Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks–April 1, 2018


2018 Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

On Resurrection Sunday (April 1), 2018, the Colorado Council of Churches will host its 71st Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and we will commemorate the 500th anniversary of The Reformation! This a truly unique worship experience that draws people from all across Colorado, the Rocky Mountain region and rest of the nation. Last year, an estimated 11,000 people attended the service.  For many attendees who don’t regularly attend church, this is a special opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Given the spectacular venue and the wonderful service, it’s no wonder that so many people have this event on their “Bucket List.”

Important Information and Instructions

4:30 a.m.–Doors Open at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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

6:00 a.m.–The worship service begins.

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

Given the extraordinary turnout that we get for this worship service, we recommend that you arrive at the venue as close to 4:30 a.m. as you can. Once the amphitheatre is at capacity, the police officers handling traffic will not allow you to gain access to the venue. Please dress warmly! It can get quite cold before the sun rises.

This year, we will provide an online, livestream of the event.

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

The Worship Service

Our Speaker: Rev. Tawana Davis, African Methodist Episcopal Church

Born and raised in Harlem, New York by the late Edward Eugene Davis, Jr. and the late Rose Lee Davis, Rev. Davis’ parents instilled in her the vital intersectionality of faith, social justice, and love beyond measure. As a lifetime member of the NAACP and a retired Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Davis is a Co-Founder/Consultant of Soul 2 Soul, a Black Woman led, faith-based racial justice non-profit organization. Rev. Davis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management from SUNY Empire State, a Master’s of Divinity from Interdenominational Theological Center (Turner Theological Seminary), Project Management Certificate from New York University, Human Resource Professional Certification from Cornell University, and currently she attends Antioch University Graduate School of Leadership and Change pursuing her PhD (her expected graduation date is 2019). She serves on several boards including the Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence, Stomp Out Breast Cancer Foundation and the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. Rev. Davis is surviving HER2+ metastatic breast cancer and is in active treatment. Her greatest joy is being a proud mother of two scholars and grandmother of an angel on earth.


Worship Leaders


Rev. Joan Bell-Haynes

Rev. Bell-Haynes is an alumna of the Disciples Divinity House and the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). After earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Albany State College (Albany, GA) she worked as Assistant Dean of Academics in the College of Health Sciences at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.

She was ordained to ministry jointly by Maywood Christian Church, Maywood, IL, and Park Manor Christian Church, Chicago, IL, in August 1999. She served as associate pastor of Community Christian Church, Kansas City, MO, and University Christian Church, Hyattsville, MD. She worked as Associate Regional Minister of the Christian Church Capital Area, Wheaton, MD where she gave leadership to Women, Men and Camp and Conference Ministries. She worked at Spirit House on Capitol Hill with founding director, Ruby Sales, veteran civil rights leader, prior to accepting the call to United Christian Parish in 2005. Rev. Bell-Haynes is devoted to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has an extensive record of service in all manifestations of the church.

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 Iliff 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.

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