St. Thomas More Youth Ministers

David Tschumper
Director of Youth Ministry & High School Youth Minister

David missed being a native of Colorado by 4 weeks.  He has been a member of St. Thomas More since 1976.  David graduated from Cherry Creek High School and the University of Northern Colorado.  He was very active in youth ministry at STM as a high school student and went on to be involved in campus ministry at UNC.  During his junior year of college, he received his call to youth ministry after attending a concert by the Christian band Petra.  He soon enrolled in a youth ministry certificate program through the St. Thomas Seminary.  After graduating from UNC in December 1991.  He was hired as the full time Youth Minster at St. Thomas More in March of 1992 and has been serving as the Director of Youth Ministry ever since.

During his tenure as the Director of Youth Ministry, he has created and enabled many youth programs and events, including: Journey to Life Retreat, Peace Hut Retreat, Servant Leadership Weekend, Guppy Fest Youth Rally and Dance, and Project 600 Christmas Party.  He has traveled with youth to 6 continents for World Youth Days and mission trips.  With all of that, his favorite part of youth ministry is getting to know the youth more deeply and watching them grow in their relationships with each other, the Church and the most Holy Trinity.

303.220.3388 x1 or youth@stthomasmore.org

Hannah Smith
High School Youth Minister

Hannah is a native of Colorado, and the third oldest of twelve children. Hannah attended All Souls Catholic School from pre-school to eighth grade, and then attended Bishop Machebeuf High School. Following High School, she began studying nursing at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota; in time, Hannah realized that she wasn’t call to that particular career. When discerning which major she should try next, she received a strong call from the Lord to serve Him and His Church as a Youth Minister; upon receiving this call, Hannah decided to change her major to Theology. It was through this discernment that Hannah began to fall more deeply in love with Christ and recognize the beauty of the Sacraments while also fostering a deep devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.  Hannah graduated from the University of Mary in the Spring of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and a minor in Catechesis and the New Evangelization.

303.220.3388 x5 or hannahs@stthomasmore.org

Yifat Shahrabani
Middle School Youth Minister & Asst. Director of Middle School Confirmation

Yifat’s curiosity and hunger for knowledge has led her toward the unexpected journey of growing in relationship to Jesus Christ and researching herself into conversion. Since having been fully received into the Catholic Church in Easter 2012, Yifat has volunteered in a wide range of ministries and ages. She finds great joy in serving Christ and others, on the Youth Ministry staff. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies. Her hobbies include all matters creative, especially visual and performing arts. Her favorites among the arts are drawing/digital art, photography, theater, and singing.

303.220.3388 x4 or yifats@stthomasmore.org

Greg Johnson
Middle School Youth Minister

Hello, I’m Greg Johnson, one of the Middle School Youth Ministers at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish.  I am also from Denver, Colorado – I was born and raised here, and I was involved with youth ministry here at STM during middle school and high school.  I attended school here at STM from 4th – 8th grade, high school at Regis Jesuit and graduated from Benedictine College in 2010, majoring in Theology & PE with an emphasis on Coaching. I am so blessed to be back at STM working in the youth ministry department. The youth ministry program and the people involved made such an amazing impact on my life; now I get the great privilege to be a positive influence to the youth that are involved and lead them all closer to Jesus Christ and His Church.

303.220.3388 x2 or gregj@stthomasmore.org

 

Volunteer Leadership Team

The volunteer leadership team members are vital to the success of our Youth Ministry programs here at St. Thomas More. Eligible leaders are in 9th grade or older. From assisting at youth nights, chaperoning mission trips and pilgrimages, aiding on retreats and leading small groups, we are incredibly blessed by the wonderful volunteers that make up our leadership team. If you feel the call to give of your time to serve and disciple the youth of St. Thomas More please don’t hesitate to give us a call or email us and we will help you get involved with STM Youth Ministry.

Do you enjoy working with High School youth? Contact David or Hannah about joining the Core Team.

Do you enjoy working with Middle School youth? Contact Yifat or Greg about joining the Mentor Team.

303.220.3388 or youth@stthomasmore.org