Rev. JoNell Lindh

JoNell was born in San Antonio, Texas, but grew up on a Kansas farm about 30 miles East of Dodge City, Kansas. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, where she met her husband Jody Lindh. Jody came to Dallas to study organ at SMU. They  have been in Dallas ever since. JoNell taught elementary music at The Saint Michael School for 18 years. During that time she earned a Master of Music degree from TWU in Denton, Texas. On Women's Emmaus Walk #4 , the Holy Spirit called JoNell to ministry. She earned the Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School at TCU in Ft. Worth. She is a retired Ordained Elder in Full Connection in the North Texas Conference. JoNell served as an Associate Pastor at University Park United Methodist Church for 5 years before being appointed to Charlton Methodist Hospital. She was charged with the task of creating a Palliative Care Ministry. The Holy Spirit then led JoNell to seve as Pastor of Chapel Hill UMC in Farmers Branch for 6 years before retiring  in 2013 with her husband, who served as the Director of Music at UPUMC for 45 years. Shortly after retirement JoNell was invited to lead the Saturday Night traditional service at St. Andrew UMC in Plano, Texas. The Holy Spirit is still calling and JoNell is still following happily to serve as Minister of Spiritual Life at First UMC, Dallas. Pastoral Care is the heart of JoNell's call to ministry. She spent two summers studying with Dr. Alan Wolfelt in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Dr. Wolfelt is a noted expert in Grief and Loss Reconciliation. Out of her love for all God's people, JoNell founded the Stephen Ministry at UPUMC and has led numerous Healing and Wholeness Services. JoNell served as a member of the Board of the Clergy/Chaplain Association at Presbyterian Hospital for 5 years. She was a  Dallas-Denton/Metro commissioner for the Methodist Childrens' Home in Waco, served on the Annual Conference Worship Planning Committee for the North Texas Conference , and served on the Metro District Superintendency Committee. JoNell is a certified Intentional Interim Minister for The North Texas Conference. Music also brings great joy to her life. JoNell loves to sing. She sings in the Plano Civic Chorus and has sung in many other choruses in Dallas including the Dallas Symphony Chorus, The Dallas Bach Society, Dallas Summer Musicals, and the Dallas Opera Chorus in the past. Jody and JoNell are very proud of their two children, son, Eric Lindh (CEO of Project Transformation International) and his wife Heidi (Genetic Counselor), daughter, Katrina Gray (mother and home executive extraordinaire) and her husband, Dan (electrical engineer). Jody and JoNell delight in their 6 “perfect” grandchildren who all live in Richardson and attend First UMC, Richardson, Texas. JoNell enjoys being outside gardening or riding her bike around White Rock Lake.