Vestry Spotlight: Barbara Goins

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Where are you originally from and how long have you lived in the Gulf Coast? I was born in Homestead, Florida and lived in the South Miami area for over fifty years.  I moved to the Gulf Coast five years ago to be near my grandchildren.

How many children and/or pets do you have? I have two children, Patrick Campbell, 37, and Laurie Langford, 35.  I have four grandchildren, two here and two in Philadelphia.  Carson Langford, 6, and Mason Langford, 10, live in Freeport.  Deegan Campbell, 5, and Saylor Campbell, 3, live in Philadelphia.  Deegan is my only red haired grandchild!  Chuck and I are a little animal crazy.  Currently we have three dogs; Ginger, a retriever lab mix, Moe, a shitzu, and Amigo, a Chihuahua.  All are rescue dogs.  We also have five cats.  Like I said, we are little nuts.

What is the last book you read? Or, what is your favorite book and why? I read a lot.  The most recent two of impact to me are Kristen Hannah’s The Nightingale, and I reread To Kill a Mockingbird.  The first book is a story of two female characters in France during WWII and their work in resistance.  What a story of courage!

What’s your favorite “guilty pleasure” dessert? My favorite guilty dessert is coconut cream pie.  Donut hole makes an amazing one!  However, I usually content myself with a square of dark chocolate in consideration of calories and fat.

What’s your favorite movie of all time? My favorite movie for years was Gone With the Wind.  Now I find myself able to watch Steel Magnolias over and over.

If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why? What age would I choose?  I honestly have loved every age.  I would love to have the body of my thirties and the self confidence of and self awareness of my fifties!

When did you start attending CTK? Chuck and I started attending CTK in 2008 when we would be in town every few weeks before we moved here full time.  We actually became members a few years ago.

What do you find most gratifying about being a part of this church? I would have to say that the people are the most gratifying element of being part of this church.  In addition the energy that is abounding with the selection of a new rector is exciting and inspiring.

What do you wish other people knew about CTK? I wish people knew of the presence of God’s love and acceptance here.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about joining a committee at CTK or getting more involved? I would tell people that getting involved truly helps to make one feel more a part of the CTK family and community.  Working with people and sharing experiences is the best way to feel more a part of CTK.

How/when did you feel the call to serve on the Vestry? I only started getting more involved at CTK six months ago, so I was not expecting to be called to serve on the Vestry.  It is something that I have always been interested in, but my husband was on the Vestry in Miami.  One at a time in the family is enough!

What do you think will change about CTK over the next five years? I hope that in the next five years, CTK will draw some younger members.  We are a little heavy on my set, the seniors.  I know that we are seeing the school become more and more a part of the everyday life of the church.  Having a rector with a growing family usually encourages other young families and all of their needs and spirituality to become a part of a church.

What do you do when you aren’t working or at church? I retired not quite two years ago and amazed at how busy life is!  Grandchildren and animals are a big part of my life.  I help with the two that live here on school holidays and sick days, and we are the traveling babysitting grandparents to the two in Philly.  My husband and I worked together for twenty five years so we are used to being together almost 24/7 and still enjoy that in retirement (although I don’t do golf).  We walk dogs at Alaqua once a week and volunteer at Caring and sharing once a week.  Exercise is a big part of my life, including running, biking, the gym, water aerobics, and walking on the beach.  We are members at Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club and enjoy the social activities there.  I especially enjoy book club and the water aerobics group.  We enjoy cooking together and traveling around the United States, although our trips are short because we can’t stand to be away from our fur babies too long.

Where do you the feel the most “alive?” I think I feel the most alive outdoors and sharing experiences with my husband.  The energy at CTK that I think is present with our new rector’s arrival has started a renewed spiritual journey for me that makes me feel like I have awakened from a passive state.

If you could only choose one vacation destination where would you pick and why? Oddly, I pick Key West.  Because I lived so close to it for so many years, it became a place of respite and renewal for us.  The drive surrounded by water, the island setting yet the familiarity of my own state, and the feeling of romance and playfulness has always helped us to reconnect and play together.

If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be? I like the phrase from a song “I hope you dance”.  For me that means grasping life and living it with joy and participation.  It means appreciating God’s gifts in this life.  For a philosophy of life, I choose “What so ever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.”

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