Rev. Jacqueline Decker Vanderpol
Jacqueline joined the St. Andrew community in November 2016. She was drawn to this congregation's unique expression of an integrated spirituality that is both intellectually-engaged and service-minded. A native of Boulder, she holds a B.A. in Religion from Pepperdine University where she was valedictorian of her class and a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary where she received the Presbyterian Leadership Award all three years. She is currently completing a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Before arriving at St. Andrew, Jacqueline served as Associate Pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Denver for 10 years and as Minister of Church Life at First Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan. She is married to Nick, a Principal in Boulder Valley School District, and they have three young daughters: Norah, Etta, and Julia.
Rev. Harriet Isbell
Coordinator of Communication and Pastoral Care
Harriet dreamed of becoming a professional tap dancer, but got sidetracked along the way and wound up in the ministry. She earned a degree in Christian Education and spent many years using the energy and creativity she’d acquired on the dance floor to make church life fun — and meaningful — for children and youth. Over time, she answered the call to extend her ministry to people of all ages. She graduated from Duke University Divinity School and became the first female Presbyterian pastor ordained in Raleigh, North Carolina. After serving congregations in North Carolina and California, she retired, moved to Boulder and joined our staff as a volunteer provider of pastoral care and congregational support. Her biggest accomplishments outside the church: raising her daughters, loving her grandchildren and winning a jitterbug contest.
Rev. Bill Calhoun
Parish Associate for Interfaith Partnerships
Bill Calhoun is a retired Presbyterian minister, active in mission ministries across the nation and the world and in community ministries from affordable housing to interfaith dialogues to advocacy work for social inclusiveness and health care reform. Bill loves to walk in the mountains, cultivate deep silence and encourage small circles of listening conversation. He coached high school football for 23 years in three states while serving three Presbyterian congregations in those 40 years, the last being Montview Presbyterian Church in Denver. In November 2017, he joined the St. Andrew staff as Parish Associate to help cultivate interfaith partnerships.
Choirmaster and Organist
Robert has been at St. Andrew since 1997. He grew up listening to his grandfather sing gospel music on the radio and at revivals. As a child he played hymns for Sunday School assemblies in his Southern Baptist Church, and by the age of 15 he was working as a church organist and choir director in a small church in Winter Park, Florida. Robert earned a Bachelor of Music degree in organ at Stetson University in Florida and a Master of Sacred Music degree (choral and organ) at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He has spent more than 50 years serving churches in Florida, Michigan, New Jersey and Colorado as organist, choir director and handbell director. His goal has always been to make sacred music an integral part of the worship experience. He and his wife enjoy walking on their favorite beaches, being with friends, and reading.
Director of Christian Education
Steven lived in Atlanta, Georgia, for most of his life before moving to Colorado in 2015. He's still trying to figure out life without a Waffle House on every street corner, but he's been slowly getting used to Front Range living (and all of its snow). Before joining the staff of St. Andrew, Steven served as children and youth ministry staff with two Presbyterian churches in the Atlanta area. Steven also spent eight years involved in camp & conference center ministry – working first at the Calvin Center in Atlanta and then moving to Colorado to work as the Summer Camp Director at Highlands Presbyterian Camp. Whether it's providing quality Christian education for all ages or connecting folks with mission opportunities to serve our local and global communities, Steven is always looking for ways for St. Andrew to live out our call to "be the church." Steven is also an Eagle Scout and enjoys exploring the Colorado Front Range in his free time.
Julie lives in Nederland, Colorado, with her husband and two daughters. She has served on the Peak to Peak Healthy Communities Project Board since July 2016 and was elected to the Nederland Board of Trustees in April 2016. Julie most recently worked as Campus Supervisor at Nederland Middle Senior High School. She also served nearly ten years as the National Wildlife Federation's Regional Education Program Manager working to advance environmental education and efforts to connect kids and families to nature. She served six years on the Board for the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with her family.
Basil keeps the St. Andrew building and grounds in great shape. Whether he's preparing for worship, maintaining our mechanical systems, or cleaning up after fellowship activities, he approaches every job with purpose and professionalism. He honed his work ethic in the military — serving in the US Army for seven years and the Air Force for three. During that time, he not only built a broad portfolio of technical skills but also visited 25 countries. Basil doesn't just take good care of property; he also cares for people. He holds certifications in First Aid, AED, CPR, Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Prevention and has been trained to administer Narcan, an emergency treatment for those suspected of opioid overdose.
My name is Honore (pronounced "honor-ay"). I am 21 years old, and I've lived here in Boulder for 2 years. I am an aspiring psychotherapist, but presently I'm working here at St. Andrew as a childcare provider, as well as my other position where I am a caregiver for an elderly woman. I enjoy caring for others. It helps me find my center. It also helps me remember what's really important in life: compassion and connection.
Hi, my name is Makenna Hodges, and I'm a junior at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I grew up in Highlands Ranch, which is a town not far out of Boulder! I'm currently studying Integrative Physiology in hopes to eventually get into med school where I can learn about orthopedics for pediatrics. This is something I have had a passion for a long time, and I can't wait to pursue this field of work! I’ve been working for the church since August 2016 and absolutely love the little kiddos!