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.

Blog Posts

Continuity and Change: Florida Conference approaches 2025 - published on 3/23/2017

Subtraction: Lent and the art of learning to say no - published on 3/8/2017

A Brief Report to the people of the Florida Conference on the Work of the Commission on a Way Forward - published on 3/3/2017

Faithful discipleship in a time of turbulence - published on 1/30/2017

A Fractured Denomination - published on 1/19/2017

Just Resolution as an Expression of Restorative Justice - published on 10/18/2016

Bishop Carter's 2016 Ordination Sermon: The Odor of the Sheep - published on 6/28/2016

Thoughts about the 2016 General Conference - published on 5/5/2016

Unless you become like children: Preparing for General Conference - published on 4/27/2016

Appointment-Making in a Time of Mission: 2016 - published on 2/11/2016

Fresh Expressions of Church: The Missionary Holy Spirit Goes Ahead of Us - published on 11/20/2015

Fresh Expressions, United Methodism and "Saving the Institution" - published on 11/2/2015

Discipleship as Spiritual Formation and Mentoring: The Heart of Fresh Expressions of Church - published on 10/26/2015

A Deeper Dive into Making Disciples: Sustaining Fresh Expressions of Church - published on 10/20/2015

The Mission Field that Surrounds Us: Digging into the Data - published on 10/14/2015

Where We Actually Live and Gather: Networks and “Third Places” - published on 10/6/2015

Where We Actually Live and Gather: An Ordinary Sunday Morning - published on 9/29/2015

From "Mixed Economy" to "Mixed Ecology" of Church - published on 9/23/2015

New and Emerging Forms of Church - published on 9/16/2015

What Kind of Church Will They Inherit? - published on 9/9/2015

Fresh Expressions: A Movement Begins - published on 9/1/2015

Generative Christians, Generative Congregations - published on 7/6/2015

Beyond Rhetoric to Relationships in a Multi-Religious World - published on 2/13/2015

A Christmas Eve Prayer for Those Who Don't Attend Church - published on 12/23/2014

The Calendars We Live By - published on 11/24/2014

Online Communion in the United Methodist Church: A Pastoral and Missional Reflection - published on 11/13/2014

The Path: Discipleship as Hiking - published on 8/13/2014

Making Disciples in a Postmodern World - published on 7/18/2014

A Catholic Spirit Reconsidered - published on 7/7/2014

A Meditation on Accountability - published on 6/18/2014

From Easter to Pentecost 2014 - published on 4/30/2014

The Disintegration of the Church - published on 3/5/2014

Appointments in a Time of Mission: 2014 - published on 2/19/2014

A Simple Plan for Reading Scripture in 2014 - published on 12/31/2013

Christ the King: Doing the Work of Jesus in the Way of Jesus - published on 11/23/2013

A Reflection on Call and Covenant - published on 11/6/2013

Learning to Sing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Immigration and a Scriptural Imagination - published on 10/17/2013

A Methodist in England - published on 8/23/2013

"God Hath Bid All Humankind": Generous Orthodoxy and our Mission with Gays and Lesbians in the United Methodist Church* - published on 7/25/2013

Preparing for Annual Conference - published on 6/1/2013

Praying for Pentecost - published on 5/16/2013

Life is a Gift, Life is an Adventure - published on 4/27/2013

A Prayer for the Children of Florida - published on 4/25/2013

Dryness and Darkness, Thirst and Desire: Why Lent Matters - published on 3/14/2013

Appointments in a Time of Mission - published on 2/23/2013

Ashes: An Outward and Visible Sign - published on 2/13/2013

Reading Scripture as a Daily Spiritual Practice - published on 1/4/2013

Acceptance of the Doctor of Divinity (honorary) from Bethune Cookman University - published on 12/9/2012

Confessing and Reconciling: In One Body Through The Cross - published on 11/14/2012

Always Being Reformed According To The Word of God - published on 10/31/2012

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