Pastor Linda Rex

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linda-portrait-e1361385068623I was born and raised in Worldwide Church of God. I spent much of my childhood on the Pasadena campus, since I attended Imperial Schools there for eight years, went to church services and bible studies there, and my father worked at the radio studio recording the Armstrongs’ broadcasts. I was baptized there in 1980 at age 20 and I received my B.A. from Ambassador College in California in 1985. I began studying counseling in 2002 and in 2005 I began preaching in a WCG/GCI congregation in Illinois. I entered the Master’s program at Grace Communion Seminary in 2009. I am in the midst of completing my thesis and am finishing my final course. In August 2012 I began to serve as senior pastor of the Nashville and Murfreesboro congregations of GCI. I have two children. My son attends college in Iowa while my daughter lives here in Tennessee with me.

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Good News Fellowship and New Hope Fellowship are churches that embrace Trinitarian Theology and ministers to the city of Nashville and surrounding areas from this theological perspective. Theologians from the history of the Church with whom we feel a special kinship include Irenaeus of Lyon, Athanasius of Alexandria, Gregory of Nyssa, Karl Barth, T.F. Torrance, J.B. Torrance, and Baxter Kruger, just to name a few.

Trinitarian Theology is a view of God in which we put Jesus’ revelation of the Father and the Holy Spirit at the center of everything we believe and do. We place particular emphasis on the loving, relational, and inclusive nature of God’s Triune Life. We believe that the Son of God has taken up permanent residence in human nature as the man Jesus in order to share this embracing life of the Trinity with all of humanity and the whole creation.

To learn more about the distinctive aspects of Trinitarian Theology we recommend Grace Communion International’s “You’re Included” siteThe Surprising God BlogTrinity and Humanity, and the booklet written by our denomination (GCI) called The God Revealed in Jesus Christ: a Brief Introduction to Trinitarian Theology.