- About the Scriptures
We believe… the Scriptures are inspired by God and declare his design and plan for mankind.
- About God
We believe… there is only One True God revealed in three persons…Father, Son and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).
- About Humanity
We believe… though originally good, man willingly fell to sin ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.
- About Salvation
We believe… every person can have restored fellowship with God through ‘Salvation’ (accepting Christ’s offer of forgiveness for sin).
- About the Church
We believe… the church has a mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe ‘the Church’ is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God’s offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of his son Jesus Christ.
About Our Leaders
Paul & Mary Espinoza
Paul was born and raised in the San Luis Valley of Colorado and he is proud to be a Colorado Native. Mary grew up in beautiful Taos, NM, just a short trip from where Paul grew up.
Paul has been involved in ministry since 1997 and loves communicating God’s principles of life change. He is a graduate of Master’s Commission and also attended Epic Bible College in Sacramento, CA. He is passionate about raising up emerging leaders and creating relevant church environments. Paul and Mary have been leading Junction Community Church since August of 2007. Together, they are excited about all that God has done, is doing, and will do in the city of Grand Junction through JCC.
Paul and Mary, have been married since 2001 and they live in Grand Junction, CO with their three daughters, Rebekah Joy, Jadah Hope, and Selah Faith.
As a family, the Espinoza’s, enjoy traveling, being involved and fostering their children’s various interests and activities, and having all sorts of indoor and outdoor fun! The Espinoza’s enjoy doing life together and living it to the fullest! Their favorite time of the day is gathering around the dinner table and sharing their daily “highlights” with each other.
Abel Oqueli was born in San Jose, CA. He moved to Fort Collins, CO when he was a teenager and there, got involved in his local youth group. During that season of his life, he felt the unmistakable call of God. In pursuit of God’s call, he attended to Colorado Masters Commission and while there, met his wife Ashley. Upon graduating, Abel became Outreach Pastor at Healing Waters Family Center. He and Ashley later followed God’s call to New York where they served as Associate Pastor and Children’s Pastor.
God has blessed them with four children: Ezekiel, Lily, Hannah, and Benjamin. Currently, he serves as the Associate Pastor at JCC. Abel is excited to see all the amazing things God has in store for him, his family, and for Junction Community Church.
Abel and the entire Oqueli family LOVE all things Disney, and enjoy taking annual trips to their favorite place, Disneyland. They enjoy traveling and taking adventures together as a family. The Oqueli’s also enjoy visiting their families in Fort Collins, CO and Minnesota.
Ashley was born and raised in Minnesota, and after 18 years of freezing, she decided to follow God’s call and move to Denver, CO (the irony!), to attend Master’s Commission. While in Denver, Ashley met and married her husband, Abel and they began serving together in ministry.
Ashley has been involved in children’s ministry since she was in high school but has made it her full time calling since 2006. She has served in ministry in Minnesota, Colorado, and New York, and is excited and expectant for what God is doing here in Grand Junction.
One of Ashley’s greatest loves is children. She loves teaching and inspiring kids to be all that God has created them to be, and seeing them learn and grow in God’s Word. She is passionate about leading kids into a life-long, dedicated relationship with Jesus.
The Oqueli’s have been married since 2007 and God has blessed them with four amazing children: Ezekiel, Lily, Hannah and Benjamin. Ashley’s feels her greatest calling is to be mommy to these four blessings.
The entire Oqueli family LOVES all things Disney and Disneyland. Traveling and adventuring together is the way The Oqueli’s love to experience life. The Oqueli’s also enjoy visiting their families and game nights with friends.
Micah & Elizabeth Espinoza
For nearly twenty years Micah has inspired, challenged, and led leaders in the city of Denver, CO and throughout the country. He has a passion for identifying, investing, and empowering people young and old, to become the catalyst leaders for tomorrow’s change. Micah carried out this vision by serving as the Executive Director and visionary founder of the Denver Leadership Initiative (DLI), a leadership development program for existing ministry leaders in the Denver Metro Area.
Most recently, Micah served for 15 years at Praise Center Church in Denver, CO as Associate Pastor, and where Elizabeth also served as the Church Accountant/Bookkeeper and Worship Leader. Both Micah and Elizabeth acknowledge that their faith in God and in His Word has always guided and provided for them, through the many changing seasons of life. They understand that they are blessed to be a blessing, and one of their greatest joys as a couple is pointing and discipling others into a thriving relationship with Jesus Christ.
Micah met his wife Elizabeth while he was a music producer and she was a DJ. God used their passion for music to bring them together in 1999, when the couple happily married. The Espinoza’s have three growing sons: Micah Jr., John-Paul, and Justice. With all of that testosterone, there is never a dull moment in their home! They are enjoying the rollercoaster of parenthood, as they strive to be good role-models and raise fun- loving, respectful, and faith-filled young men. In their free time, you can find the Espinoza family camping, fishing, and hiking in the great outdoors. The family also enjoys making music, investing in friendships, and enjoying quality time with their precious family.
Micah and Elizabeth are honored to serve the JCC family, and know that the blessings here will be mutual! The Espinoza’s are encouraged and enthusiastic about all that God is doing here in Grand Junction and are grateful to be a part of all that God is doing in and through JCC!
Shay was born in sunny Florence, CO then moved to the plains of Kansas for 21 years. After meeting and marrying her husband Alfonso, the couple decided to make the move to Grand Junction, CO in 2007. The Rivera‘s have been part of the JCC family since 2013, when after connecting with JCC’s Women’s Small Group, Shay felt that her whole family could connect and grow at JCC.
Shay initially served as a volunteer in the Financial department for JCC, which lead into her current role as Financial Administrator for JCC and the Program Assistant for the WAGEES project.
Shay and her husband Alfonso have 3 very outgoing boys: AJ, Austin, and Alijah. The Rivera’s enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, camping, fishing, and 4-wheeling. Shay also enjoys a good cup of coffee, painting, and crafting in her spare time.
In Shay’s words, “Seeing where the church was 5 years ago, and now where JCC is today, it’s so exciting!” God has great plans for JCC and we are thankful for Shay and the Rivera family to be a part of all that is yet to come!
Josh & Liz Trujillo
Josh and Liz have served together in ministry for the last 17 years. Josh, a native of Grand Junction, and Liz, from Greeley, CO, served as youth pastors in South Carolina for 6 years and Associate Pastors in Denver for 11 years. During their time in Denver, Josh worked for Save Our Youth as the Education Director helping at- risk students get ready for, into, and through college and post-secondary education. Josh is a graduate of MSU Denver with a degree in Mathematics and Liz graduated from CCD with a degree in English.
Liz has also served as a Wedding & Event Coordinator in both South Carolina and Colorado and enjoys helping others celebrate their special moments in life. In addition to event planning, Liz enjoys singing and writing on her blog, sharing about real-life experiences and encouraging others along the way.
Josh & Liz have been married since 2000 and have 3 children: Lianna, Talia, and Tobias. The Trujillo’s love to travel and explore new places and great food together. Music and sharing life with others is a part of their DNA as a family, and hosting gatherings is a fun way to enjoy both.
When the Trujillo’s have some free time, you might find them at a local coffee shop or enjoying time with family and friends.
Kimberly was born in Granite City, IL, but moved to Pennsylvania with her grandparents, Bob & Jewel when she was 14. Kimberly feels extremely fortunate to have been raised by such loving and faith-filled grandparents, who always demonstrated what a life in service towards God and others looked like.
Fast forward many years, Kimberly found herself in a place where she needed to make a life change. Leaving PA, Kimberly traveled 2000 miles, to Grand Junction, CO. Walking in prodigal shoes, she found Pastor Paul from JCC on Facebook and thought, “Let me check this out.” During the first service she attended, Kimberly rededicated her life to Jesus. Since then, Kimberly has been an active member of the JCC family.
Kimberly is excited and thankful for God’s love and protection over the years. She is happy to do anything that is needed to help JCC reach all of Grand Junction with God’s love.
Kimberly has 2 daughters and 5 grand-babies. She is always smiling because of these blessings and because of the amazing love of God. We are so thankful that she is part of our Dream Team!
Jenise grew up in East L.A., CA, but moved with her family to Riverton, WY after graduating high school. Over time, Jenise made her home in Colorado.
Jenise has a passion to work in Street Ministry along with individuals who are re-entering society. Jenise knows what it’s like to be addicted to drugs and what it feels like to have been a victim of human trafficking. Jenise didn’t let what happened in her past define who she is today.
She made a promise to the Lord that if He spared her life, she would serve Him for the rest of her life. Since then, Jenise has been clean and in ministry for 30 years now! She has empathy and great compassion for all who are broken and wounded. She sincerely shares the love of Jesus to anyone who will listen- to bring hope to the hopeless. She always says:
“Don’t shoot the wounded, they need us more than ever
They need our love no matter what it is they’ve done.
Sometimes we just condemn them,
And don’t take time to hear their story
Don’t shoot the wounded, someday you might be one
It’s easy to love the people who are standing hard and fast
Pressing on to meet that higher calling
But the ones who might be struggling, we tend to judge too harshly
And refuse to try and catch them when they’re falling
We put people into boxes and we draw our hard conclusions
And when they do the things we know they should not do
We sometimes write them off as hopeless
And we throw them to the dogs
Our compassion and forgiveness sometimes seem in short supply, so Don’t shoot the wounded.”
- lyrics by Chuck Girard.
Jenise has two grown sons, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. She is a woman who is truly blessed and we feel extremely blessed to have her as part of our Dream Team here at JCC!