Carolyn D. Showell is the great niece of Bishop Joseph M. Turpin, one of the founding Bishops of The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. She is next to the youngest of ten children born to the Honorable Bishop Winfield and First Lady Genevieve Francis Showell. Her father, Bishop Winfield A. Showell was one of the four founding Bishops of the Bible Way Churches Worldwide.
Maintaining the spirit of excellence from her matriarch and patriarch, Carolyn is committed to being a life-long student. Carolyn was awarded a B.A. Degree from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. She received her Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary of New York, with a concentration in Psychology and Theology. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Carolina University of Theology. Carolyn is a certified licensed Therapist and Pastoral Counselor. She was a scholarship recipient to Columbia University School of Business in New York City. There she studied the Management of Not-For-Profit organizations. She has worked as a consultant for AT&T in Racism and Cultural Diversity, a mental health specialist, a psychometrist for the Baltimore City Public School System, and a program and special projects developer for the Johns Hopkins School of Business and Administration. Carolyn was one of four finalists (out of 13,000) chosen for HUD’s Community Builders Program and received certification in Faith- based Economic Development from the Harvard University Summer Leadership Institute (SLI). After which, she returned as a member of the SLI teaching staff. She was later selected as a member of the Steering Committee of the Black Alumni/ae Network of Harvard University-The Divinity School. Presently, she is the founder of Transformed, Inc., a private Christian counseling and family support service agency. She is completing her dissertation for a second doctorate in Jewish and Rabbinic studies at the Baltimore Hebrew University and the Advanced Studies Program in Psychology at Loyola University.
She is the visionary and founder of God First Ministries, Inc. She has served as the instructor of the Old Testament at Howard University (Washington, D.C.) and Morgan State University. She is also the founder and president of The Women’s Institute of Lifelong Learning (The W.I.L.L.).
Carolyn is an ordained minister in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. where she served as president of “the Sacred College”, the leadership development arm of the organization. Presently she serves as the Chancellor of the School of Transformational Leadership. She attends First Apostolic Faith Church in Baltimore, Maryland where her brother, Bishop Franklin C. Showell, is the pastor and former Presiding Bishop of the Bible Way Churches. There she serves as a member of the Board of Presbyters. In 2012 Carolyn received the honor of being selected to serve on the Advisory Board of the Joint College of Bishops.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, honors, and scholarships. In 1999, 2002, and 2011, Carolyn was invited and awarded the privilege of addressing church leaders at the historical Hampton Ministers’ Conference. She has been selected as one of Baltimore’s Women of Distinction as she is a member of many social organizations and serves on several corporate boards. Carolyn is a gifted and anointed speaker who serves as a church transformation consultant to many of our country’s most dynamic ministries. She conducts
and coordinates conferences, workshops and seminars on leadership and human development, spiritual formation, church growth and transformation, and the creation of Faith-based initiatives. Showell is a much traveled and heavily sought after woman of God. Carolyn dynamically teaches and preaches God’s Word as she lives and works empowered daily by His grace Being and Becoming His manifested glory.
On July 18, 2014 Dr. Carolyn D. Showell was consecrated Bishop in the Global United Fellowship under the visionary leadership of Bishop Neil C. Ellis. Under his presidership, Bishop Showell will serve as one of four vice presiding bishops of the fellowship. She will oversee the areas of Operational Programmatic Structuring, The Women’s Department, Christian Education, and the Women’s Protection Council.