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Non-traditional pastor to lead Red Rocks Easter Services

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"When I wear my clergy shirt, I think that people actually think I'm a performance artist or something. They don't actually assume I'm a clergy person," Bolz-Weber said.

Even though her appearance may be shocking to an average church-goer, Bolz-Weber says it's a representation of her tremendous faith.

"I want to create the kind of community where people don't have to check parts of themselves at the door in order to be in a Christian community," Bolz-Weber.

Bolz-Weber said her faith came to her later in life.

"There was a 10-year period where I wouldn't have anything to do with Christianity," she said.

The pastor said she nearly lost herself to drugs and alcohol during that time, only to get clean, meet her husband, who is also a pastor, and go to seminary.

"I think I was just able to settle down enough to where I was just able to listen to God's voice in my life without all the crazy," Bolz-Weber said.

Now, the pastor is preparing to take what some say is the ultimate stage: Red Rocks Amphitheater.

"It's an incredible honor," she said. "I can't believe they asked me. I'm just sort of this obscure woman with a church of 70 people."

But the pastor said she hopes that obscurity, and what she calls her shocking real personality, will draw more people to her and to God.

"I have no basis by which to have a great deal of spiritual pride," she said. "I'm sort of a deeply flawed but deeply faithful person. I think some people maybe find that inviting."

Bolz-Weber said she's been off drugs and alcohol for 19 years. Sunday will be her first time ever taking part in Easter services at Red Rocks.

This story came to us thanks to our partners at the Denver Post.

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