Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III, was born in Detroit, Michigan. He is the fourth generation of Methodist ministers beginning with his great grandfather, the Reverend Henry Elijah Stewart, who was ordained by Bishop Henry McNeil Turner of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1888. His grandfather, the late Rev. Carlyle Fielding Stewart, Sr, was the founding pastor of People’s Community Church in Detroit, Michigan after many years of distinguished service in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Dr. Stewart received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, in 1973; a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 1974; Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1977 and 1978; and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1982.
He has been a Bishop Dwight Loder Scholar at Chicago Theological Seminary; a Crusade Scholar at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; an Urban Affairs Fellow at Northwestern University; a William Wilberforce Scholar at Hull University in England where he studied with the renowned British psychologist Dr. A.B.D. Clarke; a Merrill Fellow at Harvard University Divinity School; and was awarded but declined a Fulbright Fellowship by the Institute of International Education for study at the University of Ghana in 1973 because he could not raise funds for air fare. He is the recipient of numerous awards and citations including the prestigious Circuit Rider Award from the United Methodist Church in 1993; the Harry A. Denman award for Evangelism in 1996; Congressional Citations from Congressman Sander Levin and Congressman John Conyers in 1996; and the “David L. White” Laity Award, National Black Methodists for Church Renewal in 1999. In 2000, Dr. Stewart was honored with the Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III, Endowed Scholarship at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois and was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr., Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002, Dr. Stewart was the recipient of the “Drum Major for Justice Award,” given by the East West Districts of the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church; the “Martin Luther King, Jr., Humanitarian Award,” from Drew University; and the “Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award” from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. A tireless pastor who has dedicated his life to serving others, Dr. Stewart was recognized as “Pastor of the Year” in 2012 by the Metropolitan Christian Council of Detroit and Windsor.
Dr. Stewart is the co-founder of the Detroit Black United Methodist Youth Scholarship Committee which has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to black United Methodist youths in the Detroit area; founder of the National African American Youth Leadership Institute; Citizens Against Violence; Southfield Education Action Committee(SEAC) which worked with Southfield Schools; and is a co-founder of the African American Political Coalition which facilitates African American political representation in the City of Southfield. The Carlyle Stewart Foundation has awarded over $60,000 in scholarships to outstanding students and leaders in the Detroit metropolitan area.
Dr. Stewart has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary since 2003 and was appointed by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as a Commissioner on the Appelate Defenders Commission which provides legal representation for indigent clients in 2008. The only non attorney now on this board, Dr. Stewart was asked to serve another four year term for his outstanding service. He is a member of the Development Committee at Ashland Theological Seminary and has served on many boards and agencies throughout his ministerial career.
A former mentor in the Doctor of Ministry Program at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, he has published over one hundred articles in journals and newspapers, and is the author of thirteen books: God, Being and Liberation: A Comparative Analysis of the Theologies and Ethics of James H. Cone and Howard Thurman, published by University Press in 1990 and cited in James H. Cone’s and Gayraud Wilmore’s Black Theology: A Documentary History Part II, as “An important contribution to black religious thought”; African American Church Growth: 12 Principles for Prophetic Ministry (Abingdon Press, 1994); Street Corner Theology: Indigenous Reflections on The Reality of God in The African-American Experience (Transformer Press, 2000); Joy Songs, Trumpet Blasts and Hallelujah Shouts: Sermons in the African American Preaching Tradition (CSS Publishing, 1997); How Long Will You Limp? Sermons on Pentecost I (CSS Publishing, 1997); Soul Survivors: An African American Spirituality (John Knox Press, 1997); Sankofa: Celebrations for The African American Church, (United Church Press, 1997); Black Spirituality and Black Consciousness: Soul Force, Culture, and Freedom in the African American Experience (Africa World Press, 1999); Deformed, Disfigured and Despised: Sermons for Lent (CSS Publishing, 2000); The Empowerment Church: Speaking a New Language for Church Growth (Abingdon Press, 2000); Reclaiming What Was Lost (Abingdon Press, 2003); Growing the African American Church (Abingdon Press, 2006); as well as two works in progress: Growing Your Church Through Racial, Cultural And Size Transitions, and Silence Is Not Required. Dr. Stewart will publish a book on Ezekiel and Daniel in 2013 through Abingdon Press and has numerous articles, speeches, sermons and lectures listed on his website www.carlylestewart.com
More importantly, he is a caring pastor and a faithful servant of the Lord who loves serving the people of God and believes in letting his light shine for Christ. His personal mission statement is “Show people God’s way and stay out of God’s way.”
Carlyle is married to Jeané, and is the proud father of three children: Mya, Naeemah and Carlyle IV. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc, and belongs to numerous academic honor societies and civic organizations dedicated to the spiritual, educational and social uplift of all people everywhere .