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Moravian Theological Seminary’s CROSSROADS program prepares lay leaders for congregational service

112013lindapensyl2When the Rev. Cynthia Geyer left College Hill Moravian Church to assume the new role of Eastern District Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, the congregation was faced with what to do to keep programs moving, fill the pulpit every other Sunday and assist Rev. David Geyer. Mostly they needed some time and space in order to sort out a long-term staffing plan.

They turned to CROSSROADS, the Lay Leadership Program at Moravian Theological Seminary, for assistance. They asked Dr. Jill Peters, CROSSROADS director, for a lay staff recommendation. Based on that recommendation, they interviewed Linda Pensyl Rapp, a 2012 CROSSROADS graduate and member of First Moravian, Easton, Pa.

After interviewing her they determined that she fit the bill exactly having helped her congregation through an interim period, preaching regularly, leading adult discipleship and was experienced in many aspects of church leadership.

Linda was installed Sunday, September 22 as their part-time Interim Pastoral and Programming Assistant. Linda’s experiences in CROSSROADS uniquely qualified her for this position. She has taken courses in Preaching, Teaching, Discipleship and Contextual Outreach to name a few. We congratulate her and College Hill on this exciting venture.

For more information about the CROSSROADS program go to or contact Jill Peters atjpeters@moravian.eduThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The purpose of CROSSROADS is to train lay leaders in local congregations.


From the November 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Watchword for the Week — Trust in him at all times, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8

Sunday, January 21 — Jonah 3:1–5,10; Psalm 62:5–12
1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20

I give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. Psalm 138:2

Jesus prays: “I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:26

Blessed Redeemer, on this holy day may our worship of you spill out of the sanctuary and into every aspect of our lives. May all that we do give testimony to your unifying love. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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