Meet Carolyn & Stoney

Today, I want you to get to know Carolyn Harris and Stoney Ramsey. Carolyn is a proud mom and grandma, and her love for the Lord is evident. She is married to Larry. They have been a part of the Sycamore View family for over a decade. She faithfully works and serves in Prison Ministry. If you are in need of testimonies that bear witness to the restoration of God, find Carolyn and give her a few minutes to tell stories. You will definitely be inspired!

Stoney and LeAn Ramsey have been at Sycamore View since the early 80's. They have three daughters. You should also know that Stoney is a huge UT  and Cowboys fan. Don't hold it against him. Stoney has been a shepherd at Sycamore for a few years, and I've also had the privilege of being in a discipleship group with him for almost five years. This guy is passionate about seeing people mature in Christ.

Be sure and tell Carolyn and Stoney how much you appreciate them: Carolyn (charris@sycamoreview.org) and Stoney (stoney.ramsey@gmail.com).



How long have you lived in the 901?
Carolyn (CH): I was born in Memphis and have lived all but six years here.
Stoney Ramsey (SR): I have lived in the 901 all of my life. Prior to 2001, “901” encompassed all of West TN, including Milan and Henderson. LeAn and I have lived in the current “901” since 1985.

What are your three favorite Memphis restaurants?
CH: Two of my favorite Memphis restaurant are Pete and Sam’s on Park and the old Pancho’s on Summer – they hold memories as far back as my childhood. My third choice would be Texas de Brazil salad bar (amazing!)
SR: Ruth’s Chris – Rendezvous (really, just about any of the thousands of BBQ places around town – anything that starts with ‘El’ – El Patron/El Mezcal/El Toro Loco/El Molina

What is your favorite cereal?
CH: My all time favorite cereal is Cheerios.
SR: Apple & Cinnamon Oatmeal

What is your favorite season of the year, and why?
CH: Fall is my favorite time of year because of the beauty of leaves turning color and football games (my dad was big football fan).
SR: Fall – love the weather and the overlapping of Baseball and Football seasons

What is the most memorable place you’ve ever visited?
CH: Hawaii was probably most memorable because you can see mountains as well as ocean by simply turning your head.
SR: Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC

Where did you attend college?
CH: Memphis State University and then Harding University
SR: Freed-Hardeman

What are your three favorite books in the Bible, and why?
CH: One of my favorite books in the Bible is Psalms because whether I am feeling up or down there is a psalm that expresses that better than I can – and might even change my perspective; Judges because Chris was asked at last minute to do bible bowl with uncle (didn’t have a full team). I helped him cram and we laughed so much because we got so tired and were so amused by some of the stories; Ruth – went to women’s retreat once and learned about some of “training” required for potential bride of the king. Was greatly moved by how God can use us in ways we never would have expected.
SR:  Romans, because my favorite chapter (chapter 8) is there. It’s such a powerful reminder from the first words of verse 1 all the way to verse 39 that Jesus has laid claim to me and will not let me go;
Genesis, for several reasons. It is such a rich history of God and man’s relationships that continues to play out even in 2014 and beyond. It reminds me that God created me in His image and challenges me to be worthy of his love. It shows that our lives are not just a series of unrelated events and happenings, but that God is at work preparing us and placing us in events and situations to influence others for Him (shades of Rom 8:28);
John, because he wastes no time in getting to the point. In the beginning (shades of Genesis) was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. John’s gospel was written that we could believe and have life.

What excites you the most about what God is doing at Sycamore View?
CH: What excites me about SV is that God is showing us how to love those around us in very practical ways.
SR: God is changing the hearts and minds of the people of Sycamore View – I can see Him molding us to see people and think of people the way he sees and thinks of people.

Do you think Josh looks like Bear Grylls?
CH: Who is Bear Grylls?
SR: I think Bear Grylls looks like Josh.

What gives you hope about the future of Sycamore View and the Kingdom of God?
CH: I have hope (and fear) about SV because we have been tested – so surely God is preparing us for something that He sees as great.
SR: God has a long history of being faithful to his people, and so long as we are seeking His direction and guidance, He will be faithful to lead us.

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