Community - September 29, 2010

Church welcomes education leader

Courtney Stange-Tregear is the new director of faith formation at Ladera Community Church in Portola Valley. Her mission is to build intergenerational participation in both worship and education, says Myrtle Carey, a spokesperson for the church.

"As a mother of two young children, she has a personal interest in building faith from the ground up, and thinks Ladera Church provides a rich community in which to nourish spiritual life from young children to adults," says Ms. Carey.

Originally from the Bay Area, Ms. Stange-Tregear received her bachelor's degree from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland; her master's degree in research and philosophy of religion from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom; and her master of divinity degree in worship, theology and the arts from Andover Newton Theological School in Maine.

For the past five years, she has served in Massachusetts as a youth minister and chaplain intern. Most recently, she was interim associate pastor at Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos.

"She brings a breadth of experience, an insightful mind, and a passion for nurturing spiritual life and practice for all ages," says the Rev. Lindsay L. Fulmer, who came to the Ladera church as its first female pastor in October 2008.

Ms. Stange-Tregear says that she sees her role as mentor and guide. "Faith is a task for a lifetime," she says. "I will work with members of all ages as we pursue our calls to love, charity, spirituality and justice."

Ladera Community Church is at 3000 Alpine Road in Ladera.

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