Church Leadership & Staff


  • Mark alderton, Senior pastor

    Mark is a native of northern Wisconsin who attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison where the two most important things in his life happened: he became a Christian and he met his wife Mary. In 1985 he graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and moved to Minneapolis, where he worked for a medical device company as a scientist for 15 years. He also joined Sovereign Grace Church (formerly Grace Church of Richfield) where he eventually became an elder. In 2002 the Lord led Mark to leave his scientist career to pursue pastoral ministry as his vocation. He attended the Sovereign Grace Churches Pastor's College, and after graduating he returned to his home church in Minneapolis where he served as associate pastor for 5 years. In 2008 he moved with his family to Colorado to become the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Aurora.


    Mark and his wife Mary live in Aurora and have a married son, John, two other adult children, Stephanie and Joshua, and two still at home, Shannon and Sarah.


  • Dan Luevano, Associate Pastor

    Dan was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Systems Design at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and currently works full-time as a Senior Systems Engineer at Lighting Analysts, Inc.. UTSA is also where he met his wife, Dinah. They have been married for over 30 years. Dan and his family moved to the Denver area in September of 1998. The following year they attended the opening day celebration of Community Life Church of South Denver, which is now known as Sovereign Grace Church of Aurora. Dan has been involved in local church leadership over the years and has served as a Care Group leader at Sovereign Grace for the past 12 years. He was ordained as an elder in January of 2015.


    Dan and Dinah have three married children, Savannah, Sierra, and Daniel, who live in the Denver area. They also have one granddaughter, who is cherished and loved by grandparents, uncles and aunts.

  • Steve Thompson, associate Pastor

    Steve grew up in the Seattle area and he and his wife Robin lived in Northern California for over 22 years. He has a bachelor's degree from L.A. Baptist College and is a manager for a healthcare management services company. He and Robin moved to Denver in 2008 and came to Sovereign Grace Church in Aurora that year. Steve has been involved in local church leadership over the years and has served as a Care Group leader at Sovereign Grace for the past 4 years. He was ordained as an Elder in January 2015.  

     

    Steve and Robin live in Denver and have two married daughters, Erin and Lauren, who live in Seattle and Vancouver, BC, and one grown son, Nathan, who lives in Denver. They also have four grandsons.


  • Bill maxwell, worship leader

    Born and brought up in Houston Texas, Bill started playing the guitar at the age of 8. After he became born again in 1975, the focus of his music dramatically shifted to writing Christian songs and playing in local churches. He moved to Colorado in 1978 to continue his

    career as an applications programmer and work on his skills as a musician.

    Not realizing it at the time, God had providentially moved his future wife JoAnn to Colorado from Wyoming on the same day in the same year. They met a few summers later and have been married for 35 years. The Maxwells have served here at Sovereign Grace Church for the past 16 years.


    Bill and JoAnn have one daughter, who is married, and three grandchildren who live in the Denver area and whose family serves at Grace Community Church in Westminster, Colorado.

  • Savannah Platz, secretary

    Savannah was born in Houston, Texas and, after some years in Florida and another part of Texas, moved to the Denver area in 1998. She began attending Sovereign Grace Church (then Community Life Church) in the summer of 1999 with her family and it was there that she would eventually meet her husband as a teenager. She has a background in early childhood education, office management, and a little bit of everything else. When not printing bulletins or keeping our social media up-to-date, she also serves with our Children's Ministry and Worship Team. 


    Savannah and David live in west Denver with their daughter, Selah.