About

The Well of Dyersburg, a Christian mission, was first organized in 2015 with a primary focus on radical inclusion and on the welcoming of all people. Carolyn Smith Goings was the founding pastor, with the help of many others.

Rev. Dr. Carolyn Smith Goings is a Dyersburg, Tennessee native who has lived in fourteen of the forty-eight contiguous states, with most of her life spent in New England where she was ordained in 1982. She has pastored a number of congregations in several areas of the nation and has served as a chaplain on a college campus, in hospitals, prisons, and in hospice care, in addition to teaching college courses while living in Florida and also since returning to Dyersburg. Along with completing a Master of Divinity degree at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Dr. Goings earned two degrees from Goddard College: a Bachelor’s in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She completed a Ph.D. degree from Antioch University in Organizational Leadership with a focus on race relations in congregations. Dr. Goings is a Board Certified Chaplain and a Certified CPE Supervisor/Educator.

Rev. Dr. Goings has four living adult children: Kathryn, John, Jennifer, and Will, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. After returning to her birthplace, Rev. Goings has continued working in chaplaincy, college teaching, preaching, writing, and pastoring.

Carolyn is available by telephone at 731-325-9000. For a faster response, you may also reach her through the Contact page on this website. Submit the form there and expect to receive a response within 24 hours.