This is Who We Are: Madelynn Marlow

May 30th, 2017 | John Chandler

This is Who We Are is an interview series where the women and men of Austin Mustard Seed introduce themselves. If you’d like to participate, send an email to Chris Morton.

This week we have the pleasure of introducing you to Madelynn Marlow.

Madelynn is currently spending the summer in Turkey. You can follow her adventures HERE.

What’s your favorite place you’ve traveled?

Definitely Kenya. The people were the sweetest, and the nature was so beautiful, from the Savannah to the mountains.

What is the most influential book you have ever read?

This is my favorite but hardest question to answer- probably East of Eden or To Kill a Mockingbird.

Who are some of your heroes and why?

My great-grandmother, because she was a strong woman who tirelessly loved everyone she encountered. She was like a Texan Mother Teresa (another one of my heroes, for the same reason), but more feisty.

Why do you follow Jesus?

Because Jesus embodies love. He is approachable, relational, and the truest thing I know. I also love that he meets us where we are, we don’t have to work hard or be polished to sit in his presence.

What is your favorite story or verse in scripture?

The story of the woman who wept at Jesus’ feet (Luke 7:36-50). It kinda goes back to what I said about why I follow Jesus- I feel like this story really shows his radical, countercultural love.

Who has had the greatest influence in your life?

My mom- she taught me how to be strong, laugh, and enjoy life. She is my best friend and my favorite travel buddy. She’s the best.

What is one thing you love about Austin Mustard Seed?

I love that I can bring friends to our Liturgy who have never been in a church and that they walk away saying, “Wow, that felt like a family.”