Rev. Bradley Laurvick serves northwest Denver as pastor of Highlands United Methodist Church. His leadership, in the congregation and community, has built relationships, cared for families in need, and advocated for progressive changes in society. During his 7 year tenure, the church has nearly tripled the size of its congregation, opened a preschool, created new community space (The Garage). Brad believes in strong community partnerships and has served as the president of the West Highland Merchants Association; Vice President of the board of directors for Denver Urban Matters (DenUM); and serves on the Centennial Elementary Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and Fundraising Committee. He is an active supporter of Reading Partners, Family Promise of Greater Denver, and Education Through Music Colorado. He has brought a plethora of community events to his neighborhood, from Taste of Highlands to Día de los Niños (in partnership with Latino Pride). As a community leader he has brought Child Assault Prevention Training, Bias Awareness Training, and community listening sessions to the neighborhood. Brad and his wife Meghan have two children, their oldest is a DPS first grader. He and Meghan enjoy volunteering in the classroom and reading with their kids. His previous work experience includes community health education (CU, Boulder) and technology (Apple, Inc). He received his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (BS, ‘03) and his masters degree from the Iliff School of Theology (MDiv, ‘07). Brad enjoys yoga, cycling, and swimming as ways to care for himself. Most of the year, you’ll find him biking to and from board meetings.