Pastor of Family Ministries and Community Life
Than Baylor, his wife, Michelle, and two children, Nathan and Katya, are Colorado natives and enjoy cycling, the Rocky Mountains and playing outside. Than received a BS in Elementary Education before marrying Michelle in 2001. Than also has a master's from Denver Seminary in the areas of youth and family. Than joined the staff of SGC in 2004 and he and his family continue to look forward to many years ahead instilling passion for Jesus Christ in the lives of children.
Email Than Ext: 205
High School Director
Stephen has attended Southern Gables since birth and he’s so excited that he now has the opportunity to serve on staff at SGC! He completed his degree in Youth Ministry at CCU in December 2016 and is pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Denver Seminary. He loves discipling students and working with adult volunteers to see lives transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When he’s not hanging out with students, you can find him watching sports, enjoying Colorado’s outdoors, or eating ice cream.
Contact Stephen Ext: 212
Pastor Jeff experienced a revolution within when he met Jesus during his college years. Shortly after becoming a follower of Christ, he sensed God's call to preach the Word and lead God's people. He's passionate about building an Acts 2 community of believers to reach our world, locally and globally, for Jesus Christ. Jeff enjoys doing almost anything outdoors, especially when it includes his wife, Christie, and three young boys, Grayson, Haddon and Shepherd. Jeff says, "I'm so very pleased to be part of the team at Southern Gables, and am excited about stepping into God's preferred future for our church."
Contact Pastor Jeff Ext: 215
Julia is the Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor and supervises the office staff at Southern Gables. A Colorado native, she was born in Durango where her father was the county sheriff. Her family came to a relationship with the Lord through the Billy Graham crusade held in Denver in 1965. Julia's background includes a degree in psychology as well as 30 years of ministry experience, serving on staff at a church and then working at a global missions organization before coming to serve at Southern Gables. Julia and her husband, Lee, enjoy outdoor activities in the mountains, Bronco games and travel, especially visiting their oldest son who lives in Florida.
Contact Julia Ext: 218
Pastor of Outreach Ministries
Al enjoys serving the SGC body through Compassion Ministries, Congregational Care and Outreach. He and Laura met in junior high, dated in high school, married in college, and have been enjoying ministry and their family ever since. Al and Laura have 3 grown sons, 3 daughters-in-law and 11 grandchildren who know them as "Tata" and "Nana." Al has studied at Biola University, receiving an undergrad degree in Biblical Studies, and at CCU, receiving an M.A. in Biblical Counseling. He loves getting to know people (often over coffee), taking pictures, playing softball and hanging out with his grandchildren.
Contact Al Ext: 203
Ashley loves serving the SGC family and staff! She grew up in Eastern Colorado on a farm and ranch with her parents and two younger brothers. Growing up in a small town, she was given many opportunities like playing multiple sports, riding horses, and understanding the importance of agriculture in our world. She graduated from Colorado Christian University with a degree in Elementary Education in December 2016. Ashley enjoys spending time with her friends and family by playing games and sports. She loves watching the Kansas Jayhawks play basketball, which stemmed from playing basketball and watching her father coach over the years.
Contact Ashley Ext: 204
Elementary & Clubs Director
Mandie is a native of Colorado and has spent much of her life in the Littleton area. She grew up at Southern Gables and has many fond memories of the middle and high school youth group here. Mandie met her husband Joshua when they were just teenagers and she brought him here to youth group. The two married in 2007 and have two children; Gracelyn (6) and Curtis (3). Mandie joined the SGC staff in late 2017 and is really enjoying her role as Elementary and Clubs Director. She loves that the kids challenge her to know more about the Big God Story and to be more like Jesus. Mandie is also a certified birth doula so free time is rare but when she is not working or welcoming a baby into the world you can find her immersed in her journaling or canning something or spending time with her family outside.
Email Mandie Ext: 216
Early Childhood Director
Neither Erika nor Austin are from Colorado, but their kids, Alex, Charlotte, and Max, are! Southern Gables has been home to the Knaubs for about 8 years. In those 8 years, Erika has served as a volunteer in several different ministries, but she loves being with the kids! When she's not being mom to her own kids, she's involved in the growth and education of other people's kids and she believes that is her calling. She plays the oboe, helps Austin with their huge garden, LOVES playing games, and once in a while manages to put together a healthy and tasty meal for her family. Erika is excited to participate in the spiritual growth of the children of God's Kingdom.
Tony Lang was born in Marietta, Georgia. He saw a good portion of the U.S. and Europe while growing up as an Air Force dependent. Tony graduated from Cherry Creek High School in Denver, attended Metropolitan State College for two semesters with the intent to study music and journalism. Later he joined a rock band and toured the U.S. for three years. After another attempt at college and computer sciences, he married, left school and found employment with the cable TV industry for 14.5 years. Through all this the Lord graciously led him to Southern Gables and a new position as Facilities Manager. Tony and his wife Bonnie have been at Southern Gables since 1989 and have four grown children; Michael (wife Morgan), Jeremy, Paul (wife Kelly) and Sarah.
Contact Tony Ext: 211
Director of Middle School and Connections
Nathanael is from Wichita, Kansas and moved to Denver in 2014 to pursue studies in Youth Ministry and Theology at Colorado Christian University. His search for a church home led him to Southern Gables, where his passion for Youth Ministry helped him get involved with the church, its families, and their students. Nathanael is thrilled to lead Edge, the middle school ministry, and welcome newcomers as the Director of Middle School and Connections. When he is not busy working to complete a Master of Divinity at Denver Seminary or serving at SGC, Nathanael enjoys reading, traveling, spending time outdoors and engaging with friends.
Contact Nathanael Ext: 219
Administrative Assistant of Worship Ministry and Connections
Andreea is a native of Romania, who grew up in a large family of ten and has lived in the US for 12 years. She has a brother who lives in Arizona, two sisters in Germany, one brother in Belgium and the rest of her family still lives in Romania. She is passionate about music & nature and enjoys being outdoors as much as possible in her free time. Andreea is excited to serve at SGC through the Connections & Worship ministry and being a part of this family.
Contact Andreea Ext: 213
Becki Nudge is the Nursery Director at Southern Gables. She grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Denver after graduating from high school. She has been married to Chris since 1991 and worked as a medical assistant before becoming a mother to Samuel in 2000. She and Chris also have a daughter, Macy Reed. Becki enjoys baking, cross-stitching, swimming and going to parks with Sam and Macy Reed.
Contact Becki Ext: 202
Elsie works part-time in the accounts receivable department of Southern Gables, maintaining all contribution records and providing the end of the year giving statements. She is a native of Colorado, the mother of an adult daughter and adult son, and grandmother to four grandsons and one granddaughter. She loves making scrapbooks, baking cakes and reading. She's a 'soccer Grandma' and serves as treasurer on the Southwest Denver Soccer board.
Contact Elsie Ext: 214
Director of Women's Minitries
Pat is a native of Southern California, but has lived in beautiful Colorado (and attended Southern Gables) since August of 1993. She moved to Spain to work with Jon and Kathy Haley in 2005. She returned home in 2013 to be close to her children and grandchildren. She has two adult children, a lovely daughter-in-law, and two wonderful grandsons. Her vision for Women's Ministries is to bring together intergenerational teams of women to serve the women of SGC and help fulfill the mission of the church to "Advance Jesus' Life-Transforming Movement of Disciples Making Disciples." She believes that happens best in relationships and desires to increase opportunities for women to gather together in a safe place where they can bring their unchurched friends. She loves living in Colorado and enjoys taking walks, reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and is very excited about working with the women of Southern Gables Church.
Contact Pat Ext: 217
Adjunct Staff - Apologetics Equipping
Tony grew up near Seattle before moving to Idaho for college, where he studied Broadcasting, Religion, and Philosophy. He somehow convinced Stefanie, a Colorado girl, to marry him. After Connor was born, they moved to Morrison in 2000. Tony's hobby of making websites turned into a business in 2005, and he loves that working from home gives him lots of time with his family. He used to golf and read and drive around a lot. Today, Tony mostly sits at his desk and types.
Adjunct Staff - Information Technology
Administrative Assistant of Children's Ministries & Outreach Ministries
Kasia was born and raised in Poland and moved to Denver in 2003 to attend Denver Seminary, graduating in 2006 with a degree in Counseling Ministries. She married Tim in 2004 and they have three children: Abigail, Tristan, and Nel. She has two younger sisters (twins), one of whom lives in Philadelphia and the other as well as her parents are still in Poland. She has 4 nieces and 2 nephews. Since joining Southern Gables in 2003, she's been involved in the youth ministry, and the Global Outreach Team as a deacon. She enjoys reading fiction (and a little non-fiction), scrap-booking and traveling back to Poland whenever it's possible.
Contact Kasia Ext: 220
Adjunct Staff - Strategic Alignment Coordinator
Originally from Wyoming, Ron and his wife, Alice (who is from Kansas), worked in leadership development in Asia for the majority of their forty-plus years on the staff of an international organization. In his volunteer capacity at SGC, he works alongside the Senior Pastor and Executive Team to align church ministries in fulfilling our mission, vision, and strategic plan within our core values. In their continuing work with the same international organization, he and his wife develop reproducing disciples locally through personal and group mentoring and coaching. Also, with his Ph.D. and significant experience as a professor and academic leader, he serves globally based from Denver to help meet critical spiritual leadership needs through developing numerous non-Western, university and graduate-level educational institutions and non-residential certificate programs. He is ordained and has three children and four grandchildren.
Mid-Week Children’s Mornings Programming Director
Phyllis was born in Amarillo Texas and lived there until age 16. Her family moved to the Denver area and have loved it here ever since. Dave and Phyllis were married in 1985 and have 2 sons, Rob and Chris. They have attended Southern Gables Church since 1985. Her interest in creative design lead her to floral design school and part-time work in the floral industry. In 2002, she was approached by a staff member to be a facilitator for MOPS children's program. She said "I feel God directed me to this position and I continue to work as children's director for MI2 and Women's Bible studies on Tuesday mornings. God has truly blessed me with wonderful people and children to minister to each week."
Children's Ministry Coordinator
Kathy Williams is the Children's Ministry Coordinator. She is married to Landy and between them they have four grown children and seven grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys working in her garden and spending time with her grandchildren. Kathy feels that children at this age are in their prime to hear and believe the gospel. It is a major responsibility of the Church family and should be considered a privilege to teach them the Good News.
Contact Kathy Ext: 243
Youth Ministry Worship Leader
Marissa grew up in Hastings, Minnesota, where she served on her worship team for five years. She is a sophomore at Colorado Christian University, and is studying Psychology with a minor in Youth Ministry. Marissa has a huge passion for youth ministry and loves walking alongside students. She has played the piano for about 10 years and is currently learning guitar. Marissa loves music more than anything, but she also enjoys hiking, skiing, anything in the mountains, coffee, and loves a good slice of cheesecake.