Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks–April 5, 2015



 Click on the icon above to watch the Easter Sunrise Service held on April 5, 2015.


Here’s Program Information for the Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks–April 5, 2015!

4:30 a.m.–Gates open.

5:30 a.m.–Pre-worship service music begins.

6:00 a.m. –Worship service begins. 

7:30 a.m. (approximately)–Worship service ends.

7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.–Pre-concert entertainment featuring Dudrim (traditional Korean drum performance) and Artmando Silva.

8:00 a.m.–Concert begins featuring Citizen Way and Cadence. 9:30 a.m. (approximately)–Concert ends.

General admission is FREE! You are encouraged to arrive no later than 5:00am to provide time for parking and ascending the Red Rocks ramps. Dress casual and warmly in layers.

Become a Friend of the 2015 Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Amphitheatre!

  • Support a Spectacular Community Event
  • Support a Great Organization
  • Get Reserved Seating at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

The Colorado Council of Churches (“CCC”) is a Christian organization dedicated to the mission of “Walking Together in Faith, Working Together for Justice.” For nearly 70 years, the CCC has been proud to organize and host one of the most unique worship experiences in the Rocky Mountain region: the annual Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. This public event brings together people from along the Front Range and far beyond (last year, over 12,000 people attended!). Rising costs are making it harder for us to keep doing this spectacular, community event for free. We invite you to become a community stakeholder so that we may keep this tradition alive for years to come. Our Goal and Why This is Important We want to raise $25,000 for two reasons. First, our Easter Sunrise Service is one of the largest public worship services in Colorado. For many who attend, this is their only exposure to the Gospel, and we want to maintain that opportunity to connect to the sacred. Second, the CCC is an important voice for social justice in Colorado. Your investment helps the CCC continue to advocate for: affordable housing, criminal and restorative justice, education of our children, the environment, health care, immigration, ending poverty, eliminating racism and protecting families from violence, fear and abuse. By donating to this effort, you will help the CCC continue to host this spectacular event and devote more resources for social justice work.

 Sponsorship Levels

Community Stakeholder Levels (All named for natural rock formations at Red Rocks Amphitheatre) Pulpit Rock Level ($10,000+)

  • Ten (10) reserved seats at the 2015 Easter Sunrise Service.
  • Your name/logo prominently displayed in the pre-worship service, rolling slide show as a major stakeholder.
  • PLUS all promotion and publicity opportunities listed below.

Creation Rock Level ($5,000+)

  • Eight (8) reserved seats at the 2015 Easter Sunrise Service.
  • Your name/logo prominently displayed on the CCC’s dedicated website page for the Easter Sunrise Service for calendar year 2015.
  • PLUS all promotion and publicity opportunities listed below.

Seven Ladders Rock Level ($2,500+)

  • Six (6) reserved seats at the 2015 Easter Sunrise Service.
  • Acknowledgement in all email and social media communications about the Easter Sunrise Service. Where feasible, your logo will be included.
  • Acknowledgement of you as a donor listed in the Easter Sunrise Service program bulletin.
  • PLUS all promotion and publicity opportunities listed below.

Ship Rock Level ($500+)

  • Four (4) reserved seats at the 2015 Easter Sunrise Service
  • A prominent acknowledgement in all press releases about the Easter Sunrise Service. Where feasible, your logo will be included.
  • PLUS all promotion and publicity opportunities listed below.

Stage Rock Level ($100 to $499)

  • Two (2) reserved seats at the 2015 Easter Sunrise Service.
  • Listing your name on the CCC’s website “Thank You” page.

To secure your sponsorship TODAY, you can pay one of two ways:

1. Click on the “Donate Now” button on the upper right side of this webpage.

2. Send a check payable to the “Colorado Council of Churches” to:

Adrian Miller, Colorado Council of Churches, 1140 W. 5th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204 

In order to guarantee your reserved seating, all payments need to be received by Thursday, April 2nd at 5 p.m. MST. After we receive payment, you won’t get a paper ticket. All names under the reservation will be put on a VIP list, and you will receive further instructions by email or phone (your preference) on how to get your reserved seating on Easter Sunday morning.

Want to advertise your church, business or organization at the Easter Sunrise Service? The download our Media Kit here: Easter Sunrise Service Media Kit 2015

Our Preacher:  Rev. Dr. Thomas Wolfe, President and CEO, Iliff School of Theology

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 The Rev. Dr. Thomas V. Wolfe serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Iliff School of Theology, an appointment that he began on August 1, 2013. Prior to his role as President and CEO, Wolfe served as Senior Vice President and Dean of the Division of Student Affairs at Syracuse University, a position he was appointed to on June 3, 2008.  Previous to his appointment to Student Affairs, Wolfe served as the fifth dean of Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University.  He assumed that appointment in January 1999.  Previously he served as the Interdenominational Protestant Chaplain at Syracuse University.  He has also served as pastor of United Methodist parishes in Moravia and Ithaca in upstate New York. Wolfe holds a B.A. degree from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA, a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University.  Wolfe is an ordained elder in full connection with the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He was ordained in 1980. Wolfe is currently serving as the President of the University Senate of the United Methodist Church, a position he will hold through 2016.  Wolfe has previously served as a trustee at Lycoming College.  In 2014, Wolfe was elected to serve on the board of directors of the National Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities of the United Methodist Church (NASCUMC). Prior to re-locating to Denver, Wolfe engaged in several civic interests.  He served the central New York region as the former president for InterFaith Works of CNY, he chaired the 2008, 2009, and 2010 White Ribbon Campaigns for Vera House, where he completed two full terms on the board and was president of the board in 2006, and he was involved in a variety of community initiatives that brought diverse people together to address common concerns. In Denver, Wolfe has served an appointment to Governor Hickenlooper’s Commission on the Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration. He currently serves on the board of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, is an active member of the Religious Advisory Council, and is a member of the Denver Rotary Club. He is married to the Rev. Marilyn N. Wolfe, LCSW, who is an ordained elder in full connection in the Upper NY Conference of the United Methodist Church.  They have two daughters, Erin Barkan and Kimberly Wolfe, two sons-in-law, and a granddaughter.

Music: The following music artists will perform at a FREE Christian music conference after the worship service:










Skylar Kaylyn









Skylar Kaylyn  

In addition, we will also have a live Korean drumming performance from the youth at Disciple Mission Church of Denver. Take a look at a video of one of their performances here.



As an added bonus, Colorado artist Armando “Artmando” Silva will be onstage to paint a spectacular portrait of Jesus Christ IN UNDER 10 MINUTES! Find out more about Artmando Silva here.


Admittance and parking are free. However, worshippers are asked to bring non-perishable food items to contribute. Need information on handicap parking and access at Red Rocks? Click here.

An offering is received as a part of the worship service and is used to cover the over $25,000 (over $16,000 for the use of Red Rocks) substantial costs of this annual celebration of Easter. Ten thousand people gather for this annual celebration of the resurrection. For many of them, this is their only exposure to the Gospel.

Individuals may support this service of celebration in any of the following ways by:

1. Clicking on the DONATE button in the upper right corner of this page.

2. Using the Paypal.com mobile phone application.

3. Giving a donation during the offertory at the Easter Sunrise Service.

4. By sending a check payable to the Colorado Council of Churches, 1140 W. 5th Ave. , Denver, CO 80204. Please indicate on the memo line that it is an Easter Sunrise Service donation.


Red Rocks Amphitheater is located in Red Rocks Park near Morrison, Colorado, 15 miles west of Denver. Coming from Downtown: take I-70 west to exit 259, turn left at the bottom of the Morrison exit ramp, cruise on downhill 1.5 miles to the Red Rocks Park entrance. Coming from south Denver: take C-470 to the Morrison exit, turn west and follow the signs to the Park entrances. LIVE WEBCAST OF THE SERVICE Courtesy of NetCastVideo, the Easter Sunrise Service will be webcast live and archived on the Colorado Council of Churches website.