The Rev. Aaron Linville was born into the Union Cross Moravian congregation, and grew up in that community. Summer camp at Laurel Ridge was a staple of his childhood, and it is where his call to serve in the Moravian Church developed. That process began with God calling Aaron to attend Moravian Theological Seminary and, over the next three years, became a call to serve as an ordained minister of Moravian Church.
In 2010, Aaron graduated from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Religious Studies. During his time at Lees-McRae, Aaron served as a Bonner Leader, a service scholarship program that allowed him to start a rock climbing team for community children. He also worked on M-Staff at Laurel Ridge for four summers, two of them as manager.
Immediately after Lees-McRae, Aaron attended Moravian Theological Seminary. He graduated in 2013 and was awarded the Herman T. Frueauff Memorial Prize in Moravian History. While in seminary, he served as a student pastor at Edgeboro Moravian with the Rt. Rev. Chris Geisler and Calvary Moravian with the Rt. Rev. Blair Couch.
After graduating from Moravian Theological Seminary, Aaron worked as a supply preacher for several months before beginning an internship at New Philadelphia Moravian while he waited for a call to serve as pastor of a congregation. During this time, Aaron began his relationship with Anthony’s Plot, a Moravian Intentional Community that serves the Sunnyside neighborhood in Winston-Salem, and advocates for the homeless population in that city. He now serves with Anthony’s Plot as a Covenantal Partner.
Aaron accepted the call to serve as the pastor of Rural Hall Moravian Church, and was installed in November 2015. Aaron and Amy, his wife, are enjoying living in Rural Hall with their cats, Erdmuthe Dorothea Countess von Linville and Komensky Linville, who provide them with hours of entertainment.