The Rev. Jonathan Eric Carroll, D.Min, has served alongside the First Presbyterian Church, Owensboro, as pastor since January 2005.
Dr. Carroll is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (D.Min), Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M.), Columbia Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and King College (B.A.). He has also studied in Egypt, Israel, Scotland, and Switzerland. His doctoral dissertation is called The Great Thanksgiving: Storytelling as Spiritual Formation. In it, he argues that the church has told and retold its ancient story of encountering God for ages, and has done so primarily around Pulpit, Font, and Table. Based on a research project completed at FPC, Dr. Carroll learns that when a small group of people participate in creating a safe space in which to tell their personal stories of faith and life, they begin to experience in their own stories the continually unfolding of God's story - and vice versa - both in corporate and personal worship settings. As such, this kind of storytelling is found to be a kind of spiritual formation by which people experience God more richly and fully in worship and in their daily living.
Before arriving in Owensboro, Dr. Carroll served congregations in Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia. His first installed pastorate was in Virginia.
The Rev. Catherine C. Carlisle joined in ministry with the First Presbyterian Church of Owensboro in the fall of 2013. Kate, a lifelong Presbyterian, hails from Louisville, Kentucky. She is a graduate of Haverford College, where she majored in Physics, and Yale Divinity School.
Before being called to Owensboro, Kate served in the Office of Young Women’s Leadership Development at the Presbyterian Mission Agency, at the denominational headquarters in Louisville. This is her first ordained call.