Sabbatical Journey: Introducing Bridge Pastor Rev. Linda Anderson

Introducing our Sabbatical Bridge Pastor – Rev. Linda Anderson

It is my pleasure to introduce our Sabbatical Bridge Pastor, Rev. Linda Anderson.  Rev. Anderson is an experienced Pastor who has served churches in Illinois and Michigan.  She recently retired as solo Pastor at St. Paul’s UCC Church in Dearborn Heights.  The interview committee felt that she is the ideal person to fulfill pastoral duties and support the work of the Sabbatical Team in the coming months.

She will be introduced to the congregation at our first outdoor service this Sunday, June 16.  She officially assumes this position on August 1.

Bob Maxfield – Sabbatical Team

Raised in the Congregational Church I have always celebrated the inclusive nature of the church and the diversity and richness it witnesses.  Outreach programs and Christian education within the church have always held special importance.  My involvement in these activities was in addition to my professional career where I worked full time in sales and marketing within the Detroit area grocery community.  Both my volunteer and work experiences enriched my life as I interacted regularly with people of varied faiths and nationalities.

At home, wanting children, I became a Mom as I first adopted Leida from El Salvador and, 3 years later, Lindsay from Korea.  Being a single parent of young daughters consumed much of my free time and energy.  Our lives were filled with school activities as well as church and travel.

When both girls were in college, I decided to return to school as well and enrolled in Ecumenical Theological Seminary of Detroit.  It was after being awarded my Masters of Divinity degree that I was ordained into Congregational Ministry in 2003.

Having served churches in Illinois and Michigan, I became active in the Detroit Metropolitan Association of the UCC in about 2010.  Most recently I concluded a solo pastorate at St. Paul’s Church in Dearborn Heights.

Away from the church I regularly enjoy spending time with grandchildren, travel, theater, a bit of volunteer work, and relaxing at home.  Now, I anticipate a new adventure.

Grateful for being chosen as the Bridge Pastor at CCB I look forward to getting to know the people of this congregation, taking part in the programs that have been planned, and assisting whenever needed.

I pray our time together will be filled with blessings and joy.

Rev. Linda Anderson