A Brief Spiritual Chronicle
Linda A. Reddick
I was born on February 28, 1944 in Morgan County, Georgia, the firstborn of Christian parents, Harold and Jewel Alford. I have a brother, Tyrone who is three years my junior and a sister, Sharon Martin who is ten years younger than I am.
I grew up in a pre-Civil War Colonial home where I learned the fine art of homemaking, cooking, and sewing. My mother and I regularly prepared Sunday dinner for ministers who preached in the historic Harmony Baptist Church where I was pianist. One of these ministers stands out as truly remarkable—the one I met and married following a two-year romance!
It was in this same Harmony Church that I publicly accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior at the ago of twelve. Before that day I tried to be good enough but realized that only the Holy Spirit living in me could accomplish “all things through Christ.”
My life hit a major speed bump in April 1975 when I became victim of a rare condition of total body numbness. There were many interviews, tests, and medical prognosis—one lasting for four months in a hospital. During this time of physical, emotional, and spiritual upheaval, the LORD planted a seed of faith that He could and would heal me miraculously. This was quite a word for a Southern Baptist that was taught that divine healing was not for today!
Immediately, I began an intensive self-disciplined program of Bible study and prayer—a spiritual boot camp. This prepared me for the conference in Charlotte, North Carolina where a man of God touched my head and released the power of God into my mind, body, and spirit. That night, the Great Physician healed me, not only of body numbness, but six other medical problems—including a medically documented breast tumor.
This powerful touch from God caused both my husband and me to leave our traditional church where he was Senior Pastor and launch out on a radically different spiritual journey that I have had the privilege to share across America, Europe, Israel, India and New Zealand.
Since that spiritual encounter in Charlotte, Lynn and I have planted and assisted many new churches in America and several foreign countries. These new church plants focus on the fivefold leadership set forth in Ephesians 4:11-12. “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”
Another characteristic of these new churches is open, interactive meetings described in I Corinthians 14:26. “What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.”
I believe that Lynn and I are entering the most fruitful years of our lives.