4 Basic Guiding Principles
Here at Arden we try to live into our Christian faith with these four basic guiding principles:
Love: We love everyone. God is love and Love is at the center of all the teachings of Jesus.
Serve: We serve others. Service is the love in action that we embrace, because faith without works is dead.
Worship: We worship joyfully. Worship is the outward expression of the inward working of God's Spirit in our lives, the embodiment of that abundant joy that Jesus gives.
Grow: We grow deeper in our faith. We are willing to do the work to come to maturity in Christ so that we may bear good fruit.
Meet Our Pastor
Pastor Godfree McIntyre gave his life to Jesus in 1981. He has had rich and rewarding experience working in many different areas of ministry and worshiping in a wide variety of church environments. He has strong prophetic and teaching gifts, and has an active meditation and prayer life. He is down to earth and expresses the love and following of Jesus with his whole life. He has 5 children and 1 grandchild. He likes to garden, ride his motorcycle, and write poetry. He is learning to play music on several instruments in his free time.
Godfree has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Communication Studies from Sac State, and a Master’s of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology. He has completed 6 units of Clinical Pastoral Education and continues to work as a Hospice Chaplain. Godfree has also completed his studies for a Doctorate of Ministry with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Counseling (CPSP) and is writing his integration paper to complete the degree. He is currently a Chapter convener, Regional Representative, and Supervisor in Training with CPSP.
In recent years, Godfree has moved through a continual process of transition, actualizing freedom, authenticity, and boldness in the love of Christ.He is fully affirming and inclusive of people of all genders, orientations, races, abilities, classes, and other identities. He is a willing ally to all who seek to know and love God/the Holy/Wholeness.
Godfree is a progressive leader with a rich cultural/religious background including Pentecostal, Quaker, Buddhist, and Hindu flavors. As one of just a few transgender persons ordained with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he is proud to be working with his region toward expansive gender and sexuality inclusiveness. Godfree is also a member of the Christian Church of Northern California Nevada Education Ministries and Justice Commission, and is an anti-racism trainer. He has a passion for holistic social justice, as well as ecumenical and interfaith collaboration.
Godfree accepted the call to Transitional Interim Minister at Arden Christian Church in May of 2022 with gratitude, humility, and hopefulness. His participation in the Disciple’s Interim Ministry Training has helped him to clarify his role. It is his great joy to accompany this congregation into the next chapter of God’s vision for our fellowship and mission in this community.