Dear Members of the Iliff Community:

Please join me in giving thanks for the life, ministry, and teaching career of Rev. Dr. John Spangler, who passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, April 19. He was at home, being cared for by his daughters Anne and Susan.

Dr. Spangler was a Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology Professor at the Iliff School of Theology until his retirement in the 1990s. He was deeply invested in helping students prepare for ministry. He was a strong advocate of church internships as a way for Iliff students to gain practical experience and to reflect on that experience through their time at Iliff. He was known and beloved to many Iliffians as well as United Methodists on the Front Range and will be greatly missed.

At his own request, Dr Spangler’s memorial service will largely take the form of a concert on piano, organ, and violin performed by his friend JoAnn Gudvangen-Brown (music director at University Park UMC) and by his granddaughter, who is an accomplished violinist. Details about the date and time of that service will be announced when we receive them. We do not have a direct way to get condolences to his daughters at this time.

Please hold Anne, Susan, and all Dr. Spangler’s family and friends in your prayers in this time of loss.


Rev. Dr. Cathie Kelsey