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A writer, a Constitutionalist, and a minister walked into a church ... and they were all the same wo

A writer, a Constitutionalist, and a minister walked into a church ... and they were all the same wo
Loyce McCarter of La Vernia has many and varied interests. The ordained minister has been involved in politics through the Republican Party and is a published author who espouses a healthy lifestyle.

I interviewed a writer, a student of the U.S. Constitution and the Bible, a woman of faith, an ordained minister, and a vegan. And they are all one woman.

Meet Loyce McCarter of La Vernia.

She loves to write and has written three books and several booklets. Two of the books are religious; one is political. She also writes poetry and pens the La Vernia United Methodist Church column each week in the La Vernia News; Loyce also gives the devotions during the Aging Gracefully gatherings each Wednesday at the Methodist church.

But another of her loves is politics. Loyce has served four terms on the State Republican Executive Committee, two terms as secretary to the Republican Party of Texas, and was planning chairwoman for the State Republican Convention in San Antonio with roughly 20,000 delegates ...the largest in the nation. She got involved with politics because she wanted to do the best she could for her grandchildren, and hopefully steer the country in the right direction, she said.

Her interest in politics also contributes to another passion: teaching the Constitution. Loyce, in studying the U.S. Constitution, realized that many people have probably not read it and don’t know what it says. They may have heard bits and pieces in history class in high school, but as to how it affects our day-to-day life, few know their rights.

“We are losing our rights because we don’t know what they are,” she said, adding that Americans must learn what their rights are or we will lose them.

“Separation of church and state is not in the Constitution,” Loyce said. “It is just part of a letter that was written” to members of government at one time.

She carries pocket-sized copies of the Constitution that she readily gives to folks when she travels.

Her interests also have led Loyce to become an ordained minister. She enjoys offering services for people who have no church, or who are torn by whose religion to follow if the husband is one religion and the wife’s family is another.

“Where do they get married?” she asked. “Where do they baptize their children?”

Her services solve the logistical and emotional problems that arise because of religious differences.

“My main interest is serving the Lord,” Loyce said.

In serving the Lord, she believes, “We are the temple of God and we are told to take care of it.”

This has led Loyce to practice a healthy lifestyle. She has been a vegetarian for the last 30 years; for the past five years, she has followed a vegan diet. Instead of taking medicines to fix everything and deal with all the side effects, she said, why not eat healthy and avoid the effects from the GMOs (genetically modified organisms), preservatives, artificial colorings and flavorings, MSG (monosodium glutamate) and other five-syllable ingredients we often find in packaged foods?

“It all goes back to God,” Loyce said.

Every bit of how she lives her life goes back to her faith in God. She eats a totally vegan diet, nothing animal and mostly raw. And she participates in and is a substitute teacher for the “Hallelujah Acres” classes at the La Vernia Christian Teaching Center on the second Tuesday of each month. (See “Hallelujah Acres” for more about this.)

Eating meat, we may be eating antibiotics, steroids, growth enhancement chemicals, food additives, GMOs, and more, Loyce said. When we eat vegetables and fruits that are organically grown or home-grown, this is not a concern.

“In Genesis, chapter 1 verse 29, God said ’Behold I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you,’” she said.

Back in those days, people lived to be 700 to 900 years of age and disease was never mentioned, Loyce said. It was only after the great flood that people started eating meat; after that, disease is mentioned in the Bible.

Loyce makes “chocolate” pudding from bananas, avocados, and carob powder. While I visited with her, she treated me to some chewy little snack bars made from ground oatmeal and other yummy stuff and a veggie-fruit smoothie that her husband made.

She loves to share her recipes with folks who want to know more about healthy eating. When asked if she would write a cookbook or a column sharing her healthy recipes, she said she’s considered it, but she just “dumps ingredients into the blender.” If she wrote a book or column, she’d have to start measuring!

One thing’s for sure, Loyce McCarter measures up to the challenge of doing what she believes is good for our country and our bodies.

Hallelujah Acres

Hallelujah Acres was founded by the Rev. George Malkmus, who was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 42. He radically changed the way he ate, eating mostly raw fruits and vegetables. He never received any treatment and is now 79. Find out more about Hallelujah Acres at

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