101 things about me (part deux)

At an Irish castle

Travel is a great joy for me…seeing God’s world opens my eyes to the differences and commonalities among people and cultures.

I have been privileged to visit fourteen different countries or territories. Some more than once.

I think Ohio sweet corn is the best corn in the world.

I usually plant tomatoes in my backyard in summer. This year I have 3 varieties planted.

My father died of cancer when I was eight years old.

I come from a blended family, since my mother (Rose) married my stepfather (Chuck). Each had children and they had one child together. There are 5 of us siblings.

Most of my extended family still lives in Louisiana.

My parents and my sister lost their homes and belongings during Hurricane Katrina. So did several aunts/uncles and cousins.

I have great childhood memories of attending UCC church camp at Diehlman Center in Waveland, Mississippi.

My favorite Christmas hymn is “Once in Royal David’s City”.

I am sacramental in spirit. I love receiving and sharing Holy Communion and presiding over baptisms.

I love children…appropriately.

After college, I taught school for 6 months in a mental health center, focusing on severely disturbed children. I feared for my life several times because of the violence in those 6- to 8-year olds.

I have great respect for teachers.

I like to ski, but I’m not very good at it.

For eleven years, I was Executive Director of the Wesleyan Senior Living Foundation, combining my call to ministry and my gifts in fundraising and administration.

My family moved a lot when I was a kid. I attended 8 different schools between Kindergarten and 12th grade.

I believe the Church should be open and welcoming to all people. I think God offers an extravagant welcome and churches should, too.

I’m pretty knowledgeable with a computer.

If I had to choose another vocation, I might want to be a graphic designer.

I often play hymns on the piano for my personal devotion time.

I don’t like to play for others because I never feel like I’m good enough.

I first thought about being a minister as a teenager. I had great role models in the pastors of my youth, and I wanted to live my life like they lived theirs.


[See part 1 here]

About Ron Dauphin

Photographer, writer, proud dad, and UCC pastor.
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2 Responses to 101 things about me (part deux)

  1. Jill Sebastian says:

    It is so wonderful to read 101 things about Rev. Ron. One is very lucky to have had the opportunity to travel and it sure sounds like you have seen a lot of wonderful places. I lalways look forward to your pictures each week. Your photography is beautiful! Keep up the good work!

  2. Tammy j Lopez says:

    I remember the excitement (i was probably 7 …you know when everything was exciting!)when the old, out of tune, second hand piano was delivered to our home….Ron was the only one who could play and we all gathered around to listen! He’s really much better than he thinks..but then again, he’s always been my hero 🙂