Luke Lingle | Leader
Luke is a native of Asheboro, North Carolina, where he grew up in Central United Methodist Church. Luke is a pastor who enjoys spending time with his family, enjoying the outdoors, basketball, and a good craft beer. He attended Wingate University, located east of Charlotte, NC, where he received a B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in English Literature. Luke and Andrea, whom he met in high school, were married in the summer of 2004. Luke began Divinity School at Duke University, concentrating in Christian Education and Blue Devil basketball. Currently, Luke is working on an M.B.A. through Western Carolina University.
Since 2005, Luke has worked full time within the United Methodist Church. Upon graduation from Duke in 2007, Luke received a three year grant from the James B. Duke Endowment to research and create Christian Education Curriculum based on the art of story telling. While working on curriculum, Luke also served as the Associate Pastor of Union Grove UMC in Hillsborough, NC responsible for assisting in worship and leading youth programs and mission trips.
In 2010, Luke was appointed to Etowah UMC in Etowah, NC, as the Associate Pastor. Luke continued his passion for working with young people at Etowah where he partnered with several other local churches to begin an outreach ministry for young people called Super Massive Hendopalooza. In 2012 the Lingle’s moved to Asheville, NC, where Luke became an Associate Pastor at Central UMC. At Central, Luke and his family began a house church, he started a ministry called Theology Pub, and he helped lead the creation of a new recovery congregation called Daybreak Community, which now worships at Biltmore UMC in Asheville.
In 2014, Luke was appointed to the staff of the Western North Carolina Conference as a Church Vitality Strategist. Through the Office of Church Vitality his primary districts were the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain where he was a consultant, coach, and facilitator for local churches and pastors.
Luke joined the staff of Missional Wisdom Foundation in the fall of 2016 as the Director of Community Development. His work includes helping develop the Haw Creek Commons community in Asheville, leading a course with Launch & Lead, and coaching for folks doing Missional Ministry, small business owners, and leaders. Luke’s areas of theological study include the intersection of economic and community development and the role of leadership development in local churches.
Luke and Andrea have five children Laine, Annabel, Oliver, a daughter Gwyneth who passed away, and Celian Blake. The Lingle’s love hiking in the mountains, wading the rivers of Pisgah National Forest, and playing in their backyard.