Heidi Chandler
Guest Services Director

Heidi Chandler
Guest Services Director

I grew up in a traditional church where the gospel message was not clear and each service was predictable.  There was nothing personal about attending church for me.  It was not until 8th grade, after I changed middle schools that I realized when it comes to a God and man who dies for my pitiful sake, it is way more personal than religion could ever make it.  My friends' actions exemplified Christ's love and joy.  It was attractive and I wanted what they had.


What is your favorite quote?

The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching - Anson Dorrance
(University of North Carolina Women's Soccer Coach)


What is your favorite book?

Any book written by the amazing Francine Rivers.


One thing people don't know about you?

I am a quintuplet, so I had the privilege of sharing my mother's womb with 4 other babies.  I also have an older brother who had the womb all to himself.  I was squished at 1lb, 11oz. but it was worth always having a playmate!


What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a truck driver.  I remember that was decided in kindergarten when my 5th grade student buddy asked this question and I felt like I was on the spot, so I told him the first thing on my mind.  That continued to be my answer until 6th grade when I decided to take it up a notch and be an astronaut.  However, that did not last too long after I learned astronauts have to be very flexible and flexibility was never my forte.


When did you first come to Grace?

When I was a freshman at Regis University (2008).  My roommate happened to be Pastor Rick's daughter, Brittany.  I have been hooked ever since!  You HAVE to check this church out!


Paul Faust
Pastor/Elder
Volunteers

Paul Faust
Pastor/Elder
Volunteers

Before I was born, my mom started praying for me.  Because of this, I think it's no coincidence that she was the one that led me to Christ when I was a child.  I sincerely believe that the majority of the good that God has ever managed to do through me has come as a direct result of her continued prayer for me, and now as a result of the prayers of my wife as well.  In 2006, I married a woman who was, and still is, way out of my league.  Jenn's constant encouragement, profound wisdom, and passion for the things of God constantly challenge me to be a better man, and, thankfully, she's passed on her good looks to our son, Bodie, who was born in February of 2010.  It's a blessing and a privilege to be part of the Grace team - I only hope that my dreams for Grace are as big as God's! 


What or who inspires you most?

I find myself continually returning to the apostle Paul.  He was an absolute genius and very well-educated, but he never allowed his intellectual training and his bent toward the abstract and obscure to distract him from the importance of putting into practice the things that he knew and believed.  Aside from Jesus, I don't know of a more passionate, wiser person than Paul.


 What did you want to be when you grew up?

Big Bird.  Now that I think about it, I'm not sure I understood the question ...


What is your biggest challenge?

Trying to touch my toes.  I also almost failed kindergarten because I couldn't skip.  Luckily, I figured it out ... in college ...


 What is your favorite book?

This isn't a fair question to ask a person with a Master's degree in English, but I can at least narrow it down to a few.  My favorite fiction books I've read recently are Yevgeny Zamyatin's We, William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, and G.K. Chesterton's The Man Who Knew Too Much.  For Religion and Theology, Brennan Manning's The Signature of Jesus, Dallas Willard's The Divine Conspiracy, G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy, N.T. Wright's Evil and the Justice of God, and C.S. Lewis's Surprised by Joy are usually near the top of the list.  For out-of-the-box thinking, Malcolm Gladwell always comes through, and Outliers is my favorite of his.  And finally, if you're looking for a book (besides the Bible) that will change your life forever, read Elie Wiesel's Night, but be warned - it's not for the faint of heart. 


 What is your favorite quote?

"You are free ..." - God (Genesis 2:16)


Abi Khavari
Missions Coordinator

Abi Khavari
Missions Coordinator

I grew up in a home where I saw an example of faith and dependence on God. I trusted in Christ at 8, but I really began practicing my faith and following him when I was 13. Through the difficulties of life, God is my ever-present help, friend, and the first love of my life. He has walked by my side through the divorce of my parents, serious illness at 17, and took me to the Middle East for two years to work. I am not perfect in my walk, but I am amazed at God’s relentless pursuit. I have lived in Colorado for two years and met my husband, Chris Khavari shortly after moving here. God blessed us with a daughter this last July and we are excited about what God has in store for our family.


What is your favorite season & why?

I enjoy all things winter. Bundling up in warm clothes, drinking warm drinks, the Christmas lights, and the way the world slows down. I love how the season forces us to slow down and as a result we get to recharge and spend more time with family. 


What is your favorite treat or snack?

Does coffee qualify as a snack? I love coffee. The Khavari home always has coffee in the pot.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

A professional singer. We have so many home videos of me dancing around the house singing in whatever costume I deemed appropriate for the day. 


One thing people don't know about you?

I included this in my bio, but a lot of people don’t know I lived in the Middle East for two years. A part of my heart will always be there and not a day goes by where I don’t think about those experiences. 


What is your idea of a perfect day?

Waking up well rested in a cabin in the mountains, then enjoying a cup of coffee outside and spending some time journaling and sitting in the silence. Then grabbing lunch in a mountain town and cruising bookstores with my husband by my side.      

 


Mark Schweitzer
Campus Pastor
Spiritual Development

Mark Schweitzer
Campus Pastor
Spiritual Development

I trusted Christ as my Savior when I was 12 years old and decided by the age of 14 that I wanted to be in full-time ministry.  I met and married my wife, Kim, at Florida Bible College in 1978.  We have three wonderful children and three grandchildren.  My wife and I have both been teachers for many years. 


What is your favorite season & why?

My favorite time of the year is springtime.  By that time, I am chomping at the bit to go camping and get outside.  I love to see all of the new growth after everything being dead during the winter.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was very young, I wanted to be an astronaut, but because of the example of my youth minister, I decided I wanted to become a youth minister while I was in Junior High.


What is your favorite treat or snack?

My favorite snack is Oreo cookies with a tall glass of ice cold milk.


A place you would like to visit?

Someday I would like to travel to all of the National Parks in America.