GET TO KNOW OUR PASTORS
Jim Webb has been at MVPC as a pastor since 2004. He was officially called to the Pastor Head of Staff position in late 2022. Jim and his wife Sharon have been in ministry together for 30 years serving churches in Texas, Virginia, and Colorado.
Jim was born in California but moved to Texas at an early age with most of his formative years in the Lone Star State. He received his master’s degree in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. Jim and Sharon have two adult children, Rebecca and Jacob, who are involved in worship within the life of MVPC as well.
Jim enjoys fellowship and hospitality ministries that center around the preparation and serving of meals to the congregation and the larger community. For many years the church had an active ‘BBQ ministry’ that competed locally and showcased the talent of the church ‘pit bosses’. Lately, the hospitality ministry has focused on working with Loveland's Community Kitchen helping to feed the homeless. Jim is thankful to be part of such a united team working for the Gospel in worship, mission, and fellowship. Jim is an active fisherman in every season, often using the hobby as metaphors in his sermons.
I’ve been married to Terry Shores since June 16, 1984. We have two sons, Trevor and Connor, living and working in Denver and Colorado Springs respectively. I acknowledged Christ as my savior in 1999. After nearly 30 years as an elementary school educator, I felt called to ministry. Online classes led to a Certificate in Congregational Leadership from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in January 2021. These classes prepared me for evaluation by the Presbytery of Plains and Peaks, which granted me the opportunity to become a commissioned pastor in the Presbytery. The authors, outside of scripture, that have influenced my walk with Christ so far include C.S. Lewis, Philip Yancey, and R.C. Sproul. Study, learning more about God, and teaching are passions for me.
Tracee was born and raised in Colorado where she was baptized, called by Jesus, and trained in children’s and youth ministry at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She attended Whitworth University in Spokane, WA where she earned a B.A. in Religion. Tracee’s parents relocated to Loveland, Colorado while she was at college. There are still things she cannot find. As a family, the Hackels enjoyed camping, fishing, motorcycle riding, and off-road adventures. On her own, Tracee enjoyed libraries and reading by flashlight under the covers.
After college she hopped the pond where, in addition to a deep appreciation for old libraries, afternoon tea, the oxford comma, and robust theological conversation, she earned a Certificate for Theology Graduates from Oxford University at Wycliffe Hall. Tracee hopped back to Colorado and served as a Youth Ministry Intern at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Loveland. While wrestling with a call to ordained ministry the Lord sent her to the Reverends Bob Dooling and Kathleen Fox. Encouraged by the persuasive MVPC pastors she transferred her membership, served as an MVPC Youth Ministry Intern, and entered the process for ordination as a Teaching Elder.
Tracee earned her Master of Divinity degree from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and was ordained at MVPC on Reformation Sunday. She served as the solo pastor of two rural congregations in Kansas for a year until one of the congregations disbanded. Tracee packed up her books, and Mr. T, a handsome black Labrador retriever mix who considered cicadas stunned by the yard light a fun snack and followed a call to Alaska. Mr. T readily embraced a snack switch from cicadas to rotting salmon. Tracee, reluctant to embrace Mr. T’s new snack choice and him after he ate it, had to admit his coat developed a beautiful sheen. Tracee served as the Associate Pastor of Christian Education and Discipleship at Chapel by the Lake Presbyterian Church for eight plus years. Having been landlocked in the high desert most of her life, she delighted in the pacific-northwest-marine-glacial-rainforest life. And as some from MVPC know first-hand, she enjoyed showing off Alaska to friends from the lower 48.
For reasons still indiscernible, Tracee packed up Mr. T and her books to attend Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California where she pursued a PhD in New Testament Biblical Studies while Mr. T impressed the neighbors. She put that pursuit out of its misery and earned a Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller. For the last few years Tracee has been back in Colorado to support her mom as a caregiver for her dad, who later passed. In 2022, she agreed to serve MVPC as their volunteer Theologian in Residence.
As such, it is Tracee’s hope to exercise what the Lord has given her in your service. She hopes that you will savor with her the occasional “cuppa”, robust theological conversation, a well-stocked library, and the Lord who made us to glorify and enjoy him forever.
Bob was born and raised in southern California. He completed his undergraduate work at The University of Redlands and California State University at Northridge and secured his Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. He was ordained as a Teaching Elder (Minister/Pastor) by the Presbytery of San Fernando and then did additional graduate work at San Francisco Seminary in San Anselmo, California. During seminary and after, his major area of focus has been dogmatic and confessional theology.
Bob has been in ministry for over 50 years and has served in only three congregations: First Presbyterian Church of Sherman Oaks in Southern California, First Presbyterian Church of Woodland in Northern California, and Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Loveland, Colorado. He was granted Honorably Retired status by the Presbytery of Plains and Peaks in 2011 and was subsequently elected Pastor Emeritus by the Loveland congregation that he served for twenty-three years.
Bob married his childhood sweetheart, Sylvia. They will celebrate their 58th anniversary later this year (2023). Together, they have two children: Mark (married to Jodi) and Kristine (married to Patrick and has Bob's only grandchild, Addison).
In his retirement, Bob continues to be a pastor-scholar and takes his greatest delight in handing off “the faith once for all delivered” in a careful and thoughtful way. He often jokingly refers to himself as a Presbyterian Rabbi. He also enjoys gardening and reads voluminously –theology, history, and popular fiction.
A founding member of both The Presbyterian Coalition and The Presbyterian Forum, Bob was active for more than a quarter century in efforts to bring reformation to the Presbyterian denomination. He attended more than twenty General Assembles and served two times as the Moderator of the national Presbyterian Renewal Network.