Carol Howard Merritt, Senior Pastor

Rev. Carol Howard Merritt has been a Presbyterian (USA) Minister for twenty years. During that time, Carol has served growing churches in the swamps of Cajun Louisiana, a bayside village in Rhode Island, an urban neighborhood of Washington, DC. Most recently, she served as an Interim at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan.

Carol studied at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas. She’s a sought-after keynote speaker, especially on the topics of church growth, ministering in a new generation, and healing from spiritual trauma. She also consults with denominational governing bodies, publishing houses, seminaries, and local churches.

Carol is an award-winning author of several books, including Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church (HarperOne). She was chosen to write a Foreword for Eleanor Roosevelt’s Moral Basis of Democracy. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Salon, Spirituality and Health, America Magazine, Religion News Service, Rewire News, Presbyterians Today, among other publications. She has been a regular columnist at the Christian Century, Huffington Post, and Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

Carol is a frequent contributor to books, websites, magazines, and journals. Carol is an Affiliate Professor at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, where she concentrates on practical theology, forming communities, and preaching. She also taught a Doctor of Ministry cohort at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, focusing on Communication.

Carol is married to Rev. Brian Merritt, who is also a Presbyterian Minister, serving First Presbyterian Church in Hackettstown, New Jersey as Interim Pastor. Their daughter, Calla Merritt, attends College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. In her spare time, Carol enjoys painting and hiking.


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