Welcome to ministerial intern Andrea Spencer-Linzie

Say Hello to Andrea Spencer-Linzie, First Church’s New Intern

The Intern Committee (Mike Widmer, Kathy Crawley, Tony Vagnucci, and Sam James) are very pleased to announce that Andrea Spencer-Linzie will be our intern starting this fall. Andrea will

Andrea Spencer-Linzie

Andrea Spencer-Linzie

work closely with Rev. David Bryce for four months and then fill in for him while he is on his sabbatical from January 1-July 1, 2017. While he is away, she will work with Rev. Doris Hunter. Andrea has the skills and abilities to cover for David and we, as a congregation, have an opportunity to contribute to her education. We are very pleased that she will be joining us and we believe you will be as well.

     Andrea, like many of us, was raised in a Christian denomination and as an adult became a Unitarian. Currently she is the Interim Director of Religious Education at the UU Congregation in Rockville, MD. She grew up in New Jersey within the United Methodist tradition. Her home church in Red Bank, NJ was a liberal, progressive congregation that solidified her passion for personal and social responsibility, justice, and spiritual grounding. About 15 years ago, she became an active UU and is currently a member of the UU Church in Cherry Hill, NJ where she has been a Board VP, active in the choir, RE, Worship, Music, and Social Justice Committees, and taught OWL for 7-9th grades.

     Andrea graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a major in Religious Studies and a minor in Spanish Literature. After Wesleyan she spent two years in Brownsville, TX as part of the United Methodist US-2 social justice program for young adults. She worked as a social worker in a Settlement House and as the Youth Choir Director and Social Justice Coordinator at the local United Methodist Church, which included work on the issues of El Salvadoran refugees and collaboration with Mexican United Methodist churches.

     Andrea has a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School and a Master of Philosophy from the Casperson School of Graduate Studies at Drew University in religious feminist social ethics. She has also directed religious education programs, is certified to teach OWL for 7-9 and 10-12 grade levels, has worked with several church youth programs, and taught Adult Education. She loves to sing and is a cellist. If all of this were not enough, she has complemented her religious education and experience by spending 20+ years as an Executive Director in several not-for-profit organizations, and currently teaches in the Rutgers University Certificate Program in Violence Against Women and Children. (You can see why we are impressed with her!)

     Andrea has two sons. Justin has a BA in Sports and Recreation Management and an MBA from Springfield College, MA. He currently is the Director of Youth Programs for the Camden County (NJ) YMCA. Her younger son Galen has a BS in Business Administration from Bucknell College and currently works with the CBX advertising agency in New York City.

     We look forward to welcoming Andrea in person and giving each of you a chance to say hello this fall.

     Welcome Andrea, First Church Belmont is a great place to offer your skills and abilities while rounding out your ministerial education.

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