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Bishop Carter's installation set for Sept. 15

Bishop Carter's installation set for Sept. 15

LAKELAND – Plans are underway for an installation service and reception Saturday, Sept. 15, for newly appointed Bishop Ken Carter. Everyone is invited.

Bishop Ken Carter
 Bishop Ken Carter

The service will begin at 11 a.m. at First UMC, 72 Lake Morton Drive. Carter is expected to preach and celebrate communion as part of the worship service. His theme will be "Connections, Relationships and the Mission of God," taken from John 15. A reception will follow. Child care for children 3 and younger will be provided from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a reservation. Those who need child care should email by Sept. 12.

Offerings at the service will help offset a $400,000 shortfall in funding for renovations of Barnett Lodge at the Warren Willis Camp, which this summer hosted nearly 4,000 youngsters.

Those who cannot attend the service can watch via live webcast at

At the reception, Cokesbury Bookstore is expected to have a table with books authored by the bishop for purchase. Proceeds from sales of Carter's books at this event will go to the Florida Conference covenant relationships with Haiti, Cuba and East Angola.

Carter was elected on the third ballot during the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in July. On July 19, he was appointed to a four-year term as resident bishop in Florida, and he was consecrated the following day. He had been serving as a district superintendent in the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) after a long career of serving as pastor at large and small churches.

Bishop Larry Goodpaster, who was reappointed July 19 to another four-year term in WNCC, praised Carter’s assignment to lead the Florida Conference.

“Bishop Carter brings a wealth of experience and a depth of knowledge to the office,” Goodpaster said. “His commitment to the mission of Christ in the world will be visible as he leads the Florida Conference.”

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