About our Pastor

Pastor Linda was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia.   She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and received a Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond. She retired after 30 years from Richmond City Department of Social Services.

 

She was ordained as a Baptist minister and founded outreach ministry for at risk children in one of Richmond’s housing projects. She served for several years as a trainer with the Christian Education Training and Ministry Development team for the Baptist General Convention. She founded the A-Z Festival for women and teen girls (which was an ecumenical outreach ministry event focusing on women’s issues), led an ESL [English second language] ministry for 1 year with a local Hispanic Congregation. 2005 she was accepted into the Virginia Annual Conference as a minister of another denomination and the following year received her first appointment. In 2007 she was officially transferred as a member of the Conference and was commissioned as a provisional member in 2009.

 

Pastor Lynda has sung in the church choir, was director at VBS, served on numerous committees and served as the Annual Conference delegate. She served on the Hispanic ministry of the Ashland/Richmond Districts and served on the Richmond District’s board of directors of Urban Ministry.

 

Outreach ministry is a passion to her; she has been called a “bridge builder”. She was called by God to pastor and teach, and I am called to empower folk to be all they can be in Christ Jesus, both in the church and outside of the four walls of the church.

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I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and I attended public school there. I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. I received a Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond. I am single (never married) and have a large extended family. I retired after 30 years from Richmond City Department of Social Services.

I was ordained as a Baptist minister and founded outreach ministry for at risk children in one of Richmond’s housing projects. I served for several years as a trainer with the Christian Education Training and Ministry Development team for the Baptist General Convention. I taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and directed VBS. Started attending Bon Air UMC & was teaching & serving on committees before I joined the church in 2003. There I taught Sunday School, served on Congregational Care Committee, served as and founded the A-Z Festival for women and teen girls(which was an ecumenical outreach ministry event focusing on women’s issues), led an ESL [English second language] ministry for 1 year with a local Hispanic Congregation. I was accepted into the Virginia Annual Conference as a minister of another denomination in 2005 and received my first appointment in 2006.In 2007 I was officially transferred as a member of the Conference and was commissioned as a provisional member in 2009.
Then I served on the Hispanic ministry of the Ashland/Richmond Districts and served on the Richmond District’s board of directors of Urban Ministry.

 

Outreach ministry is a passion to me; I have been called a “bridge builder”. I was called by God to pastor and teach, and I am called to empower folk to be all they can be in Christ Jesus, both in the church and outside of the four walls of the church. I am looking forward to sharing in ministry

with you at West End UMC.
I am convinced that the Lord has brought us together and I am excited about the ministry possibilities that we will share together as pastor and people.

-Pastor Lynda