During worship last Sunday, it was announced that First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan has called Rev. Carol Howard Merritt to be its bridge pastor. She is scheduled to preach for the first time on Sunday, July 14, but, until then, here is a little bit about her from her website:
Rev. Carol Howard Merritt is a minister whose writing, speaking, and teaching are anchored in theological wisdom and sociological insight. She’s a sought-after keynote speaker, especially on the topic of ministering in a new generation. After being raised as a conservative Baptist and attending a fundamentalist Bible college, Carol studied at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas and became a Presbyterian (USA) minister. She’s known for serving growing Presbyterian (USA) churches, especially those with a deep commitment to serving the poor and disenfranchised.
A pastor for almost two decades, Carol has served Presbyterian (USA) churches in the swamps of Cajun Louisiana, a bayside village in Rhode Island, and an urban neighborhood of Washington, DC. This breadth and depth of practical experience informs her consultations with denominational governing bodies, seminaries, and local churches. Carol is an adjunct Faculty member at Dubuque Theological Seminary.
She is the award-winning author of Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation; Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation; and Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church, and a frequent contributor to books, websites, magazines, and journals. She is a regular writer at the “Christian Century” where her blog is hosted.
She was a founder and host of UNCO, an open-space “unconference” that attracts church leaders across denominations and generations, and she co-hosted the thought-provoking podcast, “God Complex Radio,” with Rev. Derrick Weston.
Carol is married to Rev. Brian Merritt. When not at a podium, pulpit, or an airport, Carol can be found with her daughter, Calla.