March 21, 2017
Rev. Courtney Stange-Tregear (@CourtneyStange), clergyperson in the United Church Christ, is anchored in the dynamic work of social justice advocacy and congregational transformation. Courtney now serves as Minister of Church Vitality for the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, after pastoring local congregations in both California and Maryland. Her love for the local parish and community organizing come into play as she consults and partners with congregations to build more dynamic, integrative and intersectional churches for the future of mainline church.
“What is Church Vitality and what will I be doing to encourage it? …My priority will be on listening, learning and wondering,” she says. “Church Vitality is something that can look so very different in different contexts, and yet it is clearly identifiable when it is there. We can’t quite name what it is that we see/sense/feel but we know it when we see it.”
Courtney’s work as pastor and conference staff is rooted in her training in the Great Books tradition of St. John’s College where she received her undergraduate degree. She also holds degrees from the University of Leeds in Philosophy and Religion and a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary. Courtney has done advocacy in maternal health and published an article in Midwifery Today, and published a chapter on family ritual in the recent book Sacred Habits.
An avid reader, she regularly studies literature in areas such as spiritual leadership, healthy living and peaceful parenting. Courtney lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband Mark, and her three children.
Photo: Rev. Courtney Stange with Jennifer Castle on a recent visit to Plymouth