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 25 years as a counselor.
- I am a recovering workaholic.
- And I am a biblical Christian Mystic.
Let’s start with the last one. This means, at the core, that I try to know and experience a living Jesus each day in all kinds of places and situations. I am working to slow down, so as to enjoy the joyful company of amazing people all over the world. To be fully present in each moment. More on my life as a Christian mystic here.
As well, I am a husband, a father, a pastor, a counselor, an artist, and a professor. I love to write, paint, garden, teach, and take pictures. I am always reading, belong to several international academic organizations, and love science, psychology, and spirituality research. My expertise is on intimacy–the growing of deep connections–both between people and between people and God. 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 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 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). I serve on the Board of the Denver Rescue Mission, a large homeless shelter. I have served 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.” 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. 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.