Pastor Jonathan Linman begins his fourth decade of pastoral work with his call to lead and to serve as pastor of Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church. Ordained in 1989, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in the inner-city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2001, he became Director of the Center for Christian Spirituality and a Professor of Ascetical Theology at The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City. In 2009, Pastor Linman began his work as Assistant to the Bishop for Faith and Leadership Formation in the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Dear People of God at Resurrection Church:
First off, I want you to know that I am delighted that you called me to be your pastor! Also, when I phoned my son, Nathan, later in the afternoon of the Call Sunday, his mother reported that he had a big grin on his face as I shared with him the good news of my call. My abiding thanks both to the members of the Call Committee and to the Congregation Council for shepherding a faithful process which resulted in my call to lead and to serve at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church.
After my weekend with you all at Resurrection, I immediately made arrangements to move to Arlington on March 21, but then Covid-19, now declared a pandemic, intervened. “The best laid plans of mice and mortals….” Each time I have taken concrete steps to become your pastor, a crisis has interrupted the journey! On first blush, one might say that all of this is not meant to be. But I believe such a voice could well be that of the tempter, and not the divine voice. The paths that God’s call takes us on are seldom easy, uncomplicated ones. The biblical witness, from beginning to end, is rich with stories of harrowing holy journeys. The difficulties of the paths we are traveling together, thus, give as much evidence of the sacredness of what we’ve undertaken as anything else.