Linda was born and raised in New York. Rev. Linda Paz is an ordained minister. She was a pastor’s wife for over 20 years, and has been involved in ministry for over 60 years. She worked for two years in New York City with Teen Challenge. She traveled around the county ministering through Children’s Crusades, as well as working with troubled youth and gangs before moving to Seattle in 1968. Linda then worked with the Seattle Teen Challenge before going to Los Angeles to open a girl’s home. After Bible College her and her husband pastored churches in California and Washington for 20 years. After her husband passed away she continued to work with women and children in crisis situations. Linda was the Director of the Everett Gospel Women and Children’s Shelter for five years, as well as with Northwest Family Life in Seattle, a counseling agency that deals with domestic violence. She is the mother of 3 children, has 10 grandchildren. Linda was a registered Washington State counselor and a counselor with the American Association of Christian Counselors.
- Linda was honored with becoming a Washington General in 1999 for the work accomplished with women, children and families, presented to her by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and the Five-Star Generals with the State of Washington.
- Linda was honored in 2005 by the First Nations People, an American Indian veterans group, by being awarded the “Warriors Medal of Valor” for her work and ministry with women, children and families.
- Linda continues to be recognized for her service to families
Linda is now the Executive Director of Matthew House in Monroe, Washington, as well as the Family Liaison for the Monroe Prison Complex where she continues to work with families who have loved ones incarcerated in the prison system.
In 2009 she was named “Woman of the Year” by the American Biographical Institute. She has twice been given the Christian Community Caring Award. Is an Honorary Lifetime Member of Strathmore’s Who’s Who, in 2010 was inducted into “Great minds of the 21st Century” by ABI for her work as a “Prison Family Advocate.”
Guest Speaking – Her genuine love and compassion for women and children has made her a popular speaker. She has a deep knowledge of the Bible and has a warm heart’s concern for women and children’s issues. Linda’s gift in speaking and her incredible humor have made her a popular speaker at women’s conferences and retreats.