New Pastor Introduction

Introducing Rev. Steve and Kim Easterday-McPadden
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SPRC member Larry Beckner read the following announcement in worship last Sunday, Feb. 15:

This last Thursday evening your Staff Parish Relations Committee met with Rev. Steve Easterday-McPadden.  Pastor Steve has been selected by Bishop Stanovsky to serve as our next senior pastor. This appointment will be effective July 1, 2015.

We also learned that Rev. Laura will be reappointed to continuing serving this church for another year.  The Committee supports this appointment and we look forward to Laura remaining with us. Her ministry has taken us in many new and rewarding directions including her leadership at the 9:00 service.

I will share with you some information about Pastor Steve and his wife Kim.  They come to us from Ft. Collins United Methodist Church where he has been the senior pastor.  He has also served churches in Longmont and Durango. Prior to entering the ministry, Steve was an electric power engineer with Public Service Company of Colorado.

Pastor Steve received his electrical engineering degree from the University of Colorado and graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He has been a cub scout master, he is a motorcycle enthusiast, bicyclist, guitarist and vocalist.  He was the tenor banjo player in a Dixieland/gospel/jazz band. The Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation is another interest he has.

Steve’s wife, Kim, works as an office manager for Edward Jones in Ft. Collins. Along with her husband she has lead Disciple Bible studies. She belongs to UMW and likes to cook and do behind-the-scenes work for church dinners.

Steve and Kim have two daughters, Carly who is a registered nurse, and Darrel who is working on her PhD in physics.  Their twin sons, Peter and Isaac, are enrolled at the University of Colorado. Peter is studying computer science and Isaac is studying chemical engineering.

Steve told SPRC that he has a “love of worship in any format.”  He added that “God moves deeply in my soul through music.”  He has a deep interest in scripture, Biblical languages and in spiritual formation. He has a solid understanding of the business aspects of church leadership such as finance and budget, developing and managing staff, and working with teams to accomplish ministerial goals. Steve has also worked successfully with the same consulting company that we are currently using and which assists congregations through capital campaigns.

Rev. Blaine will be a very tough act to follow. He has served as our loved Pastor for more than ten years and during that time our church has become much stronger in so many ways. Rev. Blaine loves this church and he loves his congregation. His leadership, spirituality, humor and love of God has been an inspiration to me and hopefully to all of you. But now our Bishop, the Cabinet and Blaine have determined it is time for him to pursue a new ministry setting.

The Conference has sent to us Pastor Steve who this Committee believes is an excellent fit for this church and who will take us in new directions. Please mark July 1 on your calendar as the day to meet our new Pastor.