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Rev. Elizabeth Cole Goodrich is a co-owner of Birmingham's new general interest independent bookstore, Thank You Books. Elizabeth is also a minister member-at-large in the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley (PCUSA), a member of the Board of Directors of Gateway Family Services, a member of the Board of Trustees of Columbia Theological Seminary, and the current President of the Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation. 

Elizabeth is a native of Memphis, TN, and a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. When she isn't pretending to "work" by reading a good book, Elizabeth enjoys running, travel and sharing good food with friends and family. She and her husband, Mike, have three kids- Catherine (17), Gibson (15) and Andrew (10). They are members of First Presbyterian Church. 

Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
The shortest answer to that question is that it is impossible to say no to Suzanne Durham! But the other, equally true, answer is I began my career at the YWCA and the things I learned from working with and for those amazing women have never left me. There is probably not enough truth telling in our world about how hard it is for families to cope with the demands of modern life, and the circumstances that lead people to family court can be tragic. I'm honored to support the Junior League's commitment to a facility that will make it easier for families in crisis to access critical services, and I hope my efforts will help ease the burdens of these families in some small way.  

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
Lately I find I am particularly inspired by people who continue to push for justice and compassion in Alabama. Those of us who call Alabama home know that despite its complexity and some history we hope to never repeat, this place is full of good people, all kinds of beauty, and tons of potential. So, on a grand scale, I am grateful to people like Doug Jones and Bryan Stephenson who use their national platforms to make us better. On a smaller scale, I get to see every day how small businesses and daily interactions in the community can improve the contours of people's lives. I want to be one of the people who fight back against complacency. 

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