Where were you born?
Ullyses, Kansas. Though I consider Crawfordsville, Indiana, my hometown.
What did your parents do for a living?
My dad, Howard (a Purdue University Agriculture major), managed Dekalb Seed Corn plants. My mom, Alice, was an Administrator; for most of my childhood she was the Office Manager for Dr. Baird, our family physician.
Tell us about your family?
I am the youngest of three girls(we all now live in Virginia!). I married Paul Titus, Esq., July 31, 1993. I have four children: Matthew Wade ('85), Zachary Wade ('88), and Morgan Wade('89), and Maxwell Titus ('06). We are the proud owners of a funny little pooch, Dobie, a few furry barn dwelling cats, and our much beloved flock of chickens!
What's in your cd player?
The Decemberists, Sting's remix of oldies entitled, Symphonicities, and an OK Go compilation
What's your favorite sporting event to watch in the Olympics?
It used to be ice skating, but probably now, gymnastics.
What was your first job?
I worked in the Indiana fields detasseling corn. It was a hot and sweaty job - involving sunburn, corn poisoning and minimum wage.
What was your childhood ambition?
To compete in the Olympics in track and field. I DID feel a call to the ministry at the age of eight, but I didn't think girls could vocationally serve in the church in any way other than as nuns. I was not Catholic and even at eight years old I knew that a husband was in my future.
What's your favorite movie?
Some quirky family faves: Cold Comfort Farm, Moulin Rouge, Young Frankenstein and Love Actually.
What's one goal you have for the coming year?
Finding more time to breathe in my blessings!
What's your idea of a perfect day?
A day that would involve relaxed, unhurried time with family and friends - great background music and nature-filled views (be it mountains, the lake, or farm land). Food, good food, is always a plus with a nice glass of whatever goes best.
What's your definition of a retreat?
Two: a Havana roof top, and in my jammies on the farm.
What do you look for in a close friend?
Depth, ability to laugh at self and me, compassion, courage, grace, most importantly authenticity.
What are your biggest challenges?
Doing what I feel is right, yet being concerned about popular opinion (THIS IS A HUGE PROBLEM FOR BAPTIST PASTORS). Secondly, remaining authentic to who I am. I know that most would say that this seems to be a challenge I have overcome. CBC is blessed with a good sense of humor and a heart filled with compassion. I believe the joy of a soul overflowing is a gift to an often far too cynical world.
What do you think makes a good leader?
"Integrity and authenticity. Know who you are and do not try to be someone else." That is a quote from a friend of mine, Rev. Brian Hughes. But I would also say, do and say the right thing when it needs to be said. It helps to keep in mind the Gary Lew quote, "This is your world. Shape it or someone else will!"