Our Pastor



The Reverend Dr. Terrlyn L. Curry Avery has served as Pastor of MLK Church since the fall of 2018. Previously she served as Interim Pastor/Head of Staff for St. Andrew Presbyterian in Groton, CT and at churches in New York.  Dr. Curry Avery has a PhD in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, a Master of Arts in psychology from American University, and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Howard University.With over 20 years experience as a psychologist, Dr. Curry Avery is also the founder of Sacred Intelligence, LLC, a counseling practice where she merges spirituality and psychology in her treatment of individuals with psychological and emotional problems. She is the host of the public access TV program Sacred Intelligence With Your Host Dr. Terrlyn L. Curry Avery, and the creator of Pastology, the cutting edge field that focuses on the synergy between pastoring and psychology. Highly sought after as a speaker and leader, she calls herself pastologist, speaker and facilitator of advanced therapy and workshops. Dr. Curry Avery is also a TEDx speaker and the author of several books (one forthcoming in 2020).

Dr. Curry Avery lives in Connecticut with her family and a rambunctious dog.

​To read an excerpt from her book, Sacred Intelligence: The Essence of Sacred, Selfish and Shared Relationships, click here.

To view her TEDx New Bedford talk, Wounded by Religion: Healed by the Sacred, click here.

To hear her preach, join us on Sunday mornings at 10 AM.