Pastor Ed Carll was ordained in 1980, and has practiced pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church New Jersey at four parishes prior to his appointment to Denville. Ed received his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1981 and earned a Masters of Theology in Clinical Pastoral Care and Counseling in 1987. He has also done extensive graduate work in the area of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the Richard Stockton College of NJ, and he has been a presenter at the International Scholars Conference on the Holocaust and the Church. Currently, he is a Community Fellow at Drew University School of Theology and is drawn to Interfaith Dialogue. His wife, Gabriele, has been by his side since 1976 and has been actively engaged in ministries of her own calling. Ed and Gabrielle have a son and three grandchildren. Ed and Gabriele’s daughter, Danielle, rests in the Eternal Embrace, having died from injuries in a traffic accident in 1996.
Among his many accomplishments, Pastor Ed has helped organize: the Middlesex County AIDS Alliance, Habitat for Humanity of Southern Ocean County; a Domestic Violence Response Team and Clergy Training for Domestic Violence, AIDS education for youth and their parents; has worked with the local Juvenile Conference Committee and the Municipal Alliance Committee; organized CROP Walks for World Hunger; and developed a congregation-based pastoral care center using spiritual resources for healing. Additionally, Pastor Ed has sparked congregational interest with mission education opportunities in Africa, Cuba, and Dominican Republic, and is a strong supporter of Denville’s mission to the Appalachian Service Project. Most recently, Interfaith Dialogue has taken center stage in the life of the congregation here at Denville.
Ed's love of singing has taken him to Carnegie Hall, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, to the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, to worship leadership roles in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, to the Gospel Choir of Greater Plainfield… and to the choir lofts of every church he has served!
Ed spends his off-hours fly-fishing just about anywhere the fish are rising, especially on the Muscanetcong River … and visiting with family, grandchildren and friends!