Carolyn: Approx. 11 years. I remember attending a Palm Sunday service as a pregnant lady just before my son was born on Easter Sunday that year. (April 15th, 2011 – yes, ironically, also tax day)
RUBY: What drew you to this church?
Carolyn: My cousin was attending this church at the time. We were searching for a church since we had just moved to this area. The people were nice & there were lots of kids my daughter’s age. I also enjoy the music.
RUBY: Which service do you typically attend?
Carolyn: 9am – Most Sundays my husband Mark runs either lyrics or lights for the Tech Team.
Carolyn: I enjoy reading the book of Ecclesiastes when I need some perspective. It can be related to the current times and help us realize that all on this earth is futile. My favorite is chapter 3 verses 1 -12. It talks about there being a time to weep and a time for joy. Basically a time for everything under heaven. But in verse 12 it says, “So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can.” Mandissa has turned it into a great song called “He Is With You.”
RUBY: Tell us about your involvement at Troy UMC and/or the community.
Carolyn: I currently sing in the Praise Band on a rotating schedule and have recently started singing in the Chancel Choir for the Christmas program & the 10 am service.
RUBY: I heard you recently started a new job. Congratulations! Tell us about it.
Carolyn: I have been a CPA for the last 17 years. I enjoy doing taxes for other people and helping them manage their finances better. My new job is with a small CPA firm in St. Louis on the 20th floor of the Sevens building. It has a great view of downtown & the Arch!
RUBY: Tell us about your family.
Carolyn: I have been married to my wonderful husband, Mark, for 17 ½ years. We have a 13-year-old daughter named Jenna and an 11-year-old son named Tyler (TJ). We enjoy playing video games and board games and going to the movies as a family. Jenna is into musical theater, playing the clarinet & piano and singing in school choir and the Praise Band Jr. TJ enjoys playing football and baseball and playing video games as much as possible.
RUBY: What is your favorite smell?
Carolyn: My favorite time of the year is Fall, and during that time I love to smell burning leaves. It reminds me of growing up in a small town.
RUBY: What is your favorite hobby?
Carolyn: My husband says I have a lot of hobbies. But I think I just enjoy trying new things. I really enjoy going away for a girls’ weekend to scrapbook memories of my family.
RUBY: How may we contact you in order to make a further connection?
Carolyn: I get emails on my cell phone, so either email or call me.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org (yes, my husband is a computer guy)
Cell phone: 618.973.1713