Tree of Life new pastor

Tree of Life Lutheran Church in Inverness welcomes Pastor Eric Linthicum and his wife, Linda, to its congregation. Pastor Linthicum’s first Sunday as the church’s pastor is Jan. 30.

Tree of Life Lutheran Church in Inverness is “dedicated to the glory of Jesus Christ and the Gospel.” That dedication is evidenced in the powerful marks the small and relatively new congregation has made in the community through Sunday Worship and programs to support foster care children, veterans, and the homeless.

Since 2015, Tree of Life’s growth has maintained a slow and steady pace, and now welcomes Pastor Eric Linthicum.

Pastor Linthicum brings a well-rounded background to his role at Tree of Life. Prior to going into ministry, he served for four years in the U.S. Navy on board the USS South Carolina.

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Following that, he served as a full-time Firefighter/EMT in Painesville City, Ohio, until a work-related back injury caused an end to that career.

He then returned to college and graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1996. He has served congregations in Painesville and Cincinnati (Ohio) and Hyattsville and Annapolis (Maryland).

His accomplishments in ministry include establishing a thrift shop, the Compassion Center in Hyattsville, to help low-income families with their clothing and small household needs.

He also established a monthly Bible Camp for children, FirstSaturday, in response to a community need.

Alongside his full-time work as a pastor, he has served as a chaplain in two jurisdictions. While serving in Painesville, he was also the County Fire Chaplain, and while serving in Hyattsville, he was also the Police Chaplain.

Pastor Eric and his wife Linda together have four children: Daniel (and his wife Jessica), Jason, Olivia (and her husband Max), Nathan, and a granddaughter Grace.

Technically, Pastor Linthicum retired from full-time ministry in October of 2020. However, ministry remains a passion and he will be serving at Tree of Life beginning Jan. 30, 2022. Pastor Linthicum looks forward to walking with the Tree of Life congregation on its journey of growth and community outreach and providing pastoral care. The official installation will be on Feb. 6, 2022, during the Sunday service.

We welcome you to experience Tree of Life and invite you to join us for worship at 10 a.m. Sunday morning, 2991 E. Thomas St., Inverness. Call 352-419-4100 for more information.

Nancy Kennedy can be reached at 352-564-2927 or by email at

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