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Nicole Carleton

What are your hobbies?

Sports – specifically baseball and college football, shopping, reading, cooking and baking (which is to say my actual hobby is probably eating), music, making people laugh.

What books have you read recently?

“Unstoppable” by Christine Caine, “Deep & Wide” by Andy Stanley, “Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austen (that was a re-read, and most likely my all-time favorite book).

What is your favorite Bible verse?

Deuteronomy 31:8 – “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

What has influenced you lately?

In the past year I have been deeply impacted by the ministry of Christine Caine. The idea that we are all part of a divine relay in which every “runner” has an irreplaceable role and race to run has emboldened me to step out in faith and step into the calling God has placed on my life.

What is your favorite restaurant/food?

My husband and I often find ourselves at Carrabba’s when we get a chance to go out on a date, so that’s definitely a favorite. I love Mexican and Italian food. A great steak is hard to beat, too!

Who is your favorite artist and/or what is your favorite song?

This changes frequently. Recently, I’ve found myself coming back to “Man of Sorrows” by Hillsong – there is so much power in declaring that the stone is rolled away and the tomb is empty!

Who is your hero?

Dr.George Westlake. Both of my parents, myself, and my husband came to know Christ under his ministry and teaching. He had (and still has) an extraordinary ability to bring God’s Word to life while still making it accessible and easy to understand. If the Lord uses me to win even a quarter of the people he has to Christ, I will consider my life a success!

What is your lifelong ambition?

To raise my children to grow into adults who serve the Lord and are bold in their faith.

What are the top 3 items in your bucket list?

1. Be a contestant on a game show.

2. Write and publish a book.

3. Cross the intersection at Abbey Road (preferably barefoot, a la Paul McCartney).

What is one thing we don’t know about you?

I am 20+ years younger than my 4 older siblings.