Leadership

Leadership

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.…
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…
Children’s Administrative Assistant

Ann Betz

Ann grew up in New Jersey and came to Colorado to attend the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. After college, she married Mike and together they have two beautiful girls. Ann enjoys hiking, biking and spending time with her family. Ann and her family have been members since 2012. She joined the ACC staff in February 2016.
Financial Secretary & Facilities Assistant

David Hee

David was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from Westmont College in California. After graduation he took a position with Ford Motor Credit Company in Ventura, CA where he met Melissa. They were married in 1991 and have two children, Connor and Samantha. He worked for Ford Motor Credit Company for 30 years and retired in 2016. He enjoys fly fishing, golf, hunting and spending time with his family. He joined ACC in 2016 as the Financial Secretary…
Facilities Director

Kris Young

Kris and her family moved to Colorado Springs in June of 2010. She and her husband, Michael became members of Academy Christian Church in 2011. They have two girls, Mikayla and jasmine and have been married since 1994. Colorado became their permanent home in December, 2014 when Michael retired from the Air Force after serving over 20 years. Kris has been working at the church since 2012. She enjoys yard work and spending time with her family and their Labrador,…
Nursery Director

Jane Folkerts

Jane grew up in northern Illinois and married her husband, Mike, in 1989. After graduation from college with Elementary and Early Childhood Education degrees, she traveled the world alongside Mike during his 21 years in the Air Force. She enjoys being a full time mom to Meg, Melanie and Matt and serving at church and school events. She loves children, playing volleyball, baking, spending time with her family and traveling.
Women’s Ministry Leader

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, two cats 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.
Office Administrator & Assistant to Bryan Myers

Melissa Hee

Melissa was born in raised in California where she graduated from college and was married to her husband, David, in 1991. While still in California, they had their two children, Connor and Samantha. Melissa has served on staff at ACC since 2010.
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