SUMMERSIDE - Summerside Community Church has a new executive pastor, Tracy Linkletter from Edmonton, Alta.
Linkletter joins Senior Pastor, Andrew Bryce, who founded the church 20 years ago.
Executive pastor (XP) is a relatively new and emerging pastoral position in the church. At its core, the role of an XP is to facilitate organizational growth and leadership development.
Bobby Dunn, member of the church’s hiring committee, states, “(Linkletter’s) organizational leadership and development background coupled with a heart to express and release Christ’s redemptive love and grace to the community in relevant ways is vital to the growth and sustainability of Summerside Community Church’s mission.”
Linkletter is the first female executive pastor in the Maritimes. She has spent the past 10 years working in the technology field.
She grew up in the church, attended Bible College and has been a lifelong volunteer and lay leader in her church in Alberta. Tracy’s 25 years of combined experience in both business and church leadership has prepared her for this unique new pastoral role.
She finds inspiration and motivation in helping people reach new heights in their goals and dreams. She said she has fallen in love with Prince Edward Island over the past 25 years while visiting family each summer with her husband, Ron Linkletter.
Tracy is excited to be at the forefront of this new season at Summerside Community Church. Summerside Community Church works with other local churches and the Christian Council to make a difference in Summerside and have co-operated or spearheaded such projects as Operation Backpack and Christmas Shoeboxes.
Tracy is excited to help people understand how their gifts and skills can aid this work and have a positive impact on the community.