About

The Well of Dyersburg, a Christian mission, was first organized in 2015. Carolyn Smith Goings was the founder, aided greatly by numerous others, all with a primary focus on radical inclusion and welcome.

Rev. Dr. Carolyn Smith Goings is a Dyersburg, Tennessee native who has lived in fourteen of the forty-eight contiguous states and most of her adult life in New England where she was ordained in 1982. She has pastored a number of congregations and counseled congregants and community members and has served as a chaplain on a college campus, in hospitals, prisons, long-term care facilities, and in hospice care. Additionally she has taught college courses in New England and in Tennessee. Rev. Goings graduated from the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and earned two degrees from Goddard College: a Bachelor’s in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She also completed her Ph.D. studies at Antioch University in Organizational Leadership with a focus on race relations in Christian congregations. Dr. Goings is a Board Certified Chaplain and a Certified CPE Supervisor/Educator.

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

Dr. Goings can be reached at 731-325-9000 when not with clients or students. Messages can be left for her at that number, which she checks several times a day. Dr. Goings can also be reached by submitting the Contact form on this website. Expect to receive a response within 24 hours of submitting your form.