I love leading a thriving church that passionately believes anyone can have a new beginning. Through my own life experiences I have learned that it is never too late to become what God created you to be. My own journey from bouncer and bar room brawler to ordained minister and senior pastor at Linwood Church has been amazing. That’s what I love about Jesus – He makes masterpieces out of messes.
I also love that Linwood courageously holds out Jesus as the hope of the world and dares to follow him into the world to share God’s love. In addition to leading Linwood Church, I serve on the leadership board of the Sioux Falls Ministry Center and as co-director of Global Missions for a nine-state region.
I grew up in Indiana with the dream of playing in the NBA. Even though I did not play basketball beyond high school, I did marry the girl of my dreams. Her name is Cheryl and we have a grown son, Dylan, who is an elementary school teacher in Indiana. We also have an amazing daughter-in-law, Rachel.
When I am not hanging out at Linwood, I love riding my bicycle on Sioux Falls' trail system with Cheryl. I love to watch Law and Order, SVU and cheer for the Butler Bulldogs and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. One more thing, I have never met a cheeseburger I didn’t like.
I believe God has created everyone for a purpose. Our identities, personalities, and beliefs are challenged and structured at the critical age of middle school – high school. That is why I am so passionate about Student Ministries and developing our rising generation. I am honored and humbled to be the NextGen Pastor here at Linwood Church!
Born and raised in Indiana, I was called into ministry around 16 years old. I was blessed to gain my education from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) with a degree in Youth Ministries and Biblical Literature. My wife, Amanda McConnell (Children’s Director at Linwood) also graduated from IWU. I am crazy in love with her!!
I thoroughly enjoy being “Wild at Heart” and being in the outdoors - camping and hiking. I also am a diehard fan of the Indianapolis Colts and Purdue Boilermakers; I want to be on Survivor or The Amazing Race; and I can be won over with Reese’s and orange soda.
Hello! My name is Amanda McConnell and I come all the way from Mukwonago, WI. I grew up in the Wesleyan church, so going to youth conferences, summer camps, and all that jazz within the church runs in my blood! I have enjoyed every minute of it and it is with those events I have been molded in to the ministry leader I am today.
I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) with a major in Intercultural Studies and a minor in Children's Ministries. IWU is also where I met and fell in love with my handsome husband, Zach! We were married in October 2012, and since then have partnered in ministry.
Our ministry started in Virginia, where we adopted our crazy dog, Blayne. I served as an infant caregiver in a daycare. God then led us to Salisbury, NC where I served as the Children’s Director. You can say that God is definitely on the move and so are the McConnells! I am always in the mood for coffee, the great outdoors, and of course spending good times with my husband!
I grew up in the Wesleyan church, the daughter of a Wesleyan pastor. I was raised overseas away from extended family, so the church became my family. I accepted Christ as my Savior at age 4, and at youth camp at age 13 made a deeper commitment to Him as Lord of my life.
I have lived in Sioux Falls for 15 years and have been a part of the Linwood family nearly all of that time. My husband, Mike, and I enjoy all things social and keep busy raising two pre-teen daughters, Ava & Addi. While I do NOT love the cold, I do love the people of Sioux Falls, the people of Linwood, and all the life of this city. Having just recently switched from 18 years in banking, I treasure the privilege of investing in the Kingdom through my role here at Linwood, helping people connect to God & each other.