The Rev. Paul J. Carling, Ph.D.


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The Rev. Paul Carling is an Episcopal priest who has served in academic and parish settings.  He is also a clinical and developmental psychologist who has had a distinguished career in the field of community mental health.  He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., History; M.S. Ed., and Ph.D., Clinical & Developmental Psychology) as well as an   M. Div. from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge MA. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2002 in Vermont, and has served in large and small, suburban and rural parishes with an emphasis on mission – based community partnerships with urban ministries, and on empowered lay ministry in congregations.  Prior to ordination, he held various professorships in the U.S. and U.K., as well as providing student counseling services, and campus ministry at several colleges and universities.

Paul has served at ECY since 2014 and delights in helping to create a student–run church which inspires, transforms, and engenders a passion for justice.  He is committed to expanding ministry to young adults, whose perspectives and participation are absolutely vital to the present and future of the emerging church.   

Paul is married to Cherise A. Rowan, M.D., a neonatal pediatric cardiologist at Yale University.  He is an avid cook and reader of ecclesiastical mysteries. Paul & Cherise have two dogs, Maisie and Paddy, who serve as enthusiastic members of the ECY community.

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