The bible is replete with examples of virtuous women and when gifted with the privilege to profile one of life’s most influential women; look no further than one who walks the bible in her everyday life, Mrs. Paula Pope. She epitomizes grace and the maternally intrinsic qualities from which folk tales are crafted. Though the mother of only one daughter, her children of grace (former students and members) line her path from here to eternity.
Mrs. Pope is the wife of her husband and Pastor, The Reverend Dr. Alvin L. Pope. Together they serve Calvary’s Nation of Faith Church of God in Christ in their native, Fort Worth, Texas. Mrs. Pope is always on guard covering those under her spiritual care. Coupled with her educational vocation, she is also a great spiritual teacher, giving instruction from the living word and giving demonstrative examples as she preaches. Her latest sermon issued a recall and to further bolster the focus of the sermon, Lady Paula wore clothes out of season and read aloud a recall notice from the retailer alerting customers that their purchases were in fact out of season and part of a mass recall. It is said that her sermons mirror her life; making an instant, visual impact on those watching and listening.
Her greatest attribute as an influencer is exuded in her endorsement of the people she serves. She believes for and is regularly in prayer that they achieve their potential. She firmly believes in empowering those around her big and small, young and old to rise up and do great things! Leading by example, she is steadily in hot pursuit of her life’s highest achievements knowing that the benefit is not only for her. She has sought out learning opportunities for school aged children to enjoy with each summer’s Vacation Bible School as part of her initiative for higher education, impacting each child in the church and in surrounding community. Knowing the many barriers that often impede regular attendance at church for some, she spearheaded a capital campaign to secure a brand new van for the church. At school it’s “no child left behind” and at church it’s “no soul left at home”.
She is a woman of vision and has shared facets of her vision with the church and lets the church know how important vision is for everyone. To her, education goes hand in hand with empowering and impacting the community surrounding the church and worldwide. Her heart breaks for underprivileged and underserved children and she hopes to use her resources to impact change in the field of education via her spiritual gifts.
She is an encourager and regular sows into the lives of others. She is a quiet spirit and loving companion of her husband of 38 years. She is gentle, loving, caring and has a heart of gold. She will both show and tell you how big her heart is for you. She is a mother and she makes sure that all are safe, under her watchful care. It is with these dynamic displays of grace and affection that Mrs. Paula Pope has earned the distinction of one of this world’s most influential women, today.