Ms. Linda D. Jernigan, M.A., is an acclaimed author who has penned seven literary works, with the freshman trendsetting, but controversial book entitled, "Rescuing Homosexuals "IN" the House of God." Rescuing Homosexuals broke stereotypical barriers and set purchase records within the Christian church when it was released in 2004. This occurred primarily because few people discussed homosexuality, and none discussed lesbians within Christian churches, even though it was prevalent and clearly visible. Furthermore, Ms. Linda D. Jernigan, M.A. was the first black female to openly share her testimony as a delivered, ex-homosexual in black churches, setting the trend for many to follow. Linda coined the phrase, "It doesn't matter how you were born, you too can Be Born Again" based on an encounter with Jesus in 2000.
Ms. Linda D. Jernigan, M.A., most recent but yet most provocative book, "CHURCH: No Place for Sinners" exploded onto the scenes in 2021 and was met with strong conflict and criticism by some opposers of the book's message. However, innumerable people have testified to being helped and enlightened by the contents of the book. Ms. Linda's proclamation is that she was saved, delivered, and restored by Jesus and don't owe anyone anything, except Jesus Christ her Lord.
Because Linda’s mom was killed when she was three weeks old, Linda contended with the psychological trauma of childhood abandonment. To diminish the pains of rejection and insecurity in her life, Linda escaped through the abuse of alcohol and street drugs which concealed her sexual brokenness and identity issues. Although Linda left organized church, she deeply desired to continue to cultivate her relationship with God.
August 2000, Linda decided to give God another try. She connected with a church and asked God to transform her life. Linda was a high school dropout, with multiple violent arrests, and she didn’t have a clear career path. Exhausted with life’s disappointments and with the progression of natural aging with minimal life success, Linda was internally miserable and emotionally deflated but knew she needed change to manifest in her life. Therefore, Linda sought help from the One whom she always believed could assist her and place her on a positive prosperous and successful life path…God.
Within a few short years of reconnecting with God, Linda was sober and free of all former crippling intoxicants which she once needed and depended on for survival. Ms. Linda earned a GED, then an Associate, Bachelor’s and ultimately a Master’s degree. Linda believes her relationship with God was the critical ingredient needed to alter the trajectory of her life; she vowed to give God everything because He gave her everything her heart desired…a new life!
Since Linda’s conversion, she has dedicated her life to help others exit the pains and perils which traumatic life experiences produces. As a master teacher by profession, Linda has taught, mentored, and discipled innumerable people. Ms. Linda lives to empower and inspire and teach everyone on the joys of a better life. As a certified substance abuse counselor, Linda believes in the serenity of a sober life as one of many steps into a successful future. In addition, Linda has earned the reputation of a serious consultant and advisor to church pastors and Christian ministry leaders because of her success as an evangelistic/outreach community engagement specialist. Linda has the wisdom and knowledge and experience required to appropriately to assess and measure the strength and health of churches and/or para-ministries.
Linda is a gifted and anointed teacher whose humor and simplistic delivery allows digestion of complicated and complex information. Linda has committed her life to serving humanity, "the least of them" whom Jesus referenced in Matthew 25:35-36, to enhance the life of ordinary average people, who desires more and those who wants better.