New pastor joins Lord of the Valley
Sky-Hi Daily News
If one doesn’t find Pastor Bill Nabers among his congregation at Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church in Granby, it’s a safe bet he’s on the slopes.
Nabers, the church’s new pastor as of last week, not only delivers the “good news” to Lutheran parishioners, but was SolVista Ski Basin’s newest part-time ski patroller.
Since his move to the area one month ago, the pastor has also joined congregation members for the Thursday morning “Ski with the Lutherans” outing, which occurs weekly starting at 10 a.m. from Snoasis at Winter Park Resort.
Originally from Roanoke, Va, Nabers served 17 years as the pastor at the Prince of Peace Church in the Blue Ridge Mountains. “I’ve always been partial to mountains,” he said.
While there, Nabers was for a decade a part-time ski patroller at Bryce Resort.
There in the town of Basye, Nabers grew accustomed to resort ministry, which he says requires added flexibility in order to reach the faith needs of second homeowners, retirees and families who make ends meet with multiple jobs, many of which demand weekend shifts.
For this reason, the pastor plans to continue to add non-Sunday a.m. services at Lord of the Valley during peak winter and summer seasons.
Nabers wife June plans to join Nabers in Granby after their home in Basye is sold, Nabers said.
Nabers began his ministry internship in Boon, North Carolina and has also served parishes in the university towns of Radford and Harrisonburg in Virginia. Before devoting himself to ministry, Nabers was employed about two years as assistant ski-area manager at Massanutten Resort in Virginia.
Colorado’s mountains have long been a lure for the pastor, who would visit the Rockies on ski excursions prior to applying for the Granby post.
“I ask people, when does your jaw stop dropping around here?” he said of the area’s natural riches. “It’s hard to live here and not feel like you’re part of something bigger.”
Nabers plans to steer his congregation into “becoming more deeply rooted in the community” than it already is, and hopes to continue the church’s promotion of healthy living.
“All whom God invites are welcome here,” he said of services, which are mostly 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Of the Lutheran religious faith: “We see ourselves as part of a bigger church,” he said – hospitable to other branches of worship.
Nabers fills the position left by 11-years Lord of the Valley pastor Joel Martin, who moved to Minnesota with his family. Interim pastor Brian Bergum served for 13 months after Martin’s departure.
Nabers said the church’s doors are always open, not just for worshipers, but as a meeting space for any civic and service-oriented group.
– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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