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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


Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Watchword for the Week — So teach us, O God, to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. Psalm 90:12

Sunday, November 19 — Zephaniah 1:7,12–18; Psalm 90:1–8,(9–11),12
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11; Matthew 25:14–30

The Lord your God has blessed you in all your undertakings. Deuteronomy 2:7

Paul wrote: So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:7

God of the harvest, you make things grow. As gardeners in this world let your spirit work through us as we tend to the growth of others so that they will become what you meant for them to be. Amen.

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