The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Sharp
(Volunteer) Associate Priest
The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Sharp grew up in the faith at Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton, New Jersey, where nine years in Trinity's choral music program nourished her spirit and shaped her liturgical sensibilities. Carolyn studied feminist theology as a Religion major at Wesleyan University, then focused on the Hebrew Scriptures for the Master of Arts in Religion at Yale Divinity School and the Ph.D. from Yale University. She came to St. Thomas's in 2004, drawn by the courageous commitment of this parish to full inclusion of all in the sacramental life of the Church. Ordained a priest in 2012, Carolyn has long served on the faculty of Yale Divinity School, where her courses explore the witness of the biblical prophets, the beauty of ancient Hebrew narrative art, and the intersections of biblical scholarship and homiletics. Carolyn and her spouse, Leo Lensing, love exploring the coastal environment of Old Saybrook, where they have lived since summer 2014. They have two adult children, Dinah and Jacob, who are marvelous conversation partners on everything from German literature to contemporary film and progressive politics. Carolyn is the author of numerous books and articles, which you can learn more about on her website.