Linda felt God’s calling on her life to become a teacher at the age of 6 when her brother Jimmy was born with Down’s syndrome. She spent 30 years in public education before retiring to join her husband, Pastor Jim, to plant Hope Church. After settling in Brunswick, OH in 2009 Linda learned about Kids Hope USA, a national mentoring program that partners with churches and schools to provide one on one mentorship opportunities. Today, Linda serves as the Kids Hope USA Director for Hope Church and works with students and mentors at Applewood Elementary. In addition, Linda now oversees mentorship programs at Edward’s Middle School and the Special Needs Ministry at Hope Church.