Meet our leadership
Say hello to the leadership team at the Christian Church of Estes Park. Have questions for the lead team at CCEP? Contact us by clicking here.
Aaron Dorman - Lead Pastor
Aaron is an Estes Park native. Born on the day of the Big Thompson Flood, Aaron feels somewhat at home in the midst of chaos…perhaps that’s why he’s so well suited for the role of Senior Pastor! Growing up, Aaron had the unique opportunity to experience Christ from several different faith traditions in his family, before he committed his heart and life to Christ in 1992 and was Baptized (in a hot tub!) in 2000.
Upon graduating from Estes Park High School in 1995, Aaron began attending Classes at Sterling College (in Sterling, Kansas) where he served as chaplain for his Football team, Student Government, and Dorm. In 1997 Aaron married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Amy, and moved back to Estes Park where he began working as an electrician. In fall of 1997 Aaron and Amy began attending the Christian Church of Estes Park where the young couple volunteered to help with the youth.
Immediately upon completing their degrees in 2003 Aaron and Amy found themselves en-route again to their hometown of Estes Park looking forward to their now roles, as Aaron took on the joy and excitement as Associate Pastor. In 2005 the Dorman household grew by one with the arrival of their son Thomas.
For ten years Aaron flourished in his role as Associate Pastor. During that time Aaron could be found serving in youth ministry, marriage/family counseling, mentoring, preaching, fixing computers, leading missions trips, video editing, coaching paintball, or hanging out at coffee shops visiting with his flock. Aaron lives the motto "life is ministry". In 2013 our previous Senior Pastor and Aaron's mentor, Scott Weber, faithfully completed his 17 year ministry to our congregation. During the transition our church family enthusiastically embraced and supported Aaron's leadership and vision for our church. Aaron's vision is simply for us to be disciples of Jesus that build disciples of Jesus. This vision beats at the core of Aaron's chest and is evidenced in his life as well as the very culture of our church.
As for hobbies Aaron has a few...paintball, cooking, hiking, x-box, etc...but mostly he loves being a husband to his wife, a father to his son, a pastor to his church, and a disciple of his Lord.
If you're thinking, "Hey, I'd like to meet this Aaron guy!" then why not come on out to church and introduce yourself? Aaron would love to get to know you, as would the rest of us here at the Christian Church of Estes Park.
Zach Vogel - Worship and Youth Pastor
Zach joined the CCEP staff in November, 2014 and has consistently demonstrated the character, calling, and competency for pastoral ministry. He and his wife Margaux both grew up in central Indiana in a small farming community. They met at Indiana Wesleyan University while they were students there and were married in September of 2013. They have three beautiful girls.
Zach serves the CCEP congregation as their Pastor of Youth Ministry and Worship Ministry. As an associate pastor he also supports the overall ministry of his church through various tasks ranging from pastoral care to computers and technology.
An extension of his good work at CCEP is to support the ministry of the HUB, our community’s multi-denominational youth ministry. The HUB youth group has given Zach the opportunity to work along side community youth pastor, John York, and other youth leaders from many different churches in Estes Park. Together they reach and serve the students and families of our beautiful mountain valley. When Zach started in ministry he saw a great need in our churches for God centered selfless worship. He believes culture has brought our focus away from what God has done for us into a mindset that God “owes” us something. His goal in ministry is to be a selfless teacher leading people to live selfless lives in order that Christ may be made first and we may be made last.
Carissa Youngbluth - Office Administrator
Carissa is a “K-12 kid” as the Estes Park school systems would say. Moving to Estes Park with her family when she was two years old, she considers herself a Colorado native. She has been a member of our congregation ever since. Upon graduating EPHS in 2015, Carissa joined the Torchbearer International family and went to Bible School in Friedrichshafen, Germany. This is where her faith really took deep roots and blossomed. She then lived in Germany for two years while on staff at Bodenseehof doing volunteer work. Carissa is an avid people lover and traveler. When she is not behind her desk at Christian Church of Estes Park (CCEP) she is most likely to be in a foreign country.
Carissa joined our team in 2017 as our Office Administrator. While juggling being a college student with her work here with us, she is always available and willing to help others. Whether that is sending out information about various classes offered at CCEP, getting things ready for our Sunday services, organizing our wonderful volunteers, or mentoring others over coffee, she is the gal to call.
Come say hi! She would love to meet you and tell you more about our wonderful church family. You can find her in her office at CCEP, 10-3, Monday-Thursday during the week or dancing in the back of the worship services with our volunteers on Sunday.