First Baptist Church of Glens Falls, New York and Village Baptist Church of Fort Edward welcome Linda Hoeschle, M.Div. as pastor, effective March 15, 2015. Linda was voted into the pastorate on February 1, 2015.
A registered nurse of 31 years, Pastor Linda graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in May 2014 and has, since graduation, both worked in pulpit supply and with the greater Bay Area Ministerium and done one-on-one ministry with needy individuals.
Linda grew up in Westmoreland, New York, youngest of three in a lower middle class family whose home she characterizes as “filled with family, friends, and abundant love!” She attended the Bartlett Baptist Church where she learned of Jesus’ love and all things Baptist. She has been a United Methodist and also a Missouri Synod Lutheran, but returned to her American Baptist roots in 1996. She says, “I never lost my faith or my love for God in those years, but realized what I had missed when I landed at First Baptist, Belfast [Maine]. I happily accepted Christ’s Grace and Love, and was fed by the Gospel through sermons and Bible study and felt surrounded by the Holy Spirit.”
The mother of two adult sons and grandmother to Sam and Olivia, who will turn three in February and June, “Lindy,” as she is known to her husband’s two children and six grandchildren, is a widow who adores her “families-by-love” and two grown stepchildren. She visits as often as possible, though they are spread across the country.
Prior to seminary, she graduated from Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing in 1981. In October 2003 she experienced a call to ministry and took a course of study with the American Baptist Churches of Maine’s Institute for Ministry from which she graduated in 2009. Following her ABCOM commission in January, she participated in a short-term mission trip to Nicaragua. Upon her return she attended a Conference on the Ministry at Andover Newton Theological School where she enrolled in 2010. She continued to work part-time as a nurse while commuting to the theological school. This tough schedule left her “full of joy to be following God’s Call and energized by it.”
An active member of First Baptist Church, Belfast, ME, she has served as a deacon, member of the Board of Christian Education, chair of BCE, served on Pastoral Relations, Nominating and Music Committees and led worship for Harbor Side Services since 2006, where she developed a Junior Church program.
Linda enjoys the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, and music in all its forms.
She has conveyed her thanks for the welcome she received at FBC and VBC, as well as for the work of the Search Committee. First Baptist and Village Baptist extend a hearty welcome to her in the name of Christ. We look forward to ministering together.
Greetings on this sunny, but deceiving Wednesday!
I say that because the March sun is bright and high in the sky, and it looks lovely outside! However, when you step outside that nasty north wind blows full force and it feels like the frozen days of February again! Keep those winter coats, hats and scarves at the ready.
I have to tell you, my first week in the pulpits of First Baptist and Village Baptist was great fun and quite fulfilling. The message, “From Diapause to New Life Together” was well received by the adults as was the story of God’s Covenant with the children. What a joy to have younger, yet knowledgeable and enthusiastic participants! The day was amazing and included a huge soup and sandwich luncheon for me. I was delighted so many people from both churches showed up ~ I never could have eaten all of those pots of soup and trays of sandwiches by myself!
This week we are going to take another look at Covenant ~ this time as a “New and Improved Covenant” that begins tied to the heart of the believer. The scriptures are Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Hebrews 5:5-10. As we approach the last Sunday in Lent when life can seem pretty bleak, it is important to remember that the love of God still surrounds us even though we may have slipped into our human sinful nature. He is with us; like the warm March sun, God continues to love and protect us from the bitter cold and loneliness of our selfish ways.
See you in Church!