Rev. Dr. Carol Marie Garrett serves as pastor of The Historic Parsells Church, a role she has held since she has held since April 1, 2018. Her installation service was held on May 20, 2018, which was also Pentecost Sunday. History was made as she became the first woman African- American to be installed as pastor of the Parsells Church since its inception (as Parsells Avenue Baptist) in 1895. Pastor Carol is a preacher and a teacher of the Word of God.
Dr. Garrett was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and grew up in Rochester, New York. Through many trials and setbacks in her life, she accepted the call to Evangelism in 2004, and in 2006 she became a Licensed Evangelist. Dr. Garrett was honored to teach Christian Education to both adults and youth providing outreach discipleship and teaching others how to become effective followers of Christ.
Ordained in 2011, Dr. Garrett has shown dedication through the Grace of God to pursue her education. She has earned an Associate Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, and Masters of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School. Dr. Garrett received her Doctorate degree in Transformative Leadership with a Concentration in Prophetic Preaching from Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School in 2017. Her dissertation is entitled, “Can These Bones Live? Ezekiel 37:1 - 14, The Fabric of Discontent Between Church and Community: A Prophetic Message.” In addition, Dr. Garrett enrolled in an Evangelistic Preaching Course through the Billy Graham School of Evangelism where she earned a Certificate in 2006.
She served as Vice-President/Secretary of the Black Student Caucus at Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School and has served on the Women Studies Advisory Board at Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School. She is a mother of three adult children and two grandchildren and she believes that prayer is what has kept her, and prayer is what is keeping her, and prayer is what’s pushing her forward to preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Garrett is employed full time with the Monroe County Department of Social Services, working to allow individuals to become self-sufficient; she has taught Critical Thinking skills and Strategies for Success to adults in an academia perspective; and she continues to serve in her community as the President of the Portland Avenue Neighborhood Association in Rochester, working with a steering committee and members from the City of Rochester with a vision of revitalization, transformation of individuals and community activism.
Rev. Dr. Carol M. Garrett
P.O. Box 10670
Rochester, New York 14610