The mission of Beulah United Methodist Church is to deepen our love of Christ and live out a passionate love of our community and beyond.
serving our neighbor
Major Rettig, originally from a small fruit and vegetable farm near Grand Junction, is an Ordained Elder (clergy) in the Mountain Sky Conference. He has served in parish and youth ministry both in rural and town settings in Ohio, West Virginia, and Colorado, including the San Luis Valley and Central Plains. Major brings a passion for learning, youth ministry, discipleship, and living our faith out in the world. This has led him in his call through his seminary degrees, becoming a trained life and executive coach, and trained in facilitation through the Communities of Shalom. Major was involved with Beaver Creek Youth Camp in the SLV where he wrote the camp curriculum. As part of Major’s previous appointment, he was the co-Congregational Resource Minister for the Trinity District where he connected with other pastors and churches to help them heal, grow, vision, and restructure.
Major is part of a clergy couple. His wife, Sarah, is the pastor at Wesley UMC in Pueblo. They have two children, Parker and Keturah. They also have a dog named Willow. In his spare time, Major enjoys reading, running, hiking, cooking, and woodworking.
Mike is my partner in ministry and is a Certified Lay Minister and has served churches in the Trinity District. We have four children, five grandchildren, and one great grandson. Our grandchildren live from Seattle to Virginia Beach! So, getting us together is never easy, but we will have a family reunion in August this year.
I retired from Avondale UMC four years ago which gave me time to tutor, work on social justice issues, read, and garden! God has once again called us into ministry and we are so pleased that it is with the good people of Beulah!
Established in 1871 by Rev. Asbury Quillian, the church dedicated it new church sanctuary on July 4, 1885.
The founding of the Beulah Methodist Church was a pioneer enterprise in all respects. Reverend Asbury H. Quillian drove his ox-drawn wagon into Huerfano County, Colorado, arriving late in the fall of 1870 from his native Georgia. He joined the settlement on the lower St. Charles the following spring and, from a tent, began his Colorado ministry. The society formed there is recognized as being the first such organization south of Pueblo and dates from 1871.
The first women's society was organized in 1890 and called "The Women's Methodist Aid Society". Throughout the years the consistent aims of the society have been to support the financial needs of the Methodist Church. Presently know as the Women's Circle, the group continues annual events such as the bazaar, sales, and The Harvest Dinner to raise money to provide insurance, maintenance and aid .
In the mid 1950's, members of the Beulah Methodist Church offered a summer Bible School for Beulah children. The program was well received and has grown to become a non-denominational activity in which many of the Beulah children and adults participated in each summer through the 1980's.
(Page 84, 127 & 180 of Beulah's history book, 'From Mace's Hole: the Way It Was, to Beulah the Way It Is.')