Who is DR. BRAD STRAIT?
- I am a story-teller.
- I am a lover of places where community and diversity collide.
- I am a researcher and observer of life, with over 30 years as a counselor.
- I am a recovering workaholic.
- I am a Presbyterian pastor.
- And I am a biblical Christian Mystic.
Let’s start with the last one. I use the term the way C.S. Lewis did. This means, at the core, that I try to know and experience a living Jesus each day in all kinds of places and situations. As a Christian Mystic, I am working to “be here now,” so as to enjoy the joyful company of amazing people all over the world. To be fully present in each moment. I am seeking to find good in every person I meet, and to remember that each has something to offer. As a Christian Mystic, I am a servant first. I know I am broken, and that I have been blessed by God with many, many things simply because of his goodness. That’s a taste. More clarity on my life as a Christian mystic here.
I love people. I am a hyper-extrovert who gets recharged hanging out with people. I love traveling, and have studied, learned from, and laughed with people all over the world.
I am a global-hearted shepherd. I have a passion for helping people who find life overwhelming. I have worked with lepers and the homeless in India, village poor in places like Thailand, Uganda, Ethiopia, and refugees in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Denver. I have helped build homes, churches, clinics, and wells around the world.
I am a professor and teacher. I have spoken around the globe on the spiritual life. I have a doctorate in theology and serve as Lead Pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood (Denver), Colorado. I teach Leadership, Spiritual Formation, and Pastoral Counseling at Denver Seminary. I have advanced degrees in business, theology, and counseling. I am a mentor by wiring, and have been doing pastoral counseling for thirty years. I work with all kinds of people, specializing in intimacy, fear, relationships, and faith issues.
I am a writer. I have written and taught broadly on spiritual intimacy, and co-authored Leadership Training Guide: A Resource for Pastors, Elders, and Churches (Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Livonia, Michigan; 2007, 2014, 2020). I have been blessed to work with Pastor Andrew Brunson on his video series, Prepare To Stand (offering lessons learned from his two years in a Turkish prison), and I have written the Prepare To Stand Study Guide (2022). I have served on the Board of the Denver Rescue Mission, a large homeless shelter, as a Chaplain alongside several fire and police departments, and as Chaplain of the House for the Colorado House of Representatives. My real flowers and fruit: I have been married for 38 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. 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.”
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. 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.