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Welcome, Pastor Samm Melton-Hill!

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New Beginnings Worshipping Community (NBWC) is excited to announce that we have recently called Pastor Samm Melton-Hill, who will join NBWC in a yoked call with Highlands Lutheran Church in North Denver. 


Samm completed her Masters of Divinity (MDiv) at Harvard Divinity School in 2019 and is currently working towards a Masters of Sacred Theology (STM) at United Lutheran Seminary. Samm has served in a number of diverse roles throughout the years, including chaplaincy work at a medium-high security women's prison, a psychiatric hospital, and a number of large trauma centers. Prior to serving in a congregational setting, she was a Chaplain Resident and Palliative Care Chaplain Fellow at the University of Colorado Hospital. Prior to Divinity School, Samm completed a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Social Justice at Eastern Kentucky University, where she was also a four year member of the women's soccer team.

Samm met her wife, Brittany, while in college. Shortly after getting married in June of 2016 they moved to Boston, where they lived for some time before making their way to Denver, Colorado. Brittany works for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless as a Street Outreach Worker. In their free time, Samm and Brittany can often be found hiking, camping, spending time with their dogs, or watching the Boston Bruins. Samm also enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and playing ice hockey in her free time. In addition to serving as pastor to both NBWC and Highlands, Samm is also a board member of the Rocky Mountain Refuge, an end-of-life care center for unhoused folx and on the Rocky Mountain Synod's Mission Outreach Board. They continue to be a member of Proclaim, an LGBTQ+ clergy community of the ELCA. Samm also leads spirituality groups at West Pines Recovery Treatment Center and Inpatient Mental Health Units and will continue to serve as a Chaplain at Childrens Hospital Colorado as needed. 

Samm is passionate about working alongside those who are vulnerable and marginalized and believes strongly that all deserve the radical hospitality, love, and grace of Jesus. 

Samm loves coffee and would love to make you cup or meet you somewhere in town. Please don't hesitate to reach out to them at or at any time!

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