I Am Wilshire – Charlotte Bruster.
Name: Charlotte Meyer Bruster
Hometown: Jefferson City, Missouri
Education: BS in Elementary Education, Oklahoma Baptist University; Master’s of Religious Education, Southwestern Seminary
Present city: Southlake
Tell us about your family.
Bill and I celebrated 60 years of marriage in August. We have two children. Our daughter, Julie, and her husband, Brent Tebbets, live two miles from us. Our son, Anthony, his wife, Amy, and their children — Allie, 19, a sophomore at Baylor, Andrew, 17, a senior at Faith Christian School in Grapevine, and Ames, 13, an 8th grader at Faith — live three miles away.
How about about your work or volunteer life?
I worked six years in Abilene for a funeral home as an after-care counselor making visits with families about a month after a death and remaining in touch with them through the one-year anniversary of the death. I have also done lots of school, church and community volunteering.
What are your favorite hobbies?
My primary interests are traveling and reading.
Where is your favorite place to travel?
We’ve been to all 50 states and 37 foreign countries. We have also been to all but one of the presidential libraries. My favorite trips are New Zealand, Norway and a Danube River trip from the Czech Republic to Hungary.
What brought you to Wilshire and when?
We joined in 2000. Bill had known George for many years, and we wanted a strong CBF church.
Where are you engaged at Wilshire?
I have served on the Churchwide Social and Personnel Committees, sung in Sanctuary Choir and am a deacon. I am active in Compass Class.
What has surprised you most about Wilshire?
How open Wilshire has been to change while maintaining its commitment to traditional worship.
What do you think God is up to in your life right now?
The older I get, the more I treasure the fact that God has so much more for me to learn.
Tell us about your faith journey.
I cannot remember a time I did not know God loved me. I was on the “cradle roll” from the day I was born, and church was the major influence in my growing up years. When I was 9 I made the personal decision to ask God to be my Lord and Savior and was baptized by Joe Barner’s uncle, who was our pastor in Jefferson City.
What’s something interesting most people wouldn’t know about you?
How competitive I am in playing games!
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