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Profiles in Goodwill: Alyssa Aldape

Alyssa Aldape is associate pastor for young adult and youth ministries at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C.

  1. Where did you grow up?

I was born in Harlingen, Texas, and grew up in San Antonio and Pune, Maharashtra, India, spending all but one of my teen years in India.

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

Matthew 15:21-28: The Story of the Canaanite Woman.

It’s a story of a woman – an outsider fighting for what she needs, a story in which we see Jesus’ humanity and ultimately discover that God’s love is accessible to everyone.

  1. What is your favorite movie? Why?

“Christmas Vacation.”

Clark Griswold sets a high standard for the perfect Christmas, only to see it fall apart in the most hilarious way. And I think we can all relate to that.

  1. Who are three people you admire?

Macarena Aldape, my mother; Amy Whipple Derrick, friend and mentor; and Dolores Huerta, co-founder of National Farmworkers Association.

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

I was a smooth jazz DJ for four years while I attended college at Samford University. And when I’m in stressful situations and I have to be the “calm one,” I use my smooth jazz voice.