We do things a bit differently, and that's the way we like it!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Janis Lund, Treasurer
Janis and her husband Mark moved to Grand County in 2007 and began attending CEH shortly after. Janis was born in Iowa and after graduating from college, lived and worked in Minneapolis, MN for 26 years before relocating to Colorado. Janis worked in banking for 22 years and prior to that worked in public accounting. Since moving to Colorado, she has been involved in a number of organizations holding various board and officer positions. Her hobbies include golfing, skiing, tending to her flower garden, going for walks, and above all enjoying the beautiful Colorado scenery. Janis loves the friends, fellowship and teaching that CEH has to offer and is happy to have made CEH their church home.
Rochelle Lantermans, Children’s Ministries Coordinator
Rochelle has worked in Children’s Ministries at CEH since 2009. She and her husband Sheldon have been attending CEH since before they were married, and they now have 3 beautiful daughters who are all involved in the youth programs at church. Rochelle enjoys hiking, nordic skiing, and camping. She has 2 rescue pets that adore her existence: Holly the dog and Cider the shorttailed cat.
Maggie Rainwater, Youth Ministries Coordinator
Maggie has been with CEH since 2014. She has a BA in Psychology, which she feels helps her understand the interesting psyche of the youth, and she brings her years of experience with the Presbytery of Southern Kansas Youth Council to her work. Maggie lives with her cat Krogan the Battle Cat and enjoys yoga, reading, and bad jokes.
Glen Tompkins, Worship Leader
Glen has led worship at CEH since 2007. He brings years of experience with him as he has served in various churches and Young Life as a worship leader since 1976. He studied music education at Corpus Christi State University. Glen’s musical talents include playing the guitar, piano, flute, drums, and singing lead vocals. He is also a contemporary christian recording artist.
Patti 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.
Dan and Claudia Stock, Custodial Staff
Originally from Iowa, the Stocks have lived in Grand County for 15 years. They became members of CEH right away once they moved here. Dan and Claudia have lovingly helped maintain our church for 14 years through their faithful service. Dan is a retired transportation director from the East Grand School District. Together, they enjoy camping, biking, cross country skiing, and simply enjoying the mountains.
Julie Zieff, Church of Eternal Hills Nursery Supervisor
Julie was born and raised in Grand County. She returned to Grand County after completing college for a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy, specializing in Pediatrics at Colorado State University. Her love for caring for young children and nurturing their spirits has always been a part of her heart. Julie has enjoyed working with children over the years as an adult, as a ski instructor, infant & toddler nursery supervisor in a licensed child care program, and now is a practicing school occupational therapist for preschool-aged through high-school-aged students. A parent herself, Julie and her daughter have been part of the Church of Eternal Hills nursery program for 8 years, beginning when Julie’s daughter was 6 months. In her spare time, she enjoys time to alpine and cross country ski during winter months, bicycling and sea kayaking on the lake during summer months with her family.