Getting to Know Pastor Mimi
By: Rev'd Mimi White
Most little girls want to grow up to be a princess; I wanted to be Willie Nelson.
I was born in Memphis, TN. My parents were college students at Memphis State. I spent a lot of time with their record player listening to everything from Willie Nelson to Ray Charles. I knew every word of every song on my parents' albums. I started voice lessons at age 10 and began singing in church.
I too became a Tiger and went to the University of Memphis and majored in Business and Real Estate. I won an award for a book I wrote entitled: Knowing Your Client through Body Language, Birth Order and Personality Type. I moved on to work in the medical industry, the pet industry, the arts industry, taught children in elementary school, have been a corporate trainer for Medtronic and career counselor for executives. I administered the Myers-Briggs to people daily. I myself am an ENFJ, a personality type that tends to teach, counsel, go into the arts and ministry. I have sang in oldies, rock and blues bands for 17 years - but all of this lost its appeal when I realized I was put here to serve others and God.
After entering seminary, I began teaching a Formation for Ministry class for first year students. I have served as a hospice Chaplain for Crossroads Hospice, and Intern Chaplain for the VA. I serve in the Kairos Prison Ministry and the Walk to Emmaus.
I am married and have one son, age 19. My husband, Rob, loves photography, and has won some awards. My son, Walter, loves trucks and tractors – anything with an engine, and has won scholarships for mechanics and welding. Rob and I love kayaking and canoeing. I love yoga and live music, painting and gardening. Most recently, our lives have involved raising a teenager, four chickens, two dogs, one cat, a garden, and helping others in recovery every chance we get. Now, I am thrilled to be able to serve at St. John’s.