Pastor Rebecca Strader (Becky) is a native Oregonian, growing up as a
shepherdess outside of Bandon. She received diplomas from Rice University (BA),
Claremont Theological School (MA in Religious Education), and San Francisco
Theological Seminary (M.Div.) Ordained as a Teaching Elder by the Presbytery
of San Jose in 1981, Becky has been a Christian Educator or Pastor in
Palo Alto, CA.; Mesa, AZ; and Burlington and Graniteville, VT.
Becky has also worked in human services as Director of the interfaith Joint
Urban Ministry Project in Burlington, VT, and for the Vermont Department
of Family Services, facilitating partnerships between faith communities
and staff working with children and families involved in Child
Protective Services. Becky has a son, Gabe, who is completing his MFA
in Sculpture in Madison, WI, and a step-daughter, Amy, who recently was
married and three weeks later opened a new restaurant in San Francisco.
Becky enjoys choral singing (from early music and shape note tunes
to recently-composed classical pieces) and she knits to keep her hands busy.
She is also an avid gardener, though her current task at the parsonage
seems to be logging.
Pastor Becky's theology is grounded in traditional thought, but ranges
far and wide, as she learns from her interfaith and ecumenical partners,
and colleagues in the sciences.