Rick VanderLinda


Pastor Rick had a long-standing passion to be in pastoral ministry but life circumstances delayed the realization of his dream. After suffering an unwanted divorce in his first marriage, he completed an undergraduate degree in Biblical Literature and a Master of Arts degree in Social Science (specializing in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling). After spending many years as a professional therapist, he returned to graduate school and stopped just short of graduating when he was awarded standing as a Doctor of Ministry Candidate. In May of 2005, God made a course-correction in his life, as Pastor Greg invited him to join the pastoral team at Praise Covenant Church. Pastor Rick is now devoted to ministry focusing in areas of pastoral guidance-counseling, senior’s ministry, and compassion ministry.

Note from Pastor Rick:

My wife Marilyn and I love Praise Covenant Church, and would continue worshiping here even without the much loved pastoral position. Our devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ is foremost. We have each been dedicated Christians for many years. We are committed to growing ever stronger in Christ, while doing our part to see others come to Christ and develop to full Christian maturity. With certainty, life is full of joys, bumps, pain and sorrow.