Meet our Interim Pastor, Lynda Hyland Burris:


. The Rev Lynda Hyland Burris was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament at Tomales Presbyterian Church, in 1992. Her husband Gene was the pastor of Two Rock and Tomales churches at the time. Her first call was to the Petaluma United Church of Christ, where she served until 2001, when she was called to be the pastor of the United Church of Cloverdale. In 2010, when her mother’s health began to decline, Lynda took early retirement and she and Gene moved to Napa to be closer to her mom. They had five wonderful years together, until Ruth Hyland Hopkins passed away at age 95. Then, just a year and a half later, Gene had surgery, and simply couldn’t recover; he died in July of 2015.

Lynda fondly remembers when Gene was interim pastor at Covenant, in 1982 – 1983. Some of the same families are still members here, and it feels to Lynda like she’s come home, and serving as interim seems fitting, to continue following in Gene’s footsteps once again (while walking backwards in heels!).

Lynda has been active in the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry for the past six years, and served on the Liturgical Arts committee of St. Helena Presbyterian, where she has worshipped regularly. Other interests include creative writing (poetry, short story), reading, cooking (and watching cooking shows!) and hanging out with her two dogs, Gilligan and Guido. Her family includes Gene’s two children, Susan (husband Clint Haslerig) and Ric, and their beautiful, brilliant granddaughter, Dr. Siduri Jayaram Haslerig,(married to Nic Jayaram) who teaches at the University of Oklahoma.

Reverend Burris will stay as Interim Pastor until the work of finding a new full time pastor is completed.  We are pleased to have her in our church community!