The Rev. Carole A. Crumley

Carole is an Episcopal priest and Senior Program Director at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. She came to Shalem in 1997 to direct Soul of the Executive, a program for executives seeking to deepen the spiritual grounding of their leadership. She is an experienced pilgrimage guide to sacred and secular sites throughout Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. and has led numerous pilgrimages for Shalem. She also directs Shalem’s Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership: Going Deeper Program, an ecumenical program to nurture the spiritual heart and leadership of congregational clergy, and is Senior Guardian for the Shalem Society for Contemplative Leadership.

A native of Tennessee, Carole has a BA from Duke University and a Master of Divinity from INTER/MET Seminary. In 1982, she joined the staff of the Washington National Cathedral and served as the Cathedral’s canon pastor and canon educator until 1997. In her capacity as senior staff, she pioneered programs in spirituality for the Cathedral and managed the Cathedral’s pastoral ministry. She established the Cathedral chaplain program for clergy volunteers and founded the Cathedral’s Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage. She also founded and directed the Cathedral Volunteer Service Community, a ministry for young adults. Besides her work at the Cathedral, she has served in inner city, small town, Capitol Hill and Georgetown parishes in the Washington, DC, area. She also has served as leadership dean for Trinity Episcopal Church’s Clergy Leadership Project and as a Wesley Seminary Distinguished Faculty in the Theology and Practice of Ministry.

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