First Golden UMC

10:00 am Worship
Nursery available
(Our 8:30 am service will return in the fall)

1500 Ford Street , Golden , CO 80401
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(303) 279-3484

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Rev. AmyStrader

Rev. Amy Strader

Pastor Amy Strader grew up in the Kansas City area and graduated from the Iliff School of Theology. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Life and Community Services from Kansas State University (that’s the Wildcats, not the Jayhawks, for you sports fans). She has a passion for relevant ministry and is in her fourth year of serving the Golden community.  

Pastor Amy  is married to Rev. Eric Strader, pastor of Christ Church UMC in Denver, and has a daughter, Nora and a son, Finn.

Before moving to Golden, Pastor Amy served as as Associate pastor working families and while still in Kansas worked in Youth Ministry for 6 years.  Which means, in addition to typical pastoral duties, Pastor Amy also works serves with our children, youth, and families.  

When not at church she enjoys walks along Clear Creek, binge watching Netflicks, and trying new things and food.


Melodie Quinnam

Melodie is our Office Manager.  If you need to reserve a room, she's your gal.  Melodie came to us after a career in health services and senior care.  She loves her puppies and enjoy's chatting with and assisting our weekly Hunger Watch residents.  

Kevin Lufkin

Kevin Lufkin is a Denver based pianist and keyboardist. He is a soloist as well as collaborator in projects ranging from funk, classical, sacred music, jazz, and pop styles. Some performance highlights include a show in Hong Kong with Mannequin, a premier Denver-based event band, and he completed a tour of Mexico where he performed as the pianist for Sound Circle Eurythmy ensemble, based out of Boulder, CO. Other highlights have included various performances throughout the United States and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received his Bachelor of Music in piano performance with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and was named the outstanding graduate of his class. He has won prizes in numerous piano competitions, including being a two-time winner of the Colorado MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, receiving third prize in the 2009 Lee Piano Competition, and winning first place in the 2008 Robert M. Spire Piano Competition.  Kevin has had the privilege of playing music in the church since 2013, and enjoys being able to play a wide variety of music that serves as an important part of worship.  


Rhianna Hanson

Rhianna lovingly cares for your children or grandchildren in our church nursery.  Rhianna received her degree in Early Childhood education from Red Rocks Community College.  During the week she is on staff at _____________.  When she's not caring for children she enjoys_____________.    

Russ Smith

Russ Smith is in his twentieth year as the choir director at Golden First UMC.  Russ came from similar positions at the Epworth UMC in Norfolk, VA and the Virginia Beach UMC, and has been directing church music programs since 1971.  He has a Masters in Music from Norfolk State University, is a retired public school music teacher, and currently works for the BLM, Colorado State Office.  Russ and Terri have one daughter and two grandsons living in the Denver area.  Russ and Terri spend a lot of time camping allowing Terri to continue her landscape photography.

The Staff

First Golden UMC

(303) 279-3484