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Dennis Gingerich is the Husband of Linda 42+ yrs., a Dad x3, Grandpa x4, Founding Pastor at Cape Christian, Baton-Passing Legacy-Leaving Leader, Blogger, Police Chaplain and Nature Photographer.

BACKGROUND – Dennis was born in Salem, Oregon where he grew up on a grass seed farm. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and Bible and a Master of Divinity degree at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in 1979. After pastoring in Elmira, NY from 1979 to 1986, he moved his family to Cape Coral, FL to lead a team of six to launch the city’s first contemporary church, Cape Christian Fellowship in 1987. Now, worship attendance in four services each weekend, is over 2,500.

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Gingerich Family 2014

MARRIAGE Dennis married Linda Augsburger in 1974 and she has been a vital part of starting and growing Cape Christian Fellowship. Professionally, Linda is a Registered Nurse, working in Labor and Delivery at Cape Coral Hospital since 1989. She has written a course, Parenting on Purpose, that she teaches to young parents.

FAMILY – Dennis and Linda have three adult married children who live in Fort Myers, Tampa and Jacksonville. Their oldest granddaughters are 11 and 7. Their two youngest grandchildren are twins, a boy and a girl, born in July 2013.

INTERESTS – Dennis and Linda love to travel. During May through August 2014, they were awarded a fully-funded four-month sabbatical through the Lilly Endowment Grant administered by the National Clergy Renewal Program. You guessed it. Their sabbatical included lots of travel — six  weeks in Europe and eleven weeks on a road trip across North America. They also love the privilege of regularly leading tour groups to experience the delights of following the steps of Jesus in Israel and Apostle Paul in Greece and Turkey. To relax, Dennis enjoys nature photography. His award-winning images can be enjoyed and purchased at Gingerich PhotoArt or at local gift shops such as Sunken Treasures and Sip and Send Wine & Gifts in Cape Coral or CW Fudge Factory in Matlacha.

COMMUNITY – Beyond his work at Cape Christian, Dennis serves the community. Dennis coached youth soccer for 13 years and has been the lead chaplain for the Cape Coral Police Department since 1996. He serves on several local non-profit boards, is a volunteer with the Eagle Watch program in Cape Coral and loves to mentor community leaders.

The mission of Dennis is to inspire transformissional living in others. Dennis has passionately empowered the transformation of young leaders as they discover their calling, develop their character, refine their gifts and intentionally engage in their mission. He also realizes that older adults often coast as they near retirement. In addition, they fear uncharted territory, being irrelevant, or being pushed to the curb by the younger generations. This blog is designed to inspire young and older adults to live with intentionality and leave a significant legacy — honoring the past, celebrating the present with an eager eye toward the future.

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