Carol Anne McNamara was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois. A parent suffering with mental illness was the introduction at an early age to the issues of mental health. A strong bible teaching church introduced Carol Anne to a faith in Jesus Christ at the age of nine. Active participation in Christian youth organizations and a campus ministry in college kept her grounded in the faith and joined with the aforementioned experiences influenced her life direction.
Carol Anne graduated from the University of Illinois in 1972 with a degree in Social Work. Feeling a call to full time ministry she entered into Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX and two years later graduated with a Masters Degree in Religious Education. In a U of I campus ministry, Carol Anne met Rob McNamara whom she married in January of 1975. Rob also graduated from Southwestern BTS and together they served in campus ministry in Oklahoma for 20 years.
In 1998 when Rob was invited to join the staff of Liberty Church in Broken Arrow as an associate pastor, Carol Anne pursued her life-long passion in biblical counseling and then joined the counseling staff of Plumbline Ministries as a pastoral counselor in 2001 and in 2014 was ordained as a pastoral counselor.
“Soul Care” is an expression that best expresses Carol Anne’s passion for connecting with people beyond the surface. Inspired by the teaching of Larry Crabb as well as mentor Terry Ewing, she co-founded with Terry Soul Care Training in 2006. He is the teacher for this two-year cycle of training and she is the coordinator.
As an outgrowth of this specialized training, internship to become a pastoral counselor with Plumbline Ministries has become more structured and advanced. Carol Anne oversees the internship program as well as Monday morning training for counselors and interns.
Carol Anne’s “life purpose” is: “To connect with people beyond the surface by engaging in Soul-shaping conversations. I will do this by authentically sharing out of my own story with all its triumphs and failures.”
Carol Anne McNamara
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Favorite Bible verse:
2 Corinthians 2:14, NIV, “But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.”
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