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Linda Dukes met Christ in 1972 when she was 23 at a Christian music festival, and was called into ministry a year later while she was teaching high school English to migrant workers children in Haines City, FL.
Currently, she is the Executive Administrator, Prayer Coordinator and Conference Director at Worldwide Discipleship Association, and was part of the founding team in 1974. Previously, she served as Senior Staff Woman at the University of Tennessee, which she and her husband, Bob, launched in their first year on WDA staff. In 1980, the Dukes moved to the Atlanta area when Bob became the National Campus Director. After two miscarriages and two children, Linda’s focus moved to home.
In 1985, when their fourth child was born 6 weeks premature with a blocked intestine, a hole in her heart and Down Syndrome, Linda’s life changed dramatically. Nine months later, their daughter, Elena Victoria, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.
Devastated, Linda sought the Lord with new intensity and drew on the truth and strength she’d gained during her years of seeking the Lord as she discipled women.
Following leukemia treatment with chemotherapy, Elena developed reactive airway disease and severe reflux and was again in and out of the hospital. Meanwhile, Linda found out she was expecting her fifth child, and feeling quite overwhelmed, found peace in God’s unfailing sovereignty and His enabling power.
His presence and power served her well when her oldest son became a prodigal and left home while still in high school to take and sell drugs. God called Linda and her husband to 40 days of fasting and prayer and brought their son home recommitted to following Christ. He is now a Discipleship Pastor at a local church.
Her years of contact with handicapped and hurting people, both physically and emotionally, have given her new compassion and love for others and a deeper understanding of her own emotional issues, how to heal, and how to help people in pain. In 2014, she was featured on an online broadcast called “Front Row Conversations” designed for pastor’s wives to discuss the issue of dealing with Emotional Pain.
In 1999, after Elena’s major illnesses and homeschooling for several years, Linda went back to work at the WDA central office. She helped write guided discussions for new believers called Getting Started and is a Certified Leader for Restoring Your Heart groups, as well as the Champion/Administrator at WDA’s Restoring Your Heart Training Center in Fayetteville, GA. She also advocates for people with disabilities, and has been the President of organizations for parents of children with ADHD and various disabilities. She is currently the co-chair of a state-wide committee on Participant Direction of Medicaid Waivers for people with disabilities.
Linda is a graduate of the University of Florida in Secondary Education with a major in English, and minors in Speech and Journalism. She loves to spend time with Jesus, read, dance, sing, travel, tell people about the Lord, disciple women, speak, teach and spend time with her family. Besides her 5 children, she has 2 daughter-in-laws, 1 son-in-law, 6 beautiful grandchildren, and one more on the way.