When Mary Carson was growing up, she never entertained the idea of going to seminary or becoming a priest.
"In fact, as a teenager, that was the only thing I said I never would do," said the Rev. Mary Carson, a 1992 Master of Divinity graduate of Bexley. "One of the critical things to know is that my father was an ordained minister and went to Bexley (he received his master of divinity from Bexley Hall in Gambier), but that was not the reason I chose Bexley or the ministry."
It was a love of music, and eventually church music, that led her to Bexley Hall in Rochester, New York, when the seminary started a new program with the Eastman School of Music. Carson's father, the Rev. John G. Carson, who died in 2007, served as a priest in the Diocese of Southern Ohio for over 50 years.
"My time spent at Bexley was a great time of life," said Carson, who for two years has served as interim rector at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Lorain, Ohio. "I loved the community in the seminary and especially appreciated the ecumenical nature of Bexley, which was even more ecumenical then.