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Bishop Carter to Serve Western NC & Florida Conferences Starting Sept. 1

Bishop Carter to Serve Western NC & Florida Conferences Starting Sept. 1

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Bishop's Crest
Today it was announced that I will begin to serve as bishop of two annual conferences, Florida and Western North Carolina, as of September 1, 2021. This was the recommendation of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy, the SEJ College of Bishops, and the Council of Bishops.
 
I will begin my tenth year in Florida this fall. I have been blessed by you and sense there is important ministry before us: supporting vital local churches, dismantling racism, clergy health and resilience, and proclaiming the message of the continuing United Methodist Church as our way of sharing the grace of Jesus Christ with the people of our communities and beyond.
 
I will begin serving the Western North Carolina Conference. This is my home conference, one that supported and confirmed my calling to the work of a bishop. At the same time, I have been away from the conference for nine years, and so I will enter into a time of deep and active listening to and sharing with leaders across the conference in the fall. 
 
To serve both annual conferences, Florida and Western North Carolina, will require a model of shared leadership, flexibility and residence in both areas. I thank Jennifer Davis, Kim Ingram, Molly McEntire and Alex Shanks, who serve on the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy. I thank you all for your faith in me and for our partnership in the gospel (Philippians 1:5). I will give myself wholly to this work, and I ask for your prayers; indeed, I depend on them. I am excited about the future and claim the promise: “God is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). 
 
Note:  A list of answers to a few frequently asked questions will be forthcoming.
 
The Peace of the Lord,
+Ken Carter
Resident Bishop, Florida Conference
The United Methodist Church

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