Rev. Carol McEntyre
Carol McEntyre was called as Pastor of First Baptist Columbia in 2012.
Carol has a unique call, a blend of social justice, which means connecting the church to people in need in the community, a passion for preaching, and a love for spending time with people in pastoral care. She also really enjoys the community and relationships that come with being the pastor of a church.
Carol is a native of Sparta, TN where she grew up in rural Baptist life. Carol graduated from Carson-Newman College in 1999 with a double major in human services and psychology. She was recently named Outstanding Young Alumni by her alma mater. Carol went to Baylor University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003 in a dual degree program with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Social Work. Carol has a distinct perspective as a pastor that comes from having studied social work and theology. As a result, she is passionate about connecting the Church to those in need in the community through mission’s service that transforms lives.
After seminary, Carol served as the Education Minister at Church of the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Augusta GA and as the Community Minister at First Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN. While in Knoxville, Carol served on the Board of a local non-profit decided to equipping the church to serve those in need in the community and Carol served on the Faith Based Task Force for Knoxville’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.
Carol enjoys writing and has had the opportunity to write Bible Studies for Smyth and Helwys Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and the Baptist Standard. Carol enjoys reading novels and books by Christian authors like Eugene Peterson, Philip Yancey and Marcus Borg.
When she is not at church, Carol especially loves to spend time outdoors with her husband Michael and their energetic preschooler named Nate.