Ken Carter

Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
Resident Bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

On July 18-20, 2012, Ken Carter was elected to the episcopacy of the United Methodist Church, consecrated as a Bishop and assigned to the Florida Conference during the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.

A native of Georgia, Bishop Carter is a graduate of Columbus College (B.S.), Duke University Divinity School (M.Div.), the University of Virginia (M.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (D.Min.).  In addition, he was awarded an honorary D.D. from the United Methodist University of Liberia.   He was ordained a deacon in the Western North Carolina Conference in 1983 and an elder in 1986.  Subsequently he served a four-point charge, as an associate pastor of missions and evangelism, as a new church planter, and as senior pastor of two large regional churches; his ministry at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte was described by the historian Diana Butler Bass in her Christianity for the Rest of Us.  Immediately prior to his election as a bishop he was the superintendent of the Smoky Mountain District of the Western North Carolina Conference, which included sixty-nine churches in the seven westernmost counties of the state, all within the region of Appalachia. 

In the Western North Carolina Conference, the bishop chaired the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Committee on the Episcopacy. He was elected to five jurisdictional conferences and three general conferences, and he led the WNCC delegation in Tampa in 2012. In the denomination, he has served on the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the Committee on Faith and Order, and the Ministry Study Commission. He is currently a member of the board of trustees of Bethune Cookman University and Florida Southern College and the board of visitors of Duke Divinity School.

Bishop Carter is the author of eight books, most recently Pray For Me: The Power in Praying For Others (Upper Room, 2012); among those endorsing his latest book was Leighton Ford, brother-in-law of Billy Graham. His books reflect on topics related to practical ministry: stewardship, spiritual gifts, baptism, the Wesleyan means of grace, and intercession. He was also a contributor to the Wesley Study Bible and the Feasting on the Word series.

The bishop is married to Pam Carter, formerly the Missions Specialist with the Western North Carolina Conference and currently the Mission Interpreter with Encounter with Christ in Latin America and the Caribbean.  She has a deep involvement in God’s mission in Haiti, and speaks frequently to gatherings about her work there.  They have been blessed with two daughters: Liz, a Chinese translator and research analyst at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and Abby, a recent graduate of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.

Beyond Rhetoric to Relationships in a Multi-Religious World

In light of recent events, how can Christians bear witness to the peace of Christ in a dangerous and divisive religious climate.

A Christmas Eve Prayer for Those Who Don't Attend Church

So what are those men and women who make their way to candlelight services thinking and praying?

The Calendars We Live By

How we order our lives and move through seasons of change.

Online Communion in the United Methodist Church: A Pastoral and Missional Reflection

How is the practice of online Holy Communion---the relation of the sacrament to streamed digital worship services---consistent with our theological tradition and helpful in making disciples of Jesus Christ?

The Path: Discipleship as Hiking

In a sermon preached at Trinity UMC in Tallahassee (April 6, 2014) and First UMC, Franklin, NC (June 22, 2014), Bishop Carter reflects on the connections between following Jesus and hiking.

Making Disciples in a Postmodern World

A sermon preached at the Florida-Bahamas Synod Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on June 21, 2014.

A Catholic Spirit Reconsidered

A parable of Jesus gives us a way of reflecting on our present divisions in the United Methodist Church. This was preached as a sermon at the Lake Junaluska Assembly on June 29, 2014.

A Meditation on Accountability

A reflection shared with the Clergy Session of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church on June 11, 2014

From Easter to Pentecost 2014

When we make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ, we place our trust in him for all things, in this life and in the life to come. The fullness of this commitment goes beyond an emotional decision or an intellectual judgment. To believe in Jesus is to become a part of his body, the church.

The Disintegration of the Church

A Meditation on Ash Wednesday, 2014 and taken from Psalm 51

Appointments in a Time of Mission: 2014

A revised statement of core values that reflects the desire of the Appointive Cabinet to strengthen God's mission in Florida through appointments of elders, deacons and local pastors to ministries across our annual conference.

A Simple Plan for Reading Scripture in 2014

To be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to be formed and reformed by the reading of scripture. You are invited to share in this spiritual practice in 2014.

Christ the King: Doing the Work of Jesus in the Way of Jesus

On Christ the King (or Reign of Christ) Sunday, we are reminded that God's Kingdom comes through those who seek and serve in the way of Jesus.

A Reflection on Call and Covenant

How do we know that it is really God who is calling us?

Learning to Sing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Immigration and a Scriptural Imagination

How might we see the immigration journey in a new light?

A Methodist in England

A pilgrimage to the origins of Methodism and a renewed sense of hope for our future.

"God Hath Bid All Humankind": Generous Orthodoxy and our Mission with Gays and Lesbians in the United Methodist Church*

A Pastoral and Missional Reflection given to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Orlando, Florida, on July 25, 2013 by Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., Resident Bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Preparing for Annual Conference

A few thoughts--and requests--as we prepare to gather in Lakeland in for the meeting of the Florida Annual Conference.

Praying for Pentecost

A reflection on the renewal of our lives as disciples of Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Life is a Gift, Life is an Adventure

A Baccalaureate Sermon given at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida on April 26, 2013
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