An authentic faith community for the city of Boulder.

www.belaychurch.com

Let’s face it. Relationships are hard.

It can feel like the only way to gain acceptance is to fit into someone else’s mold. You may long for closeness, but it seems like the only path to intimacy is to hide your honest self.


And community? It means being absorbed, not accepted. You hold back to avoid being labeled “weird” or “a joke.” But now that you’re holding back, you find that you’re on the outside looking in.


People of faith promise to be the exception to the rule, but they’ve shown themselves to be out-of-touch.


So you chart your own path. You plan to do something great, climb high, and even reach out a hand to help others.


But who will be there for you if you fall? Who will give you a hand up when you lose your footing?

Belay is a place you can find belonging.

There has to be a place where you can find belonging. To be engaged in helping others, caring for the world and those in it. To be part of a collective that wants to be one another’s anchor, no matter what happens.


And nothing—not your background, your likes or dislikes, your fears or hangups—nothing can make you feel like you shouldn’t be a valued part of that family.


At Belay, we see you, we accept you, and our door is always open to you. Come, be yourself and feel at home as we grow, serve, and build a community together.

Meet our Pastors.

Paul and Patty Durbin know what it takes to build a faith community that feels more like a family. Both of them grew up in homes of divorce, so they understand the pain of broken relationships. Letting tragedy be a teacher, they have depended completely on their faith in Jesus—learning from Him to place a high value on grace, truth, love, acceptance, reconciliation, and forgiveness.


Before answering a call from God to move to Boulder, Colorado, Paul and Patty led a large, vibrant international church in Beijing, China. Every week, several thousand people from 70+ nations and a wide variety of Christian church backgrounds would gather for worship. Despite the many inherent differences in such a diverse group—under Paul and Patty's capable leadership—this congregation enjoyed a special unity and a palpable love. A common comment from visitor's was, "this must be what Heaven feels like."


If you join us for one of our gatherings in Boulder, you'll notice Paul and Patty's knack for gathering a diverse group. We often have several cultures and nations represented under our roof—people from Asia, Africa, Europe, the America's, etc. A guest at one of our recent events was overheard to say, "In all my years in Boulder, I've never been around such a diverse group!" In other words, You may not always find someone just like you, but you'll discover an atmosphere where differences are appreciated and people are loved.


Married since 1993, they have four amazing kids who love one another, love Jesus, and love the city of Boulder. Paul and Patty have been engaged in full-time Christian ministry since 1991—giving them almost sixty years of combined ministry experience—serving in a variety of roles: youth pastors, worship leaders, police chaplaincy, college ministry, church leadership, ministry network leadership, and overseas ministry.

Your plan to experience community

1. Explore our site.

Take time to get to know us virtually: listen to a talk; check out our beliefs and values; and feel free to get to know a bit about us.

2. Ask us anything.

Have a question? Don't hesitate to ask. Send a note to hello@belay.church, visit us on Instagram @belaychurch, or give us a call: (720) 259-9187.

3. Plan a visit.

Join us for a meal, a prayer walk around Boulder, or a weekend worship gathering—with no obligations or strings attached.

What people are saying

...provides much guidance, support, prayer and love unlike any other place I have known.

— Terry B.


...warm, friendly and genuine people, who love God and care deeply about the people they minister to.

— Craig M.


...the love they have for people is strong and unconditional. You ll see them go out of your way to help you. Amazing sermons too.

— Ashwonth B.


 You won't find a more welcoming environment in the foothills of the Rockies. If you are in the area, drop by and see for yourself.

— Jason D.


...they are not judgmental but welcoming, and always willing to walk alongside you during challenges in your life. You will appreciate Patty’s affable nature feeling as if you’ve known her your entire life. Paul’s humble and unassuming demeanor is reassuring as he coaches you on a journey to understand more about the Lord and your life. Paul is a fantastic pastor with a passion for the Lord, and always pulls out what you need from the word. You will not be disappointed connecting with Belay - we love them!

— Adam A.


Read more reviews.

Are you ready to experience community in Boulder?

So, what do you say? Are you ready to experience community in Boulder? Because Let’s face it. Relationships are hard.


It can feel like the only way to gain acceptance is to fit into someone else’s mold.


You may long for closeness, but it seems like the only path to intimacy is to hide your honest self.


And community? It means being absorbed, not accepted.


You hold back to avoid being labeled “weird” or “a joke.” But now that you’re holding back, you find that you’re on the outside looking in.


People of faith promise to be the exception to the rule, but they’ve shown themselves to be out-of-touch.


So you chart your own path. You plan to do something great, climb high, and even reach out a hand to help others.


But who will be there for you if you fall? Who will give you a hand up when you lose your footing?


There has to be a place where you can find belonging. To be engaged in helping others, caring for the world and those in it. To be part of a collective that wants to be one another’s anchor, no matter what happens.


And nothing—not your background, your likes or dislikes, your fears or hangups—nothing can make you feel like you shouldn’t be a valued part of that family.


At Belay, we see you, we accept you, and our door is always open to you. Come, be yourself and feel at home as we grow, serve, and build a community together.


Speaking of feeling at home—that's exactly where we host most of our gatherings!


On Fridays, we gather at the Durbin home for a neighborhood dinner. This gathering has one agenda: enjoy a meal together as friends. There's no teaching or study—just casual conversation, laughs, and a chance to get to know one another. Join us, and bring a friend.


On Sundays, we gather again at the Durbin's for weekend worship. At this point, we're definitely a "house church." This means we're fairly small, casual, and do more of a Bible "discussion" than sit and listen to a sermon. And while the music is amazing, it's not a concert. We'd describe it as more acoustic, authentic, and participatory.


On Thursdays, we take to the streets and cover our city in prayer. If you love walking, prayer, and chatting with others as you do, come join us.


On other occasions, you'll find us "popping up" in Boulder giving away encouragement, prayer, Bibles, tracts, snacks, coffee, tea, etc. If you see our Belay table at a trailhead, the Boulder Farmer's Market or somewhere else, please come by and say "hi."


Are you ready to experience community in Boulder? We are! Come join us as we build a community together.