Reverend Carmen Caldwell, affectionately called “Reverend CC”, is youth pastor at New Mercy Baptist Church. She has served in this role since the founding of the church in 2008. As youth pastor, Rev. CC, oversees all youth activities, Bible study and Sunday School curriculum, as well as regularly offering pastoral counseling to students. She also coordinates volunteer recruitment and retention for youth ministry staff.
Rev. CC was raised in Albany, Georgia. She graduated from Monroe Comprehensive High School in 1994. As a child, she attended Mount Zion Baptist Church. In her teen years, she attended New Covenant Christian Church, Albany. During her collegiate tenure, she returned the Mount Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Daniel Simmons. That remained her church home until she relocated to Seattle, WA in 1999.
Rev. CC gave her first sermon and was licensed to preach in October 2004 at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church (Seattle, WA) under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Robert L. Manaway and Overseer Jessica P. Manaway. She faithfully served that congregation for 8 years before returning to her home state of Georgia in 2007. In September 2009, she was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel at New Mercy Baptist Church (Griffin, GA) under the leadership of her father, Rev. Grady Caldwell II, and mother, First Lady Kathleen Caldwell.
Rev. CC is tri-vocational. She is the founder and CEO of Life Fulfilled Coaching & Consulting, LLC, a personal development company providing inspirational messages, training, and coaching focused on connecting her clients to faith, life, and love. Her primary areas of expertise are personal empowerment, positive family and youth development and healthy relationships. She intertwines Biblical principles with research and evidence based practices to offer a holistic approach to her clients. Rev. CC is also a network marketing professional, leading her team to a life of faith, fun, financial freedom, and fulfillment. In addition, she is the Project Director for the Middle Georgia Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative with The Council on Alcohol and Drugs; an initiative aimed at underage drinking prevention.
Reverend Carmen Caldwell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Albany State University, 1998, Albany, GA); a Master in Public Administration degree (University of Washington, 2001, Seattle, WA); and a Master in Divinity degree (McAfee School of Theology, 2010, Atlanta, GA). She spent eight years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 office (Seattle, WA).
One of Rev. C.C.’s life mottos is “Saved to serve, not to sit.” She serves on numerous community boards and civic organizations. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. serving on the social action and membership committees. She serves as the chair of the Spalding Collaborative Board of Directors, as a member of the Spalding Collaborative Healthy Youth Strategy Team, and a member of the Attendance Task Force. Rev. CC is also a member of the Griffin Spalding Chamber of Commerce serving on the leadership development workgroup. She also is a member of several business and professional development associations and groups serving in varying capacities.
Of all her titles and accolades, Rev. CC is most proud to be called “Aunnie” by her nieces and nephews. She is the third of four siblings. She currently resides in Griffin, GA.
Her life’s mission is to motivate and minister, educate and empower, challenge and cheer those she encounters to live a life of faith, fun, freedom, and fulfillment. Rev. CC has been sent for such a time as this to proclaim Truth with passion, purpose, and power.