Bishop J.L. Carter was inaugurated as the new President of The Ministers Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity on Jan. 23 at the Ark Church in Baltimore.

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Bishop J.L Carter, Senior Pastor, Ark Church, new President of the Ministers Conference of Baltimore & Vicinity (AFRO Photo)

Senator Ben Cardin, City Council President Bernard “Jack” C. Young and Comptroller Joan M. Pratt joined clergy and business leadership across the city to support Carter’s vision for a more active and involved Ministers Conference.

“The Church is still the anchor in the community,” Carter said in his address. “God has called us to be on the front line.  We are the first responders,” he said.

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin recognized Carter and the Ministers Conference as members of an indispensable team who must stand together during the Trump Era.

“What we need are spiritual leaders. We all need to work together,” Cardin said.

“When Mr. Trump moves in the right direction, we’ll be there with him. But when he deviates we’re going to stand up and we’re going to fight,” Cardin proclaimed in remarks at Carter’s inauguration service.

Carter succeeds past president, Rev Dr. Errol Gilliard, who died suddenly in September 2016.