Rev. Lynda T. Rassmann was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 8th of 10 children, born to the late Phillip and Murise Adams. Later the family moved to Egg Harbor, NJ.
She attended public school in Mays Landing and graduated from Oakcrest High School. She further pursued her education at Atlantic Community College, and graduated from Glassboro State College (Rowan) with a degree in Special Education. Rev. Rassmann also completed the course of study at the Atlantic City District Ministerial Training Institute for 5 years.
Rev. Rassmann was received into the ministry during the time she was a member at St. Luke AME Church, Egg Harbor City, New Jersey under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. Kathryn M. Nixon. The late Presiding Elder, Nathaniel L. Burgess licensed her to preach in 1982. Rev. Rassmann was ordained Itinerant Deacon in the Bicentennial year 1987 in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, in an Ecumenical Ordination service held at the Civic Center, in Philadelphia, PA. under Bishop Frank C. Cummings, Presiding Prelate of the First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
In August of 1992, Bishop Philip R. Cousin, Sr., then Presiding Prelate of the First Episcopal District, appointed Rev. Rassmann to serve as Pastor of Mt. Laurel AME Church, Yorktown, NJ. In 1993, Rev. Rassmann was ordained an Itinerant Elder and returned to serve the people of Yorktown for seven and a half years.
Rev. Rassmann was appointed by Bishop Philip R. Cousin to shepherd the flock at Grant AME Church in Chesilhurst, NJ where she served for eight (8) years. March 9, 2008 Reverend Rassmann was sent to pastor St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Pleasantville, NJ.
Rev. Rassmann serves as a NJ Conference Trustee and Member of the Finance Committee. She was elected to serve as Delegate to the AMEC General Conference in 2004, an alternate for 2008 and most recently was elected again to serve as Delegate to the 2016 General Conference.
Rev. Rassmann preached the Annual Missionary Day Sermon at the 123rd. session of the New Jersey Annual Conference in March of 1995. In 1997, at the 125th session of the New Jersey Annual Conference, Rev. Rassmann made history as being the 2nd woman to ever preach the opening day sermon in the history of that conference.
Numerous awards and honors have been received by Rev. Rassmann. Most notably, during the 166th session of the Harrisburg District Conference she was presented with the “Jarena Lee” Award for her outstanding service, ministering to women’s groups. On April 15, 2012, during the 140th Session of the New Jersey Annual Conference, Reverend Rassmann made history by being the 1st woman in its history to preach the Commissioning Sermon of the New Jersey Annual Conference.
Rev. Rassmann was employed by the Atlantic County Special Services School District as a Teacher of the Handicap for 23 years. She retired from teaching in June of 2001 to dedicate herself fulltime to her church, facilitating women’s groups and the coalition of HIV/AIDS Ministry throughout the State of New Jersey as the Director of Programs for the New Jersey Human Development Corporation where she oversees the implementation of Effective Behavioral Interventions (E.B.I.’s).
Rev. Rassmann also serves as a Board Member for the Atlantic County Women’s Center, which is a non-profit organization that encounters victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, works to help women get involved in home to work programs, and provides child care networking in the Atlantic City Area and Vicinity.
On June 11, 2017, Rev. Rassmann was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by the City of Hope Bible College, Atlantic City, NJ during their annual Excellence Awards Honors program.
Rev. Rassmann is the wife of William, the mother of two sons, Mark Anthony Sr. and James, daughters in law, Cherie and Stella, the grandmother of Brittany, Tinysia, Erica, Mark Anthony, Jr., Harmony, and Josiah and great-grandmother of Brayden, Sun’Niya, and Titan.