Bishop Karen Oliveto has announced that she has accepted the Rev. Walter “Skip” Strickland’s desire to retire, effective July 1, 2018.
Rev. Strickland, current superintendent of the Peaks and Plains District, began his ministry in the Pacific Northwest Conference and transferred to the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference in 1980. He was ordained a full elder in 1981. He has a long history of service in the conference, starting as an associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Longmont, Colorado in 1980. He then served as pastor at Pagosa Springs, Wilson UMC in Colorado Springs, Broomfield UMC and Cortez UMC.
Strickland's last appointment as a full-time pastor was at Mountain View UMC in Boulder from 1999 to 2006. He then served as the Rocky Mountain Conference Director of Mission and Ministry from 2007 to 2012. Since 2012, he has been the superintendent of the Peaks and Plains District.
Bishop Oliveto said, “Skip’s deep love for the Rocky Mountain Conference — its churches and its people — is contagious. With creativity and compassion, he has sought to strengthen ministries throughout our area. He has served us well! I invite us to hold Skip and his wife Belinda in our prayers as he enters into this time of major life transition. May God continue to bless him and work through him.”