Friends and colleagues of Pastor Steve Cuss describe his unflagging energy, humor and a passion for people and community issues.
“As I’ve worked with Steve, I truly realize what it means to live and breathe one’s values and beliefs,” Anthony Kassel said in his letter nominating Cuss for the Walter P. Spader Leadership Award. “Steve has been a driving force for many significant positive changes to the landscape of Broomfield.”
Debra Meyer met Cuss, lead pastor at Discovery Church, shortly after moving back to Colorado recently.
As a newcomer with a background in ministry and connecting faith communities, she was repeatedly directed to Cuss who had been doing similar work in Broomfield for years.
“I have continuously been not only impressed with, but also motivated by, Steve’s energy, passion, sense of humor and the wisdom he has used to help make Broomfield a better place,” she said in her nomination letter.
At the time, Discovery Chruch was renting space at Legacy High School on Sundays, and they “managed a full slate of ministry programming,” which is challenging to do consistently and well as a portable church, she said.
His energy and vision propelled the church to move forward with the construction of its building on 144th Avenue while keeping up services at the school.
Karen Smith, former director of the Broomfield Community Foundation, met Cuss years ago at a Broomfield Community Services Network meeting where he talked about human service programs the church was provding. They also discussed the potential of creating an online resource program for volunteer services in Broomfield.
“His Australian accent immediately caught everyone’s attention and his witty comments had everyone laughing,” Meyer said. “Most of all his passion for our topics was very evident.”
She has worked on several committees with Cuss, including the Broomfield Opportunities Housing Coalition.
“His discernment had him speaking out about the need for affordable housing in Broomfield long before the current nationwide crises was a trending topic,” she said. “Steve’s conviction that each person is a creation of God deserving dignity and possessing strengths our community needs has kept him diligently moving forward in Discovery Church’s vision to create housing as part of a larger plan for their property.”
Plans include collaborating with Habitat for Humanity to build 12 residential units in the form of four triplexes.
Several nomibators pointed out Cuss is the first person to crack a joke, “doesn’t take himself too seriously,” and publishes a motivational blog called “Cusswords.”
“I find Mr. Cuss to be inspiring without the slightest trace of self importance,” Mayor Pro Tem Bette Erickson said. “And that, to me, is hands- down the role of a great leader.”
Written by Jennifer Rios, Staff Writer