About Us

Pastor Bio

  • Pastor Carrie Benton
  • Born in Havre, MT
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Montana in 2002
  • Child Protection Social Worker (including work with Treatment Court) from 2002-2005 in Miles City, MT
  • Master’s degree in Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2008
  • Work with the Allegheny County Jail’s Chaplain’s Office, including as the first program director for the Women’s HOPE Pod – a housing unit of 80-90 women with addiction issues being a primary reason for incarceration, Pittsburgh, PA (2006-2009)
  • Ordained, Sept. 23, 2012 (Pittsburgh Presbytery)
  • Associate Pastor, Community of Reconciliation Church, Pittsburgh (Nov. 2011 to January 2013)
  • Stated Pulpit Supply for the Blackfoot Church of Potomac (2013- 2016)
  • Pastor of Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church since March 31, 2013

What We Believe

Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him.

Calvin did much of his writing from Geneva, Switzerland. From there, the Reformed movement spread to other parts of Europe and the British Isles.

Many of the early Presbyterians in America came from England, Scotland and Ireland. The first American Presbytery was organized at Philadelphia in 1706. The first General Assembly was held in the same city in 1789. The first Assembly was convened by the Rev. John Witherspoon, the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Full Pastor Bio

Carrie Benton Bio (pdf)