Bishop's Biography - Brief Version

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


Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. is resident bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Along with the Cabinet, he gives pastoral and administrative leadership to almost 700 congregations, campus ministries and outreach initiatives in an episcopal area that stretches from Tallahassee and Jacksonville to Miami and the Keys. He came to the Florida Conference in 2012, following a ministry of almost thirty years in Western North Carolina, twenty-nine as a local church pastor.

His great hope for the church is that she will rediscover an orthodox Christian faith which offers the radically inclusive grace of God to all people, and at the same time calls every follower of Jesus to inner holiness, missional compassion and hopeful witness. He travels extensively across the state, preaching in local churches and encouraging lay and clergy leaders.

Bishop Carter and his wife, Pam have been married for thirty-four years and they are blessed with two young adult daughters. Pam is also an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, and has significant leadership experience in God's mission in Haiti.

The Carters consider it a great blessing to live and serve in Florida.

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