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Profiles in Goodwill: Libby Mae Grammer

Libby Mae Grammer is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Martinsville, Virginia.

  1. Where did you grow up?

I am a minister of music’s kid, so we moved a lot, but I grew up mostly in and around northern Georgia and southern Tennessee, though I spent three years in New Mexico as well.

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

1 Samuel 3 – Samuel’s call from God.

That repetitive reminder to listen to God’s call on one’s life was my reality for many years.

  1. What is your favorite movie? Why?

“Ever After”

It is a beautiful Cinderella retelling that involves a well-read woman taking care of herself and her family, who overcomes so many odds against her and those like her – the poor; she ends up finding love and convincing others to take her seriously in the process.

  1. Who are three people you admire?

Three groups of people I admire are my parents, Brenda and Rick Grammer; my professors and ministry mentors who helped me navigate my call to ministry; and all of the women in ministry who have paved the way for my being a senior pastor.

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

I’m a vegetarian photographer who loves to hike and drink good coffee (with cream and sugar).