Grace UMC Denver
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Meet the Grace United Methodist Church Staff

Jeffery Babb - Senior Pastor

Rev. Jeff joined the staff at Grace in July 2006. He has been a pastor in the Rocky Mountain Conference since 1982 serving churches in Westcliffe CO, Walsenburg/Gardner CO, Pinebluffs WY, and Burlington CO. A Lakewood, CO native who attended Jefferson High School in the 1970's, Red Rocks Community College and Metro State College. Seminary was in Enid, OK and Iliff Denver where he received his MDiv.

From 1972 to 1975 Jeff served in the U.S. Army as a Chaplains Assistant at Atlanta GA and Frankfurt Germany. Married in 1975 to Kathy Bailey. Sarah and Andy are their daughter and son. Ministry means "building community" learning to work together to find ways of sharing God's love and grace. Jeff believes that life should be celebrated and that the love of Christ is best received in a community that is committed to one another. Give him a call or set up an appointment to meet him. Jeff would be glad to see you in church on Sunday!



Greg Gibson - Music Director

Greg Gibson has been singing since birth and has played musical instruments since the age of five. He has been very active in music throughout his educational career and continues to be very involved in the music scene in many genres of music. Greg received a B.A. in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and taught music in the public schools for thirteen years. He studied trumpet with the late Vincent Chicowicz of the Chicago Symphony and Joe Docksey of the Denver Brass. Greg has performed professionally since he was 18 with orchestras, choruses, brass ensembles, blues, jazz, Dixieland, country and rock bands in Wisconsin, Kansas and Colorado. Greg has been involved in the music at Grace for over 13 years and has been the Director of Music for 10 years. He plays keyboards, trumpet, drums and sings. Greg has been active in Christian music all of his life and has been directing church groups for over 30 years. He keeps his skills honed by attending classes in choral conducting and church music ministry. Greg has attended workshops with Mark Hayes, Joe Martin, Lloyd Larson, Pepper Choplin, Benjamin Harlan and many other present-day composers and conductors.

Greg comes from a musical family. His father still plays the violin and his mother still plays the piano. His passion for music is evident in the rehearsals he conducts. Greg has written over forty songs for children, choir, and bands that he has been involved with. Greg is a huge fan of The Andy Griffith Show and lives by the same philosophy that Briscoe Darling declared in one show, "If you've got time to breathe, you've got time for music."



Jan Constance - Education Director

Jan has been teaching the 2 to 5 year olds since 1998, is very active in Vacation Bible School and many other children's educational programs. Jan became a member of Grace United Methodist Church in 2001. She joined the Grace staff in 2005 as the Editor of the church newsletter "The Circuit Rider". Jan has now taken

on a new staff position as the Education Director. She has been married to her husband Leon for 24 years, and has three beautiful daughters Tara, Tori and Traci, plus she has two adorable grandsons, Cooper and Caden. She enjoys doing puzzles, scrapbooking and reading.



Mary MacDonald Associate Pastor/Youth Director 

I am excited and truly blessed to be serving at Grace UMC! I officially joined the staff of Grace UMC on July 1, 2012 and am serving as part-time Associate Pastor/Youth Director. I assist Rev. Jeff with Sunday morning worship services, lead the youth group, teach an Adult Sunday School class and perform other tasks as needed. I graduated from Iliff School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree on June 1, 2012 and was commissioned as a provisional Deacon in the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church at Annual Conference in June 2012.  I hope to be fully ordained in June, 2015.

Ministry is a second career for me. I am originally from the Chicago area and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Math from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. My first career was as a Senior Programmer/Analyst in the Financial Services industry. We moved to the Denver area in 1996. I currently work full-time as the Accounts Payable Manager for the Cherry Creek School District.

I have two children, Margie, 25 and Scott, 20. Margie graduated from CU Boulder in May 2011 with a Political Science degree and is employed at 9News working in the Sales Department.  Scott is a sophomore at CU Boulder majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences.

I first felt the call to go into ministry as a youth in high school but after trying to ignore God's call for many years I could no longer resist God's lure and I entered Iliff School of Theology in April, 2008. Although it took me a long time to finally get here, the journey has been well worth it and most enjoyable. I am excited to officially be into professional ministry and I am very thankful to be serving God and the Grace community.

Grace and peace,
Rev. Mary