During the Covid-19 OUtbreak
As with so many other places of worship and business, Cairn’s building is currently closed. We are still connected as a community online as we continue to meet, worship and serve the community.
Our worship has moved to a Zoom platform. If you would like to participate in worship as a guest please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will ensure you receive the information you need. We will also be posting our recorded zoom worships on the Our Worship page.
Blessings to all of you. We hope you will visit us when this crisis is past.
Who We are
Open and Affirming
About our minister and staff
Rev. Dr. Charisa Hunter-Crump, Senior Minister
Charisa has been the Senior Minister at Cairn since January 2010. Before this she served three other churches in Colorado and two churches in England. She received her Bachelor of Divinity from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, her Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, was ordained into ministry in 1993, and received her Doctor of Ministry from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2001.
Charisa has been married to her husband Tom since 1989. Tom is a luthier who builds and repairs guitars and teaches guitar building classes. Together they have two adult children who live in the area, and a teenager at home.
Charisa sings and plays banjo and plays in a family bluegrass band. She loves music of every genre. She is a writer. She loves cooking, gardening, reading, yoga, hiking, snowshoeing, England, Scotland, sunflowers, the color yellow, whiskey and sunshine.
Rebecca Hirsch, Music Director
Becca came to Cairn Christian Church in 2006. She is a pianist, singer, accompanist, choral director, and woodwind player based in Berthoud. She comes from a musical family, full of pianists, conductors, opera singers, jazz players, and symphony musicians. Becca graduated from Hastings College with degrees in Music Performance and Psychology. She also earned a Master’s in Special Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and worked as a teacher and case manager to students with significant physical and intellectual disabilities. Before returning to her hometown of Berthoud, Becca taught music at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling. Courses taught include Music Theory, Ear Training and Sight-Singing, Music Appreciation, Music History, private lessons, and choirs. She has extensive experience teaching private lessons on saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe, piano, and voice. Becca is well-versed in various styles, but has a passion for jazz. She plays saxophone with various jazz groups throughout the front range, and has recorded and studied with noted Denver jazz saxophonist, Jim Riley. Becca also currently serves on the faculty of the Face Academy of Music. She also has a CHt certificate in Counseling Hypnotherapy and is a Reiki practitioner. Becca is passionate about the energetic transformations that can take place with Reiki energy work, and feels strongly that it has affected her musical practice and performing in a deeply spiritual way.
Sarah Schneider, Accompanist
Sarah hails originally from Southern Indiana, where she began her musical journey at age 7 with piano lessons, at her mother's insistence, along with her siblings. Finding joy in learning at the keyboard, she began playing for her parents' church at the age of 12 and continued that all throughout high school and her early college years. Since then, she has played piano and organ for many different churches and while she has enjoyed multiple opportunities to work making music, no other musical experience has been as fulfilling and joyful as playing at Cairn Christian Church. Sarah and her partner Dave live in Coal Creek Canyon, and she spends her time away from Cairn working as a metalsmith/jewelry designer and is trying to develop and grow her own business.
Satsuki Howell, Nursery Attendant
Satsuki Howell has been the Nursery Attendant at Cairn since the autumn of 2015. Originally from Japan, Satsuki now lives in Lafayette with her husband Mark and their two young children Emma Mae and Jay. Satsuki brings both passion and experience to her work with our young children at Cairn.