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United Church of Fayetteville celebrates pastor’s 20th year of ordination

The Rev. Linda Even (left), pastor of The United Church of Fayetteville, is pictured with her cousin, the Rev. David Cramp, during a celebration of her 20th year of ordination Sept. 16.

The Rev. Linda Even (left), pastor of The United Church of Fayetteville, is pictured with her cousin, the Rev. David Cramp, during a celebration of her 20th year of ordination Sept. 16. Provided

— The United Church of Fayetteville celebrated the Rev. Linda Even’s 20th year of ordination, and fifth year as the church’s pastor, during the Sunday worship service Sept. 16. Even is an ordained minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church.

The church invited the Rev. David Cramp, cousin of Even, to deliver the sermon. Family, friends and guests came from near and far, and the congregation and staff gave presentations at a reception after the service.

Even was born and raised in Levittown, Pa., and graduated from Pennsylvania State University where she also earned an MBA. She attended McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and received her doctor of ministry in pastoral theology at Drew Theological School in New Jersey. She served churches in Michigan and Ohio before coming to Fayetteville.

Since she has been at The United Church of Fayetteville, the church has added a handicap-accessible entry with an elevator and renovated the Memorial Garden, thanks to a successful capital campaign. During this time the church also celebrated its 75th Jubilee Anniversary of when the Baptist and Presbyterian churches in Fayetteville became the present United Church of Fayetteville.

One of Even’s passions is to encourage UCF in its local, national and international mission and educational endeavors. In her spare time, the Rev. Even enjoys reading, gardening, swimming, cooking, entertaining, going to the movies, being with friends and training her dog, Holly, and cat, Mickey.

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