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Senior Minister & Spiritual Director

Dr. Roger W. Teel is a life transforming speaker, a gifted community builder and a global spiritual leader. Through practical spirituality, storytelling and humor, Dr. Teel’s powerful messages help empower people and lead them to their limitless potential to live dynamically.

Dr. Teel holds a degree in psychology and religion, a Doctor of Divinity and a third honorary doctoral degree. He has served pulpits in Oregon, California, and in 1993 he returned to his home church, Mile Hi Church.

As a global leader and visionary, Dr. Teel has served as chairman of the International Board of Trustees for Centers for Spiritual Living and is co-founder of the Association for Global New Thought. In 1999, 2001 and 2004, Dr. Teel assisted in facilitating the Synthesis Dialogues with acclaimed global leaders including His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Dr. Teel also represented the New Thought movement at the Parliament of World's Religions in Melbourne, Australia, in 2009. In 2012, he assisted in facilitating the Awakened World Conference held in Rome. His dedication to global oneness has established him as a spiritual luminary on a worldwide scale.

Dr. Teel has served on the boards of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, the Foundation for Affordable Housing and the Community First Foundation. In 2013, he was awarded "The Light of God Expressing in Society Award" from Unity World Ministries.

In 2014, Dr. Teel completed his first book, This Life Is Joy: Discovering the Spiritual Laws to Live More Powerfully, Lovingly, and Happily (Tarcher/Penguin).

In his leisure time, Dr. Teel enjoys traveling, golf, tennis, strumming his banjo, dating his wife and spoiling his grandchildren.

Associate Ministers



Dr. Michelle Medrano
Senior Associate Minister

Ministries and Programs Leader
Financial Wellness Ministry
La Voz Latina en Mile Hi
Women's Ministry

Dr. Michelle Medrano

Senior Associate Minister

Rev. Dr. Michelle Medrano found Religious Science at age 15. Upon walking into Mile Hi Church of Religious Science in Denver, Colorado, she knew she was "home." As a teenager, Michelle started volunteering at the church and eventually joined as administrative staff where she worked for six years. She continued her studies, became a practioner and in 1991, after receiving her degree from Ernest Homes College, became a minister.

Michelle became an assistant minister at Huntington Beach Church of Religious Science. She served there for four years in many capacities. Then Michelle joined New Vision Center for Spiritual Living as its senior minister in 1995.

New Vision Center for Spiritual Living grew and evolved from a smaller community that set up every Sunday for services, to a larger community that purchased its own building and became a hub of activity and inspiration under her leadership.

Her vigorous involvement in her local community is matched by her work on the international committees of her denomination. She has served in many capacities of leadership in the New Thought Movement.

In 2013, Dr. Michelle was invited to return to Mile Hi Church as an associate minister. While it was difficult to leave the wonderful community she had built in Arizona, she knew that this was the right move. She serves as the leader of Ministries and Programs at Mile Hi.

In the congregation she serves and in the many churches and organizations she visits each year, Dr. Michelle is known as an inspiring teacher and leader who deeply touches her audiences with humor and profound insights.

Ministries and Program Leader, Financial Wellness Ministry, La Voz Latina en Mile Hi, Women's Ministry



Dr. Robert "Ras" A. Smith
Associate Minister

Dean of School of Spiritual Leadership
Core Education
Spirituality in Recovery Ministry
Make-A-Difference Ministry

Dr. Robert "Ras" A. Smith

Associate Minister

Dr. Robert A. "Ras" Smith is an architect of the heart, helping people build powerful lives. As an associate minister at Mile Hi Church, Dr. Ras, as he likes to be called, is also the dean of the Denver Region School for Spiritual Leadership. He has an undergraduate degree in sociology, a Master of Divinity degree and is a licensed architect.

Dr. Ras' passion for recovery comes from his 22 years of sobriety and his dedication to those still suffering from addiction. He is a sought after speaker and presenter at recovery retreats and conferences, treatment centers, and has anchored the annual Recovery Month since 2002 at Mile Hi Church. His experience, strength and hope along with the wisdom of New Thought teachings are a great mix for what he calls, Re-Creating Your Life, One Thought at a Time. He established the Spirituality in Recovery Ministry at Mile Hi more than 10 years ago.

In addition, Dr. Ras leads our powerful Outreach Service Ministry that involves our community in outreach service projects, including Habitat for Humanity, the Harvest of Love Food Drive, our Giving Tree providing thousands of gifts each Christmas, and many projects throughout the year to support students and families of Lumberg Elementary.

As a speaker, trainer and minister, he facilitates the Inner Child workshop and classes at Mile Hi Church. Ras is married to his wonderful wife Tina and has two incredible sons, Zach and Tyler. In August 2015, he became a grandfather for the first time.

Dean of School of Spiritual Leadership, Core Education, Spirituality in Recovery Ministry, Make-A-Difference Ministry



Dr. Patty Luckenbach
Associate Minister

Prayer and Care Ministry

Dr. Patty Luckenbach

Associate Minister

Dr. Patty Luckenbach personifies the many expressions of love provided by the Prayer and Care Center, which she directs. She is noted for radiating love, sincerity and generosity of spirit. Her inspiring messages reflect her reverence for nature and for ancient spiritual principles. She speaks with the wisdom of the sages and the humility of Mother Teresa. She is an epicenter of compassion. Her quiet strength is founded in an unwavering faith that banishes fear and instills a rare depth of peace and love. Her life is dedicated to enhancing others by identifying and developing their creative potential and self awareness.

Dr. Patty holds a master's degree in therapeutic psychology and is also a research associate of existential metapsychiatry. She has been an associate minister at Mile Hi Church for over 25 years.

Prayer and Care Ministry



Rev. Barry Ebert
Associate Minister

Youth & Family Ministry

Rev. Barry Ebert

Associate Minister

Rev. Barry Ebert is the youth director at Mile Hi Church, which serves 250-300 children each week. He is also a certified instructor of the Becoming a Love and Logic Parent workshop, which he teaches at many locations across Colorado's Front Range.

Barry has a bachelor's degree from Clarkson University, is a registered land surveyor, and is a guitar player and songwriter with three CDs. He and his wife, Stephanie, have been married for almost 30 years and they have two grown sons. At Mile Hi, Rev. Barry is best known as the "announcement guy."





Youth & Family Ministry



Rev. Shannon O'Hurley
Associate Minister

Arts Ministry
Interfaith/Multicultural (I AM) Ministry
Ministry of Service

Rev. Shannon O'Hurley

Associate Minister

Prior to joining Mile Hi Church, Rev. Shannon spent several years serving as the associate minister at the New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Oregon. There she was the director of education where she implemented innovative and cutting edge curriculum growing their Education Ministry exponentially. In addition to education, Rev. Shannon has a heart for service and a deep commitment to supporting practitioners. While in Oregon, she also served as the director of the Practitioner and Pastoral Care Programs.

In addition to her master's degree in Consciousness Studies from the Holmes Institute, she holds a second master's from Portland State University in conflict resolution and peacebuilding with an emphasis on interreligious dialogue and mediation. She has a passion for interfaith work and peacebuilding among the world’s religions. In 2011, Rev. Shannon was honored to work with the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago, facilitating and mediating interfaith dialogue between leaders of varying faith traditions.

Rev. Shannon is known for her inspiring, down to earth and always entertaining speaking style. Prior to her call to ministry, she did her undergraduate work at the Boston Conservatory of Music and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She worked as a professional actor in theatre, television and film for over twenty years.

She is married to David, the love of her life, and together they delight in raising their four daughters.

Arts Ministry, Interfaith/Multicultural (I AM) Ministry, Ministry of Service

Assistant Ministers



Rev. Simon Shadowlight
Assistant Minister

Director of Online Ministry
Men's Ministry

Rev. Simon Shadowlight

Assistant Minister

Rev. Simon Shadowlight, wife Kristin, and children Zach and Sarah have been part of the Mile Hi community since 2004. Simon became a practitioner at Mile Hi Church and then entered ministerial school. During that time he began working as the director of Mile Hi Online and has been a primary supporter and proponent of “getting this teaching out there” via our Sunday service broadcast and the development of online courses. Rev. Simon brings years of experience as a corporate trainer and is passionate about helping others apply these teachings to real life.

A Colorado native, Rev. Simon has a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in online education from Colorado University-Denver. He is a member of the Centers for Spiritual Living online teaching team and serves on the curriculum development subcommittee.

Director of Online Ministry, Men's Ministry



Rev. Carol Righthouse
Assistant Minister

Assistant Director of the Prayer & Care Center
Practitioner Liaison Minister

Rev. Carol Righthouse

Assistant Minister

Rev. Carol Righthouse is honest, caring and gracious. Her passion is serving congregants and practitioners on a one-to-one basis where her gifts as a spiritual counselor and minister create a warm and safe space for growth and transformation.

Rev. Carol began her journey with Mile Hi Church in 1973 and joined the staff in 1998 as the manager of the Higher Shelf Bookstore. This expanded to product and media sales director when the new sanctuary opened in 2008, and she opened the new music and media center. Rev. Carol moved into her current role as assistant director to the Prayer and Care Center in 2011. She is honored to be in heart-centered service to the congregants, practitioners and the community outreach team.

Rev. Carol holds a master’s degree in Consciousness Studies. She is married to her husband, Jerry, and they reside in Arvada, CO.

Assistant Director of the Prayer & Care Center, 
Practitioner Liaison Minister



Rev. Carol Wilke
Assistant Minister

Core Education
Spirituality in Recovery Ministry
LGBTQ+ Ministry

Rev. Carol Wilke

Assistant Minister

Rev. Carol Wilke is a life-changing transformational speaker, teacher, retreat facilitator and recovery coach. She is passionate about bringing hope and joy into the lives of all those she works with and supports in recovery.

With more than a decade of celebrated sobriety, Carol credits an important part of her recovery to the AA program. She holds two master's degrees; one in Consciousness Studies from the Holmes Institute and the other in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She is the founder and senior minister for Heart, Mind & Spirit Recovery – a Center For Spiritual Living Focus Ministry.

Carol incorporates humor and lessons from her international travels, AA background and her own recovery journey to create heart-centered messages that are inclusive, instructive and inspirational. With her unique expertise as CEO of a conference planning company, she has the ability to create life-changing classes, retreats, workshops, symposia and large-scale conferences with deep transformational learning.

She has served on numerous national boards, and is a sought out advisor in New Thought church leadership and community growth.

Carol’s passionate message is one of empowering individuals to discover their authentic selves and intrinsic value as unique expressions of God. Her spiritual counseling, recovery ministry and experiential learning retreats and lectures incorporate spiritual practices and principles, sacred wisdom teachings, universal laws and powerful life skills to step into the next level of recovery.

Her Heart, Mind & Spirit Recovery Retreats offer experiential, life-changing opportunities for expansion and growth, in a safe, nurturing environment.

Carol has a unique ability to create a sacred space for deep authentic exploration and personal transformation with real world drug and alcohol recovery issues. She has lived through the depths and bottom of alcohol addiction, and has dedicated her life to providing a path to an unshakable foundation in the next level of recovery.

To meet Carol is to know that she embodies hope, strength and compassion.

Core Education, Spirituality in Recovery Ministry, LGBTQ+ Ministry

Special Focus Ministers



Rev. Nadine Cox
Special Focus Minister

Sacred Sisters

Rev. Nadine Cox

Special Focus Minister

Rev. Nadine Cox is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a BS degree in art education. She taught all levels of children, ages 1-12, during her 21 years as a public school art teacher. She also spent ten years as a professional pencil artist, specializing in portraiture and Native American themes, and she is often called upon when art assistance is needed at Mile Hi.

Rev. Nadine graduated from Holmes Institute in May 2009 with a master of arts degree in consciousness studies. She serves at Mile Hi as the middle school director and teacher, and as youth curriculum writer for fourth grade through teens. She has created two curriculums for teens, teaching “Beyond Limits for Teens” in the fall and “Spiritual Practice for Teens” in the spring. Her passion revolves around inspiring and assisting others to use their creative talents for growth and personal transformation.

She and her husband Richard live in Lakewood, and she is the mother of two daughters, Amber and Savanna Riker.

Special Focus Ministries: Sacred Sisters



Rev. Cynthia James
Special Focus Minister

Rev. Cynthia James

Special Focus Minister

Rev. Cynthia James is exuberant, energetic and gracious. She has completed two master’s degree programs in spiritual psychology and consciousness studies. Cynthia brings an extensive background in coaching and counseling for individuals, spiritual communities and corporations.

Cynthia is an author, accomplished actress/performer and has been a favored soloist/speaker at Science of Mind churches throughout the United States. She and her husband, Carl Studna, a world-renowned photographer, live in the foothills with their dogs, Easter and Rusty.







Rev. Elzia Sekou
Special Focus Minister

Young Adult Ministry
Groups

Rev. Elzia Sekou

Special Focus Minister

Rev. Elzia Sekou is a management consultant and a former college professor with a unique set of skills for ministry, a passion for learning and the ability to make things happen. Building community and serving humanity are a couple of the driving forces in his life. He has an extensive background in training and community outreach and has lead several Rites of Passage programs. He was a chairman for the City of Lakewood Colorado's Cultural Diversity Commission and has served on several boards including Denver Juvenile Justice Youth Drug Court and Free Horizon Montessori School.

Rev. Elzia is an avid student of ancient wisdom traditions focusing on Ancient Egypt and Islam. He loves yoga for its meditative qualities and he is a dedicated family man. He’s been married to his lovely wife, Lynne for 18 years and has three children and three grandchildren. His motto is: Don’t go where there’s a path; go where there is no path and leave a trail.

Special Focus Ministries: Young Adult Ministry, Groups



Rev. Chris Plym
Special Focus Minister

Guest & New Member

Rev. Chris Plym

Special Focus Minister

Rev. Chris Plym is currently the Guest and New Member Services program coordinator. She had an extensive business background before becoming a minister. Her passion is creating inspirational and learning environments for the success of others so that all may learn and apply the principles of Science of Mind.

Rev. Chris's greatest delight is her granddaughter and family. Her “hobby” of choice is connecting with family and friends in spiritual community.





Special Focus Ministries: Guest & New Member



Rev. Kay Johnson
Special Focus Minister

Healing Ministry

Rev. Kay Johnson

Special Focus Minister

Rev. Kay Johnson has been at Mile Hi Church since 1989. She never intended to go to church again after a college course in Bible history showed the flaws in her fundamental religious upbringing, however, Science of Mind opened her eyes and changed her mind. Rev. Kay studied all of the Science of Mind classes, became a practitioner, served as president of the Board of Trustees, and co-chaired the Building a Work of Heart campaign to raise money to build the new sanctuary. She then entered Holmes Institute, but for many years was not sure why. After her own cancer experience in 2007, the gift of her cancer journey became clear. Her ministry was to focus on healing. Based on her own practical knowledge, understanding and insight, she knew the power of this spiritual path to support anyone going through a difficult time.

Rev. Kay's study and service focuses on the intersection of health, well-being and spirituality. She teaches "You Can Heal," a workshop for those facing health challenges, and she is developing a unique support group for those who are healing. Kay is married to Terry and they have three grown daughters and twin grandchildren.

Special Focus Ministries: Healing Ministry