DMIWJ Clergy Leaders

Rev. Laura Rossbert

 

Rev. Laura has a decade of experience in various nonprofits working for justice and equality both nationwide and locally. Alongside her role as the Minister of Social Justice atLaura Christ Church, Laura works at The Delores Project, a shelter for women and transgender individuals, as their Program Director, as they honor each person and walk with them on what success looks like in their life. Laura is also an adjunct professor at Iliff School of Theology where she teaches on issues of power, privilege and identity. Laura has over a decade of experience as a community organizer working alongside those most marginalized in our communities.

 

Dr. M Thandabantu Iverson

Thandabantu received his doctorate from the Dept. of Political Science at Clark Atlanta University in 2007.  Prof. Iverson is a retired Senior Lecturer on the Labor Studies faculty at Indiana University Northwest, having served the department from 1996-2014.

Prior to joining the Dept. of Labor Studies faculty, Thandabantu worked in a number of  occupations in various industries, including: health & safety organizer for the Service Employees’ International Union (SEIU).; stage hand and decorator with the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE); coal miner and mine safety activist with the United MThandabantuine Workers of America (UMWA); auto worker with the United Auto Workers (UAW); steel worker with the United Steel Workers of America (USWA); and elementary/middle school teacher.

Dr. Iverson has participated in various social movements within the United States, including the Civil Rights, Black Student, Black Power, African Liberation Support, Vietnam Anti-War, New Left, and Human Rights. Prof. Iverson has formerly served as a board member of the United Association of Labor Educators (UALE), and the Calumet Project of NW Indiana. He was also a founding board member for the U.S. Human Rights Network.

 

Superintendent Patrick Lee Demmer Jr.

Superintendent Demmer is a third generation son of the Church Of God In Christ. The eldest son of Elder Pat Demmer Sr. and the late Mother Jerlean Demmer, Supt. Demmer from birth has been a faithful steadfast member of the Church of God In Christ. His maternal grandfather and grandmother, the late Pastor Eugene and Birdie were the founders of the Globeville Church of God In Christ.

As a churchman from his heart, Reverend Demmer has served the church, as a musician, teacher, lecturer, pastor, radio and television host, and community activist, fighting for tDemmerhe rights of others, for over thirty years. Superintendent Demmer has served as President of the Greater Metropolitan Denver Ministerial Alliance (a nondenominational ecumenical faith alliance), Vice President Of Membership, Vice President Community Affairs, and Vice President Political Affairs. Reverend Demmer also launched the weekly radio and TV program “Talk Back: A Community Conversation With Superintendent P. L. Demmer”.

Superintendent Demmer feels his greatest accomplishment is his promotion and building of people whom God has entrusted to him.

 

Rev. Wayne A. Laws

Rev. Laws and his wife Sherri have two grown children and seven grandchildren and reside in Aurora, Colorado.  They have been foster care providers for newborn babies for 28 years and have cared for 138 babies.

Wayne holds a M.Ed. from the University of Melbourne and a M.Div. from the Iliff School of Theology, is an ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ, and currently serves as Minister ofWayne Social Justice and Mission at Mountain View United Church in Aurora, CO.  Wayne is the founder and leader of People of Faith for Social Justice, an inter-faith community advocating and working for social justice and change.  He is also an active member of the Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence Coalition, Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, a project of the American Friends Service Committee, Together Colorado, and Interfaith Worker Justice of Colorado.

 

 

Pastor Kenneth G. Berve

Pastor Ken is a Colorado Native, born and raised in the Denver area. A lifelong singer and musician, a licensed plumber who spent 20 years in the construction trades, and has been appointed as Pastor to Grant Avenue UMC since 2009.Ken

In 2010 Ken was also hired as part time Executive Director by Historic Grant Avenue, the community center which shares the 110 year old building with the church. He is grateful to be able to serve others through the faith, arts, historic, and working communities in the city where he grew up.