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, fresh expressions of church, 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.
Bishop Carter is the president-designate of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church, and in 2018-2020 he will serve as president. He is one of three moderators of A Way Forward, the commission authorized by the General Conference in matters of unity and human sexuality.
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-five years. Pam is also an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, and she serves in missions and volunteer development on the staff of First UMC in Lakeland. They are blessed with two adult daughters: Liz lives in Los Angeles, where she is a PhD. student at U.C.L.A., and Abby is a youth minister at Soapstone UMC in Raleigh.
The Carters consider it a great blessing to live and serve in Florida.
Photo of Bishop Carter
Bishop Carter's Sermon from Installation Service Sept 15, 2012
Bishop Carter's Sermon from Installation Service Sept 15, 2012 - Spanish translation by Dr. Leo Rodriguez
Video - Bishop Carter Installation Service Sermon
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