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 founder, with the help of numerous 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 adult 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.

After returning to her birthplace, Rev. Dr. Goings has continued working in chaplaincy, college teaching, preaching, writing, and pastoring.

Dr. Goings receives calls at 731-325-9000 when not with clients or students, but for a faster response, please use the Contact form on this website. After the form is submitted, expect to receive a response in fewer than 24 hours.