The Rev. Dr. Bill Carroll has served as Rector (Senior Priest and Pastor) of Trinity Episcopal Church since April 2019. Fr. Bill was born and raised in Southern California, but his family roots go back to Oklahoma and Kansas and ultimately to Texas. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2004 by Bishop Dorsey Henderson of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. A former seminary professor and college chaplain, he received his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in Christian theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a certificate of Anglican Studies from the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he later joined the faculty. Fr. Bill has also served as a Rector in the Dioceses of Southern Ohio and Oklahoma. At the time he was called as Trinity’s Rector, he was serving on the Executive Staff of the Bishop of Oklahoma.
His wife, the Rev. Tracey Carroll, is also an Episcopal priest and is serving our sister church St. Michael and All Angels, also in Longview. They have two children. Their daughter, Rachel, is a student at Oklahoma State University and their son Danny is in a special education room at Longview High School. Fr. Bill and Mother Tracey are both members of the Third Order of the Society of St. Francis (tssf.org), a religious order in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion focused on following Jesus in the simple, joyful way of Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi. They love Longview and Texas, and are dedicated to building up the Body of Christ and following Jesus with some of the world’s best people. The outstanding people of Trinity and the strong missionary tradition of the Diocese of Texas, as well as the presence of the Trinity School of Texas, were among the many factors that convinced him to accept God’s call to serve here.
Fr. Bill’s ministry priorities have always included preaching, teaching, and pastoral care, as well as building a stronger local church and ministries of outreach and advocacy. He enjoys listening to a wide-variety of music (especially jazz, punk, and sacred music) and reading a lot of different genres (theology and spirituality, philosophy, science fiction, history, sociology, and literature). He is a fan of stand-up comedy and movies. Caring for Danny’s special needs is a huge part of his life outside church.