Valerie Carter is executive director/treasurer of the Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia.
- Where did you grow up?
I grew up on Long Island, New York, in a small town on the bay called Bellport.
- What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why?
My favorite Gospel is Luke.
Primarily because there is a strong emphasis on the poor and marginalized and liberation.
- What is your favorite movie? Why?
“The Color Purple” is one of my favorite movies.
It highlights the struggle of women to find a voice in a man’s world while also sub-highlighting the pain and struggle of marginalized men; the role of the church is a steady factor throughout.
- Who are three people you admire?
The late missionary Doris Yancey, Mother Teresa and James Finely, my college Greek professor and a Presbyterian pastor.
- What is one little-known fact about yourself?
Although I am an extrovert and fairly assertive on the things for which I am passionate about, I don’t like to be the center of attention in a crowd.