The Rev. Linda Stoddard (above second from left) is Pastor of Maple United Methodist Church. You'll find that Rev. Linda is a warm and welcoming person with a compassionate heart and sharp mind. In the photo above, Rev. Stoddard is dishing out ice cream during a special Lenten Lunch program.
Rev. Linda is a graduate of Albion College and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. She's been an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church since 1970. (Read a pastoral letter from Rev. Linda.)
Experience counts! Rev. Linda has more than 40 years of experience in the pastorate, having served three parishes prior to her appointment to Maple in July 2008. She was also part of the chaplain staff at Battle Creek Health System for almost twenty years. While appointed as a "part-time" pastor, Rev. Linda will tell you "There's no such thing as a 'part-time' pastor!"
Rev. Stoddard has written two books - one of poetry and one a collection of Lenten messages. She's also been a frequent public speaker throughout the Battle Creek area where she's lived since 1983.
To learn more about Rev. Linda, or Maple United Methodist, please call the church office at (269) 964-1252 any weekeday from 9:00-noon.. Welcome!