Profiles in Goodwill: Pam Durso


Pam Durso was born in Big Spring, Texas, started first grade in Fort Worth, graduated high school in Beeville and went to college and graduate school in Waco.

Pam Durso is executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry.

1. Where did you grow up?

My father was a Baptist pastor so we moved several times during my childhood and teenage years. I was born in Big Spring, Texas, started first grade in Fort Worth, graduated high school in Beeville and went to college and graduate school in Waco.

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

2 Corinthians 5:8.

The ministry of reconciliation has been a life's calling for me, and this verse has been a source of inspiration and encouragement to be faithful to that calling.

3. What is your favorite movie? Why?

"To Kill a Mockingbird."

The film adaption with Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch makes me cry every time, especially when Atticus says, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

4. Who are three people you admire?

Molly T. Marshall (president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary), Bill Pitts (professor of church history, Baylor University) and Brent J. Walker (retired executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty).

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

I played on my high school's basketball team, and given my lack of height and propensity to apologize to the girls I accidentally fouled, I was not an asset.

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