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Profiles in Goodwill: Valerie Carter

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.