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Meet the Youth Ministry Staff of St. Thomas More Church!

Mr. David Tschumper, Director of Youth Ministry

David missed being a native of Colorado by 4 weeks.  He has been a member of St. Thomas More since 1976.  David graduated from Cherry Creek High School and the University of Northern Colorado.  David was very active in youth ministry at STM as a high school student and went on to be involved in campus ministry at UNC.  During his junior year of college, he received his call to youth ministry after attending a concert by the Christian band Petra.  He soon enrolled in a youth ministry certificate program through the St. Thomas Seminary .  He graduated from UNC in December 1991.  He was hired as the full time Youth Minster at St. Thomas More in March of 1992 and has been serving as the Director of Youth Ministry ever since. 

During his tenure as the Director of Youth Ministry, he has created and enabled many youth programs and events, including: Journey to Life Retreat, Peace Hut Retreat, Servant Leadership Weekend, Guppy Fest Youth Rally and Dance, and Project 600 Christmas Party.  He has traveled with youth to 6 continents for World Youth Days and mission trips.  With all of that, his favorite part of youth ministry is getting to know the youth more deeply and watching them grow in their relationships with each other, the Church and the most Holy Trinity.

Contact David by email or at 303-220-3388 ext. 1.

Mrs. Kelley Contreras, Youth Music and Liturgy Director

Kelley has been involved in the St. Thomas More’s youth music ministry since 1981.  She has directed the St. Thomas More Youth Choir, now known as the Blessed John Paul II Youth Choir, since 1985 and has been the full time Youth Music Director for over 12 years.  Kelley met her husband Ed in the youth choir and they were married in 1984.  Their four children, Sarah, Tessa, Josiah and Isaac have grown up at STM, and the three older kids have all participated in the youth choir and worship team.  Kelley also serves on the leadership team for Rocky Mountain Teens Encounter Christ. 

She loves to travel and has participated in several mission trips and World Youth Day pilgrimages, but her favorite things about her job are leading the congregation in song each Sunday at the Youth Mass, and the Triduum – Holy Thursday, “The Nazarene” Stations on Good Friday, Saturday’s “Hallelujah” party, and Easter sunrise Mass.

Contact Kelley at 303-220-3388 x 5 or by email.

Mr. Greg Johnson, Middle School Youth Minister

Hello, I’m Greg Johnson, one of the Middle School Youth Ministers at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish.  I am also from Denver, Colorado - I was born and raised here, and I was involved with youth ministry here at STM during middle school and high school.  I attended school here at STM from 4th – 8th grade, high school at Regis Jesuit and graduated from Benedictine College in 2010, majoring in Theology & PE with an emphasis on Coaching. I am so blessed to be back at STM working in the youth ministry department. The youth ministry program and the people involved made such an amazing impact on my life; now I get the great privilege to be a positive influence to the youth that are involved and lead them all closer to Jesus Christ and His Church.

Contact me at 303-220-3388 x2 or by email.

Ms. Yifat Shahrabani, Middle School Youth Minister

Yifat’s curiosity and hunger for knowledge has led her toward the unexpected journey of growing in relationship to Jesus Christ and researching herself into conversion. Since having been fully received into the Catholic Church in Easter 2012, Yifat has volunteered in a wide range of ministries and ages. She finds great joy in serving Christ and others, on the Youth Ministry staff. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies. Her hobbies include all matters creative, especially visual and performing arts. Her favorites among the arts are drawing/digital art, photography, theatre, and singing.

Contact Yifat at (303) 220-3388 x 4 or by email.