Our Church Leadership


Pastor Dennis Shaw


Shaw2Pastor Dennis has been in ministry with the Rocky Mountain Conference since 2000 in a variety of appointments including Associate and Youth Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs and Senior Pastor at Stratmoor Hills United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs. In 1994, he retired from the United States Army as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He is married to Marilyn White and between them, they have four grown children. He has a Bachelor's degree in Music, Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Divinity, and received his Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in May, 2012. Pastor Dennis came to Hilltop on July 1, 2012.



Leigh Anne Duff - Administrative Assistant


DuffA life-long Methodist, Leigh Anne has been a member of Hilltop since October of 2000. Leigh Anne majored in Foreign Languages at Rhodes College in Memphis. She was named Administrative Assistant at Hilltop in November of 2010. Leigh Anne’s professional background was in radio and advertising. Her other activities include a passion for music and the theatre. She is a flutist and also has played clarinet and saxophone in pit orchestras in Herriman and South Jordan. 


Roberta Shimensky -  Director, Music & Arts Ministries


RobertaRoberta is currently Music Director and Organist at Hilltop United Methodist Church, where she leads the Chancel Choir and the Hilltop Gospel Choir. She was formerly on faculty of Westminster College as conductor of the Westminster Women’s Choir, Westminster Singers, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, and instructor of piano. Career highlights include: Assistant Conductor/Pianist, Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration of Salt Lake, world premiere of Libby Larsen’s opera Dreaming Blue, 2002; Conducting Fellow, Dennis Keene Choral Festival 2000-03; guest conductor, Salt Lake Symphony; Utah Opera Chorusmaster, Madama Butterfly, 2001; member, Utah Opera Chorus; performances as keyboardist for the former OPUS Chamber Orchestra and Salt Lake Symphony; accompanist for Utah Opera’s “Opera-in-the-Schools.”



Kathy Wheeler - Treasurer


KathyKathy is from the Finger Lakes region of New York state.  She has a degree in Business Administration from Binghamton University.  She has previously worked for Carrier Corporation in Syracuse, NY and Salt Lake City.  After working in Orlando, FL and East Hartford, CT she retired to Utah in 2006.  She has been active in the Chancel Choir, UMW, and Intermountain Singles group.

Kathy has an MBA from New York Institute of Technology and an MA in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.

Since last August, she has had the pleasure of having her father living with her and her cat, LucyFur.

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