The Rev. Linda M. Kapurch, Assistant Rector
Originally from New England and retaining her great fondness for Cape Cod and a slight but unmistakable accent, Linda was formed for the ordained ministry in the Diocese of Virginia. She is a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and The Virginia Theological Seminary, receiving her M.Div. cum laude in 2002. While at VTS she was privileged to be chosen as one of the first participants in the inaugural ‘Seminarians’ Course’, held in the summer of 2001 at Canterbury Cathedral. Subsequent to her ordination in 2002, Linda held Assistant positions in a number of large, program parishes in Virginia. In 2006, while serving as Interim Associate in her sponsoring-parish, St. George’s in Arlington, she was called to move to the Diocese of Pennsylvania and St. Matthew’s Church as Associate Rector. There, Linda's ministry focuses included Adullt, Children and Youth formation, as well as Outreach and Pastoral Care. Between 2011 and 2012 she was called to assist The Episcopal Church of the Advent briefly as Interim Rector, then to Trinity in Gulph Mills, PA also as Interim Rector. In 2013 she returned here to Advent.
Prior to ordination, Linda was a Human Resources’ Officer, Trainer, and Analyst for a variety of Federal government agencies, both in New England and Washington, D. C. She quickly became immersed in the world of acronyms and can still speak that language. Speaking of languages, her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, from the College of New Rochelle, NY, includes a Minor in German. While at New Rochelle, her life-long love of languages and travel began with a semester in Vienna, Austria, at the Institute of European Studies. Prior to earning an M. S. in Counseling and Personnel Services at the State University of N.Y. at Albany, she was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, allowing her a return to Germany—to which she has returned many times since.
In addition to her love of travel and discovery of new places, Linda likes art museums, classical concerts, and trying out exotic restaurants. She also enjoys hiking all of the latter off in regional parks and on the local trails. Most importantly of all, she is the proud ‘soccer aunt’ for her wonderful nephew and four nieces, cheering them on at school, in the band and on stage, and on the field. She also speaks the language of the SEC: Roll Tide!