Using Ephesians 1:18 as their spring board in ministry, Linda and her husband Bill have been committed to helping people realize all that God has for them . . . “that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened to understand the hope of His calling.” As they have responded to His call, the Lord has used the unconventional in bringing this mission to pass.
Responding to a vision from the Lord, the Goldners built and pioneered a home for teenage girls. Starting with $87, Bill and Linda were able to dedicate the New Lifehouse debt free in April of 1984. Linda served as director of the home for 12 years. The New Lifehouse became a refuge, a place of shelter and new beginnings for over one hundred girls. In 1996, the home was conveyed to Teen Challenge of Oklahoma. From July – November 2003, Linda returned to serve as the Interim Director while the home was in a transition phase. Both Bill and Linda remain involved with the home as members as the advisory council for the home. Linda also serves as a board member for the Oklahoma Teen Challenge.
In a quest for support money for the New Lifehouse, the Lord gave Bill the idea to write a play and build an amphitheater on the ministry grounds. In 1985, Picture In Scripture Amphitheater located in Disney, Oklahoma (on the south end of Grand Lake) was opened with its 1st production of “The Man Who Ran”, the dramatic account of Jonah, Jesus and the great fish. Every summer for 20 years, a cast of 80 as well as live animals brought this story of Jonah to life. In 1999 the production was awarded the Governor’s Merit Award for “Outstanding Attraction” and was nominated to American Bus Association’s “Top 100 Attractions in North America” for the year 2000.
A new production written by Linda “The Elijah Factor”, the story of Elijah and his encounters with the wicked Queen Jezebel and King Ahab has now played for six seasons. Linda sings 2 of the songs in the production.
With a degree and background in theater, Linda has with joy directed for 27 seasons at the amphitheater. “Serving the Lord is so much fun, just knowing that I am doing His will for my life is all the fuel I need to keep going!”
During these years of ministry, the Goldners have also built and pastored three Assembly of God churches. They have been involved in pastoral-evangelistic ministry for over 35 years.
But their greatest fulfillment and joy is in their family – five children and their spouses and twelve of the most beautiful grandchildren ever!