Linda Rhodes, Communications director, to retire Sept. 1

Linda S. Rhodes

Linda S. Rhodes, director of Communications, has announced her upcoming retirement projected for Sept. 1. Linda has been director of Communications since April 16, 2007.

Prior to her ministry as Virginia Conference director of Communications, Linda served for 15 years as Communications director for the Northern Illinois Conference. She had also been marketing director for commercial banks and had owned her own marketing and communications consulting firm.

As director of Communications, Linda has provided supervision for the conference Communications staff and worked closely with the Bishop and Cabinet related to communication concerns. Beyond the Virginia Conference, Linda serves as a “Rethink Church” (Igniting Ministry) trainer and provides General Church leadership with United Methodist Association of Communicators.

In announcing her retirement, Linda noted that she has mixed emotions about her decision. “I have loved my time working here for the Virginia Conference,” she said, “and I will miss being with members of the conference staff on a regular basis. I will particularly miss the wonderful members of the Communications Department, whom I consider friends as well as co-workers. But I trust that our friendships will continue past my retirement date. And I feel confident that I leave the communications ministry of the Virginia Conference in capable hands.”

The Rev. Marc Brown, director of Connectional Ministries, said that “Linda has been a valuable member of our Connectional Ministries staff. Her expertise and Christian compassion have been evident in many ways as she has witnessed to her faith in Christ through her ministry in Virginia. We pray for God’s blessings for Linda and her family as she enters a new chapter in her life.”

Shirley Cauffman, Common Table Personnel Committee chair, has announced the committee will review the director of Communications position description in beginning the search process for this ministry position.


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