About

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

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.