ABOUT DENVER


Founded during the “Pikes Peak or Bust Gold Rush” of 1859, Denver has been called the “Gateway to the West.” It is a city that prides itself on being clean and active. If you look closely, however, you will find the same struggles and problems that affect any other urban area. Denver is struggling with issues like gentrification and homelessness is on the rise. People with low income are being displaced from their housing as the city continues its “urban renewal” programs. As it becomes more and more popular to live, work and play in the city; property becomes very valuable. Sadly, it is the poor that are affected by this many times because they just don’t have a voice that is loud enough.

CSM Denver is proud to partner with many agencies and ministries around the city that are willing to use their voice on behalf of those who are ignored or cannot speak for themselves. Everyone has a story and deserves a chance to share. When CSM participants visit Denver they have the opportunity to partner with several of these ministries. They will serve at places like the Denver Rescue Mission and be able to put a name to homelessness by serving and eating alongside the patrons.

Our desire for groups that come through Denver would be that they would be more than tourists for a week. We want them to reach out, touch and experience the city in unique ways. They may find themselves in touristy places like down along the 16th street pedestrian mall, but instead of shopping they will be looking for ways that they could meet a need for someone they might normally pass by.

  • “CSM blends a passion for the inner-city with a heart for the youth and families who come to serve. It’s mission and service at it best.”

    Dann Spader, Founder of Sonlife Ministries
  • I LOVE the concept of the ministry, and the opportunities to engage the individual folks on the street and hear their stories were priceless!
    I know our kids will be impacted for a long time to come:)

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for a wonderful experience and for my students. I know that they not only enjoyed themselves, but has left them with some wonderful memories. Detroit is a wonderful city and is in need of more help! Thank you again for your organization and for making a difference to the people of Detroit.

    Group Leader
  • My hopes and prayers for my College group were met.  I believe,  by God’s grace,  each of us had a life-changing experience by serving together in each of the Ministry sites. It was a joy to come along-side the work God is doing in the Churches and Ministries in Nashville. Thank you again for your wisdom and friendship.

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for making this a memorable trip for me. I have done a few student mission trips in the past, but none as well organized and thought out as this.

    Group Leader
  • I love CSM’s philosophy of ministry and mission. That’s why I brought a new church to you guys this past summer. I look forward to doing other trips in the future with CSM

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for being a part of our ministry and for helping our students get some perspective on serving and helping those living in poverty. I appreciated the fact that the students were given the opportunity to make and impact and to be impacted.

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for having a great organization where people are given the opportunity to learn and serve those in need. Thank you for treating our group with respect and having a great host to share our experience with. God bless you all.

    Group Leader
  • “Here at the Cartel, we think it’s cool that they have year-round, long-term relationships with their ministry partners within the cities they work in. In other words their strategy is like ours…we develop long-term collaborative ministry partners within an ecosystem we call “the Cartel” and CSM does the same type of thing within the short-term missions world, developing long-term collaborative mission partnerships.

    Adam McLane, Partner at The Youth Cartel
  • I can confidently say that the CSM is doing short term mission trips as well as they can be done. The work of CSM is thoughtful, wise, symbiotic, and generative… and CSM is doing a brilliant job furthering the Kingdom of God. I am delighted to call them a partner in the revolution.

    Shane Claiborne
  • If Christians are to make an impact for the Kingdom in the 21st century, they must live out the call to be Jesus’ hands and feet to the poor and needy. CSM gives young people and adults the opportunity to do just that in North America’s inner–cities.

    Tony Campolo
City Director
As a Colorado native, Keysha is thrilled to be part of CSM Denver. Keysha’s passion for urban ministry began on a CSM Chicago trip when she was in 8th grade. The Lord used that first mission trip to begin a lifetime of service in the city. She attended Oklahoma Baptist University and received a B.A. in Family Development and in Cross-Cultural Ministry. She moved to Chicago after graduation and worked for 5 years with CSM; 2 years as Associate Director and 3 years as City Director. After 2 years away from CSM, working at a food and clothing bank in Denver, Keysha is excited to re-join the CSM family. Serving in her hometown and introducing other’s to what God is doing in the city is a long fulfilled dream!
Associate City Director
Originally from Mount Vernon, Texas, Brittany has had the privilege to serve CSM Denver in the Spring and Summer of 2013 as a City Host, and the 2013-2014 year as the Apprentice. As a City Host, Brittany developed a passion for the inner city, as well as educating and inspiring students to love people the way Jesus does. Now she is beyond excited to continue serving Denver as the Associate Director. “I am so blessed that God has allowed me to love on this incredible city for so many seasons. He is doing unimaginable things through the people and ministries here in Denver, and I love being a part of it!”