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David and Linda Williford

Williford-pageLinda and David Williford are from Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Married since 1970, they moved to Gainesville, Florida to pursue a short-lived career in property management.  After the death of Linda’s father, they wanted to return to Chattanooga to be closer to family.

After a 15 year career in law enforcement, David was offered and accepted a position with a radio station in Nashville.  He was in the radio business for eight years before entering the newspaper industry and has spent over nine years with Stephens Media Group.  Linda has worked with a United Methodist church in Brentwood for over 15 years.  David and Linda live in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Linda enjoys nature walks, the season of fall, and the beach.  She’s also a writer, having authored a children’s book and is now working on a life-long dream of writing a daily devotional book, based on her life experiences. David enjoys fishing, hunting, recreational panning for gold, and clowning around.  He takes clowning very seriously – he’s been a professional clown for over 30 years!

Linda and David have one daughter, one son and four granddaughters.  Their daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters attend Christ UMC and live in Brentwood.  Their son and his family live in Carthage, Tennessee.

The Willifords came to Christ UMC because they were looking for a church close to their daughter and her family.  They liked the size of the church and were warmly welcomed by Pastors Carol Cavin-Dillon and John Hill.  They started attending in 2011 and joined soon after.

Linda and David have been involved with the Graceworks Manger Ministry for a couple of years.  They both serve on Christ UMC’s Communications Committee and have been greeters at the church.  David has been ushering and Linda helped with VBS and has served as a volunteer in preparing the children’s worship bags.  And because he enjoys clowning around, David has served for several years at the 61st Avenue UMC fall carnival as Mister Tubby the Clown….don’t forget the ‘Mister.’

The Willifords became Christians at early ages.  Raised in the Baptist church, they joined The United Methodist Church 30 years ago.  Together, they have walked the faith journey…learning along the way that the road is often hard, but God’s faithfulness and love has always been there.

What makes Christ UMC unique?
They both agree that what makes Christ UMC unique is the theme, “We are about Relationships,” which they said made them automatically feel welcomed.  They have found Christ UMC members and staff to be friendly, caring and accommodating.  And they feel the weekly sermons are exceptional and relevant to today’s living.

What does “We Are About Relationships” mean to you?
David and Linda believe that Christ United Methodist’s mission, “We Are About Relationships,” helps the entire church community put forth an effort to help people feel accepted and find their place in ministry at Christ UMC.