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The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Eric Carroll


The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Eric Carroll is a Minister of Word and Sacrament (Teaching Elder) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has served alongside the First Presbyterian Church, Owensboro, Kentucky, as pastor since January 2005.

In addition, Dr. Carroll is a Pastoral Counselor licensed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky (KLPC), and is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, the Kentucky Association of Pastoral Counselors, and the Kentuckiana Pastoral Counseling Consortium.

Also, he serves as Adjunct Faculty in the doctoral program at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.

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, at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., and at the Kentuckiana Pastoral Counseling Consortium in Louisville, KY. His doctoral dissertation is called The Great Thanksgiving: Storytelling as Spiritual Formation.

Before arriving in Owensboro, Dr. Carroll served congregations in Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia. His first installed pastorate was in Virginia.

He is married to Joy (Carpenter) Carroll, and the couple live together in Owensboro with their four daughters, Merrie Katherine (12), Julianna (10), Zoe Fiona (8), and Cora Scout (5), with their two dogs, Brie and Sonnet, their four birds, and their 100 koi, all of them, children, dogs, birds, and fish, female!


The Rev. Catherine C. Carlisle

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.