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Dear Epworth Friends,
I am delighted to come back to where I started 32 years ago!
It was Epworth that first introduced me to the United Methodist Church. The graciousness I found at Epworth set the tone of pastoral ministry for me. It’s a privilege to be invited to return.
Since leaving Epworth I have had the joy of serving several churches in the conference, serving as Special Assistant to the Bishop, and raising three children with Bob, my wonderful partner.
I have been enriched by every church I have served. I love joining with congregations to clarify and explore our call together. Seeing hope and community come alive through creative caring ministries is powerful — and great fun! Ministries that take shape through mutual dreaming and discernment and the movement of the Spirit always surprise and in-spire me: working for peace and justice locally and globally, mentoring adults with mental illness, tutoring children and supporting staff at a neighborhood school, getting filthy and feeling great while repairing homes through Sierra Service Project and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, advocating for justice for immigrants, exploring the reconciling process to fully include everyone…. and many others. I am so glad now to have the opportunity to share the next years in ministry with you!
I have heard of Epworth’s many gifts and powerful witness and have experienced them firsthand. I look forward to hearing your stories of hope and transformation, learning about the wisdom you have discovered, and dreaming God’s daring dream with you in the years ahead!
Pastor Linda Loessberg-Zahl