Meet Our Staff
Senior Pastor – Pastor Steve
Steve Byers has been pastor of The Rising Church since 1998. Prior to coming to The Rising he was Youth and Young Adult Minister and then Teaching Pastor at First Baptist Church of Clarendon in Arlington, VA. Steve is married to Cathy. They are a foster home family and have six children. Daughter Leah is an adult and lives in North Carolina. Their five other children were adopted from foster care and range in age from three to thirteen.
Steve has a Bachelors Degree in Economics and History from Claremont McKenna College, a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Chicago, and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Steve has a passion for creating genuine Christian Community in church and to create an atmosphere that is welcoming to people without a church home or church background.
A former avid skier, Steve enjoys reading historical fiction and western novels, travel, history, and cooking. He has given of his time to help in neighborhood schools and in the Olde Town Arvada Community. He has also served on the Administrative and Finance Teams of The Mile High Baptist Association. Steve and his family live in Arvada.
BRIAN W. LEWIS
Brian Lewis has been in ministry for 19 years, first as the founding Music Director of Pathways Church in Denver (1994-2000) and since then has been our Music Director and Associate Pastor at The Rising. He has a passion for the arts as a performer, teacher and mentor, and seeks to equip others in fully realizing their gifts and talents in service to God.
Brian also leads Imago Dei, a small group dedicated to helping people use and develop their art in relation to their faith. His education includes University of Colorado, Loretto Heights College and a Master’s Certificate in guitar from Berklee College Of Music.
As an active performing and recording musician he has performed on 100+ CD’s and is a 25 year veteran of touring, concerts and gigs. He continues to teach as Advanced Guitar Instructor at the Evergreen Guitar Dojo. He plays chess, enjoys hiking, literature, poetry, film, Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, good conversation and football. Brian and his wife Christine live in Evergreen, Colorado.
BONNIE LEWIS DEENER
Bonnie was born and raised in Maryland, where her knowledge and love of Jesus began. Her family moved to Colorado in 1978 thats when she started attending the church. Over the years she has served in various ministries including – Children, Youth, and Women’s ministries. Bonnie is a member of the Worship Team (vocalist and keyboard). In 2007 she was licensed as Associate Pastor serving in the role of Church Administration and Planning.
Bonnie enjoys being outdoors in God’s creation, photography (especially wildlife), crafts, art, cooking, music. She lives in Evergreen with her husband Terry and Maggie, their one year old black lab.
Church Administrative Assistant
Barb has attended The Rising since 1998, and has been the office admin since 2003. Barb handles all the day to day office duties of the church. She is married with two adult children and three adult step children. She enjoys crafts, reading, and movies.
Barbara also attends Regis University in pursuit of a Master’s of Counseling degree and regularly volunteers in community relief efforts.