WHEAT RIDGE CONGREGATION: THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Welcome to the web site of the Wheat Ridge Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ! We are a loving fellowship committed to following the Word of God through the teachings of Jesus Christ. We are a progressive, compassionate, thoughtful, open-and-affirming congregation. We believe that the core of the Christian gospel is the message of God’s love. As Christians, we profess Jesus as the central revelation of God’s love and understand Jesus as a distinctive prophet and savior who came into the world, ushering in a novel, loving, creative, whole-making dynamic that is as relevant and transformative today as it was then.
As a church we hope to provide a place where programs, people, and compassionate living bring relevance, clarity, and direction in the face of life’s most difficult challenges. As a faith community we offer opportunities for spiritual deepening and healing while also living out Christ’s call to respond to the needs of our world.
At WRCC UCC we attempt to offer a worship experience with depth and quality while also being accessible and welcoming for those who have little or no personal experience with church traditions. Some of our members would say that at our church they are “recovering” from earlier experiences with churches that they found to be strict, moralistic, or implausible. At WRCC UCC we care about people, God’s creation, spiritual development, intellectual curiosity, meaningful living, social justice, fellowship, and simply being kind to one another. We don’t try to be perfect but we do seek to be authentic. We aren’t overly idealistic but we do believe that with God’s grace, God’s inspiration, and our loving action, we can and do make a difference in the world.
If you decide to visit us we want you to know that no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
Claudia Schmitt was born in California. She holds a BA with a double major in Communications and Psychology at Chico State University north of Sacramento.
Claudia came to Denver to enter the Iliff School of Theology and received her Master of Divinity degree in 1989. Claudia has been a member of the United Church of Christ since 1994 and she was ordained right here at the Wheat Ridge UCC by the Metropolitan Denver Association of the United Church of Christ in November 2002. Prior to becoming the minister at WRCC UCC, Claudia served as a chaplain at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora for 14 years.
Claudia spent seven years training to become a Jungian Analyst with the C. G. Jung Institute of Colorado. She was approved and certified as an IAAP Diplomate Jungian Analyst in May 2020. In addition to being a full-time minister, Claudia sees a small number of clients.
Claudia has been married to David Conner since 1995.
In addition to her interests in theology and depth psychology, Claudia enjoys poetry, nature, and the Arts. Claudia has a passion for spiritual growth and a love for the church. She is known for her warmth and sincerity and for her constructive approach to problem solving.
Wheat Ridge Congregational Church is pleased to have had Rev. Claudia Schmitt as our pastor-in-charge since July 1, 2015.