Carolyn’s father is a retired college professor, her mother a lay leader in the Grace United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, Maryland.
She married Bruce Gillette on May 26, 1984, and they have three children: John, Catherine, and Sarah.
In 1985, she earned her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She served as co-pastor at the First Presbyterian Church, Pitman, New Jersey; co-pastor at the Limestone Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware, since 2004; and has a hymn Web site.
Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today’s Worship (Geneva Press, 2000)
Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor (Upper Room Books, 2009)
She also contributed to:
More Voices (United Church of Canada hymnal supplement) (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2009)
Singing the New Testament (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and Christian Reformed Church) (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2008)
Sing the Faith (Pew Edition): New Hymns for Presbyterians (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2003)
Voices Found: Women in the Church’s Song (Episcopal Church Publishing, 2003)
Worship and Song (Abingdon Press, 2011)
Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2013)
Lift Up Your Hearts: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs (Christian Reformed Church in North America, Reformed Church in America, Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2013)
Community of Christ Sings (Herald Publishing House, 2013)
Sing of the World Made New: Hymns of Justice, Peace, and Christian Responsibility (Hope Publishing & GIA Publications, 2014)