During the opening worship service on Friday, June 14, three pastors from the Mountain Sky Conference preached: Calvin Hill, Yevette Christy and Ryan Canaday. Below are their bios:
Calvin Hill: The Rev. Calvin Yashie Hill, a full-blood Navajo from Tsalina Valley, Arizona, has served The United Methodist Church since 1996. In 2014, he answered the call to his first full-time Native American appointment: Blackfeet United Methodist Parish in Browning, Montana. Hill and his wife Sheri, an Ojibwe from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, have developed loving relationships with Blackfeet and Anglo, helping form bonds of fellowship not experienced in that country ever before. He earned a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at Claremont School of Theology to earn his D.Min.
Yevette Christy: Pastor Yevette Marie Christy currently serves Community United Methodist Church in Westcliffe, Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas, and her Master of Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She was ordained at the 2019 Annual Conference Session.
Ryan Canaday: The Rev. Ryan Canaday serves as a co-pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. He is active in the recovery community and co-author of Whiteboarding Your Why: An Interactive Approach To Living A Better Story. Canaday experiences the most joy when helping people find God and beauty in the midst of mess and brokenness. He and his wife, Tami, are the founders of FREE, a spiritual community for addicts, loved ones of addicts, and spiritual refugees.