ABOUT US

This year we are celebrating our 50th anniversary of the opening of the Vail Interfaith Chapel.


 

Mount of The Holy Cross Lutheran Church is affiliated with the Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Whether you call yourself a local or are experiencing the Rockies for the very first time, we want you to feel welcome here.
We come together on Sundays for the community, to celebrate God’s love and amazing grace, to learn together and from each other, and to revel in His creation.  

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!

We at Mt. of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, or no Habla Ingles or any other language for that matter.

We extend a special welcome to those with crying new-borns, those who are skinny as a rail or who could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing like Tony Bennett or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket.

You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing”, just woke up or just got out of jail.

We don’t care if you’re more Lutheran than Martin Luther or haven’t been in church since little Ole’s baptism.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters, skiers, snowboarders, and free-heelers.

We welcome those who are in recovery or who are still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” (truth is, most of us have been there too). If you blew all your offering money at the bar last night, you’re welcome here.

We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work at all, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in the round-a-bout and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts … and most importantly, you!

OUR TEAM

Reverend Dr. Scott Beebe
Pastor

Home Phone:
970-476-6610

Personal Email:
skbeebe@vail.net

Rev. Dr. Scott K. Beebe has been the pastor of Mt. of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vail, Colorado since February 2009. He earned his B.A. degree from Grace University in 1981, his M.Div. from Wartburg Seminary in 1985 and his D. Min, degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Phillips Theological Seminary in 1999. Prior to joining the staff at MHCLC, he was the senior pastor at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Littleton, CO (1990-2009), and was the mission developer for Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Ponca City, Oklahoma (1985-1990).  In addition to his parish responsibilities, Pastor Scott is an active member of our community serving as the Chaplain for the Vail Police Department.  He is also an active member of the Vail Mountain Rescue Group, Vail Rotary Club, Foresight Ski Guides for the visually impaired, Eagle Valley Senior Life Board of Directors and he is a volunteer chaplain at the Vail Valley Medical Center.

     Pastor Scott is married to the Rev. Kristi Beebe (also a Lutheran minister serving at Nativity Lutheran Church in Commerce City, CO). They are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Jasmine and Tiffany.  Pastor Scott and Kristi enjoy skiing, biking and climbing the mountains of Colorado.  Passionate about the outdoors, in the summer of 2000 they completed climbing all 54 of the famed Colorado Fourteeners.  During their joint sabbatical in the summer of 2007 they were privileged to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, which at 19,340 feet is the highest peak on the Continent of Africa.  Pastor Scott can be reached on his personal email at skbeebe@vail.net

Jan Govreau
Church Musician

Jan Govreau has been a church musician in the Vail Valley since January 2000, on both the piano and organ. She began playing the piano at age seven, and at fifteen became a relief organist in her native Texas.

After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston, Jan moved to this valley in 1984. She loves to ski, bike, swim, play pickleball and bridge. Jan feels privileged to share her music ministry with the church community. She enjoys playing for weddings and other special events.

Rich Freyberg
Council Member, Treasurer

Rich Freyberg has been a full-time resident in the Vail Valley since 2003 and an MHCLC Council member since 2016.  He owns a condo in Vail and skis, bikes or golfs most days.

Before retiring, Rich held various positions in Information Technology and Financial Services:  CIO of Schwab Capital Markets, Managing Director at Bankers Trust and First Vice President at Security Pacific Bank. Prior to this, he started up several successful software development firms; specializing in distributed, mission-critical banking applications.

He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T.

Rich is currently on the Advisory Board of the Game Creek Club, the Board of Directors of IO-Informatics and is the Treasurer of the MHCLC Council.  He is an Adaptive Ski Instructor at Vail.

Jean Trover
Council Member

Hello, I’m Jeanette ( Jeane) Trover.  My grandfather was a Lutheran Pastor, the son of German immigrants.  As a child, I remember him officiating a service in German then a second in English.  All of my education was in parochial schools in St. Louis. Married by my Grandfather, we went on to raise our 4 children in the St. Louis area. In the early 70’s we were introduced to Vail and snow skiing. By the 80’s we were meeting family and friends in Vail on a regular basis. 2015 Edwards Colorado became home.
In the 45 years, Mt of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church has been our Church.  From services on top of the mountain, in a snowstorm, standing around a wooden cross to standing room Only Christmas services in the beautiful Vail and Beaver Creek Chapel.
Dr. Rev Scott Beebe leads the service in relevant, scriptural base messages as well as engages in church and community activities.  I am pleased to be a member of this church family that welcomes guests from all over the world.  I look forward to meeting you.

Buddy & Bonnie Sims
Council Members

Buddy Sims Bio

Buddy Sims joined the USMC in 1962 and joined USAF in 1967 where he completed tours as a pilot during the Vietnam War as a Forward Air Controller in 1968 and in B-52D bombers in 1972.  He retired in 1989 as a Lt Col from the Pentagon and then flew as a commercial airline pilot for United and later for Pan American World Airlines. Later Sims was employed by NTA, Inc., Washington, DC where he was an Acquisition/Logistics Manager for the Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters.  He has over 7,000 hours in military and commercial aircraft with 20 USAF awards with his highest decoration being the Distinguished Fly Cross with 21 Air Medals and over 300 combat missions in Vietnam.  When Vice President of MTE, Inc. an ADT Dealer, he was recalled to USAF active duty in 2002 to the 8thAF Combined Air Operations Center. In 2002/2003, he directed the Time Sensitive Targeting during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. He directed over 50 Time Sensitive Targeting operations and hundreds of airstrikes into Iraq and Afghanistan.  As General Goldfein’s Executive Officer, he was retired by the USAF from the Directorate, Operational Capabilities Requirements at the Pentagon in 2004.  He then restarted MTE, LLC as President and closed it in 2008. He managed the construction of the Freedom Park Memorial in 2005 and the 911 Pentagon Limestone addition in 2010. He personally brought the 700lb piece of limestone taken from the Pentagon 911 attack to the memorial.  He is Quartermaster/Adjutant of the Minturn VFW Post 10721 and organized the 911 Inaugural Memorial “Never Forget” Golf Tournament in 2018 to raise high school scholarship monies.  He has been a Rotarian since 2005 in the Edwards Rotary Club.

Bonita (Bonnie) Sims

Bonnie has over thirty years of experience in increasingly demanding positions as an elementary teacher at the stateside and overseas location for DODDS and has business experience as a realtor in Northern Virginia.  Her most recent work experience includes retail associate at the Vail Boot and Shoe in Edwards for the last 10 years and previously worked at the Golden Bear retail store in Vail for 7 years.  Bonnie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Dakota with graduate studies in gifted and talented education, supervision of student teachers, math in the classroom, and drug and alcohol education.  She has conducted classes for students from varied backgrounds and languages while employed in the Republic of Panama for four years.

She organized scholarship fundraising for the Isthmian University Women’s Club in the Republic of Panama and planned more than 20 book fairs to raise critical funds to support school activities.  She also served as alumna advisor for a national social sorority, Gamma Phi Beta.  As an elementary school team leader, she organized the yearly budget, ordered supplies, developed financial plans, and scheduled special events.

She has been married to Buddy Sims, for 38 years, with three adult children and has volunteered with the Bravo and Vilar Center ushers’ programs, the Vail Health Volunteer Corps, Kid’s Voter Program, Freedom Park Memorial, 911 VFW Memorial Golf Tournament, and assists the VFW Quartermaster and Adjutant with financial accounting, newsletters, and general correspondence. Her interests include skiing, cooking, gardening, and traveling overseas.

Marit Lodge
President

Marit Lodge grew up Evergreen, Colorado where her parents were charter members at the Lutheran Church of the Cross.  Her love of Christian hymns has been fostered over the years as her mother was the church organist and choir director. She moved to Roaring Fork Valley after high school.   Marit became a Vail Valley resident in 1992 when she married Henry Lodge. She has been active in many community fundraising events and loves everything about living in our community, especially golf!

Marit began attending services at Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Beaver Creek and became a member in 2013. She serves as the President to our council. Marit has become a dedicated volunteer and is active in our church community events. She enjoys singing in our Sunday services.

Steve Metcalf
Council Member

Betsey Foley
Council Member

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