TaNikka Sheppard is president of the Baptist Women of North America.

  • Where did you grow up?

Akron, Ohio.

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

I consider Luke 9:23-25 to be my life verse.

It reminds me to dedicate my life to Christ on a daily basis.

  • What is your favorite movie? Why?

“Simon Birch.”

The main character inspires people to know that God has a purpose for their lives, no matter what issues or difficulties they may have.

  • Who are three people you admire?

Ida B. Wells; Fannie Lou Hamer; and Barbara Jean Davis, my grandmother.

  • What is one little-known fact about yourself?

I’m a former cellist, who still has a great love for classical music.

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