Carol Howard Merritt has been a pastor for 13 years, serving growing Presbyterian (USA) Churches in the swamps of Cajun Louisiana, a bayside village in Rhode Island, and an urban neighborhood in D.C. She served as a pastor at Western Presbyterian Church, an intergenerational congregation in Washington, DC. Western's deep commitment to serving the poor in the city has helped to initiate programs like Miriam's Kitchen, a social service program for the homeless which provides a hot, nutritious breakfast and dinner for over 200 men and women.
She is the award-winning author of Tribal Church (Alban 2007) and Reframing Hope (Alban 2010). She has contributed to numerous books, websites, magazines, and journals. Carol is a sought-after speaker. She facilitates Unco (short for Unconference), an organization that hosts open-space gatherings where participants support one another while planning for the future of the church. And she co-hosts God Complex Radio, a podcast with Derrick Weston. Carol lives in Chattanooga, TN. You can follow her on Twitter (@CarolHoward) or Facebook.