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ABOUT US

Currently our communities across Colorado are suffering from societal violence of every kind. Socio-economically challenged and disadvantaged families in particular neighborhoods are impacted by unsafe behaviors, lack of positive life style mentorships and life skills development training programs.

We have brought together a team of faith based organizations and business to deliver programs to begin the road to ensure individuals and families have the opportunity to live in safe and thriving communities.

The team includes Reverand Patrick Demmer, Reverand Jerry Demmer, Celina Benavidez, CEO, Celina Inc. The Reverands have experience in serving communities who are in the depth of crisis, shattered by crime, family structures destroyed. Their outreach to these families and neighborhood streets where others would fear have proven to change lives towards roads of healing and self determination.

Joining the team is Former Colorado State Represenative HD #5, past CDOT Division Chief and currently CEO, Celina Inc. Celina Benavidez spear headed the Concerned About You, Life Skills Training Program through CDOT. The program provided 1,000 participants with Life Skills Development Training and a road to job placement in various transportation industries. Ms. Benavidez has experience in managing and delivering major human resources civil rights compliance services and operational training programs. Her legislative and thirty-six year history as executive administrator for CDOT provided thousands of Colorado families with an opportunity to live safe productive lives.

From past experience the team has found roads to life skills training, employment and focused mentorships programs begin to destroy the heart of crime. Self determination and turning away from violence and crime are learned skills, including moral and value development. The Reverands have developed two outstanding programs in mentorship and life skills training to deliver to Colorado impacted communities.

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Meet the Team

Reverend, Patrick Demmer
President

Concerned About You, Life Skills Training Program

Reverend, Jerry Demmer
CEO

One Accord Movement Ministry, Boys to Men Mentoring Program

Elder Sharon Alexander-Holt
Chief Operating Officer

One Accord Movement Ministry:
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Cecelia Garcia
Administrative Management Services Consultant

 

Brittney Wright
licensed therapist / counselor

Bishop Jerry Demmer

Bishop Jerry Demmer was installed as the President of the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance during an Investiture Service, January 2019. Bishop Demmer was consecrated Bishop of Living Word Ministries International, August 2017.

Bishop Demmer retired from the Denver Water Department where he worked for 25 years. He established two businesses; AFMERICA clothing line and JK Realty. In May 2007, Bishop Demmer began his own ministry and is the Senior Pastor of The Absolute Word Church.

Bishop Demmer is the former Co-Director and Business Manager at HOPE at Parkhill Learning Academy Charter School; and the City and County of Denver Parks and Recreation as the former Park Host at Sonny Lawson Park. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Board for The Absolute Word Church and for FaithBridge, a non-profit organization; Board Member of Energize Colorado Gap Fund; and Board Member of HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op. Bishop Demmer is a Chaplain for the Colorado State Senate; and was also ordained an Elder and an International Chaplain by the International Congress of Churches and Ministers on June 13th, 2021 in Chattanooga Tennessee.

Bishop Demmer had his own radio broadcast ministry “Time for a Change” for five years on KLDC Shine 1220 am and on Internet TV via www.Godswordtv.com which were aired every Sunday.

The outreach ministries that he has overseen are: Tamar Men’s Ministry, AWC Street Feeding, Fatherhood/Fatherless Mentorship Program, Gang prevention and intervention, Prison Outreach, Prison Letter Writing Ministry, St. James 1:27 Outreach, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Classes. Bishop Demmer and his wife Katrina Demmer “Lady K” owned and operated The Absolute Word Childcare for over four years.

Bishop Demmer was appointed by the Manager of Safety for the City and County of Denver to lead a Gang Symposium, and has been affiliated with many other non-profit organizations including the Denver Parks and Recreation Center, Task Force, the Denver Crime Prevention and Control Commission/Gang Coalition, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Inc. mentorship program, and the U.S. Census 2010 and 2020.

Bishop Demmer studied at Metropolitan State College of Denver for drug and alcohol counseling. He was ordained in the Church of God in Christ, and is a certified teacher for the Evangelical Training Association. A Denver native, he began preaching at the age of 22 and was a Co-Pastor at Globeville/Graham Memorial Community Church of God in Christ for 17 years. He and his wife Katrina “Lady K” have been married for 21 years, and have six children, eighteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

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Superintendent Patrick Lee Demmer

Superintendent Patrick Lee Demmer Jr. is a third generation son of the Church Of God In Christ and the eldest son of the late Elder Pat Demmer Sr. and Mother Jerlean Demmer. As a child of the church Superintendent, Demmer was born into the Globeville Church of God In Christ, founded by his grandfather and grandmother, the late Pastor Eugene Graham and Mother Birdie Graham. After purchasing and moving the congregation from the Adams County/Globeville community, Superintendent Demmer renamed the church Graham Memorial Community COGIC, in honor of their legacy.

As a son of the Church, Superintendent Demmer has served the church and community as a Musician, Pastor, Community Leader, Political Activist, and Business Owner for over thirty years.

Superintendent Demmer has served the church in numerous capacities. Sunday School Superintendent, YPWW President, District Master of Ceremonies, District Director Of Public Relations, District Executive Secretary, Jurisdictional Financier, Jurisdictional President Of The Home and Foreign Missions Department, Jurisdictional President of The Men’s Fellowship, Jurisdictional Vice Chairman of the Trustee Board/Board of Directors, Jurisdictional Chairman Of The General Council Of Pastors And Elders and District Superintendent of the Agape District, 2nd Administrative Assistant to Interim General Board Bishop Brandon B. Porter and currently First Administrative Assistant designate to Bishop W. H. McDonald.

As an avid community leader, Superintendent Demmer has served the Greater Metropolitan Denver Ministerial Alliance (a nondenominational ecumenical faith alliance) as President, Vice President Of Membership, Vice President of Community Affairs, Vice President of Political Affairs and Vice President of Programming.

As a powerful voice in the faith community of Denver; Superintendent Demmer was called upon by the Governor of Colorado to officiate the state memorial service along with Rev. Franklin Graham after the tragedy at Columbine. He lifted the hearts of the community of Denver with his powerful speech at Civic Center for Denver Mayor- Wellington Webb, giving hope and sympathy to the thousands that gathered in Denver following the Columbine shooting and personally officiated the funeral service of Isaiah Shoels, the only African American killed at Columbine.

When terror struck Colorado again in Aurora at the Century 16 theatre, Superintendent Demmer lead the ministers of Denver and Aurora and hosted the Reverend Jesse Jackson as the community of faith aided and supported the shattered hearts of Colorado.

As a noted orator, Superintendent Demmer is one of only 3 African American pastors and the only COGIC pastor to bring the Annual Colorado Council of Churches Easter SunRise Service at the historic Red Rocks amphitheater attended by over 20,000 attendees!

Superintendent Demmer received his theological training from Rocky Mountain Bible Institute, Charles Harrison Mason Bible College, and Denver Seminary. Superintendent Demmer was also awarded an Honorary Doctorates Degree from Swisher Bible College of Denver Colorado.

Working with numerous state and city officials, Superintendent Demmer has been appointed to and presently serves on many boards in Colorado: The Livable Wage Advocacy Board, Colorado Census Complete Count Committee, Jobs with Justice, Concerned About You Inc, Workers Rights Board, Color of Justice and the Matthew Center School of Excellence.

Superintendent Demmer has been distinguished and congratulated by numerous organizations including The Colorado Progressive Coalition as it’s Community Man Of The Year, Jobs with Justice Man Of The Year Award and Ambassadors Of Peace Distinguished Clergyman Award, The Northeastern District Pastor Of The Year Award, Gospel Music WorkShop of America Pastor Of The Year Award and the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance Vanguard Community Award.

Superintendent Demmer is married to the lovely Cora P. H. Demmer and is the father of Toia Lawan Nash, Antonio Demon Demmer and Courtenay Denene Holmes and Lisa McKissick Demmer. Superintendent Demmer is the proud Grandfather of: Jasmine, Montez, Simfoni, Robert, Marquez, Darrell, Ciarrah, Torrence, Antonice, Jolissa and Patrice. Great Grandfather of Ariyah, Armani, Montez Jr., Jordan, Jeremiah, and Journee.

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Elder Sharon Alexander-Holt

Sharon Alexander-Holt is an Ordained Elder by Bishop Jerry Demmer, and Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a Servant in the Kingdom. She is a member and Board Director of The Absolute Word Church.

Ms. Alexander-Holt has accumulated 31 years of experience in Foundation and non-profit work, diverse community relations, marketing, advertising, financial management and leadership. She has performed these functions for several Companies, such as: HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op; Crawford Broadcasting, Inc.; Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, Inc., as the former President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO); First Data Corporation and Western Union Financial Services (globally) as the former Sr. Director of Community Development; Colorado Rockies Baseball Club and Hamilton Sweeney Advertising. While Ms. Alexander-Holt worked for KLDC Shine 1220 AM Gospel Christian Radio Station (a Crawford Broadcasting company), she also hosted two on air weekly radio programs, “A Pastor’s Perspective” on: Family, Marriage and Divorce; and Co-Hosted “Talk Back”, A Community Conversation with Superintendent P.L. Demmer.

Ms. Alexander-Holt is the former Chief of Staff for HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op and assisted the CEO, and served as strategic visionary for the organization; she also served as Director of HOPE at Park Hill Academy. She manages a consultancy business that provides Leadership and Visionary Development, MissionStatements and SWOT Analysis (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) to churches and ministries; and Emcees events.

Ms. Alexander-Holt is a Board Member and Executive Director of The Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, and, is Founder and former Board Chair for First Data Western Union Foundation; a 2004 Girl Scouts – Mile High Council “Women of Distinction” honoree, a graduate of the Greater Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Denver Class 1991, and an Owl Club of Denver Debutante, 1975.

Ms. Alexander-Holt is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia;
and a Denver, Colorado native. She has one daughter, Sheena and three grandchildren; Carlos (CJ), twins Josiah and Moriah.

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Cecelia Garcia

Cecelia Garcia is a Business Developer/Governmental Affairs Specialist with many years of experience in the public and private sector. For many years Ms. Garcia has developed the knowledge, skills, and abilities to lead businesses and the public sector into winning opportunities. Ms. Garcia has provided consulting services for public agencies and transportation, transit, construction, professional services industries. Her knowledge of the processes, winning strategies and knowledge of administrative management and communication networks are valuable to any businesses, public sector, governmental agencies seeking opportunities. 

Ms. Garcia career includes a leadership role in Governmental Affairs for the Denver Metro area real estate commercial and residential memberships organizations. She represented the interests of the real estate organizations and thousands of their members’ political platforms and programs to support their real estate businesses. Her responsibilities included administration management of committees, lobbying efforts to support the industry’s platforms, leadership and analysis of issues impacting the membership’s industry. She provided innovative programs that supported the Realtor business strategies and created events that built relationships with elected and appointed leaders.    

Ms. Garcia experience includes in-depth technical experience in governmental civil rights socio-economic disadvantaged certifications for businesses and the administration management experience of those programs. Her former experience includes her role as a Civil Rights Specialist for the Colorado Department of Transportation Civil Rights Office. Ms. Garcia’s years of experience include providing technical business support services to thousands of businesses in Colorado.    

Examples of Ms. Garcia work includes; She worked with Xerox, one of the largest fortune 500 companies in the world to develop the Denver, Colorado Regional Transportation District Smartcard business opportunity. Ms. Garcia was a key program/bid developer for the Smartcard project and was successful in winning the call center/business operations six-year contract for a Colorado minority woman owned business.   

Ms. Garcia was responsible for one of the most successful Colorado business strategy stories that provided the opportunity for Colorado DBE businesses to break into the Federal Transit Authority Regional Transportation District contracting opportunities. Ms. Garcia recruited a Colorado Disadvantaged Business Enterprise contractors’ team that included: Native American master electrical contractor, African American IT DBE specialist, DBE Hispanic woman owned consulting firm the Prime for the team was an international winning corporation in transit technology known as ACS and was eventually purchased by XEROX. The team bid and won a $18 million-dollar Fare Box RTD RFP (ARRA funded).   

Ms. Garcia conducted business forums for Colorado Department of Transportation constructor projects and outreach efforts including the $8 million, I-25 Trinidad project. The focus of her duties was to recruit, secure contract participation from local Trinidad small disadvantaged business contractors as well as the local retail businesses. This program evolved from the Trinidad community complaints of non-inclusion of local businesses into the contracting and employment opportunities. These conflicts had to be resolved and managed and had a high profile for CDOT and the Colorado Governor.  

Ms. Garcia was the critical lead employee and played a major role with securing support and participation from the Trinidad business community, Colorado Trinidad Workforce Development office to provide contracting and job opportunities on the project.  One of the highlights of her work was locating and facilitating a $2 million electrical contract for a Trinidad Hispanic woman owned DBE business on the project. These efforts won the Colorado Governor’s Star Award.  

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Brittney Wright

With a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I have over 10 years of experience working with a broad range of populations, including severely abused and neglected children to survivors of mass shootings and human trafficking. I had the honor of presenting at the 2016 American Counseling Association and Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association’s conference in Montreal, Canada, on Multicultural Voices of Suffering and Healing. I had the privilege of presenting in the virtual 2021 American Counseling Association’s annual conference on Is My Skin Louder than my Voice: Microaggressions in a Safe Space.

Currently, I am a doctoral student at the International University of Graduate Studies to further my education and skills as an educator, advocate, researcher, and counselor! I naturally provide a warm, non-judgmental, and welcoming therapeutic environment to all my clients. Most recently, I have had the honor of being a recipient of the My Black Colorado’s People’s Choice Award in the health and wellness category.

I believe that peace, healing, growth, and wholeness are integral parts of what we all strive for in creating and fostering our best selves, regardless of age, race, and background. My philosophy supposes that sometimes finding and developing these facets of ourselves requires assistance and support; and the journey of self-discovery is not always meant to be done alone. I genuinely work from the lens that; everyone deserves unconditional positive regard! Whether you are a child who is struggling to make friends, a teen who is figuring “it” out, or an adult who is on a journey of self-discovery or healing from past hurts, or anything in between, you are welcome, appreciated and accepted!

I want to walk alongside you in your journey of healing! Let’s do this together! My clients will discover that they are the experts at their own lives, but often traumas, negative thinking, and/or life circumstances blur their ability to access answers as well as impede coping and processing abilities. I work collaboratively with clients to remove blockages that hinder them from healing and moving into the best version of themselves.

“I don’t think anyone can grow unless he’s loved exactly as he is now, appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be” (Mr. Rogers) I understand that we thrive best when we feel seen, heard, loved, appreciated & valued just for who we are. I want you to know that YOU are worth it! Congratulations on your bravery and welcome to therapy!

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