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Rev. Eric Strader is the second pastor in the history of Christ Church to once be a student intern and return to be the Senior Pastor.  Eric graduated from Friends University in Wichita, KS with a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership.

 

He and his spouse, Amy, attended The Iliff School of Theology and loved Colorado so much they decided to stay. Eric and Amy have a daughter named Nora and a chocolate lab named Delilah.

 

Eric relaxes by watching Food Network and cooking amazing dishes as well as biking on the beautiful trails around Denver. Eric believes in the church, that it is the greatest way to experience God in community and the love of our Creator in others. We will be privileged to join you in a part of your journey.

 

Rev. Eric Strader is the second pastor in the history of Christ Church to once be a student intern and return to be the Senior Pastor.  Eric graduated from Friends University in Wichita, KS with a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership.

 

He and his spouse, Amy, attended The Iliff School of Theology and loved Colorado so much they decided to stay. Eric and Amy have two children, Nora and Finn,and a chocolate lab named Delilah.

 

Eric relaxes by watching Food Network and cooking amazing dishes as well as biking on the beautiful trails around Denver. Eric believes in the church, that it is the greatest way to experience God in community and the love of our Creator in others. We will be privileged to join you in a part of your journey.

 

What do you do at Christ Church?

 

Senior Pastor. My responsibility is to support the lay leadership in the mission of bringing wholeness, justice, and love to the world, through a thoughtful faithful community. I also am responsible for comic relief and helping laughter be part of our process. Life (and ministry) are full of struggle and challenge. Laughter won’t negate or erase those wounds, but it does soften them for our journey together. Why can't we have fun while we are about God's work?

 

What brought you to Christ Church?

 

I was originally an intern at Christ Church from 2008-2010. My first appointment following graduate school was to merge or close three communities of faith in south Denver. As that process was ending the opportunity came for my return to Christ Church. I knew it was a community I wanted to serve; there is something unique and holy that happens at Christ Church on Sunday mornings.

 

If you could have one super power, what would it be?

 

Read people’s minds. Seriously, I don't know what you are thinking, when you are in the hospital, when you need spiritual support, or when there is conflict between us. I hope in all our interactions you know you can ask for what you need.

 

Who is your social justice hero? (And of course why)

 

This was a struggle for me. I looked at the saints of the past who are our heroes and realized they gave me a new theological lens for social justice, but it was one pastor who changed my heart for justice. Rev. George Gardner opened my eyes to my privilege, opened my ears to hear the cries of oppression, and opened my heart to care about changing the world. He was the first pastor I encountered who stood up for LGBTQ justice, reproductive rights, and challenged the institutional church to be inclusive and sacred with God’s love.

 

What inspires you when the days get difficult?

 

I hold to our baptismal vows. These promises are not simply about biblical stories or heart-warming rituals, but changing the world with love and hope and joy and peace.

 

Do you therefore accept as your duty and privilege to live before one another a life that becomes the Gospel of love; to foster values and faithfulness;  to care for the poor, lost, and least; that our children learn to stand up for justice, for  the marginalized, for equality; that all our children will be given their own agency to find identity and purpose in God’s call on their life; and that all will be welcomed and loved for whomever  they choose to be.

 

These vows are about creating a community where all are seen as the beloved of God, where we are the village of support for whatever happens on the journey of life. This vision of the church inspires me.

 
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