Plymouth Staff


Quinn Caldwell



Quinn is a native Central New Yorker, having grown up in a small town just outside Ithaca, where he also did his undergrad work in environmental science. After a stint in the Peace Corps in Bolivia, he attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Quinn has been a part of the United Church of Christ his whole life, and this open, radical, weird, rabble-rousing denomination continues to be where his heart is. He was in seminary in New York on September 11, 2001. With other volunteers quickly organized by local churches, he worked at Ground Zero supporting rescue workers in the early days as they searched the rubble for survivors. Seeing how the churches were able to mobilize an army of on-the-ground world-savers so quickly, while many agencies were still pulling their boots on, convinced him of the importance of local churches. He decided that’s where he would serve.

His first call was to the inaugural cohort of the Pastoral Residency Program at the Wellesley Congregational Church in Wellesley, Massachusetts, which has since become a national model for other such programs. He then served as Associate Minister at Old South Church in Boston for seven years. When he and his husband Terry decided to move home to be closer to their families of origin, he was delighted to find Plymouth, with its long, progressive, radical Christian presence in downtown Syracuse.

He is a member of the United Church of Christ’s Stillspeaking Writers’ Group, co-author of The Unofficial Handbook of the United Church of Christ, and author of All I Really Want: Readings for a Modern Christmas.

Quinn lives with his husband Terry and their sons Asa and Asher, along with an alarming and increasing number of animals, on a small homestead in Fabius, a few miles south of the city. When he’s not at work at Plymouth, he can be found jogging slowly around the city, puttering futilely in the gardens at his house, wandering aimlessly in the woods with his family, or sitting quietly with his nose in an adolescent fantasy novel, just as he’s been since the days when that was age-appropriate for him.

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