Grace and peace to you all.
This is J.T. Smiedendorf, your new Bridge Associate Minister. I’m here to be one of your pastors until the Associate Minister Search Team finds their candidate, the church votes to confirm that candidate, and that candidate arrives at Plymouth Church to begin their ministry sometime next year (maybe summer or fall). Being a Bridge Minister means I am not a candidate for this position.
I am here to be with you on the Spirit journey, to be a part of your ministry, your staff, and your clergy. Whether it be preaching, teaching, leading worship, calling you or meeting with you, or advising and supporting ministry teams, I’m here to help. In many years of ministry, I’ve been a chaplain, Associate, Senior, Co-Pastor, and Interim Minister. At this point, Spirit has called me into interim ministry, yet another of Spirit’s surprises that are right for me. I hope that my ministry and life experience will be of service to you all. I’ve already met a good number of you and some of you have seen me online or even spoke with me on the phone. I’ve enjoyed it and I look forward to getting to know you more.
As for me, I live outside of Boulder in the foothills with Allison, my wife, and our cat, Isabella. I grew up in southwest Michigan in a small town as the youngest of three sons. I grew up going to and active in a United Methodist church before leaving for the UCC as an adult in 1995 (after I attended seminary). Academia and book learning have been helpful, but most helpful has been my life learning through recovery from divorce, sitting in men’s circles, and being in deep ritual and retreat settings. The heart of the Gospel to me is the Divine Force that moves to liberate, to heal, and to make people and cultures whole so that the interdependent web of Life might flourish (justice, peace, and the integrity of Creation).
I’m glad to be with you.
Let’s see what Spirit can do in and through us all.
The Rev. JT Smiedendorf has been a UCC minister since 2001, serving churches in Oregon, Colorado, Wyoming, and Washington. He has a particular passion for reclaiming the earthy, embodied, and experiential aspect of Christian spiritual practice. He and his wife Allison are co-founders of The Sanctuary for Sacred Union, an inter-spiritual initiative, and he is currently earning a postgraduate Certificate in Psychedelic Therapies and Research. Read more about JT HERE.