Clergy & Staff
The Reverend Allan Cole, Rector
As a priest, Allan is committed to beautiful, artful and meaningful worship and particularly to the proclamation of the Gospel message in preaching. He therefore devotes much of his time to the prayer and study that inspired preaching requires. Allan views the preaching of the Gospel as a call to new life. So the preaching event itself is not a solicitation to a certain way of believing, but to the decision of faith.
Allan is the fifth Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and received his Masters of Divinity from the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Following his ordination in 2000, he served as Assistant to the Rector at St. Andrew’s in Maryville, TN and then as Senior Chaplain at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, SC. Allan was appointed Priest-in-Charge at St. Paul’s in 2008 and was installed as Rector in May of 2011.
A native of North Carolina, Allan is the father of three sons. As a mountain biker, snowboarder, and lover of the outdoors (and as one who loves to wear cowboy boots), he is proud to call Colorado his home.
Lena Sewell, Director of Office Ministries
Lena moved to Colorado from Phoenix, AZ in 2012 with her husband, Matt and two kiddos, Ethan and Olivia. Lena has served several non-profits and churches over the past 25 years in administration, communications, and even in areas using her degree, which is in Music Education. Her administration and communications experience includes work at Church Pension Group, Church Publishing, Phoenix Girls' Chorus, and Pensacola Cultural Center. She is a member of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Broomfield, where she co-founded the Broomfield Children's Chorus and currently serves on the vestry.
Lena looks forward to serving St. Paul's, and is eager to support all facets of the parish and its outreach to the community through the ministry of the office. In her free time, she hikes, bikes, and serves as the personal uber driver for two very active middle schoolers.
Allison Olsson, Director of Music
Allison Olsson began her career as a church musician at the age of seventeen when she became the organist and pianist at Saint Matthews Episcopal Church in Bellaire, Texas. Since then she has sustained a successful career as a church music director, music teacher, pianist, singer, and choral conductor.
Since beginning at St. Paul's in September, 2008, Allison has introduced Bluegrass Sunday every August, and special music every Sunday during the summer. She enjoys working with the many talented musicians at St. Paul's to provide excellent and lovely music each Sunday at the 10:30AM service, September through May. Under Allison's guidance, St. Paul's and Confluence have teamed up since 2009 to provide an eclectic concert series each year. (See Concert Series for up to date information).
Allison is thrilled to be a part of the tradition of musical excellence at St. Paul’s. Any who like to sing are welcome to join the choir. The choir embraces all styles and genres in worship, from Baroque to Bluegrass! Throughout all we do, our goals are to be the best we can be, to enjoy worshiping and making music together, and to make the most excellent music possible.