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Profiles in Goodwill: Mickey Robertson

Mickey Robertson is pastor of Elk Creek Baptist Church in Mineral, Virginia.

  1. Where did you grow up?

Colonial Heights, Virginia, a half-hour south of Richmond.

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

I can’t narrow it down to just one, but an overlooked one might be John 21: Jesus on the beach (at a place called Tabgha today) with Peter and other disciples.

It contains within it the gist of so much that Jesus taught, which is essential for contentious and even violent times: love, love, love.

  1. What is your favorite movie? Why?

“Casablanca.”

Because of Bergman, because of Bogart, because of its message that commitment and honor are at times more essential than self-preservation, because when the crowd in Rick’s stands and sings together “La Marsellaise,” any breathing human being tears up no matter how many times you’ve seen it, and finally because nearly the entire supporting cast was made up of Jewish refugees from Hitler’s Europe, lending an air of authenticity to its message.

  1. Who are three people you admire?

It can’t be limited, but three courageous people I have admired include Cecil Sherman; Tom Graves, the first president of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond; and Erin Robertson, my oldest daughter.

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

I originally went to college on a baseball scholarship and was able to pay back a bit by coaching in college for 10 years.