Reverend Dr. Steven C. Van Ostran
Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran was called to serve as Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains in January of 2008. Steve says, “My call to regional work has grown out of the calling and practice of being a local church pastor.” He has shared that his vision for the local church is to reclaim the “incarnational” nature that is described by the Apostle Paul depicting the church as “The Body of Christ” (1 Cor. 12:27). It is his desire to help local churches reconnect with their community and to discover new avenues of ministry within those communities. In so doing, Steve believes that the church’s ongoing witness to Christ will once again become effective.
Previously he served on the ABC of the Central Region staff as Associate Executive Minister and as Acting Executive Minister. Steve came to regional work from 18 years of pastoral ministry, having served four congregations during that time. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Ottawa University teaching courses in New Testament, Speech, and Mass Communications. He also served on the Planning Commission of the City of Ottawa and worked extensively with the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin County Habitat for Humanity. Prior to coming to Ottawa he served churches in Carbondale, IL, Wood River, IL and Madison, IN.
Steve received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in June of 1994, his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 1997 and his undergraduate degree from Missouri Southern State College in Criminal Justice Administration.
Steve is married to Debbie and they have three adult children. The couple enjoys the process of fixing up and renewing their home. In addition, Steve enjoys running, playing golf and other outdoor activities. He is also known for being on a quest to discover the perfect hamburger and appreciates suggestions and invitations to further this discovery!
Secretary & Bookkeeper
When you call the Region office, you might hear the friendly voice of Alyce Keys. Alyce is the Bookkeeper and the Secretary for the Region. She supports Steve Van Ostran, Executive Minister, and all the various committees including the MLC (Minister Leadership Committee), Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Executive Minister Search Committee to name a few.
As Bookkeeper for the Region, Alyce is responsible for the daily tracking of our finances. This includes tracking Mission giving, inputting the mission support information into the American Baptist Churches Information System (abcis.org), sending monthly reports back to the churches, and distributing the checks that the Region distributes to the various organizations. She is quickly learning QuickBooks, our accounting software, and is inputting approved invoices and printing the checks which require a Board Members signature.
With over 25 years in the workforce, Alyce has developed critical skills necessary for working in fast paced, detail oriented and customer-driven environments. Timeliness, proficiency and strong work ethics are 3 areas that Alyce states are at the top of her core values.
Reverend Larron D. Jackson, D.Min.
Denver Cluster Ministry & Mission Coach
Reverend Larron D. Jackson has been in the ministry of Jesus Christ for 35 years. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. The focus of his doctorate work was “Curriculum Development For The African-American Church and Community”. Dr. Jackson has held various ministerial positions throughout his ministerial career. He has served in the local church. He has also served as an adjutant professor at several colleges and seminaries. Additionally, Dr. Jackson has guided the outreach ministries of three major faith institutions.
Dr. Jackson is currently on the ministerial staff of the True Light Baptist Church, Denver Colorado and the Denver Cluster Ministry and Mission Coach for the ABCRM. He is also a published author. The title of his work is, The Ghetto, The Gridiron, and The Gospel: A Journey In God’s Grace. Additionally, Dr. Jackson is also a former offensive guard in the National Football League (NFL). (Denver Broncos, 1971-74; Atlanta Falcons, 1975-76; Green Bay Packers, Preseason-1977 and Detroit Lions, Preseason-1978) His heart’s desire is to advance the cause and kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Bill Mankin is a member of the Pine Street Church of Boulder CO, having moved back to Boulder in 2012 when his wife, Mary Beth retired as pastor of First Baptist Church of Laramie WY. Bill and Mary Beth lived in Laramie for 6 1/2 years. Bill was raised near Memphis TN and educated at Rhodes College and the Johns Hopkins University where he received a Ph.D. in Physics in 1969. He spent his entire scientific career at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder CO, where he made ground-based, airborne, and satellite measurements of the chemistry of the upper atmosphere, primarily for understanding the ozone layer. He retired in 2003 to move to Kansas City KS, where Mary Beth was a student at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a Senior Scientist Emeritus at NCAR. While at Central Seminary, he audited a number of classes and helped teach Environmental Ethics.
He has been an active American Baptist layman all his adult life. In the First Baptist Church of Boulder (now Pine Street Church), he held numerous offices and taught an adult Sunday School class for 25 years. He has participated in a number of ways in the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains, including seven years as Treasurer. He has been on the Board of Trustees of Central Seminary for 24 years, six as chair. He has served as the receiving treasurer in Laramie and has taught Sunday School.
His outdoor passion is white water rafting; he has run many of the rivers in the west including two trips through the Grand Canyon. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, reading, and cross country skiing. He and Mary Beth have two children, David, a software engineer for Atlassian in Mountain View CA, and Emily, a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at the University of California in Los Angeles.
He enjoys Wyoming and his role there since 2008, serving the pastors and churches of the Wyoming Cluster as a representative of the Region.
Reverend Mike Oldham has been in the Rocky Mountain Region since September 2001. Mike received a B.A. from Eastern New Mexico University in 1985 with a major in Religious Studies. He then received his M. Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1990. While in seminary, Mike served as Associate Pastor at the First Christian Church (Disciples) of Jeffersonville, IN.
After seminary, Mike served a yoked ministry, FBC of Pt. Marion and Oak Hill Baptist Church of Smithfield, PA for five years. Mike continued to serve as pastor of Oak Hill Baptist Church until August of 2001. In September 2001, Mike began his ministry in our Region as a church planter. Then he served as the Manager for Black Forest Camp and Conference Center.
Mike began as a Ministry and Mission Coach on September 1, 2005. He works with two of our Ministry and Mission Clusters, the Northern Front Range churches and the churches of Southeastern Colorado and New Mexico. Mike also works closely with ABCRM youth ministry programs camping (www.frontrangecamping.org), the Church Transformation Team, Ministers Council, the Mission Team, and the Backyard Mission Project. Mike also works with Missionaries Chuck and Ramona Shawver in partnership with the churches of Chiapas in the areas of pastoral training and economic development.
In working with local churches, Mike desires to see churches move from the status quo to a place of growing health. He sees leadership development, conflict transformation, spiritual formation, and developing a missional focus as the keys to this transition. He is trained in the Bridge Builder program developed by Peter Steinke. This program helps churches address the areas of conflict and move towards a clear focus on mission. He is also trained as conflict resolution specialist. Mike is also a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) consultant.
Mike is married to Chris Oldham. Chris is a Human Resources Consultant with Mountain States Employers Council in Colorado Springs.
Karen was born and raised in the Chicago area. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with a degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduation, Karen was offered a management position for the restaurant company she worked for during college. Starting as an assistant manager, she held numerous positions including Restaurant Manager, Auditor, Accounting Manager, Systems Project Manager, and Vice President/Controller. Her last corporate position was Vice President/Controller for VICORP Restaurants (Village Inn and Baker Square restaurants).
Learning has been a passion for Karen, and she took accounting and business courses while working full-time. She obtained a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license from the state of Texas, and three years later, obtained an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA).
Karen considers her 25-year marriage to Mike Nedeau and her two college age children her greatest accomplishments. The Nedeau family is active at their church West Bowles Community Church in Littleton, CO. Family activities include skiing/snowboarding, rafting, hiking, and traveling. Karen loves participating in ABCRM mission experiences and supporting Camp Wyoba. Her hobbies are crafts, visiting relatives (who all live out of state), reading, and finding discount coupons for fun new things to do with friends and her husband (zip lining, archery, cooking classes, etc.).