Carroll and Dorothy McCauley were raised two miles apart
and attended the same elementary school, high school and even Sunday
These two were destined to become friends and partners.
In 1956, the young couple began their courtship in
April, were engaged Aug. 13, and married Nov. 10.
Their wedding photo.
The McCauleys spent their first year of marriage apart,
as Dorothy had one year of high school remaining, and Carroll left for
Canton, Ohio, to work for Macombers Steel and set up house for his new
Dorothy joined him after graduation, and the newlyweds
lived in Canton until 1961, when Carroll was called into the ministry.
Thus began the McCauleys’ 48 years of serving God.
The family, with an addition of two children, moved to
Barbour County and began their ministry in six churches.
With another baby on the way, the McCauleys weathered
many storms. Carroll’s salary as a steel worker was $8,000 a year. In
his new position as pastor, his income dropped to $1,900 a year.
An unthinkable pay cut for many, but the McCauleys
stayed faithful and trusted God. “We had all we needed. God always
provided,” said Dorothy.
In 1964, the family moved to Calhoun County to lead the
Pleasant Hill Methodist Charge. They spent 14 years serving seven local
churches and continued to raise their children.
Besides the usual services and responsibilities of their
ministry, the couple became active in community and school groups to
support their four children.
“We were involved in anything the children were doing.
We participated in 4-H, chaperoned band camps, and sold thousands of hot
dogs with the band boosters. Anything the kids did, we supported,” said
The McCauleys’ involvement in the community and
children’s activities made their next move very difficult. In 1978, the
family uprooted and headed for Beverly, where they would stay for five
years and serve in three churches.
“It was very difficult for the kids. We decided we would
not move again until all of them had graduated. It was a hard year,”
The family stayed in Beverly for five years before
moving to serve a church in South Parkersburg in 1982. In 1991, they
moved again; this time to serve a church in Point Pleasant.
After eight years at Point Pleasant, 39 years in the
ministry, 18 churches, and six moves, the McCauleys retired in 2000 and
returned to Calhoun, where some of their children had begun their own
While serving God, Carroll had two brothers become
pastors, his sister married a preacher, and 17 individuals went into the
ministry under him.
He saw God work miracles through revivals, “pound
parties,” and people like himself.
His first sermon was on Moses, a man who also heard
God’s call and realized the sacrifices of serving God throughout his
Carroll, unlike Moses, did not make up excuses when he
heard God’s call. He answered and went to work immediately. In fact,
even in his retirement, he still does God’s bidding at local churches,
weddings, and funerals.
A pastor can never retire, there is always something to
be done, and the McCauleys have always been dutiful when it came to
Carroll and Dorothy remain active in the community. At
the Senior Citizens Center, Carroll is a member of the board and Dorothy
is a volunteer on the planning committee.
Last month, Dorothy announced that she was running for
town council: “Carroll is my campaign manager.” The couple continues to
be supportive of one another and their family.
Their children are Anita Elliott and husband Dave,
Cheryl Jarvis and husband Rick, Pam Davis and husband Tim, and Criss
McCauley and wife Tammy.
Grandchildren are Ashley and Brandon Elliott, Kristina,
Seth and Aaron Dawson Jarvis, Marcus Davis and wife Tiffany, Melanie
Garrett and husband Quienton, and Kyle and Kendra McCauley.
Great-grandchildren are Albany Davis and Aidan Garrett.
The McCauleys call Calhoun home, but know their true
home is eternal. Their family reaches beyond their children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the lives and individuals they
have touched throughout the years.
“We have family in more places than you can imagine,”
said Dorothy. A testimony to this statement is the McCauleys’ Christmas
card list, which numbers close to 400.
An old hymn says it best: “Joint heirs with Jesus as we
travel this sod, for I’m part of the family, the family of God.”
Their family is made up of all those they have loved and
ministered to for close to 50 years.
Dedicated and devoted, they have served their Savior and
the people around them.