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Kent Scroggs – ROP Executive Director
Kent Scroggs joined ROP as Executive Director in January 2008. Before that he served as a volunteer ministry consultant to Christian organizations for almost two years. Kent also served as the Executive Director of International Student Connection – an outreach to international students studying at Metro Denver colleges and universities – from 1999 to 2006. He has been a member of Cherry Hills Community Church since 1984 where his ministry related experience includes serving as an Elder, a member of the Small Group Advisory Board, a small group leader, a choir member, a Sunday School teacher and an inner city tutor. Before transitioning into full time ministry, Kent worked for almost twenty years in the oil and gas and mining industries, primarily in financial administration. He holds a BA degree in Economics and Asian Studies and an MBA degree in Finance. Kent and his wife, Lisa, married in 1980. They have three grown children.
Tom Adams – ROP Assistant Executive Director
Tom grew up attending catholic schools near Portland, OR. He graduated from Jesuit High School and the University of Portland with a business degree. He felt there must be more to life and joined the military and begin his search. Tom connected with a small group of soldiers who looked forward to the weekly chapel service where God started speaking to them. After leaving the military, Tom heard a local evangelist speak the words that changed his life, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” A relationship with Jesus was the answer to Tom’s search.
After surrendering his life to Christ, Tom had the opportunity to preach for a year at Zion National Park where he met his soon to be wife, Stephanie. Tom eventually moved to Denver after his time in Zion, he got engaged to Stephanie and they ministered with YWAM overseas prior to getting married in 2005. Tom and Stephanie have been married for 12 years and they have 6 children, 3 boys, and 3 girls. They have been members of Bridgeway Church since 2003.
Tom has been coordinating a lunch outreach ministry for 5 years on the 16th street mall while working in the oil and gas industry. Tom has recently owned a graphic design business and been a stay at home dad before being called to full-time ministry. His heart is to see people’s identity in Christ restored so they can live out their purpose by loving and serving God.
Tom loves to be outdoors riding bikes, hiking and exploring God’s creation with his family. He is also an avid reader.
Vicki Ekberg – ROP Public Relations Director
Daughter of a farmer turned engineer and a champion of the debate, Vicki grew up familiar with curbing chaos, fixin’ stuff and the ability to see an argument from either side. However, Vicki was a city kid born to a rural family. She became a prodigal street kid living along East Colfax by the age of 10 and proceeded to make uninformed and simply bad choices which led to crime and abuse. Her story could have ended there, as a victim living in fear and emotional isolation, but for the grace of God.
Nothing fancy changed her prodigal perspective. She just began meeting some everyday Christian people, just like you. People that prayed, chatted, invited her for a meal, or simply treated her with quiet respect. Steered back to reconciliation with her family, she and her parents worked to rebuild trust and friendship. The Holy Spirit did the rest and she discovered that she could find healing for her body, mind, and soul through Christ. No longer a victim, she is a survivor.
Now Vicki lives a surrendered life for her Savior, a missionary to the very streets that had almost broken her once before. She now feels passionate about sharing God’s plans for building relationships, and for community development with church partners and champions. Vicki has served with Prodigal Gatherings as a volunteer for 4 years beginning in July 2002 and on staff at ROP since September 2006. Called of God to work with inner city teens initially, Vicki has grown into duties that include mentoring her staff, interns, and alumni teens, as well as directing small groups and volunteers in mission trips and outreaches with ROP.
She is married to a wonderful man with 5 beautiful children. No longer a smoker, she has yet to kick her addiction to pastries.
Mark Knutson – Business Administrator
TBD – Youth Ministries Director
Currently interviewing missionaries for this position.
Walter Thompson – Children Ministry Director
Pastor Walter Thompson is the founder of WLT (Working Life Transforming) Ministries, Inc., and has 30 years of experience in children and youth development in the school and church settings. Pastor Walter has a BA Degree from Colorado Christian College (formally Rockmont College of Denver. He was ordained through the Full Gospel Fellowship and currently under the Church of God and Christ. Walter is married to Pamela Thompson, who is a certified Registered Nurse who collaborates on programs as needed.
WLT partnered with STEP-UP Inc. in providing ministerial and counseling services and provides services for at risk youth in the Denver/Metro community. Pastor Thompson has operated as the Youth and Children’s Director and Pastor for a few local churches in the Denver/Metro area, Montbello and Aurora. Currently he is the Senior Pastor of the newly planted church “Transforming Lives Christian Center”, which he founded in 2013.
Pastor Thompson has worked as a facilitator, school mentor, public speaker and a camp conference director. He has put together and sponsored the Sow into My Life Leadership Conference, the Sports Integrity Camps and the By-Life Institute. He has been the director of after school programs at Montebello and Overland High Schools, as well as Ponderosa Elementary School. He serves as an advisor for the Health Science program at AMES, located in the Little Public Schools District, and chaperones 63 students from that program at the annual Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA) state competition in Colorado. He is currently working with the Aurora Public Schools, teaching students the “Blue Printing Your Life Program”, empowering them with the life and coping skills needed to complete their schooling and prepare them for young adulthood.
Matt Smith – Teen Ministry Director
Matt Smith joined R.O.P. in 2014. Before that he worked as a mentoring specialist with at-risk youth. He was first exposed to R.O.P. while he was the director of youth ministries at Open Door from 2005 to 2010. Other experiences in at-risk and teen ministry include a baseball ministry in East Denver and he was the director of a skateboard ministry after moving to the Denver Metro area in 2003.
Matt received a B.A. in Youth Ministry from Moody Bible institute in Chicago, Ill. He then completed a M.A. in Leadership from Denver Seminary while in full time ministry.
Matt and his wife Jana live in Denver and have two amazing children George and Verona.
Tish Freeman – Food Bank Director
Tish is a native of Colorado, always living around the Westwood area. Her history is not an easy one. Abuse, drugs, and drinking dominated her youth and she became pregnant at age 14. She has stayed close with her brothers and one sister through the years, however.
Her Christian story didn’t really start until 2007 at age 40. She walked into Restoration Worship Center looking for a food bank option and met Pastor Doug and his wife Deb. Tish marks the changes in her life from that moment onward. Not overnight but one step at a time, for good.
Tish started volunteering with ROP’s Food & Clothing Bank while continuing to attend RWC with her grandkids. She came to love Lucy’s leadership and the people she was working with to distribute food to our Colfax community.
Now Tish, newly baptized, is married to Dustin Freeman. She loves God, His people, and what He continues to do in her life each day. Frogs are a favorite of hers and she likes the Christian sentiment, too. Fully Rely On God! (FROG)
Donna Godfrey – ESL Director
Donna joined R.O.P. in the summer of 2010. She completed her training in 2009 and was certified an ESL instructor through a local church sponsored program. The first year of teaching was done in various homes with approximately 30 students. One day while in the parking lot of close by apartments she met a couple of ladies delivering food and that was the beginning of her relationship with R.O.P.
Currently in the English Second Language there are 100 students enrolled from many different nations and at many different levels. The ESL program has a great team of teachers and volunteers and would welcome people who are interested to fill out a ministry application and see if this journey might involve you, too.
Prior to teaching English Second Language she had a background in transportation for approximately 30 years. Five years before retiring from the transportation industry God began to move Donna into an area that she didn’t even know existed, the need of our language being taught within the community of new immigrants coming to our area. The immigrants needed everything from clothing and furniture to learning their way around town and how to use the telephone. The clothing and furniture came easy but the other needs required much more of a personal touch. This is what the LORD called Donna to and without retiring it would have been impossible to meet that need. Sometimes God has to make us miserable enough in our own world to look to what He sees and has in store for us, and that became her reality when her company merged with another.
Donna graduated from Adams City High School and attended college at East Texas Baptist College. She is an active member of Calvary Chapel Aurora.
Marla Vlieger – Director of Education
Those who have been cast aside by our education system are Marla’s heartbeat. She transforms the future for those the educational system has held back by tutoring high school dropouts to successful GED completion. She has always been a teacher at heart and spent 12 years in the public school system working with middle schoolers. However, she found that many students were left out because they didn’t fit the mold. The greatest delight she took in teaching was working one on one with students and getting inside their heads to see what they were thinking and how to reach them, working to get the light bulb to go off. Marrying into a family where some didn’t delight in learning as she did, helped her see things from a different perspective.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Math, she went on to get her Masters in Christian Education and then got her teaching license. She’s taught for a dozen years in public schools and has spoken at education conferences as well as participated in CSAP development. As a lifelong learner and educator, she joined a non-profit ministry to the poorest of the poor to reach the students that the education system ignored and pushed aside. Besides her love of cuddling infants, she most often desires to curl up with a good book. She enjoys cooking for her family and experimenting with recipes to find new favorites. You can find her on her ministry’s website or email her directly. Come on down one afternoon and see how students are celebrated.
Lucy Bruser – Refugee Resource & Outreach Director
Coming from rather meager circumstances in early life, God began cultivating in Lucy a heart of passion for the brokenhearted, oppressed, needy and downtrodden. After graduating from high school, Lucy worked for a number of years as an office manager, until God called her to Bible College. In her 2nd year of college, God used Isaiah 61:4 to call her to inner city ministry.
While attending Bible College, she was a Big Sister to teen girls through a Christian home for at-risk youth and was involved in evangelism and discipleship through a prison ministry. Lucy spent two summers as an intern with an inner city ministry in Cincinnati, Ohio. During her senior year of college, God called her to Inner City Impact, Chicago, Illinois. After graduation, she joined their staff as Director of High School Ministries.
A number of years later she entered the corporate world, where she gained a wealth of experience in business administration, strategic planning and development, corporate cash management, human resources and development, project and event planning and more.
In 1995, Lucy felt God calling her back to full-time ministry and she began to ready herself for this transition. She moved to Denver from Chicago at that time with a 5-year plan to reenter full-time ministry. With a particular burden for unsaved and unchurched women who were beaten down, broken and struggling through life, she joined Open Door Ministries in Denver in 2000. There, Lucy directed Chayah House, a two-year Christian discipleship home for women in transformation. God uses Lucy’s passion for evangelism, discipleship, teaching, and mentoring to guide her in leading others on a journey out of poverty, brokenness and spiritual darkness to the compassionate and healing heart of God for redemption, restoration and spiritual wholeness in Christ.
In 2007, Lucy transitioned to ROP. With 25+ years of ministry to the “least of these,” Lucy directs ROP’s Refugee Outreach and Resources Ministry. She is currently involved in evangelism, discipleship, Bible teaching and is focused on developing relationships with, and walking alongside local refugee church leaders, loving, supporting and partnering with them as they grow their churches, advancing the Kingdom of God in Aurora and East Denver.
Doug was trained in the pastoral studies program at North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, received a bachelor’s degree from Colorado Christian University and received his ordination from Open Door Fellowship in Denver.
Doug has worked in ministry with Chicago Teen Challenge, Real Life Youth Homes, Laveen Indian Children’s Home, Rivercrest Christian School, Cedarcrest Christian School and as the executive pastor of Jesus Christ Our Church in Denver. He and his wife Deb have also been on several short term mission trips to Mexico and one to El Salvador.
Doug has been married to Deb, director of ROP Resource Ministries, for thirty-eight years. Together they have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Doug has a passion for worship, teaching God’s Word and reaching out in love with the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ to people who have been rejected by society. He gets excited seeing people who have lived devastated lives touched and changed by being with Jesus.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing with his grandchildren, playing his guitar, photography and skiing.
Deb Ford – Mentoring and Pastoral Care Director
Deb Ford, Director of ROP Resource Ministries, is married and the mother of three grown children: Melisa, Wendy, and Douglas. She obtained her B.S. from Colorado Christian University in Management of Human Resources with a minor in Psychology. While working on her Bachelors Degree, she was a trainer for the Department of Energy and authored a training manual for trainers in a professional setting. She went on to obtain her Masters Degree in Agency Counseling in 1998 from the University of Northern Colorado and has also completed much of the coursework towards a Doctorate in Family Violence.
While working on her Masters Degree, she worked in private practice and also completed a year long internship at Providence Network, leading groups and counseling women struggling with addictions and abuse. In 1999, she returned to Providence Network and served as an Interim Director at one of the Providence Discipleship Homes and, in 2000, was the founding Director of Joy House, a residential facility for women and children who were victims of domestic violence.
Deb has completed all the requirements for a Licensed Counselor in the State of Colorado, is trained in Child Play Therapy and holds credentials as a Forensic Counselor. She has over 10 years of experience working with the inner city population and came to Open Door Ministries in 2004 with a vision to reach out to the poor by providing services that were unavailable to the underprivileged population.
She and her husband have participated with several missions trips including Mexico, El Salvador and Russia. Deb also assists her husband, Doug, who is Pastor of Restoration Worship Center. When not working, Deb enjoys spending time with her family, reading and spoiling her four grandchildren: Trinity, Gryphon, Audra and Natania.