By Kara Thompson,
Rev. Harold Carter, Jr. was made vice president of the Hampton Ministers’ Conference at their annual conference that took place in June. There, he had previously served as the assistant secretary.
Carter said he accepts the position “very humbly,” and is looking forward to being able to “pour back into the conference” in his new role.
Carter was born and raised in Baltimore, Md. and is a third-generation preacher. He has been the pastor of New Shiloh Baptist Church—the same church he was ordained in—since 1996. Before that, he spent 16 years serving alongside his father, Dr. Harold Carter, Sr.
He said the new role will be a learning opportunity that will enable him to serve while also continuing a family tradition.
“It’s a way that I can continue the legacy of my family, but also continue with whatever means of education God has afforded me to receive,” he said.
A graduate of Eastern College, Carter earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature, writing and religion during his undergraduate years. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary.
He first started going to the Ministers’ Conference in his late teens with his father. Later, he would attend with his mother, who was the first female speaker invited by the conference.
This year’s Ministers’ Conference took place between June 6 and June 8 and was the 108th conference held by the organization. While it did occur in person, there was also an option for people to live to stream it from their homes.
The conference first began in 1914 when the Negro Organizational Society, the Conference for Education in the South, the Southern Education Board, and the Cooperative Education Board wanted to get together to discuss concerns of the African-American church and its relationship to communities.
The Hampton Institute, now Hampton University, has had a strong influence on each of these groups and became the birthplace of what was then called The Conference of Negro Ministers of Tidewater, Va.
Over the course of his lifetime, Carter has received many awards. In 2006, he became named a Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Preacher, an honor bestowed by Morehouse College in Atlanta. His ministry has taken him all over the world to share the Gospel, to places such as the Middle East, Romania, Panama, Trinidad, Korea, China, England, the Bahamas, and India.
He also has served on many boards, such as his role as the executive secretary for the Global United Fellowship, or the president and New Testament/Hermeneutics professor for the Determined Biblical & Theological Institute of Baltimore.
“The big thing for me at this juncture is to be supportive of the new president who happens to be the second female president of the minister’s conference, Dr. Cynthia Hale,” Carter said. “But also to be involved in the formation of the next group of presenters for the conference, and getting the best and brightest from across the country to come in and to speak.”
Hale is the founder and senior preacher of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Ga. She is a recipient of the Women of Power award from the National Urban League and was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on his commission on White House Fellowships.
“I am beyond excited to serve with this incredible team. Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Hale, Dr. Harold Carter, Jr., and Dr. Robert Scott,” tweeted Rev. Dr. Danielle L. Brown, who was elected assistant secretary of the Hampton Ministers’ Conference.
Carter lives in Baltimore with his wife Rev. Monique T. Carter, and their two sons, Daniel Nathan Carter and Timothy Alphonso Carter.
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