Our Staff

Serving alongside you.

Rev. Curtis Preston

Senior Pastor

Curt has been a Pastor at Lakewood UCC since 2008. Born and raised in Colorado, he’s delighted to be pastoring near home. For more information on Curt, click here.
Email: curt@lakewooducc.com

Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Associate Pastor

Mollie is a Northeast transplant who loves exploring all that Colorado has to offer, especially with her two pups and spouse, and two young kiddos. Building community and being outside is what she loves best. For more information on Mollie, click here.
Email: mollie@lakewooducc.com

Allison Booth

Director of Communications

Allison hails from Georgia and moved here with her husband, Jacob, in 2018. She has over a decade of experience working with churches all over the country, as well as a strong background in the arts after pursuing fine arts and theatrical design. She also recently graduated from Sotheby’s Institute of Art London, where she studied curation for museums and galleries. When not in the office, you’ll find her drawing, exploring the Botanical Gardens, the art museum, or hanging with her kitties, Olaf and Mickey!
Email: office@lakewooducc.com

Rahul Gupta

Finance Manager

Rahul hails from New Delhi, India. He moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2004 and moved to Denver metro in early 2021. He is an MBA with an undergraduate in Business Studies from Delhi University. He has worked for over 20 years and his last two positions were in financial operations with Blackberry and American Express. He is married with two adult kids. His wife is an electrical engineer with Jacobs Engineering. His daughter is a doctor with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA and his son is a mechanical engineer working with Schneider Electric Company in Boston, MA. In his spare time, Rahul loves hiking and traveling with his wife.
Email: finance@lakewooducc.com

Allyson Koplen

Music Director

Allyson lives in Erie, where she teaches piano in her home studio. She grew up in Ekalaka, Montana where her parents still operate a cattle ranch. Allyson has a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Florida State University, a Bachelor of Music degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Montana, and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing also from the University of Montana. She and her husband Jake love playing music together (he plays the saxophone), and they try to play outside as much as possible.
Email: allysonkoplen@gmail.com

Alan Thompson

Choir Director/ Organist

Alan was born and raised in Colorado but moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to attend Union College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music. He did post-graduate work in voice, organ, and music history at The University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He also holds a degree in Pharmacy Sciences from Creighton University. He was Music Director/Organist at Antelope Park Church for 32 years. Alan decided to move back to Colorado in 2018 and lives in Lakewood with his partner, Michael Percival, who is a Specialties Buyer for Whole Foods Market. They have four furry children, Miko, Misha, Rusty, and Sasha.
Email: agthomp1959@gmail.com

Amber Woodward

Nursery Caregiver

Amber is an early childhood educator who currently teaches in Denver, Colorado. Originally from Colorado Springs, she earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She moved back to Colorado to teach in Denver and recently earned her master’s degree in instruction and curriculum from the University of Denver.  In addition to her deep love for teaching, Amber enjoys doing art, knitting, and getting outside. She has one very mischievous cat named Mitten and many houseplants.