Welcome Jessica Place our new director

Jessica Place


While I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you face-to-face, I wanted to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself to all of the leaders in the Evanston Center community. My name is Jessica Place, and I am the new Director of Wholeness and Healing, both here at the Evanston Center and down the street at University Park United Methodist Church.

While I’m originally from Arizona, I arrived in Denver by way of North Carolina, where I earned my Master of Divinity degree at Wake Forest University. While going to school I also served at Wake Forest Baptist Church, an inclusive congregation that stands with the LGBTQ community. Through my work with the church, as well as my volunteer work with Planned Parenthood, I became involved in the Moral Monday Movement, led by Rev. William Barber. These experiences gave me a vision of justice and diversity that I hope to keep pursuing as director at the Evanston Center.

Before grad school, I lived in Los Angeles, where I worked for an organization called LA Social Venture Partners. LASVP exists to build the capacity of small but promising non-profits that address issues like poverty, education, and the environment. The partners at LASVP worked to take these non-profits from good to great. I hope to use the skills I gained there to transform the Evanston Center into an even stronger organization.

Now that I live here in Denver, I like to spend my free time going on hikes, doing yoga, or going to see movies at art house theaters. This is such a beautiful and unique city, and that is reflected in the diversity found within these walls.

I know that each one of you has a true passion for the groups you lead. That passion is our biggest strength. I hope you’ll join me in my efforts to grow the Evanston Center into a place that is even more beautifully diverse and vibrant than it is today. And as always, if you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas, please feel free to reach out any time!


Peace,
Jessica Place
Director of Wholeness and Healing
The Evanston Center for Spiritual Wholeness and Healing
2122 S. Lafayette St.
Denver, CO 80210
303-722-7217
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Marilyn Stranske A Fond Farewell

Dear members of the Evanston community,

As you know, the Evanston Center is such a unique resource.

In a time when the people of our country are increasingly divided, our Center continues to expand the numbers and types of groups who are welcomed here to do their healing work. Since 2014, it has been my joy to assist the director in our daily operations and to cheer you on as a collective force for healing and wholeness in the Denver community. In a time when the people of our country are increasingly divided, our Center continues to expand the numbers and types of groups who are welcomed here to do their healing work. Since 2014, it has been my joy to assist the director in our daily operations and to cheer you on as a collective force for healing and wholeness in the Denver community.

I’ll continue cheering, but from afar. My last day as office manager is August 31st, as I move on to give more time to other calls. I’ll always be grateful for the contributions that many of you have made to the richness of my life.

Jessica Place, the Center’s new director, brings energy, vision and competence to her task. As you, she and our parent organization, University Park United Methodist, work together, I know the best is yet to come!