Central Presbyterian Church1660 N Sherman StreetDenver, CO 80203303.839.5500
Louise Westfall became Central’s senior pastor in 2011, following pastorates in Cleveland, Detroit, and Iowa. She received a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She has co-authored two Bible studies– The Face Is Familiar: Remembering Unnamed Women in Scripture, and Peacemaking in Mark: Restoring God’s Community of Men and Women. Her dissertation Listening Beyond Our Differences: Conversations about Abortion was honored with a faculty prize.
Louise believes the Church is a community of transformation and the congregations she’s served have resettled refugees, built homes with Habitat for Humanity, tutored urban school children, converted a closed church into a Boys and Girls Club, and helped enroll people in affordable health insurance. Her leadership has helped make connections between suburban and urban, Black and White congregations, and among Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Increasingly she considers the Communion cup a central symbol of faith representing God’s love poured out for all, and the Table a place where everyone is welcome.
Louise is the mother of a son, Paul, an attorney in Washington DC.
Besides Jesus and her family, Charis (pronounced Care-is) has two great passions: music and organization. These two seemingly disparate entities came together recently as she became Central's Music Director and Church Administrator. She holds undergrad and graduate degrees in vocal performance, and has lived and performed throughout Italy on a Rotary fellowship. Her career allowed for solo gigs at Carnegie Hall, the Vatican for Jubilee, as well as with the Colorado Symphony and many others. In between gigs, she worked for c-suite executives in NYC where she put her organizational and admin skills to great use. She met her husband, Ryan, in a production of "Into the Woods" in Ft. Collins. It was love at first listen when he came to the first rehearsal with his entire role memorized. They have two daughters, Ahna and Liza, who are truly gifts straight from God.
Molly has been a member at Central since 2004 and joined the staff team in 2018. From 2013-2015, Molly served as the Director of Central Presbyterian Church’s Health Assistance Site which assisted Coloradans in health insurance enrollment.
Molly worked for over a decade on behalf of Federally Qualified Health Centers here in Colorado. Prior to that, she taught middle school social studies in North Carolina. Molly holds a BA in History from Davidson College (Davidson, NC). As the Director of Mission and Faith Formation, Molly believes faith is built via serving others in need in one’s community.
Molly and her husband, Adam, have 3 daughters: Caroline, Morgan, and Francee plus two canines…Murray (a goldendoodle) and Sylvester (a standard poodle).
Molly enjoys mountain and beach trips with her family, hiking, photography, water aerobics classes, dining out, and a good happy hour(s).