Reverend Marta Fioriti, Pastor

Loves the church! Especially when it can transform lives through word, music, art, story, community building... and then taking all those things back out into the world. More than anything she wants to give people a glimpse of the kin-dom of God, if even for just one hour on Sunday morning.  She is als0 committed to creating spaces for multigenerational church, a place where children, youth and adults do church together. Marta has her undergraduate degree in Chrisitan Education and a Masters of Pastoral and Spiritual Care from Iliff School of Theology.


Mandy Todd, Director of Worship & Arts

Has been working in the church for close to twenty years! She has the remarkable ability to integrate traditional hymns, choral singing and contemporary music into one worship. More than anything, Mandy is a minister of music and is committed to teaching others about God and deepening their faith through worship, liturgy and song. Mandy has her undergraduate degree in Music Education, Masters in Theological Studies from Iliff School of Theology and is currently persuing a Doctor of Ministry from Drew Theological School.

Sheryl Shalter, Office Administrator

I am a California girl, born and raised. I accepted Christ at 15 and graduated from San Jose Bible College with a degree in Bible & Theology with a minor in Christian Education & Youth Ministry. Since then I have been privileged to work in a number of churches and para-church organizations. One of the major highlights of my life was going on an 11-week mission trip to Zimbabwe, yep, Africa.

My husband of 29 years, Eric, and I have lived in Colorado since 1992 and very proudly call it home. We have 2 teenagers, Connie who just turned 18 and William, 14. I love serving the BFCC family and in my free time I love to read, quilt, craft, garden and cook.


Crystal Lind, First Step Preschool Director

Has been a pre-school teacher for close to thirty years. Crystal, our First Step Preschool Director: "I don’t believe in a blanket approach to education. Every child’s need is different and must therefore be individually addressed. I believe in guiding children to become their true selves, in helping them to discover the strengths and talents they already possess." She recieved an International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center. Her Early Childhood Education was performed primarily at Pikes Peak Community College. Crystal is a passionate, wise presence for both the children of the school and our teachers.  She leads with dedication and a deep faith.  We are so lucky to have her on our team!


Tammy & Marvin Abeta, Custodial

Providing a clean and hospitable place for the community to gather in faith is one of our values and Tammy and Marvin's values. 


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6845 Shoup Road
Colorado Springs, CO, 80908
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Grant Awareded!

We were awarded a $1000 “In the Mud” grant from the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ! This grant allows us to be more involved with helping the La Puente mission.




Deep Roots in Black Forest

“Forty-five years ago a Sunday school meeting was held in a log school house on the northwest corner of Shoup and Black Forest Roads. The latter road was then known as Templeton Gap.

With no professional leadership available, the few residents in 1932 invested their time and energy in creating a spiritual foundation for their children, themselves, and the future of the community.

Today the results of this investment can be seen in the buildings on the southeast corner, the site of the present Black Forest Community Church. In the 1930s, individuals working with talents at hand had music and fellowship that provided the basis for vespers. Occasionally a visiting clergyman would preach on the Word.

A group of women, in 1936, organized a Ladies Aid for the purpose of assisting the spiritual life of the community and to take seriously the job of raising money for the construction of a church building. Quilting bees and ice cream socials netted profits from $1.50 to perhaps $10.

As more clergymen heard of the ladies’ cooking, they headed out from Colorado Springs. According to old timers, money did not seem to be their motive. They only received what the morning offering provided, often a few coins or sometimes a dollar bill.

The Black Forest Community Church became incorporated in 1937, on two acres of donated land. Labor was also donated. Two years later the foundation was completed during the winter. The little log school housed approximately 35 people who gathered for services. Progress was slow, and funds limited. In 1940 the shell was sufficiently finished for use. Formal dedication was made in 1942.

During this period the first pastor, Joseph McKittrick, a retired Presbyterian, was obtained. Dedicated spirit substituted for the lack of architectural “pizzaz” and it became a cathedral of love, a monument of concern and faith in the midst of a pioneer community.

Gas lanterns were replaced by electricity in 1946 and the heat, furnished by the coal stove, was obtained by the use of natural gas furnaces in 1961.

The role in shaping the destiny of the Community Church was enhanced in the 1940’s when La Foret (the Bemis Taylor estate) on Shoup Road was the Conference Center for the Colorado Conference of Congregational Churches.

The Black Forest Community Church (BFCC) members needed a sense of belongingness. After investigation the Congregational Church answered their need. A non-creedal Christian group, the latter appreciated the width and breadth of Christian understanding, without a test of faith for membership. Several La Foret camp managers became part-time ministers to the BFCC, then known as the Congregational Community Church.

The changes that occurred after the Air Force Academy was located here were due to economic and geographic factors affecting the area. The changes in the 1960’s put a burden on the log church. A full-time minister was hired and the church went off the mission status. It was now self-supporting.

The decision to build a new sanctuary, instead of adding to the log church, was made. A congregational meeting, in April of 1962, decided for a new sanctuary. The ground was broken in August and the first worship was held on Christmas Sunday. The log church was totally renovated in the early seventies and will be kept as a part of the BFCC complex and also as a landmark belonging to the Black Forest community.

The BFCC is proud of its charter which placed no infringement upon the personal beliefs of its individual members while remaining true to the mainstream of Protestant Christian thought. It has also taken seriously to the idea that the church is a member of the community and has responsibility to it.

The church has held, still does, and will continue to hold an open door policy with community groups welcome to use the church. Scouting, community library, well-baby clinic, Sheriff’s Posse, civic clubs and others have taken advantage of this policy.

When the Catholics first came to the area, they found shelter for their services in the log church. Protestant services were being held in the new sanctuary and Catholic Mass was being celebrated in the log church. Presently the Lutheran Church shares the Community Church facility and, on any given Sunday, the Christian Scientists are worshipping in the log church.

The church parsonage was built on five acres of donated land in the 1960’s and the mortgage was burned in the 1970’s. Moving forward, the congregation searches for new and greater ways to witness and serve the Lord and our community.”

From an article by Gene Manfrin, published in the Black Forest News (1977)


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