Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Linda Stransky

Serving At: Jubilee Project

Location: United States of America, North America

Home Country: United States of America, North America

Spouse: Mark Stransky

Stransky Linda Final DSC_8201.jpgThe Rev. Linda Lee Stransky is a Church and Community Worker (CCW) missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as outreach director of the Jubilee Project in Sneedville, Tennessee in Holston Annual Conference.

Church and Community Workers respond to God’s call to ministry among the poor and disenfranchised in rural and urban areas throughout the United States. They work to change the social inequities of poverty, racial injustice, and domestic violence.

Jubilee Project, started in 1991, serves the community by working to meet the economic and social needs of Hancock County, the second poorest county in Tennessee. Challenges include unemployment and underemployment, substandard housing, lack of enrichment experiences for children, and a shortage of clean water. The board of directors relates to the annual conference, the Morristown District, United Methodist Women and local government, and nonprofit organizations.

Linda returned to missionary service as Jubilee executive director in 2015. Previously she served as a CCW from 2007 to mid-2013 with her husband, Mark A. Stransky, at Project Crossroads in Marion, Virginia. When Crossroads needed to reduce staff for budget reasons, Linda became the pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Bristol, Tennessee. She is an ordained elder of the Iowa Annual Conference, and for 8 1/2 years was pastor at both the First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsville, Iowa and First United Methodist Church of Morley, Iowa. Prior to that she served churches in the California-Nevada Annual Conference.

Born in Michigan, Linda grew up primarily in California, where she attended Shasta College in Redding, earning an Associates degree in licensed vocational nursing. She then received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from San Diego State University, and in 1992 a Masters of Divinity degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, in Delaware, Ohio.

Her interest in mission began in high school. “The first time I remember really ‘hearing’ Matthew 25:31-46 at a UMYF [United Methodist Youth Fellowship] meeting, I felt a shiver run down my spine and it stirred a strong desire to live out that scripture in my life. I went on a couple of mission trips with my youth group and the seed to be a missionary was planted.”

Linda says that when she reads “about the life of Jesus, everything he said and everything he did is such a powerful example of grace and truth that I want nothing more than to have the strength to be as much like him in my walk as possible. Of course, I know that I fall so very short of what I wish that I could do, but it’s my hope.”

Two areas of human brokenness have special pull on her sense of mission. “One is those in poverty who are hungry, homeless, or living in poor conditions. I want to help them see themselves as God sees them, because they so often have self-esteem issues and feel as though no one cares what happens to them. There is such a feeling of isolation in their struggles and to help them connect, reconnect, or strengthen their faith in God is transforming.” The other area is children, especially those who may have been physically or emotionally abused.

Linda and Mark have three adult children, Scott and Neil Stransky and Brooke Lee McConnell, and seven grandchildren.

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Supporting Conferences: California-Nevada Annual Conference, Holston Annual Conference, Iowa Annual Conference, Virginia Annual Conference

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