Ministry Leaders

Ministry Leaders

Senior Pastor

Bryan Myers

Bryan grew up in Colorado, went to Bible College in Nebraska, and served several churches in Iowa before coming to Colorado Springs in 1993. He has over 20 years of ministry experience and has served as the senior pastor of Academy Christian Church since December of 2005. Bryan married a dairy farmer’s daughter from Wisconsin in 1982 and he and Diane have three sons; Bryce, Blake and Brandon. Bryan loves to ski and snowboard in the winter and climb Colorado’s…
Teaching Pastor

Dave Erickson

Dave was born in Mason City, IA but grew up in Northwestern Illinois. The son of ministry parents, he has had lifelong involvement with Christian Churches. He and Paula were married in 1979 after meeting at Minnesota Bible College (now Crossroads College). They have four grown children and five grandchildren. Two Graduate degrees have been part of Dave’s training—a Master of Ministry from Kentucky Christian University and a Master of Arts in Preaching and New Testament Studies at Johnson University.…
Strategic Ministries Pastor

John Plastow

John joined ACC pastoral staff in January 2019.  Previously he served as a long-term worship pastor and part of the executive leadership team at two churches. He holds undergraduate degrees in music and theatre and a master’s in organizational leadership.  Most recently he earned his doctorate in strategic leadership.  John and his wife Karen have three awesome children, John II, Melody, and Heather.  He also loves to cook and feed people!
Westside Campus Pastor

Kevin Whitmore

Kevin grew up in Nebraska and graduated from Ozark Christian College. He has been in vocational ministry since 1999, and previously served at ACC as the Connections Pastor from 2007-2014. In May of 2019, Kevin returned to Colorado Springs to launch Academy Christian Church Westside and serves as the ACC Westside Campus Pastor. He and his wife, Monica, have 3 boys who keep them on their toes. Kevin enjoys reading, watching movies, playing basketball, and spending time in the outdoors…
Children’s Ministry Pastor

Julie Nilsen

Julie grew up in Wisconsin and married her college sweetheart, Brad. They enjoy spending time with their family, hiking and biking the Colorado trails. Julie has over 20 years of experience serving children and families through education, administration, and curriculum development. She considers it a joy to serve at Academy Christian Church.
Worship Director

Lisa Edmonds

Lisa has been a Leader of Worship for several large churches in the Rocky Mountain Region for over 25 years before joining the staff of ACC in 2015. Utilizing her gift of “encouragement” Lisa managed her own fitness company which provided fitness classes and personal training sessions for the United States Army, Air Force, and civilians at the local YMCA. She’s been to 17 countries, sung throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, completed 2 marathons and 4 half marathons (to-date),…
Young Adults Pastor

Logan Justice

Logan grew up in Southern Missouri and attended Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO. During his time there, he married his college sweetheart, Leah, and served as the preaching pastor of a local church for over four years. Logan joined the team at  Academy in 2016, while studying towards a Master of Arts in Christian Formation and Soul Care at Denver Seminary. He enjoys getting out in God’s creation through hiking, disc golf, and hunting.  
Student Pastor

Taylor Downs

Taylor was born in Johnson City, New York, but grew up right outside of Atlanta GA. He grew up in the church his whole life as a preacher’s grandson and wanted to do nothing more than serve in the church himself. He attended Johnson University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Ministry and Preaching. He then decided to continue school and get his Master’s in Education. In 2015 he joined the staff at ACC. He loves most sports, but…
Associate Student Pastor

Parker Sutherland

Parker was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but grew up in Columbia Missouri. He went to Johnson University, getting both his undergrad and master’s degree. He grew up in a large crazy ministry family of 7, which prepared his heart for ministry. In July of 2019, he joined the staff at ACC. He loves sports, exploring new places and new foods, hiking, movies, and reading.
Women’s Ministry Director

Jen DeGroff

Jen has been happily married to her husband, Jim, since 2004. They have two children, Joella and Jamison as well as a dog and a frog.  The house is busy!  The DeGroff’s have attended Academy Christian Church 2010.  Jen has a passion for helping women connect with each other and with God. She loves women and is currently blessed to be serving as ACC’s Women’s Ministry Director.