Name: James Steven (Steve) Musick.
Occupation: Associate pastor for outreach and pastoral care, New Providence Presbyterian Church.
Family: “Deliriously happily married” to Lynne Vanderpool Musick (Leadership Blount, Class of ‘08); two daughters: Michaeline, 17, and Clara, 14, both at Maryville High School
Steve Musick is a native of Austin, Texas, who moved to Maryville six years ago when he took a position with New Providence Presbyterian Church. Musick said the best part of his job is getting to be part of people’s spiritual lives.
Musick and Parish Nurse Trish Badgett are organizing a Senior Health Expo scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this Friday at New Providence Presbyterian Church.
There will be flu shots as well as basic health screenings, prescription drug evaluations and speakers. For more information, call 865-983-0182.
Here is Steve Musick.
What was your first paying job?
“Tiner’s Texaco in Houston where we pumped the gas, checked the oil and cleaned the windows of every car that pulled in.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
“Ride in the final stage of the 2009 Tour de France - right down the Champs de Elysees.”
What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
“I don’t know. I’m making this up as I go,” Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
What are you guilty of?
“Not giving myself enough credit.”
What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?
“Write a best selling detective novel.”
Do you think there is life on other planets?
“Doesn’t matter. We’ve got our hands full coping with what’s here.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“A 2008 Trek Madone 5.2 road bike. It’s a little rocket. It’s all carbon fiber, weighs 17 pounds. It’s my little piece of freedom, the closest thing to flying with out an airplane.”
What are you reading currently?
“ ‘Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation,’ by Philip Newell, and ‘Spook: Science Tackles The Afterlife’ by Mary Roach.”
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
“I’d have to go with Dag Hamerskjold, United Nations Secretary General from 1953 to 1961, a man of peace and great faith. He presided over the U.N. during a crucial time in world history. He died in a plane crash under suspicious circumstances. He was a very pragmatic politician. He helped get the Korean Conflict sewn up and presided over a good bit of the Cold War and was an amazing man.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“Driving across Texas with my mother, we had a flat tire. I walked two miles in the hot sun into Goldthwaite, Texas, and informed the guy at the service station that we had run out of gas. He returned with me and a full can of gas to discover my absent mindedness.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“My friends say I’m a combination of both spiritual and pragmatic.”
When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“A farmer, just like my best (and invisible) friend Mr. Higgins.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I’d like to be more humble.”
What is your passion?
“Being passionate, especially about the fact that on Sept. 11, 2001, almost 30,000 people died from hunger-related causes. And almost 30,000 people have died from the same causes every day since then and long before. It is a completely preventable cause of death and suffering.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor and theologian who opposed the Nazi regime and eventually was imprisoned for participating in a plot to kill Hitler. He was executed a day before his prison was liberated by the British in 1945.”
What do you hate?
“Watermelons. Well, all melons, but especially watermelons.”
What is the best book you’ve ever read?
“ ‘Harlot’s Ghost’ by Norman Mailer. It’s a great piece of American literature. The late Norman Mailer was a great author. He was able with very few words to get to the depth of human experience and feeling. It’s really moving. He was an elegant writer.”
Would you travel in space?
“Listen, I get car sick just going to Tallassee.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“July 14-19, 2005, in Mourenx to Paris for the last six stages of the Tour de France and to see a fellow Texan (Lance Armstrong) win for the seventh time. He’s such a walking set of contradictions. He’s arrogant, full of himself; he’s overly competitive but at same time he has a heart as big as Texas. He doesn’t sit on his laurels. He puts them to use for other people.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“Plaster hand prints from my daughters.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Dance with the one you came with, and take her gloves before getting her a cup of punch. When I was in sixth grade my mother made me go to cotillion - an organization that educated young people about how to exist in social circles. “
Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?
“Which time? I had a rather misspent youth. I had a professor in seminary who said, ‘God calls those into ministry who he can’t save any other way.’”
Who is your hero?
“One is Bono, the front man for the band U-2. Bono gets to have an audience with presidents and heads of state and talks about solving some of the world’s greatest problems, and he’s passionate. Passion is good.”
What was your first car?
“A 1958 Rambler American station wagon, mint green with 3-speed manual shift on the column and reclining front seats.”