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HISTORY

Gerken's was started over 65 years ago by founder, Elmer Gerken. Elmer moved from Omaha, Nebraska to Denver, Colorado with his wife Bonnie, and four young children in 1953 to pursue his recent purchase of a small religious supply company. "The store" and Elmer's strong relationships in the Denver area grew over the years, and so did Elmer and Bonnie's family. They had a total of 11 children and the Gerken family currently has a total of 172 members. Two of Elmer's sons, Ray and Mike, are the current owners of Gerken's Religious Supplies and are committed to the same high quality customer service which Elmer founded the company upon.

 

MEET THE STAFF

RAY 
Ray is a son of founder Elmer Gerken, and one of the co-owners of Gerken's. He has been working for Gerken's 45 years and enjoys getting to know all of the customers, many of which have become great friends over the years. Outside of work, Ray enjoys spending time with his wife Lucy, their 6 children and spouses and 16 grandchildren. Ray is also a talented musician and can sing, play the piano and even the accordion!

MIKE 
Mike is also a son of founder Elmer Gerken and a co-owner of Gerken's. Mike grew up watching his Father love his job and knew he wanted that too, so he joined the family business 35 years ago. Mike continues to enjoy meeting new customers and renewing friendships with longtime customers and clergy. He especially enjoys learning from the customers what is happening in Churches both inside and outside Colorado. When Mike's not at "the store", he enjoys spending time with his wife of 35 years, Sue, and their four children. He also enjoys the beautiful Colorado outdoors and the activities that go along with it especially hiking and biking. 

CHRIS 
Chris is a son of Mike Gerken making him a third-generation member of the Gerken's team. He takes great pride in working in a place his Grandfather started! He has been working at the store for 3 years and specializes in sales and shipping processes. Chris enjoys working at Gerken's because it gives him the privileged of serving the Catholic faith and community every day. When Chris isn’t at work, you can find him enjoying the beautiful outdoors Colorado has to offer! He loves fly fishing, camping, hiking and wildlife photography. He is also an active member of The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

HOLLY 
Holly is another third-generation member of the team, (daughter of Ray Gerken), and also loves being part of a family business. Holly has been with Gerken's for 3 years and her responsibilities included general office management, marketing and ecommerce/website management. Holly enjoys the calm and kind atmosphere working at Gerken's offers created by both her co-workers and the customers. When Holly's not at work, she's enjoying time with her husband Chris and their three children. Holly also volunteers with a local non-profit which provides case management for human trafficking survivors.  

ANNIE 
Annie started working at Gerken’s 44 years ago as a part time employee while attending High School and never left. She is currently a sales clerk and buyer for Gerken’s and can answer just about any product questions you might have! Annie has established many friendships with long and loyal customers over the years. She loves seeing customers come in looking for a special gift or card, and being able to help them find and leave with exactly what they need. When Annie’s not at work she loves musicals, movies, plays, traveling and spending time with her family, friends & cats. She also volunteers at Community Ministry Food Pantry and helps with their fundraising and continuing their mission.

VINH
Vinh has been part of the Gerken's team for 39 years and brings great knowledge and experience to the team. He manages the shipping and delivery department where his close attention to detail is very valuable. When Vinh's not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family.

JOCELYN
Jocelyn has worked for Gerken’s for 27 years and is our in-house book expert. Jocelyn can help you find any book, music or DVD selection in our store and if we don’t have it in stock will place a special order for it! She is grateful to work at Gerken’s because she enjoys both her great co-workers and customers. The faithful customers she assists each day provide her a life-giving atmosphere which nourishes her faith. When Jocelyn’s not working, she enjoys spending time outside biking, hiking and gardening. These outdoor activities tie in perfectly with her fascination of rocks and collecting them to border her flower gardens. She’s thankful her husband John enjoys the rocks and flowers as much as she does!

GREG
Greg has been with Gerken’s for 7 years and specializes in accounting, bulk marketing mailings, clerical apparel fittings and special orders. Greg enjoys working at Gerken’s because of the fascinating people he meets each day. When Greg is not at work he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, reading, gardening and is an avid basketball and baseball fan. Go Rockies!

GREGORY
Gregory has been with Gerken's for 6 years and his close attention to detail keeps our accounting department organized. Gregory enjoys working at Gerken's because both the staff and customers are very nice. When Gregory's not at work, he enjoys attending concerts, Rockies games and traveling.

LYDIA
Lydia has been with Gerken's for 6 years. As a retail clerk, she enjoys meeting new customers, welcoming back families and friends and provides excellent customer service to everyone. Lydia is proud to work at Gerken's because its a family owned business where the staff connects to serve as Christ instruments to the community, with generosity, compassion and care. Lydia is an active member of the altar and rosary society, the pro-life movement and a Catechist at her parish, St. Anthony of Padua, Denver. She enjoys spending time with her family, spiritual reading, comedies and assembles puzzles, (over 10,000 puzzle pieces so far!).


 
Gerken's is a proud member of the National Church Good Association. This affiliation gives us the opportunity to connected nationally with other suppliers and retailers in our industry. Collaborating with others in the church goods industry is a valuable resource to us so we can stay up to date on how to best serve our customers.