Carol Richardson recently retired after serving as the associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, since 2001.
Carol was an interviewee in’s documentary, “Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims.”

1. Where did you grow up?

In the shadow of my grandparents’ home in Memphis, Tennessee.

2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why?

John 20.

Mary Magdalene’s (called the “Apostle to the Apostles”) encounter with the risen Christ gives affirmation to Jesus’ high regard of the woman and her place, alongside the man’s, in the gospel ministry.

3. What is your favorite movie? Why?

“To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The film awakened me, a Southern girl, perhaps for the very first time, to the importance of the power of one in the face of grave injustice and racial prejudice.

4. Who are three people you admire?

Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr. and Ellen Lockard Edens (my daughter).

5. What is one little known fact about yourself?

I flew in a hot air balloon over and into the Rio Grande gorge with my grandchildren when I was almost 70 years old.

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