The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Citizen Carter

Former president uses 'gift' of fame to teach the faith

He teaches Sunday school at a small-town Georgia church, surrounded by pecan trees. Most Sundays, those pecan groves serve as parking places for carloads and busloads of people who didn't arrive early enough to get a spot in the church lot.

Most people come to his class to get a glimpse of a former president — but stay to hear what Jimmy Carter has to say about practical ways to live one's Christian faith.

"I happen to have a special gift of having been a famous politician," he said. "And I have a natural ability both to write and teach. I've been teaching Sunday school since I was 18.

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