Reverend Dr. Scott Beebe
and family!

Rev. Dr. Scott K. Beebe has been the pastor of Mt. of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vail, Colorado since February 2009. He earned his B.A. degree from Grace University in 1981, his M.Div. from Wartburg Seminary in 1985 and his D. Min, degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Phillips Theological Seminary in 1999. Prior to joining the staff at MHCLC, he was the senior pastor at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Littleton, CO (1990-2009), and was the mission developer for Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Ponca City, Oklahoma (1985-1990).  In addition to his parish responsibilities, Pastor Scott is an active member of our community serving as the Chaplain for the Vail Police Department.  He is also an active member of the Vail Mountain Rescue Group, Vail Rotary Club, Foresight Ski Guides for the visually impaired, Eagle Valley Senior Life Board of Directors and he is a volunteer chaplain at the Vail Valley Medical Center. 

Pastor Scott is married to the Rev. Kristi Beebe (also a Lutheran minister serving at Nativity Lutheran Church in Commerce City, CO). They are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Jasmine and Tiffany.  Pastor Scott and Kristi enjoy skiing, biking and climbing the mountains of Colorado.  Passionate about the outdoors, in the summer of 2000 they completed climbing all 54 of the famed Colorado Fourteeners.  During their joint sabbatical in the summer of 2007 they were privileged to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, which at 19,340 feet is the highest peak on the Continent of Africa.  Pastor Scott can be reached on his personal email at


Former Clergy:

Left to Right:
Pastor Don Simonton, Pastor Scott Beebe, Pastor Carl Walker



Pastor Carl Walker, retired July 13th, 2008

Pastor Walker served Mt. of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church starting April of 1993 and retired in July of 2008.  Prior to coming to Vail he served congregations in Lakewood and Wheat Ridge, ColoradoPastor Walker's interests include just about anything that can be done in God's great outdoors including skiing, hiking, flyfishing, biking and nature study.  He and his wife, Ruth, have two married children and two grandchildren.  Pastor Walker is a graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary (M.Div. and S.T.M.) and Christ Seminary (D.Min.).





Pastor Don Simonton, Founding Pastor

In the summer of 1967
Rev. Don Simonton was called by Board of American Missions to develop an gexperimental ministryh to the newly-created resort of Vail, to be located in the resort with possible outreach to surrounding area.  Pastor Don was instrumental in developing the "Interfaith" concept which allowed different denominations and faiths to use the same worship area.  An avid outdoorsman and storyteller, Pastor Don fit perfectly into the Vail lifestyle and helped shaped the ministry of this area into what it is today.  The interfaith community and the Town of Vail will always be indepted to to Pastor Don and his family for their contribution to this valley.  Pastor Don is retired and lives with his wife, June, in Grand Junction, Colorado.







Summer 1967

Rev. Don Simonton called by Board of American Missions to develop an experimental ministry to the newly-created resort of Vail, to be located in the resort with possible outreach to surrounding area.


Fall 1967

Sunday morning services begun for community; early morning service for skiers (in village)... evening service in Gypsum.


Winter 1967-68

Skiers services on mountain begun in Lent 1968 Sunday church school begun Sunday Evening at Donovan (adult education group).



High Country Lutheran Parish (Vail, Gypsum, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Snowmass Village) organized --  coordinated ministry, shared resources.


Nov. 1969

            Vail Chapel built and services begun there.


1970s (early)

Worker-priest intern program through Christian Ministry in National Parks begun in Vail-Gypsum where the popular weekday church school program church plays leading role in community development (TOV goal-setting, historical society for county and Vail, Colorado Ski Museum, BMHS resort curriculum and bilingual programs, Eagle River Scholarships, Soil Conservation District, Eagle-Piney diversion fight).



High Country Parish dissolved, Gypsum elects to unite with Glenwood Springs for ministry Mount of the Holy Cross Church organized, to focus on Vail and Beaver Creek Partnersh (second home owners, frequent visitors, etc.) developed.


1970fs (late)

Community worship, education programs developed, monthly Family Night (pot-luck) Fellowshipscalso resort programs like Mountaintop Services, interpretive programs for Vail Associates (reimbursed time)cmarriage ministries, family ministries (baptism, 1st communion, confirmation), counseling ministries reach both members and community (become major factor in congregational growth)ccongregation becomes self-supporting.



Initial services (on mountain) in Beaver Creek conducted by lay persons discussions with Synod and Mission Board about additional staff, preliminary plans frustrated by housing costs.


Fall 1982

Rev. George Lund hired on weekend basis to help with services in Vail and to enable us to resume services in Gypsum (inactive for several years).


Spring 1985

Rev. Jack Schmidt called as part-time assistant pastor primary responsibilities and residence in Lower Eagle Valley.


Winter 1986-87

Rev. Jim Berggren called as full-time assistant pastor primary responsibilities and residence in Lower Eagle Valley, some pastoral responsibilities also in Vail and Beaver Creek.


Fall 1988

Beaver Creek Chapel built and services begun there.


Fall 1991

            Rev. Jeff Hanson called as assistant pastor.


March 1993

            Pastor and Ruth Walker called to the congregation and accepted.



        Blake Christiansen hired as part-time Youth Minister.


Sept. 1998

            Kim Law hired as full-time Parish Administrator.


June 2000

            Erik Williams hired as full-time Youth Minister.

July 2008
           Pastor Carl Walker retired from Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church 

           Pastor Mark Huggenvik accepts position as Interim Pastor while Call Committee works to find permanent Pastor.

February 2009
           Reverend Dr. Scott Beebe accepts the call to serve at Mount of the Holy Cross. 



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