Rev. Walter “Skip” Strickland
The Rev. Walter “Skip” Strickland was appointed to serve as the pastor of the Niwot United Methodist Church, Aug. 1, 2019. Skip brings to this appointment over 45 years of professional ministry. Starting as a youth director in three different churches, Skip went on to receive a Masters of Divinity Degree from the Iliff School of Theology. Skip’s ministry began in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the UMC and then was ordained an elder and entered into full membership with the Rocky Mountain Conference. During his ministry he served at First United Methodist Church, Longmont, CO; Community UMC, Pagosa Springs, CO; Wilson UMC, Colorado Springs, CO. (a new church plant); Broomfield UMC, Broomfield CO; Director of the San Juan United Cooperative Parish and pastor Cortez, CO; and Mountain View UMC, Boulder, CO. Then he was appointed to the conference staff positions of Director of Mission and Ministry Rocky Mountain Conference and then District Superintendent of the Peak and Plains District, Rocky Mountain Conference. Skip has served at every level of the UMC, twice elected as a reserve delegate to General and Jurisdictional conference. He was a Commissioner of the UMC General Commission on Communications. He was selected as one of the Distinguished Alumni of the Iliff School of Theology. And in the past served as a Board Member of the State of Colorado Healthy Communities initiative. Skip also received a certificate in Spiritual Companioning from the Benet Hills monastery. He loves trying to play the mandolin whenever possible.
Skip writes, “My vision is to help each person use their imagination to discover their capacity for liberation and wholeness through God’s faith in us. Personal transformation takes place within the environment of God’s love, made known to us through the ministry and teaching of Jesus and the guiding, enlightening power of the Holy Spirit. As the scriptures state, each person should love the Lord, with all their soul, mind and strength and love their neighbor as themselves. It is my vision to lead a community of faith towards that goal as it seeks to transform the community around and globally connected to it.
David loves to be involved with worship and music and is grateful to be at Niwot UMC. He has a degree in Voice and has worked with children’s and adult choirs for many years in the church setting, beginning in 2002 at a Methodist church in Arvada, CO. He is the Music Director of the Smithtonians, a Handbell Ensemble in Littleton, CO, and has been active as a composer, flutist, and a therapeutic musician in healthcare, also working as a licensed massage therapist.
Kim has worked at Niwot UMC on and off for 20 years. The job is truly a ministry for her!