Pastor Mike Maldonado has been in pastoral ministry since 1987, after graduating from Walla Walla College in College Place, Washington. Pastor Mike graduated from Andrews University Seminary in 1991 where he received a Master of Divinity degree. He has pastored in Havre and Billings, Montana; Flagstaff, Arizona; Monroe, Washington; and since 2007, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Pastor Mike served three years in the United States Army prior to full time ministry. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Brenda, since 1987.
Jade Covel, Associate Pastor
Central has a new associate pastor! Please join me in warmly welcoming Jade Covel and her fiance, Stefan Teal, to our church family. A little bit about them. Jade felt called to ministry as a teenager but started her freshman year at Union College as a nursing major. Finding no peace in that, she finally followed God’s call on her life during her sophomore year and switched to a religion major. She graduated in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in religion with a minor in International Rescue and Relief. While at Union she met her fiancée, Stefan Teal, who has also moved to Colorado Springs, and they plan to get married in November. Jade has been active in church her entire life, volunteering on a regular basis starting at age 10. Her favorite part of the ministry is seeing someone realize how much God loves them and cares for them, despite the mistakes they have made. In her free time, Jade likes to explore the outdoors (especially climbing, hiking, and horseback riding), as well as reading and spending time with her fiancée. Jade has already started working with Pastor Mike and Elder Jones. It's wonderful to see our church growing and to now have more partners in ministry! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Elder Jones Tu'ufuli Assistant for Pastoral Care
Jones Tu'ufuli is an ordained elder of the church. He and his wife, Sia, and daughter Maria, recently moved to Colorado Springs from Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, where he served under the Samoan churches since 1997. He was baptized with his wife Sia and their six children. While serving faithfully with various departments and with numerous leadership positions in the church, Jones felt God was calling him to full-time ministry for the purpose of saving souls. Currently, Jones is serving under the leadership of Pastor Mike, being mentored in all aspects of ministry. Jones currently serves as Pastoral Assistant for Pastoral Care and is receiving training to serve as a Lay Pastor in the Rocky Mountain Conference. Jones' passion is to serve Christ through His church and the beautiful Community of Colorado Springs. Jones' ultimate goal is to attend Andrews University Theological Seminary to prepare for full-time ministry.
Marcia B. Armstead
Assistant for Pastoral Care Emeritus
Marcia is an ordained elder of the church and was a volunteer Chaplain at Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado (2000-2007). She is the author of two books: The Complete Wo/Man: an index to the heart, and Fragrance of God's Love. Elder Armstead is a motivational speaker and a former radio and television host of Fragrance of God's Love media broadcast. She has a B.S. degree in Organizational Management in Christian Leadership from Colorado Christian University. Marcia has been a volunteer at Central SDA Church since 2009, and became a staff member in February 2015. She is presently in retirement status volunteering as an Elder and consultant.
Alan has been in Colorado Springs since January of 1987. During that time, he has served in many capacities at Central Church. His wife is Dianne and they have two married children, Garrett Brass and Whitney Bowyer. He loves Colorado Springs and Central SDA Church, in particular, holds a special place in his heart. When not involved with church activities, Alan works in concrete construction.
Adam has been attending Central SDA Church since before he can remember. In serving as the church treasurer, Adam’s goal is to provide good stewardship of the church’s funds to serve both God and the church’s members, as well as the community. Adam has a B.S. in accounting and has worked in financial and regulatory consulting for the past 13 years. He has a wife and two young children.
Children's Ministry Leader
Ola has been a Seventh-day Adventist all her life and has served in many departments of the church. She has served in the children's department for over 20 years. She loves children and believes they are a gift from God. Besides serving God, Ola also enjoys cooking, singing, and signing.
Tasha King-Bruce, Administrative Assistant
Please join me in welcoming Central's new administrative assistant, Tasha King Bruce. Administrative Assistant with 20 years of experience working in various fields. Tasha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration. She has worked in healthcare, law enforcement, and now a home educator. Tasha is a Colorado native and has lived in Jamaica, Nebraska, and now Colorado. Tasha is married to Adam Bruce, they have 4 children and two grandchildren. In her free time, Tasha loves to hike, play with her girls, her nieces and nephews, spending time with her extended family, road trips, puzzles, painting, and learning new things. Please warmly welcome Tasha, Adam, and their two girls, Melody and Lily to the Central Church Family!
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