Penny's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Here, There and Everywhere

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Atlanta, GA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 8

  • ON DVD:

PENNY BROWN REYNOLDS

Judge/Author/Ordained Minister

“Stop being outside of who you are and watching your life from the sidelines. This is all part of an evolution. We are the total sum of our life experiences.”

INTERESTS:

Law Philosophy & Religion

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Struggle Desire Beliefs & Faith Choices Passion Fear Planning Fulfillment Confidence Pride Individualism Money & Financial Security Negativity Values Experience Exploration Self-Reflection Courage

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

Brown, church, discipline, evolving, God, homeless, Judge, law, Liberation Theology, Making It Work, mistakes, multi denominational seminary, Penny, power, Preacher, purpose, religion, television, what you're worth, Woman

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up in a small, primarily Catholic, town in Louisiana, raised by her impoverished single mother.
  • She was often mistreated and shunned from others because of the way she grew up.
  • 25 years ago, she found herself homeless, living out of a car; took a vow that she would never be poor again.
  • Determined to make a life for herself, she went to law school in Georgia and studied to become a prosecutor.
  • Then she wanted to pay it forward and help others overcome oppression in their lives, so she decided to become a judge.
  • As a judge, she finally felt a sense of pride-something she didn't often feel as a child.
  • After five years on the bench, she realized that she needed to reach out to others who were oppressed through ministry.
  • Decided to become a preacher and an ordained minister; also started a nonprofit that helps families and empowers women.

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