Church Office Staff


Rev. Dr. Jane Riecke
Senior Pastor – 344-0343 Ext. 13

Rev. Dr. Jane Youtz Riecke was appointed the 11th Senior Pastor of University UMC July, 2015.  Previously Jane served as Senior Pastor of First UMC, Loveland, CO from 2007-2015; Senior Pastor of Northglenn UMC, Northglenn, CO from 2000-2007; Pastor of Thornton UMC, Thornton, CO from 1997-2000; Pastor of Warren UMC, Denver, CO from 1995-1996; Pastor of Wiley/McClave UMC’s Wiley, CO from 1991-1995; Associate Pastor of Wheat Ridge UMC, Wheat Ridge, CO from 1988-1991; Associate Pastor of First UMC Lewisville, TX from 1986-1988; Pastor of Bellevue/ Vashti/Joy UMC’s Bellevue, TX from 1984-1986.

She attended Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth and received her bachelor’s degree with a double major in theater and history, graduating in 1981.  She received her master of divinity from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in 1987.  She completed her formal studies through a Beeson Fellowship with a doctor of ministry in leadership and preaching from Asbury Theological Seminary. She is also a professional coach, a spiritual director and a leader of workshops.

Jane has been married to Brian since 1978 and has two sons, John who is married to Susan and lives in Denver and Brian who lives in Baton Rouge.

Beyond ministry, Jane enjoys traveling, watching college football – especially LSU, reading and keeping up with the New Orleans Saints.

“Certain Thoughts are prayers.  There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.”   ~Victor Hugo


Rev. Colleen Bookter
Associate Pastor – 344-0343 Ext. 12

Colleen Bookter was appointed as the associate minister at University UMC in June 2013. She was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana and studied History and Gender Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Colleen received her Master of Divinity, as well as a Certificate in Gender, Theology, and Ministry, from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC in May 2013. Throughout her time in seminary she served as a ministry intern at a small three point charge in the mountains of North Carolina, a large downtown church in Knoxville, as a hospital chaplain at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, and with an interfaith non-profit organization working with orphans and vulnerable children in Chulaimbo, Kenya.

Her passions include missions, gender and sexuality studies, social justice, preaching, and worship. In Colleen’s free time she enjoys good conversations, LSU football, Duke basketball, traveling, reading, and jogging, and spending time with her husband, Adam Darragh.


Rev. Carol Civils
Minister of Congregational Care – 344-0343 Ext. 14

Carol Civils received her M.A. degree from LSU and began her professional career as a speech pathologist serving in many environments such as the public schools, pediatric rehabilitation, LA Dept. of Education, and sales representative for a company that manufactures communication devices for individuals who cannot speak.
In 1991 she received a call from God to ordained ministry at The United Methodist Gathering at the River in Baton Rouge and responded by exploring ministry in the United Methodist Church. She discerned that her call was to be a deacon; that is, a person called by God, authorized by the Church, and ordained by a bishop to a lifetime ministry of Word and Service to both the community and the congregation in a ministry that connects the two. She then attended Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. Taking classes both online and on campus while working full time, Carol completed the graduate theological studies in 2007. After her ordination in June 2011, Carol began volunteering as a deacon at Broadmoor UMC in the areas of worship, congregational care, and lay mobilization. Here her gifts as pastor, teacher, and encourager were recognized in ministry.
She lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, Dave, two daughters, Dana and Brooke, and granddaughter Caroline. She loves to travel, read, and play with Caroline. She eagerly looks forward to serving the congregation at UUMC and developing new relationships! Her duties at UUMC will focus on pastoral contact and visitation for individuals who are homebound, in hospitals, retirement centers, and nursing facilities.

Ruthie Fahey
Financial Secretary – 344-0343 Ext. 15

Ruthie Fahey joined University Church as Financial Secretary in January 2000. She and her husband, Bobby, have been members of UUMC since 1981.  Prior to joining the church staff, Ruthie worked in the banking industry for 20 years. She and Bobby have two children who grew up and were very active in the church programs.

Ruthie is responsible for all financial aspects of the church. This includes donations to the church, payment of all bills and payroll. She manages the financial position of the church with the guidance of the Finance Committee.


Kelly Surace
Communications Director – 344-0343 Ext. 11

Kelly Surace was raised at University Church – baptized, confirmed, married in the Sanctuary of UUMC, and joined the church staff in 2010. She and her husband, David, have enjoyed growing in their faith together here at UUMC and becoming closer to those in the church community. Kelly has a degree in Graphic Design from Louisiana State University and enjoys other creative hobbies such as photography, quilting, and leading the prayer shawl ministry at UUMC.

Kelly is responsible for all communications and design work within the church, including the website, church newsletter and weekly bulletins.


Kyle Wooldridge
Office & Wedding Coordinator – 344-0343 Ext. 10



Carter Smith
Director of Music – 344-0343 Ext. 19

Carter Smith joined the staff as Director of Music in the Fall of 2011. As Director of Music he serves as the conductor of the Chancel Choir, Chapel Choir, and Agape Ringers as well as assists in the planning of worship.

Carter was baptized and raised at University Church where he was an active member of the youth program, Chapel, and Chancel Choirs. It is a unique honor for him to serve in a church with such a strong history in making wonderful music.

Carter holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University we he studied under Dr. Lori Bade and Mr. Dennis Jesse. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at LSU where he studies with Dr. Kenneth Fulton and Mr. Carlos Riazuelo.



Stew Craig
Youth Director

Joseph Stewart Craig “Stew” was born in August of 1966 and reborn in September of 1987. He is married to Susannah Fowler Craig and has two wonderful sons, Stewart and Patrick Craig.  Stew graduated from Jesuit/Loyola in Shreveport, Louisiana and Southern University in Baton Rouge with degree in Education. Prior to marrying Susannah, Stew lived as a missionary in Mexico helping to have the Bible translated in some of native Indian  languages of Mexico; he has also traveled to Haiti, Peru, and India bringing medical supplies and helping to build orphanages.Stew has had a heart for youth ministries for over 25 years.  He has served UUMC as a children and youth Sunday school teacher, Confirmation Coordinator, chaperone for various youth, ASP,  and Chapel Choir trips, and Youth volunteer for multiple youth directors.  Stew is excited and feels truly blessed to have this full-time opportunity to work with the Youth at UUMC, encouraging and guiding them to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. His passion is believing that the youth are our future and he will not back down in the support of their endeavors.



Kellie Schumacher
Children’s Director

Kellie Schumacher was hired as the Director of Children’s Ministries in the spring of 2014. Before she was a children’s director, Kellie was a hands-on mom and a school teacher. Her passion for children and discipleship in the Christian faith make her the ideal person to lead our children’s program.