Meet Our Staff

Tom Towns

Pastor
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Pastor Tom Towns is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied ancient Middle Eastern languages and history, and Eden Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master of Divinity.  Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Tom was raised in St. Louis, Missouri.  As an Inpatient Psychiatric Registered Nurse, to earn funding for his Masters degrees, Tom worked for almost 30 years in University Hospitals in St. Louis, Baltimore, and Salt Lake City, caring for the acutely mentally ill.  He comes to Estes Park from Cortez, Colorado in the Four Corners area and Mesa Verde.

Jim Harrington

Administrative Assistant
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Jim is originally from Houston, Texas and recently retired from a successful career in IT.  He is currently working toward his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and is looking forward to becoming a mental health and addictions counselor in the future.  He enjoys all sports, hiking and climbing, reading, movies and golf and loves living in Estes Park.

Jim is grateful to be able to serve this remarkable congregation.

Jim Flanigan

Music Director

Jim’s interest in music began as a small boy in southwestern PA.  He took piano and guitar lessons for several years, played in his high school band, and sang in his church choir.  At Waynesburg University (then College), he again played in the band and sang in the choir.  He was selected as a Charter member of The Lamplighters, a choir which toured the eastern United States.  His first directing experience occurred while in college.

Although he was graduated with a degree in English, he has been active in both music and theater throughout his life.  Over a span of 40 years, he has directed music in four area churches, and was a founding member of a community theater group.  He twice served as Music Committee Chairman for Billy Graham Association Crusades in southwest PA.

Jim presently sings in the Washington Festival Chorale, and the choir of the First United Methodist Church of Washington.  The love of music has provided an adjunct career to his English classroom work.  He is also a Certified Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church.  Jim and his wife, Ellen, have shared their love for music during their 52 years of marriage.

Linda Bowie

Bell Choir Director

Linda was born and raised in Red Bank, New Jersey, and attended High Point College, now High Point University and obtained her degree in Music with a minor in Education.  She taught Jr. High School Music for one year and then started a family.  She served as the accompanist for the choir at the Estes Park Elementary School for 5 years and has served as our church’s Bell Choir Director for the last 10 years.

Linda has three children: Stephen in Longmont with new grandson Wilde; Darren and James live in Estes Park.  Pastimes include work, work, and work!! When there’s time, Linda loves music, reading, playing pool, knitting and crocheting, and driving her ’79 VW convertible! She is also trying to renew her interest in golf and bowling as well as playing the guitar.

Nancy Gunter

Accompanist

Nancy grew up in Windsor, CO obtaining her degree from Colorado State College (now University of Northern Colorado) in Foods & Nutrition.  Nancy worked for Kodak Colorado for seven years until she had her first child and then she stayed home and raised her family.

Her daughter Jill and family are in Fort Collins and son Russ and wife are in Windsor.  After they left home, Nancy worked for a CPA and temped at Kodak briefly.

At the Windsor United Methodist Church, Nancy played duets with the organist and substituted for her as needed.  Nancy likes to hike, read and she is part of the Trail Ridge Quilters who raise money for the Estes Park Medical Center.

Matthew Perry

Organist

Matthew is an organ-officiant who grew up and lives out in rural Colorado, in a little town known as Keenesburg. His interest in music began with the clarinet. Then became fascinated with the organ from a little old pump organ in the back of his home church, Community United Methodist (CUMC). The former organist of CUMC, then caught onto his interest and had him sub for services here and there before retiring in 2015. He has a keen interest for playing the theater style organ music from musicals to modern classics. He offers concerts regularly throughout the year and subs for several churches when needed. To learn more about or to find concert dates please visit www.mmpmusicstudios.website.

Sergio Conejo

Maintenance

Serigo Aguilera Conejo was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, and attended high school in Salamanca, Mexico.  Sergio came to Estes Park in 1993, fell in love with the scenery, and has been a year-round resident ever since.  Sergio has a son, Jesse who loves school.  They enjoy going to the movies and traveling together.