Linda
Liddell

Care Pastor

When we see Jesus

work in our lives,

we want to serve

and love him more.

This is the real circle

of abundant life.

When we see Jesus work in our lives, we want to serve and love him more. This is the real circle of abundant life.

Ministry Areas

A bit about me
My accent gives away my Scottish links and as much as I love living in OZ, I love having a Scottish accent! It often opens up conversations that I wouldn't have had and satisfies that part of me that likes meeting new people. I spent a formative year in Israel, my husband and I raised two sons, Ben and Sam, in Germany, before adopting our daughter, Ella, in Vietnam. I love to travel and being involved in churches in different parts of the world has given me a breadth of perspective and knowledge of God’s diversity that I feel very grateful for. Church all over the world has been Family for our family. My background is in both social work and counselling and after studying theology and counselling in 2003, I took a role as Lay Pastor in the Anglican Church where my family worshipped. I also ran my own counselling. To find myself in Australia called to being a Pastor at Riverlife has been one of God’s surprises and has put to use many of the skills and experience of my past. I love seeing people helped and transformed, partnering with them and the Holy Spirit to see the barriers dispersed that hold them back from their true identity. When our hearts and lives are healed, we prosper, our families prosper and our communities prosper. God has designed us with an inbuilt ability to be able to change and influence our thoughts, our lives and our bodies. The Holy Spirit empowers us when we invite Him in and becoming more like Jesus heals us at every level of our being.
Most defining moment
At 19, I had an amazing encounter with God after a friend shared the Gospel with me over a beer in a gold old Northern pub. I couldn’t believe no one had told me about Jesus before! I went back to my bedroom, asked God if He was real and felt myself bathed in light inside and out, and began to speak in tongues. From that one experience, I feel the rest of my life has moved as I get to know this awesome God who I’ll never get to the end of. It seeded the desire to tell people about Jesus and that has never left me.
Why I do it
I love seeing people helped and transformed, partnering with them and Holy Spirit to see the barriers dispersed that hold them back from their true identity. When our hearts and lives are healed, we prosper, our families prosper, and our communities prosper. God has designed us with an inbuilt ability to be able to change and influence our thoughts, our lives and our bodies. The Holy Spirit empowers us when we invite Him in and becoming more like Jesus heals us at every level of our being.

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