Timothy Peoples is senior pastor of Emerywood Baptist Church in High Point, North Carolina.

  1. Where did you grow up?

Jones, Oklahoma.

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

John 11:35: “Jesus wept.”

I cried a lot as a kid, and my aunt told me the Lazarus story and said, “Sometimes, we have to cry to clear our eyes to see things with a new vision. There’s nothing wrong with crying because even Jesus did.”

  1. What is your favorite movie? Why?

“God on Trial.”

It is so honest and raw.

  1. Who are three people you admire?

Rev. Dolores Rader, minister to families at South Main Baptist Church in Houston; Rev. Katie Murray, minister and mother in Dallas; and Chaneka Rich, academic director at Uplift Ascend Primary in Dallas.

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

I was struck by lightning as a kid but have yet to win the lottery.

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