Missouri Baptist Childrens Home
Linda Masters Retires
After 23 years of service as the Executive Assistant to the President, Linda Masters retired at the end of December 2017. Linda has been a model of efficiency in managing the President’s office and providing the logistical support for the meetings of the various Boards of Trustees. She also coordinated the schedules for those serving in the agency’s receptionist duties. Another favorite duty involved organizing the quilts for the annual Strawberry Festival.
When Linda first joined the staff at Missouri Baptist Children’s Home she had originally wanted to work directly with the clients but there was not an opening at the time to do so she took the Executive Assistant position and saw that as her way of working with the clients. Over the years, Linda’s job allowed her to find ways to work with the girls in Pregnancy Services and Transitional Living by providing them with opportunities to get experience in office work and as servers for Board of Trustee dinners.
“We are going to miss Linda greatly because she was such an important part of the administrative team,” said Russell Martin, MBCH President. “If she had left a year ago, as she originally intended, it would have been a tremendous challenge. But God’s timing was evident in this transition. While it was still not easy, God led us to Kristi McCormick, who not only has the administrative qualifications for the position but also understands Missouri Baptist Churches.”
God’s timing allowed for Linda and Kristi to work together for nearly the whole month of December so the transition was as smooth as possible. Prior to joining the MBCH team, Kristi worked in the medical field, first in a physician’s office in Illinois and then at Saint Louis Mercy Hospital. She then worked for Hazelwood Baptist Church for about 18 months before she felt God leading her to apply for the position at MBCH.
Kristi is a mother of three girls and is very active in Hazelwood Baptist Church where she works in the preschool and nursery departments. She also works alongside a variety of church committees.
“Linda was always patient, so gracious to people and I think Kristi fits that mold and will work out perfectly,” Martin said.