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Spiritual Life

Campus Organizations


Numerous religious groups on campus represent the spiritual diversity of the student body. The Campus Ministry Leaders are made up of official representatives of religious groups or traditions recognized by the University as serving an existing campus constituency.

We have begun adding details on the groups and representatives below. More soon!

headshot of Rev. Dr. Edward A. Black Jr Rev. Dr. Edward A. Black Jr. serves faculty, staff and graduate students at DU and other schools of higher learning along the Front Range. Ed has served as a Christian minister of the Word and Sacraments in the Presbyterian & Reformed faith communities for over thirty years. Ed is passionate about serving the people of academia with the love of God and connecting with people for encouragement, spiritual formation, fellowship, and missional service. Ed is married to Janet Black who received her PhD from DU and serves as assistant vice president of academics at a university in the Denver Metro area. Ed love visual arts, reading and hiking or skiing the mountains.

headshot of Katie Siemens Katie Siemens volunteers with Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship. She is passionate about seeing college students explore what the Bible says and come to their own conclusions about Jesus. After growing up in the Colorado mountains and graduating from the University of Colorado, she worked as a civil engineer and with Inter-varsity at the Colorado School of Mines. She married Mark, who is a professor at DU, and they have 3 kids. At DU, she facilitates a weekly multiethnic discussion group for people who are curious about the teaching and life of Jesus.


headshot of Fr. Paul Kostka Fr. Paul Kostka currently serves as a Catholic Chaplain for CSF
at the University of Denver and a Chaplain with the United States Navy Reserve. He holds a Master of Divinity from St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver and a Master's of Education Administration from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. He has served as a teacher and Assistant Principal at Bishop Machebeuf High School.



headshot of Liza Hanson Liza Stoltz Hanson is the director of the Foundation Campus Ministry. She is from Minneapolis, MN and came to Denver in 2009 for graduate school at DU. She has a masters degree in Religious Studies and is currently in seminary at the Iliff School of Theology, working on a masters of divinity degree. She is seeking ordination in the United Methodist Church.  Liza has been working with The Foundation since 2012. Liza and her spouse live in Denver and are raising two daughters, a cat, and a dog. She loves hiking, breweries, gardening and composting, and crafting.

headshot of Thomas Balma Randi Pickett serves on Mission Staff with Young Life at DU. As a Special Needs para-educator full-time and Young Life staff part-time, she enjoys being able to work both with kids with disabilities and with college students. She moved to Denver 3 1/2 years ago from Philadelphia to receive her Graduate degree in Leadership and Theology. The mountains, running trails, and the community she has found bring her joy and are keeping her here for now. At DU, she and her YL team hold a weekly Large Group meeting and Small Group meetings throughout the week to mentor students and help them grow in their faith.


headshot of Thomas Balma Thomas Balma After a 6 year career in engineering ending in '74, I made a transition to Christian ministry among University students on the east coast with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF). Seven years later I excepted a ministry position in Italy to lead the Italian Christian University Student movement (called GBU) where I served for 23 years. Retuning to Colorado in 2004 I started the Graduate Christian Fellowship Ministries focusing on Christian ministry with grad students and International professors and students at the University of Denver.