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New NUMC pastor takes community to heart


August 21, 2019

Photo by Mary Wolbach Lopert Pastor Walter “Skip” Strickland stands beside a banner made by Mrs. Lois Sampson, who was both his first grade elementary school teacher and his first grade Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Sampson gave Strickland the banner when he was ordained as a pastor and an elder in the United Methodist Church. He always hangs the banner in his office, no matter where that office is.

Pastor Walter “Skip” Strickland has known what his calling was since he was a high school junior in Tacoma, Wash. Strickland, the new pastor at Niwot United Methodist Church (NUMC), was very active in youth ministry and served as the conference youth president for the Conference Council of Youth Ministry for Washington and northern Idaho.

It was this drive that brought him to Colorado in 19...

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