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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


Fourth Sunday of Easter

Watchword for the Week — Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

Sunday, April 22 — Acts 4:5–12; Psalm 23
1 John 3:16–24; John 10:11–18

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me. Psalm 7:1

Jesus prayed: “I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.” John 17:15

God in whom we find refuge, we are grateful. When we find life unmanageable we remain hopeful, knowing you provide safekeeping from all that would separate us from you. Amen.

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