We have two pastors, John Pressey and Douglas Stuart. Both are seasoned, experienced pastors who are evangelical and biblical in their theology and who are committed to the New Testament principles for church ministry.
Pastors John Pressey and Doug Stuart in front of Linebrook Church Pastors John Pressey and Doug Stuart. Pastor Pressey is an ordained Methodist minister who served churches in Maine and Massachusetts before his involvement with the Linebrook Church. He is gifted at helping people to understand that they are special in Christ, and handles a wide range of pastoral duties for the church. He is an alumnus of Gordon College. He and Pastor Stuart have worked together for more than a decade. Pastor Pressey has six children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. His maturity coupled with his youthful enthusiasm represent a great asset to our church.
Pastor Stuart is an ordained Conservative Baptist minister who has served churches in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. A graduate of both Harvard College (B.A.) and Harvard University (Ph.D.), he is a professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has authored more than a dozen books. He does some of the adult teaching and most of the preaching. He is often seen on national television on such programs as “Mysteries of the Bible” and “Christianity: The First Thousand Years.”
The Linebrook Parish was incorporated in 1746 by an act of the Massachusetts Legislature as a “parish” — a region served by a particular church and its pastor. The church building now used by the Linebrook Church was built by the members of the Linebrook Parish in 1848, their third meetinghouse. Its historic nature and some of its contents have been the subject of news articles and books. The church building was not occupied except sporadically from the early 1990’s until 2006, when the new Linebrook Church was formed. The building was, however, faithfully maintained by the assessors (trustees) of the Linebrook Parish in anticipation of being used once again as a church building. Linebrook Church is grateful to and proud of these assessors, who have protected and preserved a lovely colonial-style building so that it might be ready for a congregation. Their faith in the future has been honored by God.