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About Linda Jaberg
Rev Linda McCardle Jaberg was born and raised in West Chester, PA. She graduated from Gordon College with a major in History and minor in Secondary Education. Following her call into ministry she graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree with emphasis in Pastoral Care.
In 1971, she was the first woman in Donegal Presbytery to be ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament. She began ministry as a Stated Supply in New Brunswick Presbytery, New Jersey. She served First Presbyterian Church of Safety Harbor, Florida as an part time Associate Pastor for seven years. After moving back to Pennsylvania she served First Presbyterian Church of West Chester as Assistant Pastor for almost five years before becoming the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Altoona in 1988. In all her pastoral positions she was the first woman to serve congregations as a Teaching Elder.
While in Altoona she became active in several community organizations, including the Board of Directors for the Blair County Children and Youth Services and the Board of the local Hospice services. Under her leadership the congregation’s weekly program to inner city children expanded to include a meal, recreation, library facilities, Bible Study, music and tutoring. The “Super Tuesday” ministry was recognized on the General Assembly level as an outstanding congregational based outreach to the community.
Linda came to Thomas Presbyterian Church in October 1996 and retired there after 16 years. In addition to serving as Head of Staff at Thomas, she served Washington Presbytery as Chair of Council. Occasionally, she provides leadership to other churches and presbyteries in the areas of Stewardship, Church Growth and Evangelism. She has served as Moderator to both Huntingdon and Washington Presbyteries.
She moved to the Orlando area and was hired by Orlando Presbyterian Church in 2012, to help them launch from a remnant congregation to a fully functioning church that impacts the world with the love of Jesus Christ. In addition to her full time responsibilities with OPC, Linda serves on Central Florida Presbytery’s Congregation Development Committee, a Resolution Team, and Interim Session Moderator for College Park P.C.
Linda is a national consultant with Stan Ott’s, “Vital Churches Institute” and teaches with Stan, principles of congregational growth and vitality.
Her son Peter and daughter-in-law Liz, live in Orlando with their three children, Luke 11 and the twins, Jake and Emma 9.
This is a permanent move to Florida to not only serve Orlando Presbyterian Church, but also to be closer to her family.