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Staff transitions: Betty Nguyen and Diana Aqra

November 05, 2019
Betty Nguyen, left, will be the new Multicultural and Advocacy Ministries Developer and Diana Aqra, right, is the new Media and Communications Specialist.
Bishop Karen Oliveto and the Rev. Michael Smith are excited to welcome the Rev. Betty Nguyen as the new Multicultural and Advocacy Ministries Developer for the Mountain Sky Conference, effective Jan. 1, 2020. She will serve in this position 3/4-time and will be based in Denver. Betty currently serves as the Congregational Resource Minister (CRM) for the Mile High Metro District.

As the Multicultural and Advocacy Ministries Developer, Betty will lead the Community Engagement areas of the Mountain Sky Conference, which will include developing and implementing ministries that assist local congregations and their leaders to engage in issues of inclusion and advocacy. In addition, she will equip and accompany multicultural and non-majority culture leaders and congregations for greater participation within the Conference and communities.

Rev. Smith said, "Betty has brought so much to the Mountain Sky Conference in her role as CRM for the Mile High Metro District. I am very excited to have her as part of the team that will equip and resource local churches for multicultural ministry and advocacy. Her gifts for ministry and leadership are evident. Betty will walk with you, listen to you, and work tirelessly for what is right."

"I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity and feel as though I am stepping onto holy ground," said Betty. "The holy grounds of your stories and experiences and the holy ground that exists when transformation of relationships and systems occur. I know that my life will be changed through serving with and learning from you. I believe that Mountain Sky Conference will be transformed as we do the hard work of recognizing God’s diversity and living into it more fully."

Betty can be reached at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org or by phone at (303) 495-9011.

The Mountain Sky Communications Office welcomes Diana Aqra as the new Media and Communications Specialist. She began her position on Oct. 31 and will work part-time producing the Mountain Sky Conference newsletters, managing the website and conference social media accounts, producing videos and designing logos, graphics and other visual materials for the conference.

"The work of the communications office is integral to developing leaders and congregations in that it provides the connectional thread between ministries of the conference and local church," said Director of Communications Charmaine Robledo. "The role of Diana as our new Media and Communications Specialist will strengthen our work of creating 'Beloved Community' through our storytelling and resources."

Diana said, "I am so happy to be part of a vibrant and holistic community. I am learning to grow in my faith and also be a serving member of our region and nation."

Diana can be reached at daqra@mtnskyumc.org or by phone at (303) 389-9461.