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Luke Lingle | Director of

Community Development

Luke is a native of Asheboro, NC where he graduated from Asheboro High School. 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 where he concentrated in Christian Education and Blue Devil basketball. Currently, Luke is working on a M.B.A. through Western Carolina University.

Since 2005, Luke has worked full time within the United Methodist Church. Upon graduation 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 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 Lingles 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 helped lead the creation of a new recovery congregation called Daybreak Community, which now worships at Biltmore UMC.

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 Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain where he was a consultant, coach and facilitator for local churches and pastors.

Luke and Andrea have five children Laine (8), Annabel (6), Oliver (5), a daughter Gwyneth who passed away, and their newest addition Celian who is seventeen months old. The Lingles love hiking in the mountains, wading the rivers of Pisgah National Forest, and playing in their backyard.

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