Carr to be keynote speaker for 108th Lambuth Day services


The Rev. Susannah Grubbs Carr will be the guest speaker Oct. 2 at the 108th anniversary celebration of Lambuth Day at the historic Pearl River Methodist Church.

Carr holds a master of divinity and a master of theology from Duke University in North Carolina. The latter degree focused on pastoral theology, pastoral and grief counseling and African-American spirituality. 

Carr was a Westbrook Scholar with the Institute on Care at the End-of-Life through the theology and medicine program in the divinity and medical schools, wherein she completed a clinical chaplain residency at Duke University Medical Center in clinical pastoral education. Carr has served on staff at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis and Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson. Prior to serving on staff at Galloway, Carr was chaplain coordinator with Hospice Ministries, Inc. Carr is working toward full accreditation within the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is a member of Journey Partners at the Center for Ministry as a certified spiritual director in training. She serves as associate pastor at Madison UMC.

Lambuth family members and guests have also been invited. The Lambuth family was a Mississippi Conference missionary family that produced 14 pastors and missionaries serving in the 1800s and 1900s. The first Lambuth appreciation day was in 1900. It was 26 years before it became an official observance and in August 1927 the day began being celebrated by the Mississippi Conference.

The historic Pearl River Methodist Church building dates back to 1843 when it housed the Pearl River Academy. A rustic country church where electricity and running water were just recently installed, the church remains today much as it was when the Lambuth family worshipped there.

The celebration, set for 2:30 p.m., is coordinated by Madison UMC and pastors the Rev. Henderson Rasberry, Carr and a committee that serves each year along with Kathryn Clark, 97, the honorary chair who has been involved in the celebration for many years.

Lambuth Day is a program of the Commission on Archives and History of the Mississippi Conference.

Call Madison UMC at 601-856-6058 for information and directions.