Pastor Dan Comden was born and raised in rural Michigan and blessed to be part of a large, loving Christian family. He attended Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music (GRSBM) and then Calvin College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a minor in Bible. He and his wife Randi were married in 1977 and moved to Colorado in 1978 to help his brother-in- law and sister – Chuck and JoEllen (Comden) Anderson, founders of New Life Bible Church. For the past 40+ years Dan and Randi have been serving at New Life in everything from working with youth to teaching Sunday School to leading in Awana, Vacation Bible School and other children’s ministries. For most of these years Dan has also served as an elder. They also serve on the board of Rocky Mountain Honors Camp and on the regional board of Awana ministries. Randi has led ladies’ Bible studies for years and served in many other capacities. They have 5 children, 4 of whom are married, and 12 grandchildren.
Andrew ‘Drew’ Comerci, although born in Denver, Colorado, spent most of his childhood in rural Southern Arizona before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico to finish High School. He returned to Arizona to complete his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona in 2006 and went on to pursue a career in dentistry after graduating the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2011 in Aurora, Colorado. In repayment of a scholarship commitment, he served six years with the United States Air Force as a dentist. During this time, he completed a residency program and was awarded a Master of Science in Oral Biology. While on active duty, Pastor Drew had the opportunity to deploy to the Middle East where he provided dental care to our troops and canine security forces. Upon separation from the Air Force in May 2017, he began his private practice career by joining the Integrity Dental team in Pueblo, CO.
Pastor Drew met his beautiful wife, Guadalupe, while they studied abroad in Spain. They have since been blessed with ten plus years of happy marriage and three wonderful children.
The Comerci family has attended New Life Bible Church since moving to Pueblo in 2017. Pastor Drew began serving as an elder of the church in February of 2020. As the newest member of the leadership team at New Life Bible Church, Pastor Drew looks forward to serving alongside the current elders, learning from them and becoming a sharper instrument for the Lord’s purpose. He hopes to use his dental training to open doors to missionary work wherever the Lord would send him. Pastor Drew has a passion for serving the Lord in his family and the local church with a particular heart for fatherhood and encouraging men to grow into the spiritual roles God designed for us.
Statement of faith
Philosophy of Ministry
In general, our philosophy of ministry as shepherds of God’s flock can be expressed in a single word –Christ. Paul said, “For me to live is Christ.” That was his philosophy of life and ministry. It is ours as well. What do we mean by that?
First, Christ is the explanation for our ministry – He’s the reason why we are pastors. He saved us, called us with a holy calling, and put us into this ministry. If the question is, “Why do you men serve in the church as pastors, what motivates you to lay down your lives for the flock?” our answer is, “Christ.”
Second, Christ is the example for our ministry – His way is the way we want to pastor. He came to serve and called us to do the same (Mark 10:43-45). He’s given us a record of His life and ministry and instructions so we know what to do. If the question is, “How will you seek to serve?” our answer is, “like Christ.”
From Christ’s example and teaching, we understand that:
- Our goal is to make disciples for God’s glory (Matthew 28:18-20)
- Our priorities are prayer and ministry of the word (Mark 1:35-39, Acts 6:4)
- Our plan is to show an example to the flock and seek in every way to equip the saints for the work of ministry that together we will exalt our Savior, evangelize sinners, and edify and equip future servants of God (Eph 4:11-12, 1 Pet 5:1-3).
Third, Christ is the energy for our ministry. His strength is our supply (Col 1:28-29; 1 Peter 4:10-11). Christ has given us His Spirit to strengthen us when we’re weary, convict and correct us when we go astray, comfort us when we’re downhearted. If the question is, “How do you do it?” our answer is, “through Christ.”
Finally, Christ is the end of our ministry. It is for His sake, for His name, for His glory that we labor and strive. He is coming soon! And when He appears we want to be found faithful. We want to present to Him a pure bride. If the question is, “Why keep going?” our answer is “for Christ.”
And if the question is, “How long?” our answer is “Until we see Him face to face.”