For more than 40 years, Dr. Linda Philabaun led a successful career in theology and horse breeding. A graduate of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, she earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Consequently, she received a DMin in Palliative Care from the aforementioned university in 2007. Furthermore, she secured a certificate in clinical pastoral education from the Cancer Research of America and was ordained to the ministry at the Presbyterian Church USA. As part of her seminary training at the Cancer Research Center of America, she utilized the holistic approach on many of the patients. Dr. Philabaun witnessed miracles happen, and determined she had a passion for cancer care and research. Moreover, she completed a residency program at the Northwest Community Hospital with the Oncology Hospice Department.
Since 2014, Dr. Philabaun has flourished as the interim pastor at Washington Presbyterian Church. Prior to this appointment, she served in the same capacity with the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, Illinois, from 2009 to 2014. Earlier in her career, she contributed as the Parish Associate for the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Round Lake, Illinois. Outside of her primary endeavors, Dr. Philabaun has worked as the undergraduate spiritual director at Dubuque Theological Seminary, as well as the East Central Indiana Emmaus/Chrysalis Community Inc.
Before embarking on her career in ministry, Dr. Philabaun worked with thoroughbred horses. She contributed as the track assistant and a surgical nurse to the veterinarian at Churchill Downs. Soon thereafter, she relocated to northern Illinois, where she managed a farm for a good number of years by herself. In 1990, she received a call that influenced her to return back home to Peoria, Illinois, and began her seminary studies. Today, Dr. Philabaun serves as the co-chair for the Committee of Preparation for Ministry, as well as president of the board of directors for the Coordinating Council. Likewise, she maintains memberships with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the German American Society. A respected voice in the field, she authored the book “Dying with Dignity: Palliative Care of the Dying Church,” which was published in 2007.
In a career filled with highlights, Dr. Philabaun was most proud of the successful breeding and preparation of horses for the racetrack. Additionally, she was proud to have overcame great obstacles such as the loss of family members and transformed her pain into becoming an advocate of bereavement counseling. She attributes her success to God; she saw God through the beauty of nature and decided to commit her life to Christ when she was just 14 years old. Additionally, she credits her grandmother as both and inspirational and supportive figure throughout her professional journey. During her free time, Dr. Philabaun enjoys downhill skiing, reading, nature walks and spending time with horses.