Executive Leadership Team
Dave and his wife, Gina, have served in ministry 40 years, with the majority of those years ministering to young people and their families in Denver. Dave has served the Lord in a variety of settings including a group home for troubled youth, a lockup facility for teens, prison ministry and inner city Denver. In more recent years, Dave's calling has been to equip, coach and encourage ministry leaders who have a heart to serve the "least of these," as Jesus described in Mathew 25. In addition to his role with Denver Leadership Initiative, Dave leads a seven-month program called "TEAMM" that assists urban ministry leadership teams with becoming more aligned and effective in their calling. Whether it is Christian leaders or ministry leadership teams, Dave’s passion is to help others with focus, direction and self (and team) care. Dave and Gina have been blessed with a long marriage and they have three adult sons who they deeply adore.
Director of Soul Care
Niecy has been loving, leading and teaching students, and walking alongside families, for nearly 15 years. She previously served as the Director of Middle School Ministry at Greenwood Community Church. Her commitment to students stems from the brokenness in her own teen years and her desire to see students and families experience in their souls the never-failing, always pursuing, ever healing, transformational love of Jesus in their lives. Over the past several years the Lord has set her eyes upon walking deeper with people in the journey of soul care and spiritual transformation. In 2017, she will complete a two year program at the Soul Care Institute and is looking forward to what’s next in her story with Him. Niecy is married to Jeff and they have 3 young adults who are mostly out of the home, and a granddaughter that makes every day a joy.
Christine has been involved in ministry for over 20 years at her home church His Love Fellowship. Her heart is to encourage others by supporting them as they serve Gods people. In 2003 Christine completed a program for leaders through the Mestiza Institute. During the program year God continued to show her how He was going to use the skill set she learned in the Body of Christ. Christine is an alumni member of DLI class of 2012. She has raised 4 beautiful daughters Alyssa, Lorena, Jenn and Erica with her husband Eric.
Pastor Phil Abeyta has been a follower of Christ since he was a senior in high school. Phil has been married to the same amazing woman for 38 years and she is still the love of his life. He and Cathy have seven kids and currently have 13 grand kids. Phil has been pastoring at His Love Fellowship for 23 years. He has been working with the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative for a few years now. For Phil, relationship with Christ is paramount. He loves his job and serving God. He loves to go to San Diego in his free time.
Senior Pastor, His Love Fellowship
Keith is the Education Director for Save Our Youth of Denver, CO, which advocates for youth in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. He has been supporting at risk youth in the Denver metro area, educationally, spiritually, and emotionally for the past 12 years. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Denver Dream Center, and MOPS International. God’s calling for Keith’s life is to help direct those in need to the resources and support available. He and his wife Suzie have been married 13 years.
Education Director, Save Our Youth
For the past 25 years, Salt and Marcie have lived and worked together serving as urban missionaries in Northeast Denver where Salt was raised. Salt and Marcie have three adult sons Jesse, Chris and Shawn, of whom they are very proud. Currently, Salt and Marcie give leadership to Urban Youth Ministries and interact with over 150 teenagers from Northeast Denver on a weekly basis most from Denver East High School.
Urban Youth Ministries