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Dr. LaVerne Ford Wimberly hasn’t let Covid change her fashion style. The 82-year-old member of Metropolitan Baptist Church dresses up each Sunday for online services, with pictures to prove it. 

Since Metropolitan Baptist Church moved its services online, Dr. Wimberly hasn’t changed her passion for fashion, showing off 53 weeks of stylish outfits since March 2020. Her family, friends, and fellow church-goers are delighted by her efforts, and she has a large following on Facebook. 

Dr. Wimberly carefully chooses an outfit, hat, and matching jewelry each week, attending virtual services in her home in Tulsa, then posting a selfie to her Facebook page. Her beautiful outfits and passion for looking her best at church and beyond has inspired citizens across the globe. 

A beautiful heart seen by the world

Dr. Wimberly initially eschewed publicity for her efforts, but acquiesced when outlets as far away as England began showcasing her style. She would prefer to focus on her faith, but recognizes her unique opportunity to show both. 

While others use the pandemic as a reason to attend church in jeans and sweatshirts, Dr. Wimberly says, “I just decided I was just going to get dressed as if I was going to church so I would not get in the habit of just slouching around.” Dr. Wimberly typically chooses a color-coordinated outfit, adding a complementary hat and jewelry. 

Robin Watkins, Metropolitan Baptist Church’s executive director, notes how Dr. Wimberly has uplifted those who are lonely and experiencing difficulties during the Covid pandemic. “Her heart is as beautiful as each outfit she has shared with us.”

Devoted to service

To that end, Dr. Wimberly doesn’t just dress up, but she also shares a scripture or devotional with each picture she posts. Her goal is to bring attention to the beauty in her fellow parishioners and church, both inside and out. Her faith keeps her going during the Covid pandemic that has driven most churches to streaming services online. 

While she hopes that services will soon move back indoors, she is not slowing down. Of her efforts, Metropolitan Baptist Church Minister Merton Huff says, “I don’t think she’s missed a Sunday of just devotionals (or) encouragement. It’s like she gives you a sermon before service even starts.” 

Erika Stone is a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Oklahoma, and a graduate assistant at Schusterman Library. A Chess Memorial Scholar, she has a B.A. in Psychology...

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