Welcome Carolyn Mitchell—Minister of Spiritual Life

Author: Barbara Baker, Bugle Staff Writer

December 2014, Issue 396

Like many of us who are not native Texans, out new Minister of Spiritual Life, Rev. Carolyn Mitchell, “got here as soon as she could.” Born in Charleston, WV, of Scottish Presbyterian heritage, Carolyn moved to Texas at the tender age of six months when her father was transferred to Victoria, TX. She grew up in a family that daily lived their Christian faith. The family later moved to Dickinson, TX, where Carolyn graduated from high school.

When she enrolled at SMU, Carolyn, who had long felt God’s call on her life, wanted to major in religion; however, very few women were entering the ministry at that time. So Carolyn chose to major in biology and intern in medical technology. Following college she married David Mitchell and worked full time as a Registered Medical Technologist until her children were born. During their preschool years she worked only part time, but once they were in school she returned to the medical field.

As the field of ministry began to open to women, Carolyn was able to pursue her first love. In 2002 she completed her Christian Educator Certification and served as the first Director of Christian Education for the Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church for seven years. Carolyn says that, “As much as I enjoyed my work as a Christian Educator, God continued to call me into the ministry, so I enrolled at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.”

In April 2006 Carolyn was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament for John Calvin Presbyterian Church, where she served for more than eight years. As spiritual leader of that congregation she led weekly worship services, administered the sacraments, and led Bible studies and Prayer retreats She developed a Prayer Warriors team and a Caring of Persons Committee that in addition to praying for people assisted her in visiting homebound and hospitalized members.

Carolyn and David have two children—a son Brian who lives in Houston with his wife and works for Universal Aviation, and a daughter Jennifer who has completed her seminary work and is now looking for a call as an associate pastor. Carolyn describes them as a loving, very supportive family who help her maintain a balance in her spiritual, physical, and mental health. She enjoys reading mystery novels, bike riding, walking, shopping, entertaining when time permits, and playing with the family’s Sheltie, Sierra. Carolyn is a loving, caring, sensitive person who enjoys people. We at Presbyterian Village North are truly blessed to have her as our new Minister of Spiritual Life. Welcome to PVN, Carolyn.