Staff

Reverend Cody Sandahl – M.Div. – Pastor/Head of Staff

Cody is passionate about the task given to us in Ephesians 4:12 – “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”  As Pastor and Head of Staff, Cody tries to apply that passion in a way that honors Jesus’ call to be servant leaders (Matthew 23:11-12).

Cody was born in Austin, TX and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in computer science. After working as a computer programmer, he felt the call to ministry and attended Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Cody previously helped start a church in Austin before going to the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, PA. He served there for five years as Discipleship Pastor and one year as Pastor for Executive Duties. Cody came to Littleton in April of 2015.

Cody is blessed to be married to his wife, Becca. They have two sons, Charlie and Caleb. Cody enjoys playing basketball, tennis, and most other sports, and he still has fun programming computers as a hobby.

Phone: (303) 798-1389 x104 | Emergencies: (720) 258-6185 | cody@fpcl.org

web-Carol-PhotoReverend Carol Parsons – M.Div., M.A. – Director of Congregational Care

What do you do when you’re 17 years into a successful career in marketing and God calls you to enter the seminary? After you get over the shock, you wrestle with the call for two and a half years. Finally, the wrestle subsides and you accept God’s call, saying “I will go if you will go with me.”

Carol Parsons entered The Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado in 2001. Her first day of class was September 11. Her last day in the corporate world was Good Friday 2002. She received her Masters of Divinity with Distinction in 2005. She was ordained as a Ministry of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America in 2008.

Reverend Carol Parsons serves as the Director of Congregational Care at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton. Her greatest hope, and compassionate advocacy, are for every person to feel cared for, connected and empowered. God’s grace and transforming love are at the heart of her ministry. In addition to her gifts for pastoral care, she is passionate about preaching, teaching and spiritual development. Along with her church ministry, she has served as an on-call chaplain at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in downtown Denver for eight years.

Reverend Parsons qualifies as a transplanted native because she’s lived in the metropolitan Denver area since 1970. Born in Abbeville, Louisiana, she resided there until she was six years old when her family moved to Mankato, Minnesota. She stayed in Minnesota until moving to Colorado as a young adult. Her Master’s of Education is from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. She enjoys getting out into the Rocky Mountains, cooking outside or inside, gardening, reading and writing poetry.

Phone: (303) 798-1389 x106 | Cell: 303-919-7624 | pastorcarol@fpcl.org

Mary Dailey – Worship Arts Director

Mary brings a wealth of enthusiasm and experience to the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton (FPCL). She has been a music teacher and school administrator for 27 years. Mary is well-known in the Denver metropolitan area for her work as a music director for main stage and children’s theatre productions.  She was honored in 2011 with a prestigious Henry Award for Music Direction by the Colorado Theatre Guild.

A native of Iowa, Mary is a graduate of Wartburg College with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Her emphasis was in voice and accompanying.

She also has a master’s degree in Education and is certified as a K-12 administrator in Colorado. She has two sons, Christopher and Matthew.  Mary encourages anyone who has an interest in singing to join the Chancel Choir. You will make wonderful friends, it’s fun and we bring a special joy to the worship services.

Phone: (303) 798-1389 x108 | Cell: 303-668-0727 | mkdailey@me.com

KarenKaren Meersman – Director of Children’s Music & Handbell Choirs

Karen Meersman is the director of three choirs at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton (FPCL); the Memorial Handbell Choir (adults), The Tintinnabulation “TNT” Ringers (Senior High Youth) and the Sonshine Singers (1st–8th grade children). Karen is a native of Littleton, graduate of Littleton High School, and holds a K-12 Degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Karen, a life-long member of FPCL, has served as an Elder and Youth Director. She has been on the Music Ministry staff for over 17 years, and has inspired a new generation of musical talent at FPCL. Several of the current Tintinnabulation Ringers are children of former Tintinnabulation Ringers, including Karen’s three children. Karen’s creative, positive leadership and inspiring arrangements add to the church’s holy seasons. Karen is also the Music Teacher at Mark Hopkins Elementary School in Littleton, and would love to meet you! She believes that music brings more people to Christ than any other means, and feels very blessed to be at FPCL.

Phone: (303) 798-1389 x108 | meers@ecentral.com

Melissa Moore-Winslow – Director of Children’s Ministries

Melissa grew up in Miles City, Montana, attended a Catholic school and regularly attended Mass at the local Catholic Church. However, it wouldn’t be until her late twenties, after many trials and tribulations, that she would come to truly know Jesus as her personal Savior and give Him lordship over her life. By His love and grace she was saved and her life has never been the same—for it belongs to Him. She never wants to forget the love, mercy and grace that she was given by Jesus and hopes, through Him, to extend those same blessings to others.

Melissa is blessed to be married to her husband, Blakeley, a wonderful and kind man who loves and serves the Lord faithfully. The Lord has also gifted her with a loving and sweet canine friend named Milo. Melissa attended undergraduate school in South Dakota and later graduate school in the DC metro area. She has worked as a litigation paralegal for over 15 years. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys hiking, being in nature, running and spending time with her family.

Melissa has a heart for children which has led her to mentor, teach and coach children both inside and outside of a ministry setting. Her desire is to share about Jesus so to provide each child with a strong faith foundation that can be carried with them throughout their life, and spiritually equips them no matter what challenges they may face. She feels it is a tremendous blessing to be a part of God’s plan in nurturing a new generation of believers that can pass on their faith for generations to come.

Phone: (303) 798-1389 x111 | children@fpcl.org

Elinor Packard – Church Administrator

Elinor has worked in the non-profit world for over 20 years serving as a volunteer, tour guide, president of a non-profit and museum director. She has served as First Presbyterian Church of Littleton’s office administrator for seven years. She and her family moved to Colorado from San Diego in 1994.

Phone: (303) 798-1389 x101 | fpcl@fpcl.org

lund-joanJoan Lund – Financial Secretary

Joan has been the financial secretary for First Presbyterian Church in Littleton since 2013. She’s been providing bookkeeping services for small businesses in Colorado for over 30 years.

In 2009, she decided to put her skills to use for non-profits in the Denver area.  She currently provides monthly financial reviews and statements for several Presbyterian churches as well as various other non-profit organizations and small businesses.

Originally from northern Wisconsin, Joan and her husband Randy moved to Colorado in 1983. They love the natural beauty and active lifestyle provided by living in the foothills.  Their two grown children still reside in the Denver area.

Phone: (303) 798-1389 x103 | finance@fpcl.org