Sarah Shelton is pastor of Baptist Church of the Covenant in Birmingham, Alabama.

  1. Where did you grow up?

Birmingham, Alabama.

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

I love all the Bible stories, even the horrid and terrifying ones! My favorite verse is Philippians 4:8.

It points us to ways of thinking only the best whatever the challenge.

  1. What is your favorite movie? Why?

“Out of Africa.”

I saw it with my husband on one of our first dates. Meryl Streep’s character, Karen, is such a powerful woman, and I love the line, “He was not mine.”

  1. Who are three people you admire?

While it may sound trite, the people I admire the most are my family members: family of origin, the family I married into and my own family. I better not choose between them because they all are instrumental to challenging and nurturing me to be my best self.

  1. What is one little-known fact about yourself?

I was Fannie Flagg’s stand-in for a movie shot in Birmingham, “Stay Hungry.”

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