Regional Minister

Dean Playing Guitar

  • Dean Phelps
  • Interim Executive Regional Minister
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  • Phone – (303) 561-1790

On November 1, 2014, Rev. Dean Phelps began his service in the Central Rocky Mountain Region as Interim Regional Minister.

Dean Phelps brings ten years of regional ministry experience, most recently as the Transitional Regional Pastor for the Oklahoma Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In this role he served as head of staff, built relationships with and between the region’s congregations and pastors, assisted churches with search and call, worked with the regional Commission on Clergy, and promoted giving to Disciples Mission Fund and the region’s Annual Fund.

Prior to his ministry in Oklahoma, Dean served for seven years as a Team Minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana, where his primary responsibilities included working with new congregations and coaching new church planters. He worked with existing churches in transformation, guiding them in important conversations about their mission, values and ministry.

Dean also served on the staff of the Christian Church in Georgia as the Director of Church Development and Communications. He has served local congregations: Community Christian Church in Fayetteville, Ga.; Cherry Log Christian Church in Cherrylog, Ga.; and First Christian Church, Marietta, Ga.

Ministry is a second career for Dean. He entered seminary at Emory University in Atlanta after a 13-year career in information systems as a computer operator, systems programmer and technical manager. He utilizes his data processing experience and analytical skills in regional ministry.

Music is an important component of Dean’s life and ministry. He is an accomplished musician both as a vocalist and guitarist, and carries a deep conviction that the church is at its best when we are singing together. With four full-length CD releases to his credit, his most recent accomplishments have been in the thumbpicking guitar style made popular by Merle Travis and the release in 2012 of his latest CD.

Dean learned the thumbpicking style from another Disciples minister, and in 2012, he won the national thumbpicking guitar contest held at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Ark. It should come as no surprise that Dean typically keeps a guitar close by.

Dean has been married to Debbie Adams Phelps for more than 25 years. Originally from Oklahoma, Deb is also an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), entering the ministry following a 28-year career as a teacher and division chair. She is author of Streamers, a five-unit study of Disciples history, and is the organizing pastor of DisciplesNet Church, an online Disciples of Christ congregation.


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