Meet the Greeter, Carol Topping
Carol has called Copeland Oaks home since moving here with her husband, John, in 2012. Carol is known around campus for her beautiful handmade greeting cards that can be found in the Copeland Oaks Gift Shop.
- Art Education Chair for the Art Committee
- Loves to learn and would go back to school in a minute
- When she’s not crafting she can be found reading
- Took first place at the Regional Art Show for one of her Zentangle designs
Carol’s love for art, drawing and creating started when she was a little girl. It blossomed when she studied art and psychology at Ohio Wesleyan University. Carol’s psychology degree led her to a position with the Bureau of Disability Determination in Columbus. Realizing that she was not passionate about her job with state government, Carol returned to Ohio Wesleyan and worked in academic admissions. It was there, as she counseled students, that she was called to the ministry and enrolled in the Methodist Theological Seminary in Delaware, Ohio.
After being ordained, Carol was appointed assistant pastor at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church where she served until 2010. She continues to be a Spiritual Director. “I help people to see where God is working and help them to be aware of God in their everyday lives,” she explained.
Throughout her professional career, Carol’s love of art simmered. It was during a weekend ministry retreat that she found her niche for card crafting. The card crafting class during the retreat inspired her to buy a stamp and ink, and the rest is history.
“I enjoy creating handmade cards, and I never have to go out and buy a greeting card,” she joked.
Carol’s husband, John, gave her full use of the large space in their Copeland Oaks villa. “When John said he wasn’t going to use any of the basement in the villa, I jumped on that!” she laughed. Neatly organized with all of her crafting essentials, the basement focal point is a large work table where she creates her exquisite cards and other impressive craft items.
Carol is involved in a myriad of classes offered at the Copeland Oaks Creativity Center. One of her new ventures is intuitive painting, the practice of freeing your creative self using many layers of different colors.
Some of the Copeland Creativity Center Classes Carol enjoys include Photography, Watercolors, Ikebana, and Quilting. She has also introduced several new classes to the Creativity Center menu.
After visiting retirement communities in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and throughout the northeast, Carol and John choose Copeland Oaks.
“We couldn’t find any place that beat Copeland. Copeland has it all and is a community of friends. It is just more loving and people really care about you here,” she said.