This past week, Bishop Tim Smith of the NC ELCA Synod signed our contract agreement. It’s official, starting in May, I will be your interim. In time I will get to know all of you, but first let me introduce myself.
Born on Long Island, New York, after high school graduation I attended the University of Bridgeport, CT and was awarded a BS in Art Ed. Jim, my high school sweetheart, and I married and moved to West Virginia. There I began teaching as Jim and I began our family when Kate was born.
We moved to Ohio after Jim received his Ph.D. from West Virginia University. Our second daughter, Mary, was born and I became a free lance watercolor artist. Jim’s career took us to Terre Haute, ID as a Professor at Indiana State University. I attended ISU and graduated with a M. Ed.
In 1994 Jim took a faculty position at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. I continued my teaching but also became very involved with Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. When Jim died of colon cancer in 1999 I began to discern a call to seminary.
In August, 2003 I left teaching and attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Seminary). Receiving an Horizon Scholarship I completed my internship at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Portland, OR in 2006. Upon graduation from LTSP in 2007 I received an M. Div. and was called and ordained to serve Calvary Lutheran in Spencer, NC. In 2007 I also married my longtime dear friend, Bob Bishop.
I served Calvary from August 2007 to August 2012. In October of 2012 I accepted a call at Mt. Hermon, Concord and served there through September of 2019. My husband Bob lost his battle with MDS, a rare cancer in July of 2018. After moving to Concord in 2019, my father came to live with me. I retired in October of 2019 to care for him. Now Dad is 98 and it’s a joy to “shelter in place” with him. I look forward to meeting all of you and serving as your Interim Pastor as soon as it is safe to leave the house!
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
Pastor Carrie Bishop