The Way of Life

Profile of Rev. Margaret Jackson Minnicks

1945 - Born in Sussex County, VA
1963 - Graduated from Central High School
1964-1968 Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA, B.A. English and Literature
1968 - Married Thomas Edward Minnicks; Lived in Piscataway, NJ for 12 years
1970 - Birth of Son, Michael Jackson Minnicks (He has mother's initials and maiden name).
1972 - Birth of Daughter, Terri Elaine Minnicks (She has father's initials).
1974-1987 Worked at US Postal Service, Piscataway, NJ and Richmond, VA for 12 years
1980 - Divorced; Moved to Richmond, VA
1985 - Preached first sermon, Hassidiah Baptist Church, Jarratt, VA "The Lord Is My Shepherd" (Psalm 23)
1987 - Resigned from US Postal Service; owner of
Singles Unlimited Magazine
1990 - Owner, M-Prints Typesetting Service
1990 - 2000 - Adjunct Faculty Positions - J. Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler Community College
1994 - 1998 Presbyterian School of Christian Education and Union Theological Seminary; M.A. Christian Education, MDiv, Masters of Divinity
1995 - Licensed Minister, Trinity Baptist Church, Initial Sermon "In Due Season" (Galatians 6:9)
1996 - Ordained to be Minister of Christian Education
1996-1997 Minister of Christian Education, New Bridge Baptist Church
January 1997 - Trip to Holy Land
1997 - Started
The Way of Life Spiritual Development Center
1998 -
Started The Way of Life Spiritual Development Center in Partnership with Oral Roberts University
1998 - Published the book,
Spiritual Significance of Eating
1998 - Started online E-Message Ministry
1998 - 2007, Religion Teacher, Averett University
September 13, 2000 - Birth of first grandson, Aaron "AJ" Lewis
2001- 2003 Religion Teacher, Trinity Episcopal School (classroom teaching)
2003 - Published the book, "
Where Are You?"
2004 - Religion Teacher, Trinity Episcopal School (online teaching)
July 14, 2004 - Birth of second grandson, Makai Lewis
July 14, 2004 - Minister of Christian Education, New Canaan Baptist Church, Richmond, VA
January 2006 - Elder of New Canaan Baptist Church, Richmond, VA
January 29, 2006 - Birth of first granddaughter, Tori Michal Lewis
March 24, 2007 - Celebration of The Way of Life's 10th Anniversary

Interview with Rev. Margaret Minnicks

INTERVIEWER: What is your favorite color and why?
MARGARET MINNICKS: Red. I wear a lot of red to be reminded that I am covered in the blood of Jesus. And people have told me I look good in red. Two good reasons, I think!
INT: What is your favorite food?
MM: I love seafood; especially crabcakes, steamed crabs and snowcrab legs.
INT: What is your favorite song?
MM: Right now my favorite song is "It's Your Time" by Luther Barnes. It speaks to me because I believe it is my time. I also like anything by Jeff Majors.
INT: What is your favorite scripture or Bible story?
MM: My favorite scripture is Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21. Yes, that's the whole Bible! It is hard to select one scripture as my favorite. It depends on what I am going through at the time. However, I seem to meditate quite often on Matthew 6:33, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteous, and all these things shall be added unto you." I have two favorite Bible stories, and they both involve the same concept . . .The story of Abigail taking matters into her own hands to keep David from killing her husband (1 Samuel 25) and the story of the Shunammite woman who took matters into her own hands to get Elisha to heal her sick son (2 Kings 4:8-37). I guess that's why I can't sit around waiting for someone else to do what needs to be done.
INT: Other than the Bible, what is your favorite book?
MM: My all time favorite that I have read seven (7) times is Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ by Madam Jeanne Guyon. A close second is Beyond Our Selves by Catherine Marshall.
INT: How many books do you own?
MM: I own about 7,000 books. I use them as references. I don't like to borrow or lend books because I annotate them.
INT: What book are you reading now?
MM: I almost never read one book at a time. It is not unusual for me to be reading from 5-7 books at a time. I am reading The Power of Intentions by Dr. Wayne Dyer; Have You Felt Like Giving Up Lately? by David Wilkerson; Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence; The 24-Hour Turn-Around by Jim Hartness; The Journey of Desire by John Eldredge; There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Dr. Wayne Dyer; Inner Healing by Mike Flynn; The Love You Deserve by Scott Peck; in addition to 3 daily devotions: Light for My Path; The Word for Today and The Daily Bread.
INT: How many hours per day do you read?
MM: At least 3 hours per day during the week. About 6 hours on the weekend. And this is not counting the reading I do in preparation for my classes that I teach during the week and preparation for Sunday School and preaching on Sundays..
IINT: What do you do to relax?
MM: I love word games such as Scrabble and doing jig-saw puzzles. I have about 30 puzzles on my computer. This is good because I never have to worry about losing the pieces. I also relax by watching LifeTime (the network for women) and by talking on the telephone to special people late at night.
INT: Do you go to the movies? If so, what is your favorite movie at this time?
MM: I go to the movies when there is something special I want to see. I recently saw "The Notebook" and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see a good love story.Take some tissues with you.
INT: You do so much, how do you start your day?
MM: I start my day with prayer and meditation, then Bible reading and sending out a short E-Message all over the world. My day seems to go all wrong unless I do those things.
INT: What is your passion?
MM: I have a definite passion for teaching the word of God.
INT: What is your purpose in life?
MM: My purpose and passion are the same: to teach the word of God.
INT: What motivates you?
MM: Seeing fruit from my labor motivates me to continue to do more. The more I do the more I am motivated to do.
INT: What are your pet peeves?
MM: I have a low tolerance for people who don't produce; especially those who say what needs to be done but don't do anything about it. People who procrastinate are not at the top of my list.
INT: What legacy do you want to leave behind? How do you want the world to remember you?
MM: I want to leave behind an "eternal legacy." I try to teach what I know so others can live for Christ as I do. I want to invest into their spiritual future by being a good example and role model. I want my knowledge of the Bible to continue through the lives of others. Dr. Wayne Dyer says, "Don't die with your music in you?" I intend to leave my music behind so others can enjoy it long after I am gone. I don't believe I will die with my music in me. I believe I will leave behind an "eternal legacy." People have grown spiritually as a result of my having lived.
INT: Speaking of death, what would you say to comfort those who might mourn your death?
MM: I am not afraid of death. Like Paul, I would rather die and be with the Lord, but it is better for me to live to bring others to Christ while I can. I believe when my purpose is fulfilled, I will then go to be with God. For now, He has much work for me to do. I intend to do it until God says otherwise. Then I hope my work will continue through the lives of others.
INT: If you were martyred for your faith, what final thing would you tell people as you were being beheaded like Paul?
MM: I would definitely tell people to live a purposeful life according to God's will and not their own. I would tell them to do all they can while they can and don't die with their music in them
INT: If you could live your life over, what would you do differently?
MM: Actually, to say I would do anything differently would indicate that I don't like who I am. I believe everything that has ever happened to me has helped to make me who I am. I don't like some of the things that have happened to me, but I realize they were part of God's plan to get me to where I am today. So, to say I would change anything would alter the plan and purpose for my life. And I like who I am and what God is doing in my life right now. At long last I have peace, and I wouldn't want to change the dynamics of how I received peace. In other words, I know I had to go through what I had to go through to get to where I am now. I believe I agreed with God about my destiny before I was born.
INT: How are you going to celebrate your birthday this year?
MM: I am going to relax and enjoy the day. My son just prayed a mighty prayer of protection over me. In a few minutes my sister is taking me to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. During the day I expect to talk to family and friends on the telephone. This evening a friend is taking me to an all-you-can-eat crab leg restaurant for dinner. When I get home I am going to open my gifts and birthday cards, talk some more on the telephone and then wind down with a couple of glasses of Perrier. Life can't get any better than that, can it?
INT: One final question. What is so special or unique about July 23?
MM: I was born!