Linda Norman, who grew up at Salem Lutheran Church in Houston, is the treasurer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). I visited with Linda on the 11th floor of the Lutheran Center in Chicago last week. Here is a podcast of our conversation, in iTunes or LibSyn at http://bishopmike.libsyn.com/rss.

Linda went to Bellaire High School. She was heavily involved in the synod, and even served as president of the Gulf Coast Synod Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO). She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She earned a Master of Science degree in accounting, also from Trinity, in 1998 and her CPA in 1999. She received her Master of Divinity in 2006 from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and accepted a call at Bethel Lutheran Church in Chicago where she served until 2009. Linda Norman is a member of Bethel Lutheran Church.

Linda joined the staff of the ELCA churchwide organization in 2006, serving first as controller and then Chief Financial Officer for the ELCA Foundation. In February 2011, she became controller and assistant treasurer for the ELCA. As treasurer of the ELCA, Linda Norman is responsible for proposing financial policy for review and action by the Church Council and provides for the implementation, within such policies, of the financial, accounting, audit, property management, investment, banking and related systems and services for the units of the churchwide organization. In this role, she also provides oversight of Information Technology and building Management Services. Finally, she is also an advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Board of Pensions of the ELCA and the Endowment Fund of the ELCA.

Congratulations to Linda, who started officially October 1. We’re Texas proud.