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Michael Sabo - Teaching Pastor

Michael earned a Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois. He has more than 30 years of teaching and ministry experience with The Navigators, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Denver Seminary and pastoral positions in Illinois and Colorado. He is the founder and president of Christian Leadership Institute.

Michael and his wife Darlene have been married for 46 years.  They have four children and four grandchildren. Darlene is a retired professional counselor and enjoys gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. Michael enjoys developing relationships with men through working out, shooting handguns and working on his muscle car.


Mike Hartle - Ministry Pastor

Mike's heart for the Church, and the service for which he's been called, can be best summed up in Ephesians 4:11-16 and 1 Peter 5:1-4. "It's a privilege to care for God's people and a great joy to see the body of Christ growing in their faith while serving one another in unity!"

Mike and Sheila have been married for 18 incredible years and enjoy growing their family business together while also exploring the beautiful state of Colorado with their two active sons, Gabe and Jonas. Hiking, skiing, fishing, and a variety of sports are some of the ways they enjoy spending their time.


Michael Escalera - Worship pastor
Leah Escalera - Office Manager

Michael loves music and enjoys using a blended worship style, choosing old and new songs that draw us closer to God. "One of the things I love about BFC is the diversity of talent on our worship team. We have some very gifted musicians and technicians!"

Leah is the Office Manager for Black Forest Chapel and loves to serve the church “behind the scenes”! Leah and Michael have been married for 17 years and have three, awesome kids. In their free time they love hiking, eating healthy, and exploring Colorado. Michael also loves to ride his motorcycle and claims it's way cheaper than therapy.


Rick Marchbank - Elder

Rick first attended BFC at age 13 when his parents moved to Colorado from Ohio. After serving in the military and being away for a few years, Rick returned to Colorado and has made BFC his church home for over 40 years. 

Rick says, "I have always loved the family here and found great support. I enjoy the close family feeling and the the very good commitment to strong bible based learning."

Rick likes anything that runs on petrol and makes a lot of noise. He has four children, two grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He also enjoys listening to a wide variety of music kinds and styles.


Craig Thayer - Elder

Craig has served as an elder for several years at BFC, leads a weekly men's integrity group, and has served as an interim youth pastor. Susan currently serves as a Deaconess, helps to organize church dinners, and has served as part of the women's ministry team in the past.

Craig and Susan have two children, Aaron and Andrea. Their combined hobbies include gardening, skiing, camper traveling, and fixing things around their house with Susan acting as designer and Craig as builder.