the free methodist church in canada

Our Leadership

Rev. Dr. Linda Adams

Bishop of The Free Methodist Church in Canada

Rev. Dr. Linda Adams is a graduate of Spring Arbor University (BA 1977) and Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv 1991; D.Min. 2000). She has enjoyed serving in three pastoral appointments—pastor for CE at the Spring Arbor, Michigan FMC; lead pastor of the St. Charles, Illinois FMC; and lead pastor of New Hope Church in Rochester, New York. During her ten years at New Hope, the church incorporated more than 30 refugees from Central Africa into the congregation, opening her eyes to the reality of global poverty and the migration of people because of war and ethnic strife. For 11 years, she led International Child Care Ministries, a vibrant global FM movement in 33 countries. Linda became the first female bishop in any Free Methodist General Conference in our 160-year history! She served a full term (four years) as bishop with the Free Methodist Church in the United States and will begin her term as our newly elected and consecrated bishop at the end of General Conference.

Linda and her husband John will celebrate 47 years of marriage in August 2024. Their son Nate is married to Lauren; and have given John and Linda their first grandchild, Isobel, who was born in 2023. Their daughter Carrie lives in Washington, DC, and is engaged to be married. Besides serving the Lord through the FMC, Linda loves to play the piano and sing, swim, walk with friends, read and travel.

Bishop Adams Responsibilities

Vision Casting
Pastors Network System Leadership
National Church Overseer
National Church Administration
International Participation