About Us

We do things a bit differently, and that's the way we like it!

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Community

Our church is made up of about 160 members of all ages and from all walks of life. Some come every week, and some come only a few times a year.

We are a theologically diverse congregation affiliated with the PC(USA) and feel that we all have a right to our own beliefs and interpretations of Christianity. Everyone is welcomed, accepted, and loved.

Mission Statement

We are a Community of Christian Disciples with Open Minds, Open Hearts, and Open Arms.

We believe in Open Minds,

for we are on a lifelong journey of learning, about Christ hand his message, about our world, and how to reconcile the two.

We desire to meet and accept people where they are in their own spiritual journey.
We do not seek to judge or intimidate.

We love to discuss and understand different points of view.
We err on the side of grace when there are differences of opinion.

We believe in Open Hearts,

for we invite all to share God’s boundless love, forgiveness, and grace.

As we deepen our relationship with Christ, we invite others to deepen their relationship with Him. We want to share our stories and build meaningful relationships with each other.

We believe in Open Arms,

for we seek to be God’s arms in our church, our community, and our world.

We give all honor, glory, and praise to God, who forms us, calls us, and sends us to be the Body of Christ in the community and the world. Amen.

History

Our church was founded in 1905 in Fraser. When the congregation grew large enough, they built the historic Fraser Presbyterian Church building which is now a community center (“The Church of What’s Happening Now”). Back then it was difficult for people to travel between Granby and Fraser, so another Presbyterian church formed in 1927, and the congregation eventually purchased the old Lutheran log church building to meet in. In the 1980’s, these two congregations merged to become the “Presbyterian Church of the Eternal Hills,” governed by one board, but still worshiping in the two different locations.  In 1998 our congregations decided to “meet in the middle” and our church in Tabernash was built We began worshiping here in 2002. We’ve been blessed with an amazing building and an even more amazing congregation.

Being Presbyterian

Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

God comes to us in free and undeserved favor in the person of Jesus Christ who lived, died, and rose for us that we might belong to God and serve Christ in the world. Following Jesus, Presbyterians are engaged in the world and in seeking thoughtful solutions to the challenges of our time.

Presbyterians affirm that God comes to us with grace and love in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose for us so that we might have eternal and abundant life in him. As Christ’s disciples, called to ministry in his name, we seek to continue his mission of teaching the truth, feeding the hungry, healing the broken, and welcoming strangers. God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, giving us the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love to be Christ’s faithful disciples in the world.

More than two million people call the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) their spiritual home. Worshiping in 10,000 Presbyterian congregations throughout the United States, they engage the communities in which they live and serve with God’s love.

This and more information about being Presbyterian can be found on the PC(USA) website at www.pcusa.org.

Our Staff

Rev. Paula Daniel Steinbacher

“Pastor Paula” has been with Church of the Eternal Hills since July of 2014. Paula grew up in Wichita, KS, where her love of God and the church was nurtured through a wonderful church family at Grace Presbyterian. Selected as a “National Presbyterian Honor Scholar,” Paula attended Sterling College in Sterling, KS, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech & Theatre, and Language & Literature with an emphasis in Secondary Education. She received her Masters of Divinity degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK.

Paula has been married to James Steinbacher since 1992, and together they have 2 children, Addie and Stephen. Paula has worked in youth ministry since her college years, and has served in various professional capacities at churches in Watertown, CT; Winfield, KS; Arkansas City, KS; and Newkirk, OK.

In her free time, Paula loves writing, gardening, making soup, and spending time with James and their pets. Olive, the Boston Terrier, can often be found working alongside Pastor Paula at Church of the Eternal Hills.

jill milesJill Miles, Office Manager

Jill Miles has been the CEH office administrator since 2013, providing clerical support to the pastor as well as the preschool and various church committees and activities. Her previous careers include international marketing specialist for an engineering company and small business owner. She has an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and speaks Spanish, Chinese, and dog.

Barbara Williams, Treasurer

Barbara became a frequent visitor to Grand County in 1987 and began attending the Fraser Church when she was here. Since 2011, she has been in the County much of her time and has been a full-time resident since 2017. An engineer by training, she spent her career with a natural gas transmission company.  She has served as treasurer of several organizations. Barbara lives with her dog Jackson, loves to travel and enjoys all the great outdoor activities we have here – skiing, hiking, kayaking and biking. She also volunteers taking care of horses at NSCD’s Therapeutic Riding Center.

AnTony Rosaccithony Rosacci, Worship Leader

Tony is a professional musician with 49 years of music experience. He started playing guitar at age eight after listening to his Father play Italian songs on the accordion, and his passion for music has never diminished.  Tony has a heart for worship and uses his God-given talent to help people connect emotionally and spiritually. He is the owner/operator of Eagle Wind Sound Recording Studio in Winter Park, as well as the owner of Winter Park Homes Real Estate.

patti applebeePatti Applebee, Choir Director

Patti has been the CEH Choir Director for over 30 years! She studied music at the University of Nebraska. While living in Oklahoma City, she taught piano for 10 years and directed 2 children’s choirs. Patti and her husband, Jack, have been members of CEH since 1978. She thoroughly enjoys living in the mountains of Grand County, and loves the CEH family.

Krissy Morrow, Program Director, Teacher

Krissy has enjoyed the beauty of Grand County for more than 19 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Appalachia State University, Boone, North Carolina.  Krissy brings 18+ years of valuable training and experience to her dual role of Lead Toddler Teacher and Program Director at Eternal Hills Christian Preschool.  Krissy is CPR and First Aid Certified, as well as Universal Precaution and Medication Administration trained. Krissy leads teacher development and curriculum planning, with specific focus on Creative Curriculum, the importance of play, and practices of mindfulness.  She also holds an Early Childhood Director Certification and is hailed as the queen of potty-training! Krissy and her husband of 14 years have two children (both graduates of EHCP) ages 13 and 9, as well as two boxers. Krissy loves cooking, reading, four-wheeling, soaking up the Colorado sunshine, and especially being a mother.