About our Pastor
Pastor Ben Colahan is a teller of tales and a hiker of trails. He enjoys ancient history, modern theater, and games of all kinds. Born in Walla Walla, WA, Ben graduated from Reed College in Portland, OR and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA, and served a Spanish-speaking congregation in Brooklyn, NY before arriving in Chico. Though raised in a variety of religious traditions, Ben fell in love with the writings of Martin Luther and feels blessed to be part of a community that strives to live out the good news of God’s unconditional love for all people
in Jesus Christ.
The congregation is represented by the Church Council which meets monthly and oversees management and programs at Faith Lutheran. Pictured is the previous council. Officers of the current council are: Pastor Ben Colahan, President Joel Zimbelman, Vice-President Sky Sample, Treasurer Mark Kimmelshue, and Secretary Diane Knight. Council members are Susan Kimball, Sherrill Heinz, Cynthia Kampf, Lisa Emmerich, Meredith Woods, and Tricia Nickerson.
Director of Worship and Music
Kevin Anderson was born in Florida, trained in Texas, and spent the majority of his career in Chicago. Yet Kevin’s love for music knows no bounds. He is equally comfortable on the organ bench playing Bach and conducting a choir, or at a keyboard leading a band playing global, gospel, jazz, or Broadway tunes. For over a decade, Kevin served on the ELCA Worship and Liturgical Resources staff in the Office of the Presiding Bishop that led the development of Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), the primary worship resource for the ELCA. After directing worship for 7 Churchwide Assemblies, Kevin has served as the Worship Coordinator for the past three Women of the ELCA Triennial Gatherings and continues to lead worship at churchwide events as a member of the Global Mission Music Educators. Locally, Kevin is a Lecturer in the Department of Music and Theatre at California State University Chico and enjoys playing with the North State Symphony and singing with the North Valley Chamber Chorale.
Director of Youth and Service
Colter Murphy is a poet, curator of welcoming space, social justice advocate, and servant leader. Spending most of his life in "the 406" (Montana's area code), he loves any excuse to get outside and enjoy God's creation. He has served as a Wilderness Leader at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, Peer Minister and Events Coordinator for Emmaus Campus Ministry, and Young Adult in Global Mission in Cambodia. While unsure of Fortnite dance moves such as "flossing", he is nonetheless excited to spend time with the young folks of Faith and engage in community building through service alongside them.
Michael has lived in Butte County for over two decades, pursuing acts of volunteering and community outreach. Having volunteered with Faith, Chico Pride, the Torres Shelter, and Relay for Life, he has also advocated for California foster youth as a public speaker, and assisted in raising funds for victims of the Camp Fire. Aside from that, he enjoys writing, games, cats, and dancing (with the exception of that “flossing” thing Colter’s youth are doing.) Stop by the office and come say hello to him!