St. Andrew shares a vital and innovative relationship with the United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley. In February of 2023, the two congregations were presented with a unique ministry opportunity. As Eagle Valley needed pastoral leadership after the unexpected departure of its pastor, St. Andrew provided worship liturgies and sermon videos each week. Once a month, a St. Andrew pastor would travel to Eagle Valley to lead worship, preach, administer the sacrament of communion, and provide pastoral care for congregational members.
In July of 2023, this unique partnership entered a new phase, as Rev. Aaron Strietzel joined the St. Andrew pastoral team was deployed to live and work full-time in Eagle Valley as pastor of the Eagle Valley UMC. Pastor Aaron leads worship each Sunday and, on most Sundays, the congregation continues to utilize St. Andrew’s pre-recorded sermon via video. This relationship with St. Andrew allows Pastor Aaron to invest his time and energies into building relationships, establishing new ministries, and serving the broader Eagle Valley community—all with the goal of creating a more sustainable, vibrant, and enduring United Methodist presence in Eagle Valley. Pastor Aaron’s appointment to St. Andrew allows him to be resourced by the St. Andrew team, to occasionally lead joint online classes for St. Andrew, and to receive mentoring and support from St. Andrew’s Sr. Pastor, Rev. Mark Feldmeir, and St. Andrew’s staff team.
More information about the United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley can be found on their website at www.umcofeaglevalley.org.