About Carol Cymbala
Carol Cymbala, wife of Pastor Jim Cymbala, was born in Chicago, Illinois. As a pastor’s daughter, she was one of six children, and very early on displayed a special gift for music. At the age of six, Carol’s family relocated to New York City where years later, her father, the Rev. Clair Hutchins, helped to found The Brooklyn Tabernacle.
Carol and Pastor Cymbala met as children and became longtime friends. Eventually, they married, and before long, felt a call to the ministry. Hence, in the early 1970s, they took over the leadership of The Brooklyn Tabernacle, a congregation that numbered less than twenty people at the time. In the mid-1970s, Carol started a choir with a group of nine people. The small choir began to grow and soon after became a vital part of the worship services at The Brooklyn Tabernacle. Always sensitive in trying to select songs that would glorify the Lord, Carol searched continually for appropriate material for the choir. It was just a matter of time before she began to write songs herself, though she had no formal training in music.
Today, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir comprises 270 voices representing people from all walks of life. Carol has written hundreds of songs, 80+ of them recorded throughout her 28-album recording history. Her songs have been translated into many languages, carrying the choir’s sound and the gospel message to people all over the world. The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s work, under Carol’s direction, has won five Dove Awards and six Grammy Awards. The choir has been featured in concert at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Carnegie Hall. The choir also had the honor of singing at the Billy Graham Crusades in Central Park and in Flushing Meadows Park, in New York City. (The latter, held in June 2005, was Billy Graham’s last crusade in New York City.)
Pastor Cymbala and Carol have been blessed with three grown children and eight grandchildren, one of which was adopted from Ethiopia, as well as two great grandchildren.