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REECE AND SARAH BOWLING

Lead Pastors

Pastor Reece earned his Masters of Divinity from Oral Roberts University (ORU). Pastor Sarah earned a BA in German from ORU and an MA in Modern History from the University of Missouri. Together, they are an energetic and anointed ministry team with a passion for sharing God’s Word with everyone they meet.


MARILYN HICKEY

Founding Pastor

An insightful Bible teacher, Marilyn loves seeing lives that are transformed through God’s Word. She believes in the power of God to perform miracles. For more information about Marilyn and her ministry, please visit www.mhmin.org


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ELIPHAZ SALIK

Executive Pastor

Pastor Eliphaz was born in Kuwait to Pakistani parents. His father served as a minister for more than 40 years in Pakistan, Kuwait, and Colorado. Eliphaz grew up in a Muslim country and learned first hand what it meant to follow Jesus in the midst of adversity. After serving as a volunteer at Orchard Road Christian Center for over a decade, he joined the staff at Encounter Church in May of 2018. Upon the passing of his father in April of 2016, Eliphaz was installed as the lead pastor of the Pakistani Congregation in Denver. His heart is to help people come to know the love of Jesus and to teach them how to live by the power of the Holy Spirit.


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PAT MAHONEY

Associate Pastor

Pastor Pat began working with Encounter Church shortly after his salvation in 1976. Soon after, he married the love of his life, Sharon. Together, they answered God’s call to launch into active ministry, and dedicated the last 30+ years to many different areas, including teaching and training, youth ministry, single’s ministry, inner-city evangelism, short-term missions, and church planting. Pat currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries. He and Sharon have two wonderful adult daughters and sons-in-law.


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AARON MALONE

Associate Pastor

Pastor Aaron joined the staff at Encounter Church in 2006. Previously, he served as the high school pastor before moving into the adult ministry group to serve those in their 20s and 30s. Aaron and his wife Ashley met in 2010 at Encounter Church and were married in the fall of 2011. They both have a desire to help young people come to know God in a greater way.


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FRIEDA MACLEAR

Missions Pastor

Frieda was born and raised in a Christian home in Canada, and felt called to missionary work at an early age. After graduating from Briercrest Bible College, she proceeded to spend five years with Gospel Missionary Union in Panama. She taught in a Bible school and was in charge of local evangelism.

After she married her husband Jerry, she earned a BA in education from Portland State University. Later, she also earned her Masters of Divinity from Denver Seminary. She spent a number of years teaching in Christian schools and eventually became the director of World College.

Frieda has been on staff at Encounter Church as the Missions Pastor for more than 30 years, and she is committed to discipling and training students to spread the Gospel around the world. Frieda and Jerry have three adult daughters and four grandchildren.


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KATE GROENEMAN

Children’s Pastor

Pastor Kate joined Encounter Church as the Children’s Pastor. She oversees the programs that minister to children from birth to 5th grade. Kate, her husband Dustin, and their two children, Liam and Olive, recently returned from England where they worked to impact churches and communities through training artists in prophetic ministry.

As children eagerly express their creativity through music, the arts, and play, Pastor Kate looks forward to teaching them to learn and experience the love of God and to develop a healthy relationship with their Lord and Savior through these and other mediums.


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STEVE MAESTAS

Student Pastor

Pastor Steve joined the Encounter Church Staff in May of 2019. Though he is new to our staff he has served for over 20 years in various ministries. Steve has been married to his beautiful bride Allicia for 20 years and have two amazing teenage children, daughter Morgan and son Sage.

Pastor Steve is passionate about teaching and leading students to know their Heavenly Father’s voice and know their identity as a son or daughter of The King.


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BRI GILES

Worship Pastor

Pastor Bri moved from Colorado Springs to join Encounter Church in the spring of 2020. She has served in worship ministry since 2008. She has a heart for people to experience the fullness of God’s presence in worship. You’ll probably find her humming or singing anywhere she goes!