Who is DR. BRAD STRAIT?
Well, I am a husband, a father, a pastor, a counselor, an artist, and a professor. I am a story-teller and raconteur. I love to write, paint, garden, teach, and take pictures. I am a hyper-extrovert who gets recharged hanging out with people. I love traveling, and have learned from and laughed with people all over the world. I also have chosen to be a Christian Mystic. Or a Mystical Christian. Not sure which is best. This means, at the core, that I try to know and experience a living Jesus each day. More about that here.
Want more information? The basics: I have many jobs and roles. I have a doctorate in theology and serve as Senior Pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Englewood, Colorado. I teach Leadership and Spiritual Formation at Denver Seminary. I also have a degree in Counseling, and years of practice in marital and family counseling. I work with families and individuals, specializing in intimacy and relationship issues. I have written broadly on spiritual intimacy, and co-authored Leadership Training Guide: A Resource for Pastors, Elders, and Churches (Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Livonia, Michigan; 2007). I am a Chaplain alongside several fire and police departments, and served twelve years as Chaplain of the House for the Colorado House of Representatives. My real flowers and fruit: I have been married for 35 years to Cathy and have three beautiful, grown daughters. More about how I got to be a pastor here.
Even more questions? Well, I’ve mentioned my roles–about what I do–but not about how I do what I do. So, may I offer a deeper look? Everyone needs a set of standards by which to anchor their compass and set their sails. If you want to know me, read my post: “Strait’s Rules of Living Well.” This is how I try to live life, offered with some comments and explanation. These have coalesced over time, learned bit-by-bit from experience, great mentors, personal dumb choices, numerous broken bones, and the wisdom of world travel. Some student, I think to tease me, starting writing down all the little “proverbial” things I said in class. The Strait list was born, and I’ve added to it.
And the church I serve at? You can also learn more about Cherry Creek at www.cherrycreekpres.org. This soaring red-brick church is filled with faithful people who are committed to helping everyone they meet, both in Denver and around the world. We believe that the church exists to serve others (not just the church members) and we have invested ourselves into food ministries, basketball and sports camps, quality community childcare, relevant teaching, and no-strings loving relationships. We call this, “missional living.”
As a church, we are a strange blend of people from many backgrounds. We have historically deep roots, love traditions and liturgy, and think a bunch about the world we live in. We love the Bible, and strive to teach in a way which is relevant to daily life. We love music of all styles and types, from choir to contemporary worship to jazz. Sundays are often a gentle collision of “high church” and “real people.” We love to laugh and to learn, and admit we don’t have all the answers. Even so, we love God, hopefully more and more each day. Faithfully, He is shaping us into something better than we were before. If you’re ever in Denver, feel free to come and worship with us. Our web site can give you a taste and allow you to listen sermons by me and other gifted Pastors.