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.



Church Council

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, Raquel Welch (president), Taron Zilch (vice-president), Mark Kimmelshue (treasurer), and Diane Knight (secretary).  Members are:  Linda Fischer, Sherrill Heinz, Lisa Emmerich, Cynthia Kampf, Sky Sample, Susan Kimball, and Craig Meyer.  

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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 contemporary Christian music. Kevin helped develop Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), the primary worship resource for the ELCA. He is also constantly looking to learn from other worship leaders and musicians at home in Chico and around the world.

Colter and Pastor Ben exploring the mountains near Chico together

Colter and Pastor Ben exploring the mountains near Chico together

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. 


Office Manager

Mikey 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, Mikey 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, they enjoy 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!

Mikey with their cat, Jessica, who cant hold a job and doesn’t pay rent.

Mikey with their cat, Jessica, who cant hold a job and doesn’t pay rent.