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Wife of FBC Eclectic student pastor wins state titlecomment (0)

September 30, 2010

Competing in a pageant may seem like an odd way to relieve stress, but for Jancsi Roney, it did just that.

Roney competed in and won the Mrs. Alabama pageant, held June 26 at the Indian Springs Theater. She said her husband, Brandon, who is the student pastor of First Baptist Church, Eclectic, encouraged her to try something new.

“I chose to participate because it was a fun distraction from the normal routine of life, and it allowed me to set goals for myself spiritually, intellectually and physically,” Roney said.

The new responsibilities of her title only add to Roney’s already busy schedule. She works at Worthy’s Inc. in Eclectic while pursuing a master’s degree in education from Auburn University at Montgomery. She is also active in her church as a small group leader, girls Bible study leader and children’s church volunteer.

Roney’s platform focuses on encouraging others, especially women and girls, to find their confidence in the Lord instead of earthly things. She plans to travel the state and share her message of gaining confidence through God and personal testimony of His faithfulness.

“I was, and at times, still am, one of the most self-conscious women, but I have come to know that the Lord alone is able to sustain me and give me confidence in all situations,” Roney said. “I have concluded that no [earthly things] can trump the grace and peace that makes a woman of God beautiful beyond measure because she knows to whom she belongs.”

On Aug. 31, she traveled to Tucson, Ariz., to compete for the title of Mrs. America. While she did not place in the pageant, Roney accomplished what she set out to do: share the Word of God. She gave her fellow contestants a Bible engraved with their name on the cover.

“It was beyond a blessing to hear one contestant tell me she had always wanted a Bible but this was the first one she ever owned,” Roney said. “It was beyond amazing to share God’s Word with a woman from every state in our country.”

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