My Name Is... Rev. Amy Strader of Golden

By Christy Steadman
Posted 11/24/15

Creating a family feel

I moved to Golden about a year and a half ago when I got appointed to be the pastor at First United Methodist Church. I moved to Colorado from Kansas about eight years ago …

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My Name Is... Rev. Amy Strader of Golden

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Creating a family feel

I moved to Golden about a year and a half ago when I got appointed to be the pastor at First United Methodist Church. I moved to Colorado from Kansas about eight years ago to attend the Iliff School of Theology in Denver.

I grew up the in the Methodist Church, and I’ve stuck with it because it emphasizes openness to all and encourages experience and thoughtful interpretation of Scripture.

When I was growing up, my church was a place that provided a lot of support and room to explore. I wanted to be able to provide that family feel to other people. A part of that family feel is that all people are sacred children of God.

A passion for other people

I’m 35. I sometimes get people who ask me if I’m old enough and manly enough to be a pastor. But once they get to know me, they find a passion for being a part of people’s lives that extends beyond age and gender.

I get invited into people’s lives during sometimes difficult, and sometimes beautiful, times, and being able to walk on the journey in these times is really special. In the midst of all the special times I share with congregants, there’s a pressure to make the church relevant for today’s world.

There’s value in Sunday morning family time, so it can be a struggle to make the church connect to people’s desire to make a difference in the world. We try to be a place where we can help people help the world. For me, Jesus’ message was about finding people on the margins, and walking with them as they find ways for their life to matter.

We’re always looking for ways for people to give back, such as our Hunger Watch meal program. We are also looking for ways that the church’s resources can be utilized by the community. For example, we have community groups that use our building, and we want people to know our parking lot is available during community events.

There’s no place like Golden

My husband Eric and I thought we would move back to Kansas after school, but after living in Colorado, we thought, “why would we move back to Kansas?”

We love living in Golden because it’s a great place to raise a family. I have a 3-year-old daughter named Nora and we love taking her to all the community events. We love to walk downtown along Clear Creek and get ice cream.

The bishop could move me at any time, but hopefully we get to stay in Golden for a very long time.

Written by Christy Steadman. If you have suggestions for My Name Is . . ., contact her at csteadman@coloradocommunitymedia.com.

My Name Is, Golden Colorado, Amy Strader

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