Rev. Dr. Carla J. Bailey became Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis in October 2015. Her prior position, which she held 19 years, was Senior Minister of the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She also has been a regional conference minister for the United Church of Christ, as well as serving churches in Sheboygan and Bloomer, Wisconsin. In the 1980s, she was Associate Pastor at Plymouth for five years.
Her commitment to social justice led her to pursue legal studies. She earned her legal degree from Vermont Law School in 2013 and, in 2014, was admitted to the Minnesota bar. She holds Doctor of Ministry and Masters of Ministry degrees from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She graduated from Kalamazoo College.