Rev. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas

Rev. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, M.Ed., is an educator, writer, poet and ordained interfaith minister. She has taught writing and poetry to students from K to adult.  Presently, she teaches English as a second language to immigrants and refugees in Western Massachusetts. Rev. Linda’s dream has always been to pursue a career in ministry in which she utilizes her expertise as an educator along with her communications, technology and people skills to motivate, enrich and inspire those around her to do and be their best. She strives to be a positive force in creating a world where diversity, multiculturalism and social justice are embraced through an understanding and connection with the Spirit through interfaith dialogue.


1971-1973   Bay State Junior College, Boston, MA, graduated May 1973,
Recipient of Felix Albino Award for Humanitarianism

1991   University of Southern Maine, fall 1991 Dean’s List

2002-2005   University of Massachusetts Amherst, UWW Weekends Program
BA in Creative Writing for Spiritual Health, Cum Laude

2006-2008   University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Education
M. Ed., Reading & Writing Education, Language, Literacy, and Culture International Honors Society

2011-2013   The New Seminary for Interfaith Studies, Interfaith Ministry
Ordained on June 15, 2013, All Soul’s Church, New York, NY


2012-present     Adjunct Professor of English as a Second Language, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA – Speaking and Listening; Reading and Writing; Grammar

2012-present     ESOL Instructor, Citizenship Assistant Center for New Americans, North Hampton, MA – Permanent Part-time instructor for Level 5/6 class; Citizenship assistant

2011-present     Gifted Instructor, Summer Institute for the Gifted, ONLINE – Teach online courses to middle school aged students from around the world

2011- Fall           Adjunct Professor of English as a Second Language, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA – Grammar and writing.

2007 -2012        Instructor, South Deerfield Congregational Church, South Deerfield, MA – Developed and facilitated Adult Education classes in Social Justice Issues; The Role of Women in the Church; Journaling for Wellness. Also co-facilitated children’s Sunday school classes.

Rev. Linda has been actively involved in various spiritual communities.  Her experience includes guest minister, Eucharistic minister, lecturer, liturgist, lay minister, guest speaker, editor and deacon.


2013    Neas, L.M.R. (2013) “Rocket’s Red Glare.” Caught in the Crossfire. Tennessee: Storyteller Publications. 37-38.

2013    Neas, L.M.R. (2013) “Budget Cuts.” 30 Poems in November! Center for New Americans

2011    Neas, L.M.R. (2011). “Multicultural Lesson Plan: Ramadan.” BrightHub! Education.

2011    Neas, L.M.R. (2011). “Teaching Multiculturalism and Diversity During Winter Holidays.” BrightHub! Education.

2010    Neas, L.M.R. (2010). Gogo’s Dream: Swaziland Discovered.

2010    Neas, L.M.R. (2010) “Incorporating Lessons on Peacemaking with Literature.”  BrightHub! Education.

2008    Neas, L.M.R. (2008). Winter of the Soul. South Deerfield, MA: Lone Wolf Production

2010-present   Interfaith Council of Franklin County (MA)
2013                   Order of Universal Interfaith (OUnI)
2013                   A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy
2013                   Interfaith Ministers of New England