Pastor Jen characterizes her life as one long road trip, figuratively and literally. She was born in Denver, yet grew up throughout the U.S., as her dad’s work with "Mobile" Oil (as she called it), had them moving often. Pastor Jen returned to Denver after attending the University of South Dakota. She attended the Denver Paralegal Institute, and moved to Nebraska and western Colorado, back to Denver, and then settled in Las Vegas for 16 years, where she still has family. Pastor Jen holds a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and joined us July 2019 from Gila Mountain United Methodist Church in Yuma, Arizona.
She has participated in mission trips to Mexico, California, Phoenix, and eastern Montana. While in seminary, she also interned at a nursing home and participated in leading a weekly worship service at a men’s minimum-security prison.
Pastor Jen describes herself as "a people person to the core," saying she "will strike up a conversation with a friend or a stranger at the drop of a hat.” She also says, "I realized how many stories remained to be heard - stories that over time have shattered biases, increased understanding and ignited my passion for mercy and justice."
If you know anything about Linda, it’s her love of the Lord and the desire to help her brothers and sisters in Christ. Her other passion is the love of music. Linda has been a member of TUMC since 2003. She was part of the praise team and ultimately became the church’s music director in 2015 and Ministry Assistant in 2021.
Linda has a breadth of experience she brings to the ministry. Linda is from the Philippines. She has a bachelor’s degree in tourism and while that is not her chosen occupation, she uses those skills to coordinate events and bring people together in creative ways. Linda gained office skills through her work in finance and with the DMV. Linda has also served as a missionary in Sweden.
Linda’s passion is the ministry of Jesus Christ. She desires for people to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and to grow deeper in their faith. As a member of the leadership staff Linda deals with the day operations of the church, such as: sharing ministry envisioning, design and implementation of church programs; establishing and acting as communication hub for the Pastor and the church; coordinating planning and logistics of weekly worship services, Bible studies and other ministries; and coordinates with the Society of St Stephen in the distribution of blessing bags and food rescue. She is a busy lady, yet she is not a control freak – she welcomes other to join her in the work of ministry, as she notes in one of her go-to texts.
1Peter 4:9-10 --- 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
If deep in your heart, you feel that you would like to be the hands and feet of Jesus, please contact us at the office. There are a lot of opportunities that you can share your gifts and talents to the many ministries of the church may it be in music, worship, caring, prayer, fellowship, food rescue and many more. You are welcome to drop by the office and have a chat or sharing with us. If you need prayers, you can call the office or email us your prayer request. God loves you and so do we.