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The Reverend Doctor Carol Lynn Patterson serves as Associate Regional Pastor of American Baptist Churches of New Jersey. Prior to this assignment, she was a member of the pastoral team at Calvary Baptist Church in Morristown, New Jersey. The first woman to be ordained at Calvary, Reverend Carol led Ministry Development and Congregational Life.

A teacher by nature, she serves in both ecclesial and academic capacities. Pastor Carol is frequently invited to preach and lead Wordshops for numerous churches, associations and conferences. She is the curator of Clergy Calling for Consequences, a diverse interfaith alliance seeking justice for Black people who have been murdered by police.

Doctor Carol has been recognized by EBONY Magazine as an Outstanding Woman in Marketing & Communications, the Morris County Branch of the NAACP with the Community Leaders Social Justice Award and Business News NJ as one of the Top 10 Women in the State. Carol’s private, public and civic sector career spans: the City of Newark; Essence Communications, Inc.; her own firm Correct Communications; Inc. the Newark Public Schools and DiversityInc. She co-founded the Black Public Relations Society of New York, the Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark, New Jersey, and the Community Development Corporation of Northern New Jersey.

As CEO of Setting the Captives Free Ministries, Reverend Doctor Carol is committed to preaching, teaching and demonstrating a liberating gospel in the spirit of Luke 4:18: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.”