I was born in Flint, Michigan in the early '50s and attended Flint Community Junior College and then graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1972. Following that, I went on to Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., graduating with a Master of Divinity Degree in 1975.

It was while at WTS that I met my wife, Linda, also a student going into the ministry. We married in 1973 and took a student parish on Hooper's Island, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

I was ordained an elder in 1976 in the United Methodist Church, while serving under appointment with my wife in the Iowa Conference. Our first parish had nine churches.

pdcomputer.jpg (12797 bytes)While we were there a daughter, Heather was born.  Then, in 1978 we moved to Strawberry Point Iowa, where I took a parish alone so Linda could finish our family, with the birth of their son, Nathan.

We have moved several times.  In 1988 we moved from the Iowa Conference into the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church and then after three years into the Detroit Conference.  I continue to be under full-time appointment.

I enjoy dabbling with the computer, among other things. I also play the trumpet, write hymns, poetry, and articles. 

I'm now the pastor of the Birch Run and Burt United Methodist Churches in Michigan.


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Rev. Linda Donelson was born in Clinton, Iowa and is a 1972 graduate of the University of Iowa.  She attended Wesley Theological Seminary, graduating in 1975.

Rev. Donelson has done extensive training in Spiritual Formation, Women's Theology, The Bowman Theory (Generation to Generation), including approaches to church administration and family therapy.

In 1996 Rev. Linda completed an $850,000 sanctuary building project in Dundee, MI.  She has also served as pastor of Embury UMC in Birmingham, MI.  She is now on a disability leave from the ministry.

Among other things, Rev. Linda enjoys reading, and spending time with her little poodle, Hawkeye.  

We look forward to your E-mail.  Drop us a line at donelson@umcs.org.


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