WE EXIST FOR THE FAME OF JESUS AND THE GLORY OF GOD. OUR PASSION IS TO GLORIFY GOD BY MAKING FERVENT DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST. WE WILL PREACH JESUS BOLDLY, PRAY FERVENTLY, WORSHIP GOD PASSIONATELY, WITNESS COURAGEOUSLY AND LOVE RADICALLY.
Over the years, we have seen souls redeemed, countless lives changed, hearts made new, relationships rebuilt, and the broken restored, all through the ministry of the local church. There are millions of Americans waiting to be awakened to the purpose for which they were created, and believe Jesus’ church is the means. Those far from God accept His mercy and grace, moving from lost to leader and abandoning everything to pursue Gods fullness for their lives. We long for God to accomplish the same through the people of this local body of believers.
Elder of Vision and Teaching
Pastor Garrett Graupner has been in ministry for over 22 years and a church planter for 14 years. He has personally planted 3 churches and those churches planted 4 others while he was in leadership. He planted Fervent Church in the fall of 2019 along with an amazing team of faithful servants! Garrett has been married going on 19 years to his beautiful bride Bethany and together have 8 beautiful children under the age of 17. He is currently in the dissertation phase of a Doctorate of Ministry in Strategic Leadership from Corban University in Salem, Oregon. Garrett is a patriot, husband, & father, who loves spending time with his family hunting (especially bow hunting), fishing, anything outdoors and working on their little Colorado ranch.
Elder of Teaching and Operations
In January 1996 James answered the call on his life to serve Christ. James had a new ambition – to glorify God, share the good news, and to serve in the ministry. Soon after, James was launched right into the ministry as he served at a local Christian School in San Diego. With a solid foundation and a willingness to serve the Lord Jesus and grow in his faith, Horizon Christian Fellowship invited James on their pastoral team where he’d serve as an intern through their internship program. After completing the program the Spirit sent James out from Horizon and after a time of service and learning James was ordained through the ministry of Horizon Christian Fellowship. Since then, James has served the Lord and His people in various ways; Founder and Executive Director of New Era Outreach an evangelistic non profit organization, Missionary and Missions Director, Missions Coach, High School Head Football Coach, Chaplain of K-12 Christian School, and much more… In all that he is privileged to do as a servant of God, James’ burning passion remains his desire to “Arise & Go” share the Good News of Jesus Christ while equipping the Body of Christ for the work of the ministry. James and his bride Valerie have been married for twenty-one years and have four children and three grandchildren. James, Valerie, and their two daughters currently reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he serves as Co-Pastor at Fervent Church.
Elder of Shepherding & Stewarding
Larry Karasevich is one of the shepherding and stewarding elders. He has been involved in church leadership as a deacon or elder for over 30 years. He and his wife Ellen have been part of Fervent Church since the early launch days before we started meeting at the High School. Larry has been leading the Fervent Group Ministry, recruiting and coaching new leaders, and writing questions on the sermons that are used by our groups. He also leads a Fervent Group that meets on Monday nights at his home in Woodland Park and a Discipleship Group for young adult men. Larry developed and teaches the Explore Fervent (new member) class. He utilizes his administration gifts to facilitate our weekly staff and operations meetings. Beyond, Fervent, Larry chairs the Advisory Board for Nepal Mission, “Bringing Help and Leaving Hope” with poor, disabled and spiritually lost people in remote villages of Nepal. He also assists with communications and fund-raising for Rwanda Christian Outreach, a church-planting ministry in the central African nation of Rwanda. Larry’s passion is to disciple other men into Fervent, Faithful, Followers of Jesus Christ.
Worship and Jr High Leader
Joshua Hodgson and his wife Kelsey have two young kiddos, Eli and Foster. They have dedicated their lives and their marriage to Romans 12:1 “to present their bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship”. Joshua is passionate about worshiping our savior in all spirit and truth. He started leading worship in 2015 at a youth camp and has since then led worship at another church in Monument, CO, before he stepped into the role of worship leader at Fervent Church. Along with worship, Joshua is also deeply passionate about youth ministry and seeing young people grow as they give their lives to God. Together Joshua and Kelsey desire to see Jesus receive all of the glory through their lives, wherever He leads, and no matter the cost.