Celebrated as a trusted voice in many of America’s Christian leadership circles, Carmen Fowler LaBerge speaks with authority on issues related to the intersection of culture and the Biblical worldview. Her particular area of expertise are the historic mainline Christian denominations, particularly Presbyterians.
Carmen has the ability to bring eternal truths to bear on temporal realities and helps listeners cultivate an understanding of life from God’s perspective. She speaks at events and conferences across the country and is a keynote speaker at the 2014 The Truth for a New Generation national apologetics conference alongside recognizable figures like Josh McDowell, Eric Metaxas, Lee Strobel and Tony Perkins.
Carmen Fowler LaBerge is now in her fifth year of service as President of the Presbyterian Lay Committee and Executive Editor of its publications. In that time she has seen the organization through transitions in the Presbyterian family of denominations that are significant in our common life. She is viewed as a trusted leader across a range of Presbyterian denominations including the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) and ECO: the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.
She also serves on the steering committee of the ecumenical leadership summit, the board of the Association for Church Renewal, past moderator of the Presbyterian Renewal Network, past Executive Director of The Presbyterian Coalition and current member of the Mission America Coalition’s LOVE2020 task force. She is an active member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and the Christian Leadership Alliance.
Carmen Fowler LaBerge was born in Muncie, Indiana and grew up in Tampa, Florida. Her faith has been influenced by churches of United Methodist and Presbyterian heritage and the ministry of YoungLife. Carmen received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration/Finance from The University of Florida in 1990 and her Master’s of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1993. She was ordained that same year and served churches in Texas, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina prior to taking her current call with the Lay Committee. In 2012, Fowler LaBerge asked the PCUSA to remove her from the ordered ministry as an act of conscience in protest of the denomination’s redefinition of ordination to include non-celibate LGBT people.
In May 2011 Carmen married Jim LaBerge. They reside just outside of Nashville in Kingston Springs, Tennessee where they seek to live simply and sustainably.