Carolyn Clark, Executive Assistant to Lead Pastor Carter Goolsby
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What brought me to MCC: I moved to Richmond in 1999 to be near my first grandchild. I visited many churches, praying God would lead me to the one where I should be. When praying one Saturday night while unpacking Bible study materials, I noticed a map to MCC fall out of a folder. I had forgotten about attending a Precepts class here several years earlier, because I didn't really understand where Mechanicsville was. (Everyone who knows me is quite aware that I am navigationally challenged!) Somehow I managed to follow that map on Sunday and, as soon as I walked into MCC, I knew I had found my church home.
Brief description of my office position: After working for another church in Richmond for five years, I accepted the position of MCC Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to Pastor Fred in May, 2004. In March, 2006, I became Executive Assistant to Lead Pastor Carter, while continuing to serve as MCC Office Manager. I assist Pastor Carter by scheduling his appointments, handling his correspondence, and helping him in the various capacities in which he serves. I also coordinate the Pastors of the Day, send out Prayer Requests, and respond to requests for weddings at MCC.  I work with the Administrative Assistants to help us all be more successful in our ministries.  It is a privilege to serve God at MCC, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to work alongside Pastor Carter.
Where I grew up: I spent my childhood in College Park, Maryland. I was brought up in the Methodist Church. As a teenager, I heard the salvation message and accepted Christ, not at church, but after hearing a radio program explaining why "good works" aren't enough. I attended Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, graduating with a B.A. in English and Education. After a brief time in Chicago, I moved back to College Park, MD, where I earned my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Remaining in  Maryland, I raised my daughter in an Episcopal Church in Ft. Washington. In 1987, I rededicated my life to Christ on a trip to Israel, as I was baptized in the River Jordan. I moved to Annapolis, MD,  and attended a Vineyard Christian Fellowship and then a non-denominational church, where I served as Church Administrator, before moving south.
A heart for Israel: Through the years, while making three pilgrimages and taking several mission trips to Israel, the Lord made Israel "the country of my heart." I had the joy of leading MCC's first two mission trips in 2006 and 2008 to "The Land." There is no experience quite like walking where Jesus walked, seeing where our Lord chose to come to earth to be among us. The strong desire to return to Jerusalem is always with me.  I am hoping for another MCC mission to Israel in 2012-2013, my 10th experience in Israel.
Personal Information: I have one daughter, Melissa, who met her husband, Hayward (a Richmond native), at U of R Law School. They have given me three bright and beautiful granddaughters, my "grandgirls": Madeline, Meredith, and Rebecca, who are growing up way too fast.  One teenager and two tweenagers!  I live out past "Beautiful Downtown Short Pump," so I spend a lot of my time on 295 coming to work and worship at MCC. My two Maine Coon cats, Jedediah (20 lbs.)  and Abigail (15 pounds), keep me company at home, and when I leave home, their cat hair accompanies me wherever I go.