Chaim Urbach was born in Israel.  His parents accepted Yeshua as their Messiah when he was very young.  After spending his childhood in Israel, Chaim came to the United States in 1967, where he pursued an education in the biological sciences, obtaining an MA in Zoology from the University of Northern Colorado.  He worked in bio-medical research for a number of years, while active as a layman in Messianic ministry.

Chaim served as one of the founding elders of a local Messianic Jewish congregation, where he became an assistant pastor in 1987.  The following year, he coordinated a national Messianic Jewish conference.  He was ordained in 1990, and that same year led the formation of Congregation Yeshuat Tsion.  He received his theological training at Denver Seminary, graduating in 1991 with an MA in New Testament Studies.

Joy Urbach was raised in a Reformed Jewish home in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her teacher's training at Metropolitan State College (BA) and University of Northern Colorado (MA). Joy worked as an elementary teacher for the Denver Public Schools since 1976.

In 1981, Joy received Yeshua as her Messiah. She has been active in many phases of Messianic education, including writing a Children's Haggadah. She is also the Women's Ministry coordinator.


jessica katz ~rebbetzin

David Katz was raised in a conservative Jewish home in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, David made his home in rural southwestern Virginia, where he came face to face with many outspoken believers in Yeshua (Jesus).

David's upbringing had led him to believe that Yeshua was the G-d of the Gentiles and certainly not someone that a Jewish person such as himself should or could believe in and remain Jewish. After several years of private investigation, David came to realize that Yeshua was thoroughly Jewish and that belief in Him was not only consistent with his own Jewish heritage, but it was one of the most Jewish things that he could ever do.

David’s wife Jessica was born and raised in India, where her family is involved in Christian ministry. Jessica came to the United States to earn her Master’s degree in Old Testament from Denver Seminary. In addition to teaching her children Hebrew and the Bible, she also rotates as a Torah portion expositor and reader at Shabbat services, as well as facilitating women’s chavurot (monthly fellowship and study meetings).

Shortly after David and Jessica were married, David became a lay-leader in a Messianic Jewish congregation while also beginning graduate level studies at a local seminary. David later transferred to Denver Seminary in order to complete his Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Messianic Judaism. Upon graduation from Denver Seminary, David received an appointment as Associate Messianic Rabbi of Congregation Yeshuat Tsion, working alongside Rabbi Chaim Urbach. 

michael lang ~ Teacher Elder

Michael has been a believer in Messiah and part of the Messianic Movement for more than 20 years. He became coordinator of CYT's Prayer and Intercession ministry in 2006, and of the Torah Service ministry in 2008. In 2012, he was asked to become an Elder. Michael brings a lay perspective in his messages that resonates with all of us, and the L-rd has clearly anointed him as a teacher and elder.