The crowd of mourners quickly overflowed New Shiloh Baptist Church June 7 at the home going for the Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter Sr., the church’s revered pastor and one of Baltimore’s leading religious figures, who died May 31 of cancer at the age of 76.
An estimated 1,500 people, including his congregation, friends, leading members of the Baltimore’s clergy and a parade of public officials attended the four-hour funeral.
Many in the crowd wept as New Shiloh’s pastor, friend to all and counselor to many, was remembered. He lead New Shiloh Baptist for more than four decades.
The family entered the church to the choir’s rendition of “Amazing Grace,” accompanied by a saxophone.
The Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn presided over the services for his long time friend, and the Rev. Harold A. Carter Jr., his son and successor at the helm of New Shiloh delivered the eulogy.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Rep. Elijah Cummings and Sen. Ben Cardin, leading Democrats of the state’s delegation to the U.S. Congress, lead the list of elected officials along with former Sen. Paul Sarbanes, who attended.
peaker after speaker related what were called “Carter stories” about the man who lead the church for 47 years.
The Rev. Dr. J.L. Carter, Pastor of Ark Church in Baltimore said of the man he referred to as a “five-star” preacher:
“The legacy of Dr. Carter will be hard to match.
He found a way to exist in three generations
and was able to stand tall and strong”