Denise D. Pass was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but the family moved to Denver in 1971, making Colorado home. As a single mother, Denise raised her two children in Littleton until 2003 when they moved to Princeton, NJ so that she could attend Princeton Theological Seminary. She graduated with a M.Div. and is an ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Denise served a congregation in the Cincinnati, Ohio area (where her children still live) before coming to Garden City.
Giving back to the community is an important part of her life as a citizen, not just as a pastor. Since moving back to the High Plains in 2010, (where you can see the horizon!) Denise has been President and member of the Garden City Ministerial Alliance, an Emergency Night Chaplain for St. Catherine Hospital, member of LiveWell Finney Co., WKCF Women of Purpose, and Board member of the Noon Lion’s Club.
Lifelong learning is another important aspect of Denise’s life. In 2014, she graduated from Every Voice Leadership Program (Leadership GC) and recently completed 100 hours of training at KLC and is Level One Certified.
Service to the PCUSA includes serving as a Commissioner to the Synod of Mid America and as a Teaching Elder Commissioner to the 222nd General Assembly (Portland 2016). For the Presbytery of Southern Kansas, Denise finished a very busy year as Moderator of PSK in 2015. Denise has cared for many small, rural congregations, organized preaching and care-giving workshops, and been part of the search team for a new presbytery Executive. In October 2016 and again in 2017, she organized a “human shield of protection” and with Valerie Smith, a candlelight vigil for the Muslim community after the terrorist bombing plot was revealed.
Denise’s congregation was one of 146 grant recipients from the Lilly Endowment 2016 Clergy Renewal Program. This $50,000 grant allowed for a three-month sabbatical in 2017 where Denise traveled in Europe, Ohio and Colorado with family and friends, while her congregation participated in a parallel journey.