Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks–March 27, 2016



2016 Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Amphitheatre is Canceled!!


With heavy hearts, we’re canceling the 2016 Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks. There’s too much snow in the amphitheatre. That photo that you’ve seen floating around on the Internet of people skiing in the amphitheatre’s seating area is from 2006, but you get the point.

Given the current forecast for cold temperatures and more snow on Saturday, it’s not going to melt away by Saturday. Therefore, for your comfort and safety, it’s best for us to cancel. Please let others know.

Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday!

 You may view past Easter Sunrise Services on our YouTube channel Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks playlist.

The Worship Service

Tawana Davis


Our Speaker: Rev. Tawana Davis

Reverend Tawana Davis is a compassionate minister, an engaging group facilitator, and a prophetic public intellectual whose scholarly and spiritual insights make her a highly sought-after preacher, speaker, and seminar leader.  Born and raised in Harlem, New York by the late Edward Eugene Davis Jr. and the late Rose Lee Davis, Rev. Tawana’s parents instilled in her the vital intersectionality of faith, race, and social justice.​

A lifetime member of the NAACP, Rev. Tawana is the Co-Founder of Soul 2 Soul, LLC. a faith-based consulting firm focused on racial justice, healing and liberation; Co-Founder of Restore and Rebuild Collective, LLC, which supports organizations who serve the gang population and those at risk of gang involvement; outreach coordinator for Impact Empowerment Group focusing on at risk females related to gang involvement; and is a leading advocate and activist with Together Colorado and in the Denver Metro community.

Rev. Tawana has a bachelor of science in Human Resources Management from SUNY Empire State College, Project Management certificate from New York University, Human Resource Professional Certification from Cornell University, and is a graduate of Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia where she received a Master of Divinity with a concentration in pastoral care.  She is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, an Associate Minister at Shorter Community AME Church in Denver, currently attending Antioch University pursuing her PhD in Leadership and Change.

Rev. Tawana is the proud mother of Daralyne and Erik  and the proud Grandmother of Ethan.  But most of all, she is a child of God who loves the Lord and all of G-d’s people.

For those who eagerly wanted to hear Rev. Tawana Davis preach, she will bring the message at the 6:30 a.m. worship service being held at Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church, 3100 Richard Allen Court, Denver, CO 80205.

Worship Leaders

Vickie Samland

Rev. Vickie Samland

Vickie is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren, a historic peace church with Anabaptist foundations. She received a Master of Divinity from Illiff School of Theology. Her ministry is one of reconciliation and peacemaking. She has taught at The Conflict Center over 20 years fulfilling this mission of reducing levels of violence in our daily living. As the Manager of School Programs she supports social emotional skill building in metro area schools. As a trainer she leads workshops in Restorative Justice Practices for all communities. She has held leadership responsibilities with the Church of the Brethren at the national, state, and local levels. The mountains, deserts, and oceans are favorite places to find renewal. Four grandchildren provide delight and love in her life.


Steve Van Ostran

Reverend Dr. Steven C. Van Ostran

Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran was called to serve as Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains in January of 2008.  Steve says, “My call to regional work has grown out of the calling and practice of being a local church pastor.”  He has shared that his vision for the local church is to reclaim the “incarnational” nature that is described by the Apostle Paul depicting the church as “The Body of Christ” (1 Cor. 12:27).  It is his desire to help local churches reconnect with their community and to discover new avenues of ministry within those communities.  In so doing, Steve believes that the church’s ongoing witness to Christ will once again become effective.

Previously he served on the ABC of the Central Region staff as Associate Executive Minister and as Acting Executive Minister. Steve came to regional work from 18 years of pastoral ministry, having served four congregations during that time.  He has also served as an adjunct professor at Ottawa University teaching courses in New Testament, Speech, and Mass Communications.  He also served on the Planning Commission of the City of Ottawa and worked extensively with the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin County Habitat for Humanity.  Prior to coming to Ottawa he served churches in Carbondale, IL, Wood River, IL and Madison, IN.

Steve received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in June of 1994,  his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 1997 and his undergraduate degree from Missouri Southern State College in Criminal Justice Administration.

Steve is married to Debbie and they have three adult children.  The couple enjoys the process of fixing up and renewing their home.  In addition, Steve enjoys running, playing golf and other outdoor activities.  He is also known for being on a quest to discover the perfect hamburger and appreciates suggestions and invitations to further this discovery!


Ervin Lucero

Ervin Lucero

Ervin began singing at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Denver at age six and has been singing for church services ever since. He has been a long-time “musinary” with Confluence Ministries and has traveled all over – including into numerous detention facilities – to share the message of hope and love through music. He is a well-known bilingual singer/songwriter and bandleader. His band, The Mood Express, was inducted into the Chicano Music Hall of Fame in 2014 recognizing the group’s 35-year musical legacy. Ervin recently received the Distinguished Richard T. Castro Visiting Professorship Award from the Department of Chicana/o Studies at Metropolitan State University. Ervin celebrates 12 years of marriage in May with his bride Natalie.


Musical Guests

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Rev. Dean Phelps

On November 1, 2014, Rev. Dean Phelps began his service in the Central Rocky Mountain Region as Interim Regional Minister.

Dean Phelps brings ten years of regional ministry experience, most recently as the Transitional Regional Pastor for the Oklahoma Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In this role he served as head of staff, built relationships with and between the region’s congregations and pastors, assisted churches with search and call, worked with the regional Commission on Clergy, and promoted giving to Disciples Mission Fund and the region’s Annual Fund.


Music is an important component of Dean’s life and ministry. He is an accomplished musician both as a vocalist and guitarist, and carries a deep conviction that the church is at its best when we are singing together. With four full-length CD releases to his credit, his most recent accomplishments have been in the thumbpicking guitar style made popular by Merle Travis and the release in 2012 of his latest CD.

Dean learned the thumb-picking style from another Disciples minister, and in 2012, he won the national thumbpicking guitar contest held at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Ark. It should come as no surprise that Dean typically keeps a guitar close by.

Dean has been married to Debbie Adams Phelps for more than 25 years. Originally from Oklahoma, Deb is also an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), entering the ministry following a 28-year career as a teacher and division chair. She is author of Streamers, a five-unit study of Disciples history, and is the organizing pastor of DisciplesNet Church, an online Disciples of Christ congregation.

Jason Gray

Jason Gray 2

Jason Gray has emerged as a songwriter of extraordinary depth, with a noteworthy ability to convey deep theological truths in engaging three-and-a-half minute songs. The Minnesota native is steadily drawing legions of fans who recognize his ability to connect with listeners on an emotional level, offering not escape or distraction, but healing and hope. His 2012 release, “A Way To See In The Dark”, was named Album of the Year by critics and garnered three top-five radio singles, including Nothing is Wasted, which hit #1 for nine weeks.

That success and exposure is a testimony to the power of music and an artist willing to be used by God. As a child, Gray developed a speech handicap. Like Moses arguing with God over his effectiveness as a communicator, Gray naturally resisted the call to ministry through music. But God, the Champion of the lost cause, chose Gray to become a living, breathing, stuttering example of His strength in our weakness. Maybe that’s why so many are drawn to Gray’s music. Through songs like All the Lovely Losers and Remind Me Who I Am, he’s been vulnerable, honest, and trustworthy in making music that ministers. It was in the response to one of those songs that speaks hope into our trials – Nothing is Wasted – that Gray noticed something important. People are hungry to believe that when bad things happen, God is in it, that the experience won’t be wasted. “But I found,” Gray says, “that it was harder for people to believe that about their own failure, their own shame, and I thought, man, if the Gospel’s not true there, then it’s not true anywhere.”

Jana Stanfield

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As a million-selling songwriter, Jana Stanfield’s “Lyrics to Live By” have been heard on 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Oprah, and radio stations, sung by Reba McEntire and many others, putting platinum albums on her wall for 5 million copies sold.

She has performed on television and on live stages from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry, with performers ranging from Kenny Loggins to the Dixie Chicks. She was a featured TEDx speaker more than once including at NASA, and in Chennai, India.

Jana’s songs “What Would I Do Today If I Were Brave” and “If I Had Only Known” raise money for the Girl Scouts, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and many other charitable organizations.

With the motto “Start Small, Dream Big, Live Large,” Jana started a record company in 1991 on her dining room table. Selling close to half a million CDs worldwide made Relatively Famous Records one of the most successful businesses of its kind.

Jana Stanfield now makes her living doing Keynote Concerts at large conferences, using her music and message to increase the good in the world.  She frequently teaches business leaders the power of combining your unique skill set with a positive mindset.

When she is not making music or making audiences laugh, Jana Stanfield is leading global volun-tour trips or traveling the world doing all she can to increase the peace.

Support the 2016 Easter Sunrise Service!

Here’s why we’re asking for your support. A lot of work and resources go into pulling off the Easter Sunrise Service, and we offer it to the public for free. To fund the event, we rely on donations collected the morning of the service, but we don’t always meet our goal. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to The Colorado Council of Churches that will be earmarked for the Easter Sunrise Service by March 15, 2016. You may do so online through our PayPal account or by mailing a check payable to the “Colorado Council of Churches” to: Adrian Miller, Executive Director, Colorado Council of Churches, 1140 W. 5th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204. Please write “Easter Sunrise Service” on the memo line so that your donation goes to the right place. Thank you in advance for blessing the Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks with a donation!


You may make an individual contribution in any of the following ways:

  1. Donate online through our PayPal account by clicking on the “Donate” button in the upper right side of this webpage.
  2. Mailing a check payable to the “Colorado Council of Churches” to: Adrian Miller, Executive Director, Colorado Council of Churches, 1140 W. 5th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204. Please write “Easter Sunrise Service” on the memo line so that your donation goes to the right place. Thank you in advance for blessing the Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks with a donation!
  3. Become a Stage Rock Level community sponsor ($100+), and you’ll get 2 reserved seats in the center section, near the stage!



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 2016 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 listed below.

Creation Rock Level ($5,000+)

  • Eight (8) reserved seats at the 2016 Easter Sunrise Service.
  • Your name/logo prominently displayed on the CCC’s dedicated website page for the Easter Sunrise Service for calendar year 2016.
  • PLUS all promotion and publicity listed below.

Seven Ladders Rock Level ($2,500+)

  • Six (6) reserved seats at the 2016 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 listed below.

Ship Rock Level ($500+)

  • Four (4) reserved seats at the 2016 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 listed below.

Stage Rock Level ($100 to $499)

  • Two (2) reserved seats at the 2016 Easter Sunrise Service.
  • Listing your name on the CCC’s website “Thank You” page.

To secure your sponsorship TODAY, please contact Adrian Miller, Executive Director of the Colorado Council of Churches at adrian@cochurches.org or (303) 825-4910.



 Media Platforms and Rates

All estimates are based on attendance and Internet page views from the last two years.

Your 30 second commercial–$1,500

  • Audience Reach: 10,000+

Your logo/artwork included in pre-worship service slide show $1,000

  • Audience Reach: 10,000+
  • Internet Audience: 7,000+

Your Logo/Artwork on Pre-roll for Archived Video on CCC Website $750

  • Internet Audience: 7,000+

Special Acknowledgement in Easter Sunrise Service Bulletin $500

  • Audience Reach: 8,000+

Your logo on CCC website dedicated Easter Sunrise Service page during calendar year 2016–$500

Email newsletter plug-in for February and March 2016 $50/month

  • Audience Reach: 225+ churches

To secure your media sponsorship TODAY, please contact:
Adrian Miller
Executive Director
Colorado Council of Churches
adrian@cochurches.org or call (303) 825-4910.

All donations are tax-deductible.