanded so much that she settled into a new role as the Director of Finance and Technology in 2022. 

    After growing up and attending college in Indiana, she felt the urge to experience life outside of the Midwest. She and her husband, Josh, picked Colorado Springs randomly, moved here in 2012, (predictably) fell in love with Colorado, and haven’t left! Rachel started her career as an elementary special education teacher and taught for 6 years. After quitting teaching, she spent a couple of years feeling unmoored, both professionally and spiritually, before finding First Congregational Church. This church community has helped her feel grounded once again.

    Rachel spends her spare time working even more, running a small photography business. She nearly always has an audiobook or podcast in her ear and enjoys singing, swimming, and hiking. The Rumples expanded their family in 2022, welcoming their first child, Finley.

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    Director of Children's AND Family Ministry

    Sarah joined the FCC staff in 2021. She grew up in northern Colorado, and attended college in Springfield, MO at Evangel University. She earned a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Biblical Studies. Sarah moved back to Colorado after graduation to begin her teaching career as a 3rd grade teacher. She met and married her husband, Rob, in 2006, and went on to pursue an MA in Educational Leadership from UCCS in 2008.


    During her 13 years as a public educator, Sarah has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, cultivating a positive and welcoming space in her classroom. She served on the school leadership team and sponsored many after school clubs and activities for children. Sarah also worked previously as a doula to assist parents during childbirth, and she has been a La Leche League leader for over 6 years to assist new parents with breastfeeding. She has also worked as a hike leader with Colorado Mountain Mamas to help parents connect with nature and each other.


    Sarah is a clarinetist and singer who has been very active in community bands and choirs. She also enjoys running, reading, and training her puppy in her free time. She has two children, Iris and Gus, and stays busy supporting their piano studies and after school activities. 

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  • Facility and nursery staff

    Robert Scheafer and Doris Fletcher - Custodians

    Maren Felps, Doris Fletcher, Lilly Hitipeuw, Katelynn Hoyle and Sarah Sampson - Nursery Attendants

    Ani Rose Whaleswan and Curt Daniel - Sunday Sextons

    Nancy Lippincott - Congregational Nurse