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Carlson, John V. 1947-

CARLSON, John V. 1947-

PERSONAL: Born February 16, 1947, in Pittsburgh, PA; son of J.E. Victor (a clergyman and college administrator) and Ruby L. (a homemaker; maiden name, Knobloch) Carlson; married Jeanne Minz (divorced); married Lynn McCormick (an educator and professional clown), May 9, 1981; children: John David, Allison Elizabeth, Amy Lynn. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Waynesburg College, B.A., 1969; Princeton Theological Seminary, M.Div., 1973; Loyola College in Maryland, M.S., 1984. Religion: Presbyterian.

ADDRESSES: Home—8410 Glade Ct., Columbia, MD 21046. Office—Counseling Ministry at Oaklands, 14301 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel, MD 20708. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Writer and ordained Presbyterian minister. First Presbyterian Church, Lockport, NY, assistant pastor, 1973–75; Hyattsville Presbyterian Church, Hyattsville, MD, pastor, 1975–86; Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Centers of Greater Baltimore, pastoral counselor, 1985–88; Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Center of Greater Washington, Washington, DC, pastoral counselor and regional director; Counseling Ministry at Oaklands, Laurel, MD, pastoral counselor, 1995–. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MD, 1991–.

MEMBER: American Association of Pastoral Counselors (fellow, 1984–).


The Spiritual Dimensions of Self-Esteem, Abla House (New York, NY), 2001.

Contributor of article to Journeys. Publisher of monthly newsletter In Earthen Vessels.

WORK IN PROGRESS: The Spiritual Power of Communication, a book about spiritual and psychological aspects of human communication, and The Disciple's Song, a poetic retelling of the Gospel of Mark.

SIDELIGHTS: John V. Carlson told CA: "My primary motivation for writing is to share insight that I have gained in nearly thirty years of ministry in the parish and in counseling. Writing also serves as a spiritual discipline for me; as I write, I grow. My writing is most profoundly influenced by my work in ministry, my study of the scriptures, my own personal mundane experiences in life, and the working of my spirit."

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