- 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.
Drew & Dianna Martinez
Pastor Drew was born in Ogden, UT and moved to Grand Junction when he was 8 years old. He has been part of the JCC family since he was 9 years old and graduated from the Master’s Commission Discipleship Program here on the Western Slope. Drew’s passions include youth ministry, music, and serving with JCC Music.
Dianna was born in southern Colorado, and moved to Grand Junction when she was 10 years old. She has been a part of the JCC family since the age of 14, and is so thankful to call JCC home. She has always had a passion for singing and has been serving with JCC Music since 2016.
Pastor Drew and Dianna met at JCC and were also married here in May 2010. They are blessed to have two beautiful children: Andrew Everett Jr. and Vanessa Abrielle. Days off together are cherished, and a favorite way to spend free time in the Martinez house is to be cuddled up on the couch with a giant bowl of popcorn and a good movie! It’s the little moments that leave the biggest impact!
Pastor Drew and Dianna are humbled and blessed to serve together with JCC Music and as youth pastors. It has long been a dream to serve in ministry side-by-side and they are so excited to share this adventure as together!
Denise Denning is a Colorado native, who grew up in Craig, CO, and spent her childhood Summers here in the Grand Valley. After moving to Grand Junction in 2005, Denise met her awesome husband Tim, and this dynamic duo were married in 2008. Together, Denise and Tim have raised their children Gavin, Kaitlyn, and Tyshea, right here in Grand Junction.
The Dennings love family time shared together! Whether it’s camping, traveling, or playing games, this amazing family loves to hang out and enjoy quality time with one another.
You can often find Denise in the community as she trains others in personal fitness, on hiking traills with family & friends, or creating new designs on her craft table.
Denise is grateful for the gift of community that God has given her through the family here at JCC, and looks forward to what The Lord has in store for her personally and for our wonderful community!
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 7 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!