As one of the first women ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican Church worldwide, the Reverend Carole Crumley has upheld interfaith and ecumenical faith traditions while pioneering programs in contemplative prayer and leadership.
Born and raised in East Tennessee, Carole earned degrees from Duke University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the Inter-faith Metropolitan Theological Associates (Inter/Met), a seminary founded by Protestant, Jewish and Catholic religious leaders in the DC area. Inter/Met introduced Carole to interfaith dialogue and congregational leadership undergirded by contemplative prayer.
Carole was the first full-time clergywoman on the staff of the Washington National Cathedral, where she served as canon pastor and educator for 15 years. During her tenure, she led innovative programs bridging ecumenical and interfaith spiritual traditions and practices. She founded the Cathedral’s Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage and inaugurated its programs of religious education, spiritual deepening and pilgrimage opportunities.
After serving at the Cathedral, Carole started a new role as senior program director at Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. She initiated Shalem’s program for clergy, its Society for Contemplative Leadership and its pilgrimage ministry. An internationally recognized ecumenical retreat and conference leader, she has led contemplative pilgrimages to sacred sites throughout Europe, the Middle East, Russia, North America and Cuba. She continues to teach and lead pilgrimages in her retirement.
Carole was married to the late Rev. Clark Lobenstine, former director of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, for 23 years.