The Friday 5 : Gloria Alston

The Friday 5 : Gloria Alston

THE FRIDAY 5

Each week we are highlighting someone at Mission who will answer 5 questions! Our church may be growing, but getting to know your neighbors should never be hard to do.

Gloria Alston

The Facts: I am blessed to be the mother of one son, Stephen and twin daughters, Ashley & Kimberly. I have worked with Edward Jones Investments as a Branch Office Administrator for the past five and one-half years. Prior to joining the firm, I retired from Sears Holdings Corporation with 36 years of service in Retail Management and Human Resources Leadership positions in VA, NC, FL, IL, and MD.

1. In one word how would your friends describe you?

Compassionate. I am most fulfilled when I am able to bring a smile to someone's face or lend a hand when needed.

2. What is playing on your radio, iPod, etc?

K-LOVE, primarily. I learned to appreciate Christian Rock music from my daughters as they were growing up. I found myself driving them to Newsboys concerts in VA and MD during their early teen years. It grows on you. I also enjoy traditional Christian vocalists, such as Yolanda Adams, Andrae Crouch, Shirley Caesar, and BeBe & CeCe Winans ... also very uplifting music!

3. Who is the person who has had the biggest impact on your life?

This would have to be my FAMILY, consisting of my parents, my siblings, and my children. If I must select one person, it would be my mother, who was a devout Christian, and loving lady. She was the 'Mother of the Church', and cared deeply for the well-being of all people. She passed away on December 9, 2011 at the age of 96 with a very clear mind and unwavering faith. It was her desire for the family to always remain close and look out for one another. This is how we grew up, and the family remains close to this day.

4. Your last meal on earth would be where?

Growing up Baptist in South Carolina, we would always celebrate Revival Meetings each August with family, friends, and area churches. This Sunday service was followed by everyone gathering outdoors to share a meal, consisting of their favorite dishes. I recall the picnic tables with tablecloths spread out across the church grounds. This was often the time when family members who lived out of town would come home on vacation and celebrate with their loved ones. It was always a happy, joyous time... (but then, I never had to do any of the cooking.) This would work for me!

5. What is one thing you love about Mission?

I love the staff, the volunteers and the attendees! I'm all about being genuine, and I feel the love in the church, and the church's desire to spread that love throughout the community.