The leadership team at Christ Church strives, first and foremost, to be in the center of God's will.  In this way, it is our desire as a church body to lead those who do not know Christ into a relationship with Him as both lord and savior.  We also work to lead those in relationship with Jesus to a closer and more mature fellowship with our savior that they too may disciple others.



Bryan Kelsen has been serving at Christ Church since 2017. Near the end of a 30-year career as a newspaper photo journalist, Bryan felt called to ministry. After spending time as a youth leader, he pursued a Master’s degree in Christian studies and urban ministries at Grand Canyon University preparing for the mission field. However, God had other plans and Bryan now finds himself serving in the role of lead pastor. Bryan has a passion for serving our community and reaching the lost in Pueblo West and elsewhere. He lives with wife, Joetta, stepson Andrew and two dogs in Pueblo West.



Dr. Wayne F. Payne is a retired Oral-Maxillofacial Surgeon who practiced in Pueblo from 1977-2012, when his son took over the practice.  He is happily married with three wonderful children and six grandchildren.  He became a Christian at 35 years old after struggling with some problems that the Lord healed him of.  He has been an Elder for 15 years with the Church.



Rick is a retired Army Veteran and now works for a contractor, serving the needs of the active duty  military personnel  in Colorado Springs.  He is married to his beautiful wife Ashley of 20 years and they have 3 wonderful children.  



Kristi Cooper, in answering God’s calling upon her life, has served as the worship leader at Christ Church Pueblo West since 2018. Music has always been a big part of Kristi’s life. In her youth, she participated in marching band, multiple choirs, cheer, and musicals. Since then, Kristi has been leading worship, teaching music, directing choirs, bands, and musicals. Kristi, her 2 children, and their dog Buddy have a love for the outdoors, camping, hiking, biking, skiing, paddle boarding, golf, volleyball and soccer. In addition to serving at CCPW, Kristi teaches music at Pueblo School of the Arts and Sciences.



Joetta Kelsen was born and raised in Pueblo. After high school, she went to Colorado State University, Fort
Collins where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then she went on to pursue a graduate
education in Kansas City, Missouri, obtaining a Master’s degree. Following graduation, she returned home to
Pueblo to start a family and begin a career in real estate that she absolutely loves. Joetta is first and foremost
a Christian woman devoted to her faith in Jesus and spreading the good news of the Gospel. She is also a
wife to Pastor Bryan and mother of 3 amazing young adult children. In their spare time, Joetta and her
husband Bryan are either serving their community through community outreach programs or riding their
bicycles across the great states of Colorado and Iowa.



June is a Colorado native who moved to Pueblo West in 2022.  She serves as the President of the Financial Advisory Board, along with the Worship Team and provides administrative services for CCPW.  She is married to her loving husband of 38 years, Steve Hammond, who is a Veteran, and they have 3 wonderful children, 8 beautiful grandchildren and two dogs.    June owns her own coaching business with Jesus as her CEO, called "All 4 You Coaching" and partners as a Professional Sales and Leadership Coach with Southwestern Consulting.  She is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, Certified Biblical Counselor, John Maxwell Trainer and Speaker, Emotional Intelligence Certified Coach and Ramsey Master Financial Coach.   June and Steve love serving others, spending time with their family, and the outdoors.