Creative Callings in the Pandemic at Plymouth Church

A Conversation with Eliza Gray and Brett Younger

The pandemic has altered church life in ways we are still discerning. For Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York, the disruption dissolved lines between home life and church life, and it pushed congregational members to explore creative callings in new, innovative ways. In this episode, Journalist Eliza Gray and Pastor Brett Younger discuss the way COVID shifted their engagement and ministry in church community.

Plymouth Church is one of thirteen congregations taking part in Collegeville Institute’s Communities of Calling Initiative. The Communities of Calling Initiative is a five-year program that grants congregations funds to design a new project or enhance existing ministries that help Christians discover and deepen their sense of God’s calling in their lives.


Eliza Gray is a journalist who’s written and edited for TIMENewsweek, and The New Republic, among other publications. Her work has been nominated for a Livingston Award and a GLAAD Media award. Eliza is also co-director of the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program where she teaches journalism and guides low-income teens through the college admissions process. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and children and attends Plymouth Church.

Brett Younger is still surprised to be the Senior Minister of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Younger previously served as a professor at the McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta and as a pastor in Texas, Kansas, and Indiana. His most recent book is Funny When You Think About It: Serious Reflections on Faith. He met his wife Carol when they were seminary students in Louisville. Brett and Carol have two sons who are lawyers, Graham and Caleb.